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Alumna Named NHL’s Newest Executive

December 2017

NHL executive Kimberly DavisBusiness builder and innovator Kimberly Davis, C’81, was named executive vice president for the National Hockey League and will lead the NHL’s social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs.

“Having had the privilege of advising the NHL on its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practices, I've experienced an organization that is truly committed to contributing positively to society and fostering inclusiveness,” she said in a NHL press release announcing her new appointment. Davis will report to Commissioner Gary Bettman.

“I'm looking forward to advancing the League's mission and working with Commissioner Bettman and the executive leadership team to help drive the continued growth and success of the NHL.”

Davis was most recently senior managing director of Teneo, a CEO advisory firm where she was also head of the organization's Corporate Responsibility & Inclusive Leadership Practice in partnership with Cornell’s Johnson School of Business, and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative.

From the Classroom to the Boardroom

The Spelman economics major formerly served as managing director of Global CSR and president of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Highly regarded in her field, Davis built the first women’s affinity group at Chase Manhattan Bank, created a mentoring program for senior women that became an industry model in investment banking, and later developed the initial corporate sponsorship model for Women Moving Millions.

She is also the co-founder of Springboard, Partners in Cross-Cultural Leadership, a leadership strategy, research and consulting company committed to building highly diverse women leaders and teams.

Changing Lives. Advancing Women. Leading by Example.

Davis' passion for the issues surrounding leadership for women prompted her to help co-found, develop, design and implement the Spelman Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. She also serves on the boards of the Bank of NY Mellon Foundation and Communities in Schools (national).

Her excitement for LEADS at Spelman was captured in a Women Worth Watching article where she said:

"Truly, the Spelman Leadership Institute is the realization of my passion for mentoring and building networks of power and influence for women of color. I count it a blessing that I was exposed to powerful examples of courage and leadership early in my life. The examples provided by my family taught me the following:

  • Faith and family always come first.
  • Never ask for permission to lead.
  • Never ask if it is okay to take a step in a new direction.
  • Leadership is a willingness to leave your mark.