The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) named Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft Corporation's senior director of Global Community Affairs, as chairman of the Board for the 2010-2011 annual term. Nine executives representing all sectors of business joined Badshah and existing members on the Board. 'Corporate citizens are dealing with many complex disaster and development challenges from Haiti and the Gulf Coast to communities across the United States,' said Stephen Jordan, senior vice president and executive director of BCLC. 'With Akhtar's leadership and the addition of a tremendously talented group of executives representing significant companies and industries, BCLC continues to ramp up the capacity of business to make a positive difference to society.' The new nine members are:
- Gary Fisher, General Manager, Corporate Public Policy, Chevron Corporation
- Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager of Social Responsibility, FedEx
- Michael Jacobson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Office, Intel
- Rick Martella, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, ARAMARK
- Shannon Meyer, President & CEO, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce
- Bo Miller, Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company
- Rhonda Mims, President of ING Foundation and Senior Vice President, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs, ING North America Insurance Corporation
- Paula Prahl, Vice President of Industry and Public Affairs, Best Buy Company, Inc.
- Eileen Sweeney, Director of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropic Relations, Motorola Foundation
The additions further enhance BCLC's capacity to drive private sector engagement in key areas of global development, disaster recovery, sustainability, and community involvement. 'Today there is both a great opportunity and a great need for businesses to partner with government and community organizations to address social and economic issues,' said Badshah. 'BCLC plays a very important role in helping corporations to think about how they can use their resources to make a positive impact in a responsible manner. I am honored to accept this appointment, and I look forward to working closely with BCLC to help drive this important work.' Additional members of BCLC's Board of Directors can be found at: www.uschamber.com/bclc/about/board.htm. BCLC is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber's voice and resource for the social and philanthropic interests of the business community. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.