NEC elects five respected business leaders to Board of Directors

BOSTON – The New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, has elected five leaders from the New England Business community to serve on its Board of Directors.  Chaired by John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management, the Council’s Board includes senior executives as some of the top companies and organizations in New England.

“From health care, to higher education, to telecommunications, our newest board members represent the diverse business community in New England,” said James T. Brett, President & CEO of The New England Council. “Their breadth of experience and expertise will bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to our Board of Directors.  I look forward to collaborating with each of our new Directors as The New England Council works to address the many economic challenges the New England region faces.”

The new Directors are:

  • Dr. Robert L. Caret, President, University of Massachusetts – Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., of Boston, was elected President of the five-campus, 68,000-student University of Massachusetts system in January 2011.  He previously served as the President of Maryland’s Towson University, and of San Jose State University in California, where he is credited with helping to reinvigorate both. Dr. Caret is a graduate of Suffolk University and received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.
  • Ann Daley, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Pitney Bowes – Newton resident Ann Daley has been with Pitney Bowes for 12 years, currently serving as the Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs for the Stamford, CT-based corporation.  In her current role, Daley is responsible for advocating before government bodies on postal, financial services, healthcare, privacy and other issues which support the company’s growth.  She is a graduate of Boston College and American University’s Washington College of Law.
  • Dr. Donald J. Farish, President, Roger Williams University –Donald J. Farish, Ph.D., J.D., became the 10th president of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, in June 2011.  Dr. Farish joined Roger Williams following 13 years as the president of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, and previously held academic and administrative positions at Sonoma State University, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Missouri.  He received his undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia, and holds a M.S. from North Carolina State University, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri.

  • Patrick C. McHugh, President – New Hampshire, FairPoint Communications – Pat McHugh, a resident of Hooksett, NH, first joined FairPoint Communications in July 2010 as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, and was appointed state president for New Hampshire and Assistant General Counsel, Northern New England, in November 2011.  As state president, McHugh is responsible for external affairs, economic development, and government affairs in New Hampshire.  Prior to joining FairPoint, McHugh practiced law at the Manchester firm Devine, Millimet & Branch for 17 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and received his law degree from Syracuse University.

  • William K. Wray, Chief Operating Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island – William K. Wray of East Greenwich, RI, is the Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, where he is responsible for enterprise technology and project management; clinical and administrative operations, including the company’s for-profit wellness subsidiary; and customer and provider service.  Prior to joining Blue Cross, Wray worked in the banking industry, most recently as the Vice Chairman of Citizens Financial Group.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Stanford University.

Click here for a complete listing of the New England Council’s Board of Directors.

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.  The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England.  The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange.  For more information, please visit:

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