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Catalyst Europe AG Forms Advisory Board and Expands Role in Europe

Advancing talented women key to business sustainability and competitive advantage

Catalyst Europe AG today announced the formation of its Catalyst Europe Advisory Board, with representation from leading European-based corporations and professional firms across industry and region. The Catalyst Europe Advisory Board will work with Catalyst Europe to provide strategic counsel to the organization in support of its mission: building inclusive environments and expanding opportunities for women and business.

Based in Zug, Switzerland, Catalyst Europe members include 47 European-headquartered and global members with substantial operations in Europe. The first Catalyst Europe Advisory Board meeting will take place on November 7, 2007 in Zurich, Switzerland.

“We are delighted and honored to welcome our Catalyst Europe Advisory Board,” said Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe. “Their enthusiasm and engagement add to the momentum we’ve experienced in our first year–that European-based business is poised to advance inclusion and opportunities for talented women. With the support from our advisory board and Catalyst Europe members, we look forward to sharing the latest Catalyst research and working with our members in a strategic advisory capacity as we seek solutions to the many talent challenges in the global marketplace.”

Members of the Catalyst Europe AG Advisory Board include:

BP International: Joan L. Wales
Deloitte & Touche: Helene Ratte
Dow Europe GmbH: Davida Johnson
Kraft Foods Europe GmbH: Sandra Stenico
General Motors España, S.L.: Pedro Escuder
HSBC Holdings plc: Sue Jex
IBM Corporation: Isabelle Welton
Lehman Brothers Europe: Raj Ray
Manpower EMEA: Barbara Beck
Nike Europe: Oscar Cardona, Vice President
Novartis AG: Katharina Amacker
Shell International B.V.: Ruth Bourne
Swiss Re Company: Helena Trachsel
Total S.A.: Catherine Ferrant
UBS AG : Nicole Chandrashekara
Unilever UK: Alan Walters

For background and interviews, please contact: Susan Nierenberg at [email protected]. +1-646-388-7744. For more information about Catalyst and Catalyst Europe, please see


 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 the support of more than 370 member organizations, Catalyst is the premier resource for research, information, and trusted advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.