NEC Elects Six Respected Regional Business Leaders to Board of Directors

New Directors Include President of Salem State University, Deloitte Managing Partner,and Eastern Bank CEO

BOSTON (September 25, 2017) – 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 Christienne Bik of Fallon Health, the Honorable John D. Keenan, JD of Salem State University, Courtney B. Larkin of Travelers, Kevin M. McGovern of Deloitte, Robert F. Rivers of Eastern Bank, and Graham Shalgian of Rasky Partners.

“This group of new Directors truly represents the incredibly diverse business community here in New England,” said James T. Brett, President & CEO of The New England Council. “Their unique backgrounds and wide range of professional experience will bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to our Board of Directors.  I look forward to working closely with each of our new Directors as The New England Council continues to pursue our mission of promoting economic growth and a high quality of life in our region.”

The new Directors include:

  • Christienne Bik of Shrewsbury, MA, who serves as the Director of Government Relations at Fallon Health in Worcester, MA. Before joining Fallon, Ms. Bik was an Assistant District Attorney in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. Earlier in her career, she held various positions including a lobbyist at O’Neill & Associates in Boston, a legislative assistant for Congressman Jim McGovern and a legislative aide for State Representative Robert Spellane. Bik is a graduate of American University and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Worcester County Bar Association. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and is a corporator at the EcoTarium.
  • John D. Keenan, JD, of Salem, MA, who is the newly-appointed President of Salem State University. Keenan previously served as general counsel and vice president for administration at Salem State University and represented the Seventh Essex District in the Massachusetts State Legislature from 2005 to 2014, during which time he played a significant role in pushing a number of public projects and social justice legislation forward. He has a long history of public service and serves on the board of the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights & Social Justice and on the North Shore Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Mr. Keenan received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Suffolk University.
  • Courtney B. Larkin, of Glastonbury, CT, who currently serves as Vice President of Government Relations at Travelers in Hartford, CT. Since joining Travelers in 2004, Ms. Larkin has worked in state government relations covering the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Prior to joining Travelers, she was a lobbyist at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, also in Hartford.  She is a graduate of Connecticut College and Quinnipiac University School of Law.
  • Kevin M. McGovern, CPA, of Andover, MA, who was recently named the New England Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP. In this role, Mr. McGovern leads a team of over 2,000 professionals serving Deloitte’s diverse client base throughout New England. He has over 30 years of experience at Deloitte, having begun his career serving audit clients and more recently providing non-audit services to a wide array of clients primarily in the Financial Services industry. McGovern sits on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable as well as the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence and is affiliated with various other philanthropic and business organizations. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
  • Robert F. Rivers, of Needham, MA, who was named the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Bank in January 2017. Mr. Rivers joined Eastern Bank in 2006 as its Vice Chairman and Chief Banking Officer, becoming President in 2007, Chief Operating Officer in 2012, and an Eastern Bank Director in 2015. Earlier in his career, he held senior leadership positions at Commercial Federal Corp. and M&T Bank Corporation.  He serves as Vice Chair of the Board at Major Gifts and previously served as Trustee of South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation. Mr. Rivers is graduate of Stonehill College in North Easton, MA. and earned Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
  • Graham Shalgian, of Braintree, MA, who is a Senior Vice President at Rasky Partners providing public affairs counsel to firm clients in a variety of business sectors, including health care, higher education, energy and defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shalgian worked for over a decade for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mr. Shalgian serves on the Board of Directors of the Fishing Partnership, on the Advisory Board of Camp Harbor View, and is a corporator at MountainOne Financial. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College.

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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