Lynn M. Bragg has been named the new chief executive officer of Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association, effective November 21, 2008. Bragg will succeed H. Cris Collie, CAE, who will retire in December 2008 after a distinguished 36-year career.
Bragg has 20 years' experience in non-profit, government and corporate sectors. She began her career with the Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, DC in corporate affairs. From 1981-1991, she worked on Capitol Hill as legislative director to U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-WY), providing counsel and developing expertise in trade, tax, and energy, as well as managing a large legislative staff. From there, she moved on to a position in government affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (also in Washington, DC), where she was responsible for developing coalitions on critical industry issues, including deregulation and renewable energy.
Bragg received a nine-year Presidential appointment by President Clinton to a Republican seat on the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). During this time, from 1994-2003, she served as Chairman and Vice Chairman, and managed the 350-personnel, $50 million agency during one of the most productive periods since its inception. This appointment earned her the title, "The Honorable Lynn Bragg." While there, she oversaw the redesign, enhancement and expanded accessibility of the USITC's electronic data program which provides international trade statistics to U.S. industry and the general public. She developed comprehensive knowledge of agricultural commodities and the U.S. industrial base including the steel, technology, capital goods, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. She also participated in a wide range of emerging international trade issues including bi-lateral and regional trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
From 2003-2008, she was President of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association. She also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations and on the Board of the World Cocoa Foundation, an industry foundation that promotes sustainable agricultural programs in cocoa growing regions throughout the world. She has conducted business extensively in Europe, and her work has taken her to Canada, Mexico, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ghana.
Freda Ingram-Brown, SCRP, Bank of America, chaired both the Worldwide ERC® Succession Committee, which set the guidelines for the CEO search; and the Worldwide ERC® Interview Committee, which interviewed the final candidates presented by Worldwide ERC®'s search firm, AERG. She noted that "The CEO search process worked exceptionally well. This was, without a doubt, one of the most challenging and significant tasks that individuals on both committees have undertaken during their careers. A great deal of time and thought went into the search and interview process, and helped us make a sound and unanimous decision within the timeframe we had mapped out. To narrow down our choice to just one person from the remarkably qualified candidates we interviewed, and to select the individual who will continue to grow our association was an awe-inspiring prospect, and we are honored to have had that responsibility. We have great confidence in Lynn Bragg's ability to guide us through this leadership transition and set the stage for a strong future."
Bragg, who is often described by colleagues as an intuitive, strategic and approachable leader, is looking forward to the challenges and possibilities that the CEO position brings. "Worldwide ERC® is an organization with a rich history of collaboration, stewardship and best practices," said Bragg. "I'm honored to have this opportunity to walk beside Worldwide ERC® members as we build new global workforce mobility inroads with the association's trademark excellence and professionalism."
About Worldwide ERC®
Worldwide ERC® networks workforce mobility professionals and HR innovators, and is the recognized industry authority on relocation and international assignments in the U.S. and major global traffic areas. Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, with offices in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit www.WorldwideERC.org.