People in the News (03/31/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (03/31/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the addition of MARSHALL STOWELL as its first-ever vice president of communications. In his new role, Stowell, who joined the organization in late January, leads an in-house team of communicators and oversees all external and internal communications for the foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. Before joining the foundation, Stowell spent fourteen years with Population Services International (PSI), a global health organization whose programs target malaria, child survival, HIV, and reproductive health. Before joining PSI, Stowell, who holds bachelor's degrees in communications and Latin American literature from Wake Forest University, worked for Share Our Strength, Greater DC Cares, AID Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the High Museum of Art. 

SHONA L. BROWN, a technologist and business strategist, has been elected to the board of trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Brown joined Google's executive team in 2003 and served as the company's senior vice president of business operations until 2011, when she transitioned to a role leading its technology for social impact efforts; in January of 2013, she moved into an advisory role with the company. Prior to joining Google, Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She currently serves as an independent board member for a number of private technology startups as well as on the boards of PepsiCo, Atlassian Corp., and several nonprofit organizations, including Code for America, the Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

SUSAN CHIRA, a veteran reporter and editor at the New York Times, has been named editor in chief of the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on criminal justice issues. Chira started her career at the Times as a trainee on the metro desk in 1981 after graduating from Harvard and has covered gender issues for the news organization since 2016; in 2018, she was a member of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of workplace sexual harassment. She will succeed BILL KELLER, who joined the Marshall Project as editor in chief at its founding in 2014 after a thirty-year run at the Times, including eight as the paper's executive editor, and led the organization to a number of major awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and two National Magazine Awards. Keller will become a board member after Chira arrives and will pursue teaching opportunities at Princeton University and Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York.

New York City-based Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a CEO-led coalition of more than two hundred of the world's largest companies, has announced the addition of three chief executives to its board of directors: BARBARA HUMPTON, CEO, Siemens USA; DAVID KENNY, CEO, Nielsen; and MAURICIO GUTIERREZ, president and CEO, NRG Energy. Prior to becoming CEO of Siemens USA in June 2018, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens' products and services for federal government agencies and departments. Siemens ranked first on Fortune's 2019 list of "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth year in a row. Kenny was appointed CEO of Nielsen in November 2018 and in February assumed the role of chief diversity officer at the company. He previously served as senior vice president of Cognitive Solutions at IBM; as chair and chief executive at the Weather Company; as president of Akamai, a cloud platform technology company; as managing partner at VivaKi, a media company; and as co-founder and CEO at Digitas, Inc. Nielsen ranked number 19 on the DiversityInc Top 50 list in 2018. Gutierrez became president and CEO of NRG in December 2015 after serving as COO, responsible for ensuring that NRG's generating fleets operate at the highest levels of safety, performance, and environmental sustainability.

The Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix has announced that KAREN ORTIZ, the organization's vice president for early grade success initiatives, will be leaving the foundation in early May to join her husband in Spain, where he resides. Ortiz has been with Helios since 2007 and in that time has overseen grants and community investments totaling $44 million in both Arizona and Florida, with a focus on building and strengthening early childhood systems to promote language acquisition and emergent literacy for children from birth through age eight. 

In other news, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, LEE ROPER-BATKER, effective January 3, 2020. Roper-Batker joined the organization's board of trustees in 2000, transitioned to the position of vice president that same year, and became president and CEO in 2001. "Under Lee's leadership, the foundation has increased its grantmaking from $319,000 to $3 million a year and endowment from $8 million to $26 million," said Women's Foundation board chair Susan Segal, "established girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together)…and created the first permanently endowed fund just for girls at any women's foundation in the world; launched MN Girls Are Not For Sale, a $7.5 million cross-sector campaign to end sex trafficking, which resulted in a sea change in Minnesota's response to this issue and leveraged a $27 million state investment; and launched the Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota, a seven-year, $9 million public-private partnership with the Governor's Office of the State of Minnesota to ensure equity in outcomes and center the leadership and solutions of young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities." Korn Ferry will be leading the national search for Roper-Batker's successor.

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