Girl Scouts of Connecticut Names New CEO
October 16, 2012
Barneby assumes leadership of Girl Scouts of Connecticut after more than 30 years in executive positions in the financial services industry. She replaces retiring CEO,
Jennifer Smith Turner.
Barneby was chosen from a field of candidates by a CEO search task group, led by President of the Board of Directors, Teresa C. Younger.
“Mary’s extensive business experience coupled with her volunteer work with multiple non-profit agencies set her apart from the competition,” Younger said. “Her success has demonstrated her leadership qualities and her strong commitment to others. She will be a wonderful role model for our girls and volunteers.”
Barneby most recently led UBS’ Private Wealth Management office in Stamford, CT, where her team oversaw more than $6.5 billion in clients’ investment portfolios. She was also active in the UBS women’s network and served as national chair for three years. Prior to UBS, Barneby held several senior level positions at Merrill Lynch and was one of 30 young executives from across the nation selected to participate in the President’s Executive Exchange Program by the White House. She was also a founding member and first President of the Defined Contribution Council, an industry professional advocacy group.
Barneby has served on the Board of Directors at Interval House in Hartford, DOMUS and the YMCA in Stamford, and the Board of Governors at the University of New Haven, where she is Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. She was also recently elected as Vice President of the Connecticut Women’s Forum, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum.
“Overseeing an organization dedicated to building girls into future leaders is such an appealing idea,” Barneby said. “Young women need to see women in positions of leadership and know that they too can choose that path for their lives. Girl Scouts teaches that option. I often attribute my drive to achievement back to my Girl Scout days of earning patches and always wanting to do more.”
A graduate of New York University, she also earned her Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from Fordham University. In addition, Barneby completed post graduate coursework at the Wharton School. A current resident of Madison, Barneby has resided and worked in both Stamford and Hartford. She is married to Kirk Barneby and has six grown children.
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