WLE Thought Leadership Summit - Atlanta : Speakers


David Abney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


David Abney, who began his career as a part-time package loader while in college, serves as chief executive officer of UPS. David was appointed CEO in 2014, and is the 11th CEO in the 108-year history of UPS. He was unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors as Chairman in 2016.

David previously served as chief operating officer since 2007, overseeing logistics, sustainability, engineering and all facets of the UPS transportation network. UPS's global transportation network serves more than 220 countries and territories, and includes a ground fleet of more than 96,000 vehicles and an air fleet of more than 500 aircraft. UPS operates major air hubs in Louisville, Kentucky; Cologne, Germany; and Shenzhen, China.

Before serving as COO, David was president of UPS International, leading the company's strategic initiative to increase its global logistics capabilities. During his career, David was also involved in a number of global acquisitions that included the Fritz Companies, Stolica, Lynxs, and Sino-Trans in China.

Earlier in his career, he served as president of SonicAir, a same-day delivery service that signaled UPS's move into the service parts logistics sector. David began his UPS career in 1974 in a small facility in Greenwood, Mississippi, while attending Delta State University.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, David serves as a Trustee of The UPS Foundation and chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. He is also a member of the President's Export Council, the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls, and the Business Roundtable.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David serves on the UPS Board of Directors’ Executive Committee.

A native of Greenwood, Miss., David earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delta State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Delta State University Alumni Foundation. He and his wife, Sherry, sponsor the school’s annual symposium on international business.

Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO
Metro Atlanta Chamber


The first female president and CEO in the 154-year history of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala Moddelmog serves as a catalyst for business partnerships and coalitions to drive economic growth in the region. Having served for more than two decades in president and CEO roles, Hala is a multi-dimensional leader, well-respected for her expertise in strategic planning, marketing, branding and assembling and managing high performance teams.

Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, an international quick-service restaurant chain with approximately 3,500 units and annual system-wide sales of approximately $3 billion.

In 2006, she was chosen as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots

organization working to eradicate breast cancer. While there, Moddelmog established a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board with an annual grant of $100 million for scientific research.

Moddelmog was also the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when, in 1995 she was named president of Church’s Chicken, the world’s third largest chicken brand with more than 1,500 restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1 billion in system sales.

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth and Management, Senior Client Advisor
Morgan Stanley


Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history.

Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”

She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Ms. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee on University Resources, Harvard University. She has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She is also the author of the newly released book, Strategize to Win and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).

Elane Stock, Group President
Kimberly-Clark International


Elane Stock is currently Group President of Kimberly-Clark International — a leading Fortune 200 consumer goods company with globally recognized brands including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Andrex, and Depends. In this role, Elane has P&L responsibility for Asia-Pacific, Latin America and EMEA, which together account for over $8B in sales. Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 2010, she has held several key leadership roles including Chief Strategy Officer and Group President for Kimberly-Clark Professional. She has also overseen the company’s Global Nonwovens business as well as the global practices for Continuous Improvement, Sustainability and Safety.

Elane has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing strategies to improve shareholder value, as well as significant management consulting with Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products and retail sectors. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, she was the national Vice President of Strategy for the American Cancer Society and had P&L responsibility for Georgia Pacific's (Koch Industries) Color Box business. She spent 11 years with McKinsey & Company, first in the Atlanta office then as partner and Managing Director for McKinsey & Company in Ireland.

Elane currently serves on serves on the Board of Directors for Yum! Brands and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. She earned her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, received a Rotary Fellowship and Honors in International Economics from Victoria University in New Zealand, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

Having grown up among farmers in The Midwest, Elane most enjoys being outside. She and her husband, Andy, and their 3 teenage children and 2 dogs enjoy hiking, boating, and cycling around their Atlanta home.

Jim Barber, President
UPS International


As president of UPS International since May 2013, Jim Barber oversees the company's business operations in more than 220 countries and territories outside of the U.S. Barber is also a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.

Jim previously served as President of UPS Europe, with responsibility for UPS operations in more than 120 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Under Jim's leadership, UPS executed a growth strategy that included expanding its capabilities and enhancing the customer experience. As part of this growth strategy, Jim led key acquisitions such as Pieffe Group, an Italy-based pharmaceutical logistics company, and Lynx Express, one of the U.K.'s largest independent parcel carriers.

As part of UPS’s growing focus on e-commerce, Jim led the acquisition of Kiala S.A., a company with a network of package collection points in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. In 2013, UPS began expanding the Kiala model into Germany and the United Kingdom under the brand “UPS Access Point.” During his time in Europe, Jim also led the expansion of the Cologne air hub, the centerpiece of UPS’s express service in Europe.

Jim’s first job at UPS was as a delivery driver in 1985. Jim then held a number of accounting and finance positions before joining the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in 2000 as a transaction deal manager.

In 2002, Jim was appointed controller of the Southeast (U.S.) Region and then was named vice president of finance and accounting for the Europe Region, based out of Brussels, Belgium. After a special assignment as a package division manager in Germany, Jim was named as managing director of UPS U.K. & Ireland in 2006. Jim returned to Brussels in 2010 as chief operating officer for UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Jim holds a degree in finance from Auburn University.

Myron Gray, President, US Operations


Myron Gray is president of U.S. operations for UPS with responsibility for all package delivery and logistics services for the world's largest economy. In the United States, UPS delivers and picks up more than 15 million packages each day and has 345,000 employees.

In 2010, he led a strategic transformation of the company's U.S. small package business. He also has presided over programs to expand the company's logistics services, upgrade the technology in UPS operations, and improve the delivery fleet's fuel efficiency.

Myron is a member of UPS's Management Committee, the group of senior executives responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.

Prior to his current role, Myron served as the president of the Americas Region, covering Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. In this role, he led the expansion of UPS express delivery and logistics services into growing markets such as Mexico and Brazil.

Myron began his career with UPS in 1978 as a part-time package handler in the Tennessee District while attending college. He has completed advanced management programs at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and the Yale School of Business.

Throughout his career at UPS, Myron has held various positions of increasing responsibility in industrial engineering, human resources, business development and operations. In 1995, he was promoted to vice president and COO of the Southeast Texas District then held the same position in the Rocky Mountain District. In 2002, Myron was promoted to president of the Southwest Region and took over the North Central Region two years later.

Myron serves on the National Board of Governors and as a Southeast Region Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He also sits on the boards of the Atlanta Police Foundation, the National Urban League, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Airlines for America.

Romaine Seguin, President
UPS Americas Region


Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean. Romaine began her career with UPS in the Missouri district in 1983 as a part-time hub supervisor. She held a variety of operational and management roles in Missouri and was later promoted to hub manager. In 1989, Romaine accepted a five-year assignment in Europe as part of the integration team with F&A and operations, and lived in both the UK and France.

In 1994, Romaine returned to the U.S. as controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1996 to 1999, she returned to operations as the ramp and hub division manager in Louisville. In 1999, Romaine relocated to Detroit, Michigan as the operations division manager. In 2001, Romaine was promoted to managing director of the Gulf South district and in 2004, was named managing director of the Minnesota district.

In October 2007, Romaine moved to Milan, Italy as the managing director of UPS South Europe and was shortly promoted (March 2008) to Chief Operating Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2010, Romaine was promoted to her current position as president of the UPS Americas Region based in Miami, Florida.

Romaine is a frequent speaker at community and business events and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work in the international business community. She sits on several boards, including the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council, the board of Trustees of William Woods University, the World Trade Center Miami’s board of Directors, the United Way of Miami-Dade board and the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express (CLADEC) board – Latin America Conference of Express Companies.

Romaine holds a degree in Marketing Management from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed Martinez, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
UPS; President, The UPS Foundation

 Martinez, a native of Havana, Cuba, who emigrated with his family to the United States in 1960, joined UPS in 1976 as a package handler in UPS's South Florida operation. He advanced into management two years later and then moved through a series of operational jobs while earning a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Miami.

In 1989, after assignments in industrial engineering and as national risk manager with UPS's truck leasing unit, Martinez was promoted to the Corporate Risk Management Department, then moved through assignments in Corporate Finance & Accounting and earned a law degree. He served as a corporate counsel in the UPS Legal Department before accepting his current position in 2007.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez represents UPS and chairs the World Economic Forum's Logistics Emergency Team. He also serves as vice chair of the Forum's Global Agenda Council on Disaster Management. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Council of La Raza as well as the Points of Light Institutes' Corporate Service Council. He serves as the chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and sits on the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Global Corporate Volunteer Council.

Sarah Prince, Principal


Sara Prince is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Atlanta Office. She leads McKinsey’s North America Sales and Marketing capability building efforts. Sara has partnered with clients in various industries with a primary focus on addressing multi-faceted organization, sales & marketing and strategy challenges. While serving clients across multiple industries, Sara spends a significant amount of her time working with consumer and consumer related companies.

In the continued pursuit of helping clients broadly in the areas of talent and capability, Sara recently co-authored McKinsey’s ground breaking work, Diversity Matters, linking financial performance and levels of gender and ethnic diversity in a company’s leadership team. Sara has also published in the area of sales capability building and performance transformation.

Prior to joining McKinsey as an Associate in 2005, Sara traded U.S. Treasuries on the Government Bonds Desk at Morgan Stanley. Sara holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she was recognized as a Shermet Scholar. Sara also earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Duke University. Sara lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband and their two children.

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