United Way of Central Indiana names new CEO

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INDIANAPOLIS – The United Way of Central Indiana has named its new leader.

Ann D. Murtlow will take over as chief executive officer of the nonprofit. Murtlow previously served as CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Company. She will replace Ellen K. Annala, who will retire on March 31 after 23 years of service and 15 years as president.

The board of directors finalized Murtlow’s hiring on the recommendation of a selection committee that began its search last fall.

“Ann will help take us to the next level. She knows our community and is passionate about United Way’s mission,” said Samuel L. Odle, chair of the United Way’s board of directors. “And, as a respected CEO, Ann will help enhance and grow our community collaborations to address and reduce local human needs.”

Murtlow came to Indianapolis in 2002 as IPL’s president and CEO following the company’s acquisition by Virginia-based AES Corporation. Since leaving IPL, Murtlow has operated an independent consulting firm offering strategy, operations, management and leadership advisory services to businesses and nonprofits.

”If our region is to thrive, we need a turn around to ensure that more kids are succeeding, more people are working and more families are stable,” said Annala. “United Way is committed to these goals. What is perfect about Ann’s selection is she knows that helping people thrive is directly related to our community’s economic development progress. And she has the know-how, the experience and the love of our community to lead us.”

Murtlow spoke to the board Wednesday as it gave final approval.

“This United Way has a rich history of serving our community by supporting high impact agencies as well as identifying critical issues through research, serving as a catalyst for conversations about them, driving the creation of action plans to address them, and partnering with agencies, corporations, and other organizations to successfully execute those plans,” she said.

Murtlow continued, “I am delighted and honored to serve our community through the leadership of this important organization and to change lives for the better by helping people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.”

Murtlow has experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Organizations she’s served with include the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

She was also director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for six years and now serves on the boards of Economic Club of Indiana, Indianapolis Zoo Founders Board and The Mind Trust. In addition, she is a director of First Internet Bank, Great Plains Energy, Herff Jones and Wabash National Corporation

She and her husband, Jim, of 26 years, have a daughter, Ally, 22, and a son, Tyler, 18.

She will start her new duties on April 1.

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