For Release — September 23, 1999
BUSINESS COUNCIL ELECTS NEW CHAIR, TWO NEW VICE CHAIRS, SIX NEW DIRECTORS
ALBANY— The Business Council of New York State has elected a new chairman, vice chairman, and vice chair for finance, as well as six new directors. The elections took place at The Council's Annual Meeting in Bolton Landing, which ends today.
Peter I. Bijur, chairman and chief executive officer of Texaco Inc., has been elected chairman of the board of directors of The Business Council. In that role, he will have oversight responsibilities for all Business Council activities for the next 12 months. He has served for the last 12 months as vice chairman of The Business Council. He succeeds Lewis Golub, chairman and chief executive officer of the Golub Corporation, who will remain a member of The Business Council's board.
William Allyn, president of Welch Allyn Inc., was elected vice chairman. In that role, he will chair The Business Council's Policy Committee, which oversees the development of The Council's public policy priorities and its legislative strategies. He is in line to succeed Bijur next year.
Alair Townsend, publisher of Crain's New York Business, was re-elected vice chair for finance.
Six new directors were elected to The Council's board. They are:
- William E. Davis, chairman and chief executive officer, Niagara Mohawk Holdings, Inc., Syracuse.
- Paul J. Ganci, chairman and chief executive officer, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Poughkeepsie.
- Martin Mucci, president, Telephone Operations, Frontier Communications, Rochester.
- Charles R. Perrin, chairman and chief executive officer, Avon Products, Inc., Manhattan
- Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic, Manhattan.
- A.J.C. Smith, chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., Manhattan.
In addition, Wallace Altes, president of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, has agreed to sit with the board representing local and regional chambers of commerce.
The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing more than 4,000 member companies large and small across the state. Based in Albany, it lobbies for a better business climate and offers cost-cutting services to its members.