CHICAGO — The Network of Executive Women has elected Catherine Linder, former vice president of retail marketing for Walgreen Co., as board chair.
Lindner, who had been vice chair, was elected at the group’s annual members meeting at the NEW Leadership Summit Monday in Dallas. She succeeds Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president, home division, Wal-Mart.
Annie Zipfel, division vice president, customer marketing for Kent, Wash.-based REI, was elected board vice chair. Zipfel most recently was chair, marketing and communications, for NEW.
“Catherine Linder’s experience as a senior leader in one of the most successful retail companies and previous roles working with the industry’s largest consumer products companies will help take NEW to the next level,” said NEW President and Chief Executive Officer Joan Toth, in a statement. “Her passion and enthusiasm for developing women leaders and keen dedication to our mission to recruit, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry is absolute.”
Lindner joined Walgreens in 1999 as category manager for the hair care category and served in roles of increasing responsibility. Before joining Walgreens, Lindner spent 11 years at Information Resources Inc. She also helped found NEW Chicago.
At REI, Zipfel is responsible for customer insights, marketing planning, acquisition and retention initiatives, across all channels. Prior to this, Zipfel was vice president, own brands, for Target Corp. She has spent her entire career in consumer products brand management and retail, including roles at General Mills.
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