WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Business Council announced today that Marlene Colucci-Renna will join the organization as Executive Director, effective July 1. She succeeds Phil Cassidy, current Executive Director of the organization, who will retire at the end of 2013.
Colucci-Renna joins The Business Council from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), where she has served as Executive Vice President for Public Policy since 2005. Before joining the AHLA, Marlene served as a Special Assistant to the President in the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to the White House, she served as both Counsel to the Deputy Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor.
“On behalf of our members, I am pleased to welcome Marlene to our organization,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, and Chairman of The Business Council. “Marlene brings a strong policy background and in-depth business perspective, coupled with proven leadership abilities and track record of delivering results in a member service role. I am confident her expertise will add further energy and drive to the Council’s agenda of fostering understanding and forging solutions to major public policy solutions facing business and governments today.”
Colucci-Renna graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, and a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. She also practiced law with the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP, providing strategic counsel to clients on a variety of public policy and business matters.
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