The Alabama Business Council announced that Helena Duncan has been selected as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Duncan is BCA’s first black president.
She joined BCA in 2020 and has over 30 years experience in the financial industry, mainly in executive management. Before joining BCA, Duncan was Regional President of Liberty Bank & Trust. She joined BCA as Director of Strategic Operations and Growth and most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations and Investor Relations.
“Helena Duncan has the experience, talent and vision to lead the BCA effectively and strengthen her role as the voice of business in Alabama,” said BCA President Mike Kemp. “She is an experienced businesswoman who has worked with a wide range of businesses. She speaks the language of business. Her leadership, management experience and work ethic will be a valuable asset to BCA as we chart our course going forward .”
“I am honored to have been selected and given the responsibility to lead such a prestigious organization,” Duncan said. “I look forward to implementing the strategic plan we have developed over the past year. My previous role at BCA has given me a deep understanding of the organization and our members. As we begin this new chapter, our priority is to Improved and refocused efforts to deliver vibrant, effective advocacy on behalf of our members in Montgomery and at the federal level.”
Robin Stone has served as Interim Executive Director of the BCA for the past year and a half.
“Robin provided efficient and effective leadership during his time at BCA,” Kemp said. “During his tenure, BCA has had a period of successful operation in all aspects of our organization and we are grateful for his contributions. We look forward to his continued support.”
Duncan was recently named a 2022 Women of Power by Yellowhammer for her impactful role and contributions to Alabama businesses and communities. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of St. James’s School and serves on the boards of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Child Defense Society. She serves on the boards of the Dixie Electric Cooperative, YMCA, Montgomery Committee of 100 and Board of Controls Committee of 100, and Synovus Bank.
Duncan is married to Clarence Duncan; they have two sons, CJ and Collin.
The Alabama Business Council is a nonpartisan, statewide business association that represents the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Alabama Chamber of Commerce Association. The BCA is the state of Alabama’s exclusive affiliate with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
This story was originally published by The Birmingham Times.