Friday, October 1, 2010

Three Amazing Women, Three CEO's

Congratulations to Vikki Pryor, Girl Scouts of the USA National Board Member, who The American Red Cross in Greater New York named as its new chief executive officer. Recognized as one of the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crains New York Magazine in 2009, Ms. Pryor was most recently president and chief executive officer of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company in New York for 11 years. The first African American woman to head a major life insurance company in the U.S., she repositioned this 71-year old company into a national provider of financial services to underserved markets and audiences, a strategy which resulted in the reversal of a 10-year business decline and a $200 million increase in assets. Wow.

In St. Louis, KSDK News 5 reports that former Girl Scout and elementary school teacher Donna Martin, has been named new chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Martin was selected following an extensive nationwide search by board members and succeeds Marcia Barber, who retired in June 2010. She recently served as an executive at Harley-Davidson Corporation (awesome) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Martin as one of the region's most influential businesswomen in 2004.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania said named Natalye Paquin as its next CEO. Paquin has been executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts since 2006, and has also been the chief of staff and COO for the School District of Philadelphia. She has been honored by the Business Journal with a minority business award and as part of the Women of Distinction program. She is a past member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania board.

Impressive Indeed - Kudos to all three!