Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster names Elizabeth Coveney as CEO

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Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster names Elizabeth Coveney as CEO

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LEOMINSTER — The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster announced Friday that the board of directors has unanimously named Elizabeth Coveney as the next chief executive officer.

“It is incredible to me that my first day at The Boys and Girls Club I had the privilege of meeting a parent who came by to deliver a check for $1,000, from her employer. She said to me that her kids have been Club members for years and the benefit has been immeasurable. This is the ‘why’ I am here. To be around the energy of the kids, the dedication of the staff and to be a presence in the community where we can add value and help those who need it most, that is the best work environment I can enjoy, and I am so very excited to contribute and lead,” Coveney said.

Coveney’s career has spanned 29 years at Coca-Cola in a variety of roles. Motivated by learning and curiosity she has worked in sales, operations, distribution and marketing. She would sum up her experience as a team talent builder focused on delivering results and winning; a connector and collaborator who enjoys problem solving and making people, processes and partnerships stronger.

Coveney’s career has also included an executive search start up and organizational design consulting. As managing partner of Arnold Worldwide she also has experience in marketing, and blue-chip client leadership. As a business leader she is confident in setting strategic direction and ensuring execution, the Boys & Girls Club said in announcing her hire. Throughout her career, she has been proud to deliver on the operating income targets, marketing plans, contract renegotiations and business imperatives for success all while focused on leading productive, accomplished, engaged teams.

Coveney earned a master’s of business administration degree from Northeastern University. Her undergraduate degree is a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Ohio University.

As she reflects on her life and career, she is excited to apply her business acumen to a purpose driven, value-based organization, The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg Leominster. The Boys & Girls Club said her strengths are humility, empathy, openness, discipline, optimism, and vulnerability. All of which she applies to how she leads, works, learns, mentors and gives back.

Her community involvement centers around food insecurity concerns, homelessness, nature, and her most passionate volunteerism: children.

Her service work spans The Soup Kitchen Ministry, Grafton Land Trust, Open Space and Recreation Board Member, Friends of the Library, previous Ronald McDonald House board member, Tend My Sheep, and Foster Board Review Panel for the Department of Children and Families Grafton.

As CEO, Coveney’s responsibilities include leading the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of organizational operations, financials, programming, brand reputation, talent recruitment, resource development, and stakeholder relationships. The CEO also serves as the organization’s primary ambassador and lead communicator. Coveney, in partnership with her team, will oversee the organization’s clubs. The CEO reports to Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster board Chair Winfield Brown.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster conducted its search process with the assistance of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s CEO Search Team.

Since 2001, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has worked in youth development with young people ages 8-18, from many economic, social, and family circumstances. In August 2008, the organization consolidated its separate Fitchburg and Leominster clubhouses to a single state-of-the art location on the Fitchburg-Leominster line and received its charter from the Boys & Girls Club of America that December.