People in the News (2/22/15): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/22/15): Appointments and Promotions

The Ford Foundation has announced the election of URSULA BURNS to its board. Burns, chair and CEO of Xerox, which she joined in 1980 as a mechanical engineering intern, is the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company. She also serves on the boards of the American Express Company and Exxon Mobil Corporation, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Export Council, and provides leadership counsel to several community, educational, and nonprofit organizations, including FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the National Academy Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the United States Olympic Committee. She is, in addition, a founding director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving STEM education in the U.S., serves as vice chair of the executive committee of the Business Roundtable, and is a member of the Business Council. "[Ursula] brings [to the foundation] a sophisticated understanding of the corporate sector and a lived experience characterized by economic struggle, hard work, grit, and remarkable achievement," said Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria has announced the appointment of REID E. WHITLOCK as chief executive. Whitlock succeeds WIEBE BOER, the foundation's first leader, whom Elumelu has tapped to become director of strategy of Heirs Holdings, his investment company. In a thirty-year career, Whitlock has served as a business school rector, diplomat, entrepreneur, strategy consultant, and economic development advisor to leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. "Reid's work was instrumental in improving Rwanda's public sector service delivery, competitiveness, and business education," said Rwandan president Paul Kagame. "As CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, he now has a unique platform to ensure this work continues across Africa."

The Miles Foundation has announced the appointment of SARA J. REDINGTON as director of communications. Redington has a decade of experience in strategic communications and marketing, most recently through her own consulting business. For the past four years, she has served the foundation in a consulting capacity as it developed a strategic plan, website, communications function, media partnerships, and social media presence. She also wrote a book for the foundation (Liberty Letters: The World War II Story of Ellison Miles) chronicling its founder's service as a pilot during the Second World War.

The American Diabetes Association has announced the appointment of KEVIN L. HAGAN as CEO. Hagan, currently CEO of Feed the Children, earlier served as chief operating officer for Good360, which works to meet the needs of nonprofits with corporate product donations. He will succeed SUZANNE BERRY, who has served as the organization's interim CEO for the past six months.

Carnegie Hall has announced the appointment of RONALD O. PERELMAN as board chair, and the transition of former board chair SANFORD I. "SANDY" WEILL to the role of president, effective immediately. Weill, chairman emeritus of Citigroup and recently retired as board chair of Weill Medical College, will continue to serve on the board, as he has for thirty-two years, the past twenty-four as chair. Perelman, who has served on the Carnegie Hall board for twenty-seven years and as vice chair for the past three years, is CEO of diversified holding company MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and sits on the boards of a number of high-profile institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia Business School, NYU Langone Medical Center, the One Foundation, and Brown University. 

In other news, Science Foundation Arizona has announced the appointment of Arizona businessman and public policy expert KEN QUARTERMAIN as director of the Arizona STEM Network, a public-private partnership. Quartermain, most recently government affairs lobbyist for Public Policy Partners, which represents the Arizona Technology Council and its member companies, also has served as a lobbyist and spokesman for several Arizona school districts and the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Earlier, he was president and CEO of the Arizona Rock Products Association, representing the state's aggregate mining, concrete, and asphalt producers.