Thursday, December 1, 2011

Martha Acworth named new chair of Chamber's Women's Network

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced the selection of Martha Acworth as the new Chair of its Women’s Network Advisory Board. Acworth, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Salem Five Bank, will succeed Penni Conner, Vice President of Customer Care at NSTAR, when her term expires in 2012.

As Chair of the Women’s Network Advisory Board, Acworth will lead a diverse body of senior women from the Chamber’s board of directors and membership, who shape the direction and development of the Women’s Network programs and serve as ambassadors for the program to the community.

The Chamber’s Women’s Network was created in 1994 to connect women of all career levels, strengthen their professional networks, and engage them in the Greater Boston business community. It has sought to achieve this mission through a broad range of activities including prominent speaker programs, receptions and roundtables that focus on current issues impacting women, and its annual Pinnacle awards honoring excellence among business and professional women (the 2012 Pinnacle Awards will take place on January 26 – click here for more information).

Acworth, a longtime supporter of the Women’s Network, has been with Salem Five since 2008 and has overseen a comprehensive brand repositioning campaign for the bank. She also oversees the Salem Five Charitable Foundation, and has been the driver for a strong strategic focus on supporting financial literacy, workforce development and economic self-sufficiency in the communities the bank serves. Prior to joining Salem Five, Acworth was with KeyCorp, a $90 billion financial services firm out of Cleveland Ohio, from 1999 through 2008.

“We are delighted to have someone of Martha’s talents and caliber leading our Women’s Network Advisory Board,” said Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Chamber. “She will bring energy, experience, and passion to this important group of leaders. We are also deeply appreciative of Penni Conner’s outstanding service as chair and look forward to her continued engagement with the Women’s Network.”

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