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Helena Duncan becomes President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama

Helena Duncan has been named president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Duncan began her career in 2020 at BCA, the state’s largest corporate body, as director of strategic operations and growth. She is Senior Vice President of Operations and Investor Relations.

Prior to joining BCA, Duncan had over 30 years of financial industry experience, primarily at senior level as Regional President for Liberty Bank & Trust.

Effective December 1, Duncan will become BCA’s first African-American President.

Announcing Duncan’s appointment as President and CEO, BCA Chairman Mike Kemp said she has “the experience, talent and perspective to effectively lead the BCA and enhance its role as the voice of Alabama’s business community.”

“She is a seasoned businesswoman who has worked with a wide cross-section of companies,” Kemp said in a press release. “She speaks the language of business. Your leadership skills, managerial experience and work ethic will be a valuable asset to BCA as we chart our course for the future.”

Robin Stone has led BCA as Interim Executive Director for the past year and a half.

“Robin has provided efficient and effective leadership during his time at BCA,” said Kemp. “During his tenure, BCA experienced a strong period of successful operations in all aspects of our organization and we are grateful to him for his contributions. We look forward to his continued support.”

Duncan expressed her gratitude for her choice to lead BCA, saying she was “honoured to be selected and given the responsibility of leading such a distinguished organization.”

“I look forward to executing our strategic plan that was developed over the past year,” said Duncan. “My previous roles at BCA have given me an extensive knowledge of the organization and our members. As we begin this new chapter, our priority will be to refine and refocus our efforts toward vigorous, effective advocacy for our Montgomery and federal members.”

Duncan was recently promoted to a Gelbhammer Multimedia 2022 Woman of Impact in recognition of her impact and contributions to Alabama’s business community and community.

She was Chair of the Board of Saint James School and a board member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and Child Protect. Duncan serves on the boards of the Dixie Electric Cooperative, the YMCA, the Montgomery Committee of 100 and the Board of Controls Committee of 100, and Synovus Bank.

Duncan and her husband Clarence live in Montgomery and have two sons, CJ and Collin.

Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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