Helena Duncan Named First Black Executive Director of the Business Council of Alabama

The Business Council of Alabama announced that Helena Duncan has been selected as the organization’s new President and CEO. Duncan is the first black president of the BCA.

He came to BCA in 2020 with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, primarily at the executive management level. Prior to her position at BCA, Duncan was the 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 perspective to effectively lead the BCA and enhance its role as the voice of Alabama business,” said BCA President Mike Kemp. “She is a seasoned businesswoman who has worked with a wide cross-section of companies. She speaks the language of business. Her leadership qualities, management experience and her work ethic will be valuable assets to BCA as we chart our course for the future.”

“I am honored to be chosen and to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading such a prestigious organization,” Duncan said. “I look forward to implementing our strategic plan that has been developed over the past year. My previous roles at BCA have given me a solid understanding of the organization and our members. As we begin this new chapter, our priority will be to refine and refocus our efforts on aggressive and effective advocacy on behalf of our members in Montgomery and at the federal level.”

For the past year and a half, Robin Stone has led BCA as interim CEO.

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

Duncan was recently named a Yellowhammer “2022 Woman of Impact” for her influential role and contributions to Alabama businesses and communities. She is a past chair of the board of Saint James School and a board member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and Child Protect. She is a member of the board of directors for 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 children, CJ and Collin.

The Alabama Business Council is a nonpartisan state business association that represents the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million Alabama workers through member companies and its association with the Alabama Chamber of Commerce Association. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Manufacturers Association.

This story was originally published by The Birmingham Times.

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