The Financial Times' Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) has named Dona Young a member of its Outstanding Directors Class of 2021. The Outstanding Directors Program honors independent directors of public companies who have been recognized by their peers as leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Mrs. Young is a past parent (Taylor '09) and is an instrumental member of the Saint James Board of Trustees, where she serves as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She and her husband, Roland, received the Exceptional Service Award in 2018 in recognition of their commitment to Saint James.
Mrs. Young is retired chairman, president, and CEO of the Phoenix Companies. She is lead director of the Board of Directors of Foot Locker and director of the Supervisory Board of Aegon. The Financial Times cites the following under her nomination as Outstanding Director:
"As lead director of Foot Locker, she has always taken time to build relationships across many levels of the company and fostered a culture on the board that has brought the best out of each individual director, an on-going investment that has seen the company through a successful strategy and organizational redesign and ultimately enabled it to weather one of the most turbulent moments in the company’s history, given the unprecedented nature of the global pandemic and its profound impact on the retail sector."
Since its inception in 1998, the Outstanding Directors Program has acknowledged more than 140 corporate directors. The winners have all played key roles during important periods of transition and made strong contributions by demonstrating judgment, courage and integrity while acting in the interests of shareholders. Mrs. Young is one of four winners in the Class of 2021, whom will share their best practices at a directors-only Financial Times ODX conference in October.
We congratulate Mrs. Young on this extraordinary achievement!