Catalyst today announced that James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, succeeds Charles (Chad) O. Holliday, Jr., Chairman of DuPont, as Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors. Mr. Holliday remains on the Catalyst Board of Directors as Chair Emeritus. The change was effective April 1, 2009. The 34 directors on the Catalyst Board of Directors include Fortune 500 CEOs and leadership from the professions who work to fulfill the Catalyst mission—to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.
“We thank Chad for his formidable dedication to Catalyst and our mission and for the extraordinary service he has provided as our Chair,” said Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst. “He is the embodiment of the Catalyst mission, a strong champion of women, and an exceptional leader. Those qualities are shared by Jim Turley, who sets a clear 'tone from the top' about his commitment to advancing women to leadership. We are clearly privileged to have the experience and insights of these two extraordinary leaders, and we look forward to Jim’s stewardship.”
“It is truly an honor to serve as Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors. As the world rebuilds from the economic crisis, there is now an even more compelling reason for organizations to place renewed value on having diverse perspectives in leadership,” noted Mr. Turley. “Clearly, the contributions of women at every level are critical in moving companies and our global economy forward—and the mission and work of Catalyst is more important than ever before.”
Mr. Turley has served on the Catalyst Board of Directors since 2001, most recently as the head of the Finance Committee. Throughout his career, he has supported numerous civic, cultural, and business organizations. He Co-Chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory Council, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Corporate Theater Fund and on the Board of Trustees for Rice University. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, Transatlantic Business Dialogue, and is currently Chair for the Center for Audit Quality's Governing Board.
Of particular note, Catalyst is honored to announce the Directors who have joined its Board over the past year. They include (alphabetically): Sharon Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP; Thomas Falk, Chairman & CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Muhtar Kent, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Murray Martin, Chairman, President & CEO, Pitney Bowes Inc.; Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.; Kendall J. Powell, Chairman & CEO, General Mills; Richard K. Templeton, Chairman, President & CEO, Texas Instruments Incorporated; and Thomas J. Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, Allstate Insurance Company.
For more information about Catalyst, please visit www.catalyst.org. Please contact: Catalyst: Susan Nierenberg, [email protected] 646-388-7744; Ernst & Young: Holly Humphrey, [email protected] 201-872-2439.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.