Mooney, Alemany to receive Conference Board leadership awards

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Beth Mooney of KeyCorp and Ellen Alemany of CIT Group have been selected as two of the nation’s top corporate and community leaders by the Conference Board’s Committee for Economic Development.

Mooney, the chair and CEO of the $136 billion-asset KeyCorp, of Cleveland, will receive the CED’s Leadership in Diversity Award. Alemany, the chair and CEO of the $50 billion-asset CIT, will be named as this year’s winner of the Peter G. Peterson Statesmanship Award.

The two banking executives will receive the awards during the CED’s Distinguished Performance Awards program on Wednesday night at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

The CED will honor four other business leaders to highlight their work in serving the interest of the public good, in addition to their strong leadership of their respective companies, said Bernard Bailey, president of the CED.

“In both their companies and communities, CED's 2018 Honorees exemplify leadership at the highest level,” Bailey said in a news release. “By showcasing their extraordinary work, we inspire executives across the country to further strengthen the fabric between business, government and society — a core component of CED's mission.”

The Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award recognizes executives who have championed issues in the public interest and hold themselves to the highest standards. Peterson was the longest-serving trustee of the CED.

The CED said that Alemany is being honored for promoting diversity in the executive ranks of the New York-based CIT and for serving on boards of several nonprofits. She was named No. 3 on American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking this year.

The Leadership in Diversity Award is given to executives who have led programs to foster diversity in their organizations. Mooney was American Banker’s Most Powerful Woman in Banking in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was its Banker of the Year in 2017.

The Committee for Economic Development is a nonpartisan organization that produces analysis of economic and social issues, including pre-K education, campaign finance reform, Medicare, judicial selection reform and free trade. Founded in 1942 and headquartered in Arlington, Va., the CED is part of the Conference Board.

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