With over twenty years of business experience in a Fortune 20 company, Anna C. Catalano is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding, international business development, and is an outspoken champion of women in business. Having held executive positions in Asia, Europe, and North America, she holds a broad perspective on the challenges of operating in a global environment,
and creating high-performance organizations.
Between 1999 and 2003 she resided in London, and served as Group Vice President, Marketing for BP plc from 2000 to 2003. She was instrumental in
repositioning the BP brand, and was a primary voice behind the campaign to
establish BP’s “beyond petroleum” positioning. She advises and consults with
numerous organizations on the topics of strategic marketing, brand and reputation,
and purposeful leadership in an environment of skepticism around corporate
governance and responsibility.
In 1995 and 1996 she served as President, Amoco Orient Oil Company in Beijing, China, where she successfully transacted Amoco’s first downstream joint venture. Her understanding of Chinese societal and business culture coupled with strong western operational management experience provides a unique blend of skills necessary for commercial success in the PRC.
Since late 2003, Ms. Catalano has built an active board portfolio in both public and non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Boards of Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Chemtura Corporation, and Kraton Performance Polymers. In the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Catalano is a National Board Member of the Alzheimer's Association. She is also a Senior Fellow and an Advisory Board Member for the Kellogg Innovation Network.
Ms. Catalano is a frequent speaker on the topics of global marketing, brand building, and on the subject of leadership and the advancement of women in business. In 2001 she was recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”, and participates regularly on panels and speaking forums on the topic of success in the corporate world.