Froetscher Named NSC President, CEO

The National Safety Council (NSC) announced June 5 that Janet P. Froetscher, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, was selected as the council’s new president and CEO. She replaces Alan C. McMillan, who retired in February.

According to Joseph J. Ucciferro, Chairman of NSC’s board of directors, Froetscher brings strong professional experience in nonprofit strategic operations, civic development and banking and finance to the council. He also praised Froetscher’s professional achievements and record of establishing, executing, implementing and integrating mission-driven strategic and operational goals.

“The Search Committee selected Janet because of her extraordinary leadership and strategic abilities, relevant success in transforming a significant nonprofit, experience in fundraising, and demonstrated success in developing successful partnerships which have led to enhanced mission delivery,” Ucciferro said. “Most significant, however, is Janet’s desire to ‘make a difference,’ which is exactly what we on the Search Committee were looking for.”

During her tenure at United Way, Froetscher led initiatives to coordinate health and human services for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and increase community investment in programs helping people become self-sufficient. She also led the merger of 54 United Ways into one metropolitan system.

Prior to joining United Way, Froetscher served as chief operating officer for the Aspen Institute; executive director of the service arm of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; a founder and managing partner of Executive Options; and vice president in Bankers Trust Company’s corporate finance area. She holds a master’s of management degree with high distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.

Last month, Crain’s Chicago Business named Froetscher one of 20 “Women to Watch.” She was also recognized by the publication in 2004 and 1996 as one of “Chicago’s Most Influential Women.” In 1998, she was selected as one of 20 national civic-minded leaders for the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program.

Froetscher will assume the role of NSC president and CEO on June 30.

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