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Women’s Forum of New York Honors Casey’s General Stores for Advancing Gender Parity in the Boardroom

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CASY), will be recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York at its Breakfast of Corporate Champions today. This benchmark biennial event brings together more than 600 thought leaders, including CEOs, Board Directors and government officials in support of one shared goal – achieving 50/50 gender parity in the boardroom by 2025.

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With a corporate board comprised of 55 percent women, Casey’s exceeds the national average for female-held board seats, which is currently 23.4 percent.

“At Casey’s, we are committed to gender parity and are honored to be part of an outstanding group of organizations that are reshaping the makeup of America’s boardrooms,” said Darren Rebelez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Casey’s General Stores. “We also recognize that there is still work to be done and we challenge leaders to continue championing gender parity throughout their organizations.”

Casey’s current Board of Directors includes five impressive women leaders who bring unmatched value and oversight to the growing convenience and pizza retailer. These women include:

  • Diane Bridgewater, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Office of LCS
  • Cara Heiden, Retired Co-President of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Larree Renda, Retired Executive Vice President of Safeway, Inc.
  • Judy Schmeling, Former Chief Operations Officer of HSN, Inc., and former President of Cornerstone Brands
  • Allison Wing, Chief Consumer Officer of Bright Health

“On behalf of the Women’s Forum of New York and our more than 500 members who have achieved at the highest levels in every professional sector, we salute Casey’s General Stores for actively enhancing its boardroom diversity and increasing its percentage of woman-occupied board seats to 55 percent,” said Janice Ellig, CEO of the Ellig Group and Chair and Founder of the Breakfast of Corporate Champions. “Casey’s is part of a growing number of forward-thinking companies which are raising the bar and accelerating the U.S. towards the goal of gender parity by 2025.”

Casey’s will join 323 S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies at the 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA and Maggie Wilderotter, former Executive Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications are Co-Chairs for this year’s event. They will be joined by leading CEOs and Directors who will speak on why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to accelerate the path toward parity.

About Casey’s General Stores
Casey's General Stores is a Fortune 500 company operating over 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the fourth-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. Casey’s prides itself on being at the heart of many of its communities providing freshly prepared foods, quality gasoline, and friendly service at every location. Guests can enjoy famous, made-from-scratch pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items, and (at select stores) made-to-order sub sandwiches. Learn more and order online at

About the Women's Forum of New York
The Women's Forum of New York is the city's premier organization of women leaders. The invitation-only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of women's leadership through programs which enrich members' lives both personally and professionally, through The Education Fund, which enables talented women whose potential has been disrupted by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative, which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through corporate board participation. Founded in 1974, the Women's Forum of New York is the flagship of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of over 6,500 outstanding women leaders in over 74 Forums around the world.


Katie Petru

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