YMCA of Greater New York Board of Directors Elects Con Edison's Kevin Burke New Chair

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Kevin Burke, chairman, president & CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc., was unanimously elected the 39th volunteer chair of the YMCA of Greater New York's Board since the organization's founding in 1852. Immediate past chair Janice Reals Ellig reflects on her two-year term. Nielsen's Susan Whiting and Attorney Glenn Lau-Kee were elevated to Vice Chairs. Deloitte's Barry Salzberg accepted the YMCA's first Corporate Transformational Leadership Award.

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At the organization's Board of Directors meeting earlier this summer, Kevin Burke was unanimously elected Chair of the YMCA of Greater New York. Burke, chairman, president & CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc., is the 39th volunteer chair of the YMCA's Board since the organization's founding in 1852.

"I am very pleased to assume the position of Chairman of the Board for the YMCA," Burke said as he accepted the ceremonial gavel from outgoing chair Janice Reals Ellig. "The YMCA is the leader in youth services, and we plan to expand our existing programs and develop new programs to benefit New York's children."

"Kevin Burke is one of New York City's great civic leaders and we are so fortunate that he has agreed to lead the YMCA," said Jack Lund, president & CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. "We look forward to continuing growth and community impact during his tenure as chair of our Board."

Burke has served the Board since 2001, when he accepted roles as Member-at-Large and as a member of the buildings & properties committee.

"Con Edison and the YMCA have been serving the same communities for over 150 years," said Burke. "I look forward to working with everyone at the YMCA to continue a great tradition of service to the people of New York."

In addition to the YMCA of Greater New York, Burke serves on the boards of directors of many industry and nonprofit organizations, including the American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, the Energy Association of New York, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York State Business Council, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Partnership for New York City. Burke joined Con Edison in 1973 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in system planning, engineering, law, nuclear power, construction and corporate planning. He was elected president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Edison Company of New York in 2000, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Edison, Inc., in 2005, and elected chairman in 2006.

Reals Ellig, co-chief executive officer of Chadick Ellig, Inc., reflected on her two-year term as chair.

"As Chair of New York City's largest youth services organization, I saw up front and personal how the YMCA gave hope and a future to thousands of teens who otherwise would have been on our city's streets," said Reals Ellig. "I am proud and honored to have led this organization as Chair of the Board, working with our outstanding CEO Jack Lund and a stellar board of directors, who provided the expertise, commitment and passion to ensure good corporate governance."

Reals Ellig made raising the profile of and branding the organization a personal priority of her term, providing leadership to the development of a comprehensive communications strategy for the organization, which included the rollout of the theme "New York City's YMCA: We're Here for Good." Since implementing the strategy in January 2008, the YMCA of Greater New York has been featured in more than 80 stories in major daily newspapers and local television news. Reals Ellig will continue as chair of the YMCA's marketing & communications committee, forming later this month.

Reals Ellig added, "Our strong brand is demonstrated daily through our highly trained staff, exceptional standards for excellence, senior team and board, making the YMCA the heart of the communities it serves."

The meeting also featured the unanimous elections to Vice Chair of Susan D. Whiting, vice chairperson of The Nielsen Company, and Glenn Lau-Kee, partner at Kee and Lau-Kee LLP, joining Robert H. Silver, co-founder of the Bravitas Group. The Board also welcomed new members Sal Maglietta, executive vice president for US Bank and John Wallace "Jack" Rowe, retired president & CEO of Aetna and currently a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Additionally, Reals Ellig presented the organization's first Corporate Transformational Leadership Award to Deloitte LLP for the company's commitment to corporate philanthropy, particularly its pro bono program, which is designed to help nonprofits deal with the business and operational issues that challenge their capacity to address social problems. Deloitte committed more than $500,000 in pro bono consulting services to the YMCA in 2008, which is significantly aiding the organization in its transition to an integrated IT platform. Barry Salzberg, Deloitte's CEO and past chair of the YMCA, accepted the award.

"Deloitte is committed to helping people and communities thrive by using our best thinking to build stronger nonprofits," Salzberg said. "It is a privilege for us to contribute our time and talent to help the YMCA of Greater New York function more effectively, particularly during difficult times."

For a complete listing of the volunteer Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New York, please visit ymcanyc.org.

About the YMCA of Greater New York
At the YMCA of Greater New York, our annual Strong Kids Campaign ensures no one is turned away for an inability to pay. In 2008, we helped more than 350,000 kids and adults grow strong in spirit, mind and body, thanks to more than $46.6 million in free, subsidized or sponsored programs and services. Visit ymcanyc.org.

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