February 5, 2013

Carolyn Miles Named Co-President of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Head of Save the Children Joins Caterpillar’s Bill Lane in Leading Group

Washington, DC—The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition today announced that Carolyn Miles will join Bill Lane as co-president of its board of directors.

“We are very fortunate to have Carolyn’s leadership and expertise at the helm of the USGLC,” said Liz Schrayer, Executive Director of the USGLC.  “Given her experience in running one of the most respected humanitarian organizations in the world and her background in business, Carolyn together with Bill will make a dynamic team in leading our efforts.”

In her role, Miles will join USGLC co-president Bill Lane, Head of Caterpillar’s International Trade and Government Affairs team, in providing oversight and direction to the USGLC’s mission, which brings together over 400 businesses and non-governmental organizations that share a commitment to advocating for a strong and effective U.S. International Affairs Budget.

“From my time working in the developing world and in my work every day at Save the Children, I see how our humanitarian and development assistance is saving lives and fostering stable and healthy communities,” said Miles.  “Our investment in these programs is money well spent as it not only demonstrates who we are as a people, but also furthers our economic and security interests, and I am honored to be a part of the USGLC’s leadership to help tell this story.”

Miles is the President & CEO of Save the Children and a recognized leader in development and humanitarian assistance.  She is the first woman to head the organization in the United States and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Save the Children, Miles worked for American Express in Asia and helped start a successful chain of coffee shops there.  She serves on the board of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, of which she is a graduate.

Miles replaces George Rupp, the former USGLC co-president and president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

“Carolyn is a powerhouse in the development community, and I look forward to working with her as we demonstrate why there is such broad support for the International Affairs Budget from both the NGO and business communities,” said Bill Lane.  “We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to George Rupp for his leadership, and we are fortunate to have his continued counsel on the board.”

Click here to see Carolyn Miles discuss the benefits of America’s global engagement.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.