NEC Elects Six New Board Members

New Directors Include Executives from Optum Endicott College, Gilbane Building Company, The MITRE Corporation, MilliporeSigma, and Massachusetts Port Authority

BOSTON (October 22, 2019) – The New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, has elected six leaders from the New England business community to serve on its Board of Directors. The Council’s Board of Directors voted to elect the new directors at its recent meeting in Boston, MA. The newly elected Board of Director members include Gerald (Jerry) Daly, Senior Vice President at Optum; Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., President of Endicott College; Steve Duvel, Senior Vice President, New England Division, at Gilbane Building Company; Douglas Robbins, Vice President, Air Force Programs, Center for Programs, and Technology at The MITRE Corporation; Christos Ross, Executive Vice President and Head of Integrated Supply Chain Operations at MilliporeSigma; and Lisa Wieland, Chief Executive Officer at the Massachusetts Port Authority.

“These six new directors each bring a very impressive background and unique perspective to The New England Council’s Board of Directors,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of The New England Council. “I look forward to working with each of them in the years to come toward our shared goals of economic growth and a high quality of life in New England.”

The new Directors are:

  • Gerald (Jerry) Daly who is Senior Vice President at Optum (A UnitedHealth Group Company) in Hartford, CT. Daly rejoined UnitedHealth Group in 2006, after spending eight years with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. He brings over 30 years of experience to his current position at Optum, where he works with large organizations across the Northeast and New England to identify solutions for the health of their workforce. In his previous role as Regional Vice President of National Accounts, Daly led a team of Strategic Client Executives who worked with UnitedHealth’s New England clients on the design and execution of their health care strategy. Daly graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business and received his Masters of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., of Beverly, MA, the recently-inaugurated President of Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Dr. DiSalvo is a long-time leader in higher education and philanthropy with a history of executive positions in for-profits and non-profits, primarily at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Before his appointment as the seventh president of Endicott College earlier this year, Dr. DiSalvo served as President of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, where he advanced the college’s national reputation through scholarship, athletics, and via the prestigious New Hampshire Institute of Politics operated by the college. Dr. DiSalvo has also served on the boards of leading national higher education organizations including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), where he was a member of the Board of Directors representing the northeastern states and led the Committee on Student Aid. DiSalvo holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Fordham University where he also earned a Master in Business Administration in Marketing and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
  • Steve Duvel, of Barrington, RI, who serves as Senior Vice President, New England Division, at Gilbane Building Company in Boston, MA. In this position, Duvel is responsible for the operational sales and administrative functions for Gilbane’s New England division, which encompasses over 350 staff members across the region. In 2000, Duvel moved to Rhode Island where he has served as a leader for several large scale commercial building projects, including the University of Rhode Island Ryan Center, Connecticut Convention Center, and Dunkin’ Donuts Center Renovation. In his previous role with Gilbane, Duvel served as the company’s Rhode Island District operations manager where he demonstrated a major focus in cultivating successful teams through workforce development, inclusion and diversity. Duvel is also a current member of the Rhode Island chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Construction Management Association of America, and American Society of Civil Engineers. Duvel received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
  • Douglas Robbins, of Londonderry, NH, who is currently Vice President, Air Force Programs, Center for Programs and Technology, at The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA. In this role, Robbins sets strategy and priorities to ensure MITRE delivers technical capabilities in support of Air Force mission objectives. Prior to this position, Robbins served as MITRE’s Director of Strategic Development where he executed strategy focused on shifts in the company’s work program and developed needed capabilities and high touch engagement approaches with academia. He also established a warfighter-focused, rapid prototyping department dedicated to delivering innovative solutions to MITRE’s warfighting customers. Robbins received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a concentration in communications from the University of Maine and a Masters degree with a concentration in digital signal processing from Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • Christos Ross, of Newburyport, MA, who is currently Executive Vice President and Head of Integrated Supply Chain Operations, at MilliporeSigma in Burlington, MA. In this position, Ross oversees a global team of nearly 12,000 employees and is responsible for leading the global manufacturing site network, supply chain planning activities, and distribution center network. Ross also serves as the United States Country Speaker for the combined businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which includes Life Science, Healthcare and Performance Materials, where he is focused assuring the multi-disciplined capabilities in the country are industry leading, connected with the economy and community and optimized for growth. Ross has been with MilliporeSigma since May 2008 and has held a variety of leadership positions with the company at locations in the U.S. and in Cork, Ireland. Prior to joining the organization, he held various leadership positions in operations and business at Raytheon, AMETEK, and General Electric.  Ross received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • Lisa Wieland, of Boston, MA, who was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in Boston, MA. Prior to this role, Wieland served as Massport’s Port Director from 2015 to 2019, where she was the driving force behind the revitalization of the working Port of Boston to generate job growth and economic impact across the Commonwealth and New England. In her current position, Wieland leads 1,300 employees and oversees $900 million+ organization with the mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world to support the Commonwealth’s economic development and transportation goals, while demonstrating a commitment to neighboring communities. Massport’s portfolio includes Boston Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Hanscom Airfield, the public facilities at the Port of Boston, as well as property in East Boston, South Boston, and Charlestown. Wieland is the recipient of a 2019 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Wieland is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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

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