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The Network of Executive Women (NEW) announced yesterday that Joan M. Toth, the diversity organization’s longtime executive director, has been named NEW’s president/CEO.

At the same time, NEW’s top elected official - Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president, merchandising execution, at Walmart Stores - has been named Network chair. She had held the title of president before today’s announcement.

“This change brings the Network in compliance with regulations and is consistent with other not-for-profit organizations. The change also aligns us with best practices and better expresses the way we work,” Gloeckler said. “Joan leads our day-to-day operations, while our chair, vice chair and other elected leaders develop strategy for the Network’s future growth and development. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, this change reflects the Network’s growth from a small group of industry players into one of the industry’s major mission-driven organizations.”

President-Elect Julie Hamilton, senior vice president of global customer and commercial leadership for The Coca-Cola Company, is now the Network’s vice chair. Immediate past president Alison Kenney Paul, vice chairman and U.S. retail leader for Deloitte, has been given the new title of past chair.

NEW currently is a 3,300-member organization with 70 national sponsors and 17 regional groups in the United States and Canada.
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