Our Team

Executive Team

Sarah Alter
Sarah Alter
President & CEO
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Sarah Alter

President & CEO

Sarah Alter — named president and CEO of NEW in June 2017 — has wide-ranging experience in the retail, financial services and technology markets. As vice president of Discover Financial Services, Sarah led the product strategy for all credit card features, benefits and services.
As vice president for digital sales and marketing at Quill.com, she helped transform the business, increasing its digital sales. In her last job — chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties — Sarah developed and executed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. 
Sarah has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

Julie Basile
Julie Basile
VP, Regions, Community & Marketing
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Julie Basile

VP, Regions, Community & Marketing

As vice president, regions, community and marketing, Julie Basile is responsible for NEW’s regional growth and support initiatives and advocacy. Julie has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, including roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo and Kellogg Company. Before joining NEW, she was an active NEW member and volunteer leader for NEW Atlanta, NEW Chicago and NEW Minneapolis. Julie lives in Chicago with her husband and twin boys.

Laurie Greer
Laurie Greer
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members
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Laurie Greer

VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members

As the lead for the Partnerships and Memberships Teams of NEW, Laurie is responsible for the corporate partnership, mission engagement, and organizational transformation in the corporations we serve, while supporting NEW members’ personal, professional and business goals.  Laurie comes to NEW with over 20 years of executive experience working with organizations focused on underserved communities, with women’s Equity and Equality organizations being a passion.  Most recently, Laurie worked at S.H.E. Globl. Prior to that, she was instrumental at AnitaB.org, as VP of Partner Engagement and Success, growing partnerships, sponsorships, and developing strategy.  During her tenure, Laurie’s commitment and leadership skills contributed to the exponential growth of both the well-known Grace Hopper Celebration and AnitaB.org. Laurie has served on the board of The Almaden Valley Women’s Club and the San Jose Earthquakes Foundation. Laurie graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Iowa and is also a Certified Diversity Executive. She and her husband live in San Jose, CA where her three sons also live.

Carol Jones
Carol Jones
VP, Finance & Administration
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Carol Jones

VP, Finance & Administration

Carol Jones leads the finance and administration team, which manages the finances of NEW, facilitating its sustainability and ensuring that the books/records are appropriately managed and reported. Her team also develops the long-range financial plan and directs the annual budget and planning process. They provide contract management oversight and review appropriate levels of control, efficiency and effectiveness. Carol previously was at IRI as the financial lead for the retail organization. She also worked closely with the head of finance, planning and analysis at United Airlines in their capital planning group. She received her MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor of science degree in accounting from DePaul University. Carol enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.

Karen Jones
Karen Jones
VP, Leadership Development and Partner Solutions.
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Karen Jones

VP, Leadership Development and Partner Solutions.

Our Board

Executive Committee

Luersman
Abbe Luersman
Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Otis Worldwide
Dagmar Boggs
Dagmar Boggs
Vice Chair
Chief Customer Officer for the North America Operating Unit (NAOU), The Coca-Cola Company
Monica Turner
Monica Turner
Immediate Past Chair
President - North America, P&G
Beth Marrion
Beth Marrion
Treasurer
Senior Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture
Melody Richard
Melody Richard
Secretary
Merchandising VP, Pets, Walmart

Committee Chairs

Christina
Christina Bieniek
Chair, Audit
Chief Commercial Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dagmar Boggs
Dagmar Boggs
Chair, Strategic Value
Chief Customer Officer for the North America Operating Unit (NAOU), The Coca-Cola Company
Marla Daudelin
Marla Daudelin
Chair, Regional Advisory
SVP, Sales with PepsiCo
Nicola Johnson
Nicola Johnson
Chair, Technology
Principal, Consumer & Industrial Products Practice Deloitte Consulting
Beth Marrion
Beth Marrion
Chair, Finance
Senior Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture
Mike
Mike Theilmann
Chair, Compensation
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Albertsons Companies
Monica Turner
Monica Turner
Chair, Governance
President - North America, P&G

Directors-at-large

Cbanks
Chau Banks
SVP, Chief Information & Enterprise Analytics Officer, The Clorox Company
Wendy Davidson
Wendy Davidson
President, Americas, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Al Dominguez
Al Dominguez
Vice President Customer Development-Walmart. Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Veronica Fernandez
Veronica Fernandez
SVP, Regional Head - North America Business Solutions, Visa, Inc.
Jabbar Valerie
Valerie Jabbar
Senior Vice President of Retail Divisions for The Kroger Co.
Marshall
Diana Marshall
Executive Vice President, Southwest Operations, Walmart
Marston
Andi Marston
SVP, Corporate and Global Human Resources, Target
Chris Skyers
Chris Skyers
Vice President, Own Brands Wakefern Food Corporation
Mike Theilmann
Mike Theilmann
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Albertsons Companies
Jennifer "Jen" Wilson
Jennifer "Jen" Wilson
SVP Brand Marketing, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Director Emeritus

Bobbie O’Hare
Bobbie O’Hare
Director Emeritus
(member emeritus) Vice President, Business Development JOH

Our Staff

Angelina Bice
Angelina Bice
Copywriter & Content Strategy Specialist
Mike Freund
Mike Freund
Finance Manager of A/P and Contracts
Desiree Frey
Desiree Frey
Senior Director, Region Growth & Development
Carol Gustaveson
Carol Gustaveson
Director of Member Engagement and Business Development
Briana Holmes
Briana Holmes
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
LisaMagennis
Lisa Magennis
Salesforce/Nimble AMS Administrator
Kat Ortiz
Kat Ortiz
Program Manager, Learning and Development