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James S. Turley to Chair 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner Celebrating Catalyst’s 50th Anniversary; Denise Morrison and Maggie Wilderotter to Keynote 2012 Catalyst Awards Conference

NEW YORK– Catalyst announced today that James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young LLP, will serve as Chair of the 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner and Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, and Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications Corporation, will be joint keynote speakers at the 2012 Catalyst Awards Conference. Ms. Morrison and Ms. Wilderotter are the first pair of sisters to lead Fortune 1000 companies. Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang will talk with them about what it took to scale the corporate ladder at these large public companies and the challenges and successes of advancing women.
The Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012, and the Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29, 2012, both at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York. They will celebrate Catalyst’s 50th anniversary by commemorating 50 years of expanding opportunities for women and business and honoring the 2012 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives to advance women in the corporate world.
“Under the superb leadership of Jim Turley, Ernst & Young has been at the very forefront of developing and advancing talented women,” said Ms. Lang. “As Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors, Mr. Turley has also shown visionary leadership as we celebrate Catalyst’s 50 years of progress and look to the future.”
James S. Turley began his career with Ernst & Young in 1977 and has held a series of leadership positions throughout the firm. In 1998, he was named Metropolitan New York Area Managing Partner and Deputy Chairman in 2000. Mr. Turley became Chairman and CEO in July 2001 and now serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young’s largest global clients. Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, advisory services and strategic growth markets.
Denise Morrison was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality consumer food products, on August 1, 2011, after her election as a Director of the company in 2010. Maggie Wilderotter became Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, one of the nation's largest independent providers of telecommunications services, on January 1, 2006, after joining the company as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in 2004.
Each year, the Catalyst Award is presented to companies and firms with outstanding initiatives that produce measurable results in women’s career development and advancement and provide the business community with replicable practices that benefit both women and the companies they work for.
The 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner is sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc. and Shell Oil Company. The Catalyst Awards Conference is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Walmart.
 Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 500 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.