With a corporate board comprised of 55% women, Casey’s exceeds the national average for female-held board seats, which is currently 23.4%.
The biennial event brings together more than 600 thought leaders, including CEOs, Board Directors and government officials in support of one shared goal — achieving 50/50 gender parity in the boardroom by 2025.
“At Casey’s, we are committed to gender parity and are honored to be part of an outstanding group of organizations that are reshaping the makeup of America’s boardrooms,” said Darren Rebelez, President and CEO, Casey’s General Stores. “We also recognize that there is still work to be done, and we challenge leaders to continue championing gender parity throughout their organizations.”
Casey’s current Board of Directors includes five women who bring unmatched value and oversight to the growing convenience and pizza retailer:
- Diane Bridgewater, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Office of LCS
- Cara Heiden, Retired Co-President of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
- Larree Renda, Retired Executive Vice President of Safeway Inc.
- Judy Schmeling, Former Chief Operations Officer of HSN Inc., and former President of Cornerstone Brands
- Allison Wing, Chief Consumer Officer of Bright Health
“On behalf of the Women’s Forum of New York and our more than 500 members who have achieved at the highest levels in every professional sector, we salute Casey’s General Stores for actively enhancing its boardroom diversity and increasing its percentage of woman-occupied board seats to 55 percent,” said Janice Ellig, CEO of the Ellig Group and Chair and Founder of the Breakfast of Corporate Champions. “Casey’s is part of a growing number of forward-thinking companies which are raising the bar and accelerating the U.S. towards the goal of gender parity by 2025.”
Casey’s joined 323 S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies at the 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA and Maggie Wilderotter, former Executive Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications are Co-Chairs for this year’s event.
They were joined by leading CEOs and directors who spoke about why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to accelerate the path toward parity.
Casey’s General Stores operates over 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the fourth-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the U.S.