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David Abney, CEO of UPS, re-elected as chair of World Affairs Council

Charles Shapiro David Abney Ambassador Charles Shapiro on stage with David Abney of UPS (Special: World Affairs Council)

By Maria Saporta

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta has re-elected David Abney, the CEO of UPS, as its chairman.

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Ambassador Charles Shapiro on stage with David Abney of UPS (Special: World Affairs Council)

Clyde Tuggle, chief public affairs and communications officer for the Coca Cola Co., was elected vice-chair.

Rounding out the Council’s executive – in addition to Abney and Tuggle are – Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University; Rich Phillips, dean of GSU’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State, and Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta who also served as the founding chairman of the Council.

The board meeting of the Council took place June 15,

Jackie Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech, is a new member of the Council’s board.

Gandy Thomas, the consul general of Haiti, will join the board in July when he becomes dean of the consular corps, an ex-officio position on the Council’s board. He will succeed Paul Gleeson, consul general of Ireland, who is the current dean.

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The board of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta (Special)

Following the board meeting, a dinner was held to honor Gleeson as well as Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE. Gayle, a founding board member of the Council, will continue to serve on the board from Washington, D.C., when she will become the inaugural CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative.

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is a membership and grant supported, non-partisan organization affiliated with GSU’s Robinson College of Business and the World Affairs Councils of America.

Its mission is to provide a forum for dialogue, a source of expertise and an engine for research on international affairs and global issues that affect Atlanta and the world.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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