Joan Toth to leave Network of Executive Women

CHICAGO (October 26, 2016) – Joan Toth, president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, has announced that she will leave the organization effective December 31. NEW has started a search for her successor.

“After growing NEW from a fledgling organization with a handful of members and partners to the great organization it is today, it’s time to move on to the next chapter of my career,” Toth said. “I will stay on through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.”

“As a founding leader of NEW, Joan leaves a remarkable legacy,” said NEW Board Chair Karen Stuckey, senior vice president, private brands, general merchandise, joan-toth-new-president-diversity-reporterWalmart US, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “During her 15 years, Joan’s passion for the recruitment, retention and development of women leaders in the retail and consumer goods industry galvanized a movement. She built a strong and growing organization representing 10,000 members, more than 100 corporate sponsors and 20 regional groups across North America.”

Toth has been with NEW since its founding in 2001, serving first as the organization’s elected secretary. She was named executive director in 2002 and appointed to the new post of president and CEO in 2011.

“Future is bright”

Toth said the “timing is right.” NEW has been highly successful in its mission over the past 15 years. NEW learning, proprietary research and other programs have been expanded, she noted. “Our base is very strong and NEW’s future has been secured with the launch of our Future Fund capital campaign.”

Thanks to Toth, “NEW’s future is bright,” Stuckey said. “After setting the organization up for success with our NEW 2020 initiative and Future Fund campaign, Joan has well prepared us for the next chapter of our growth.

“On behalf of the membership, board and alumni of NEW, we are grateful to Joan for her unwavering commitment to women in our industry,” Stuckey said.

Earlier in her career, Toth launched Go-To-Market Strategies, a retail industry consulting firm, and led development activities for the retail/food industry publications of Bill Communications. Prior roles include vice president and publisher of Convenience Store News and group publisher of the retail and distribution publications of Macfadden Trade Communications. She is active in Sister Cities International.



Founded in 2001, the Network of Executive Women, Retail, Consumer Goods and Services, represents nearly 10,000 members from more than 750 companies, 100 corporate sponsors and 20 regions in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the Network of Executive Women and its national and regional learning programs, events, content and best practices, visit