Sharon Abrams Assumes Chairmanship of BBB

3/23/2011

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Board of Directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) has announced the appointment of Sharon Abrams as Chairman of the Board, replacing Pete Blackshaw, who has accepted a position with Nestle in Geneva, Switzerland.

Abrams is Vice President and General Counsel, North America, of The Procter & Gamble Company, and has served on the CBBB Board of Directors since 2007 and on its executive committee since 2009. Abrams is also active with the Cincinnati BBB as a Board member and Vice Chair of its executive committee.

“Sharon brings a diverse corporate background to this position,” said Steve Cox, President and CEO of the Council. “She has experience with governance and legal issues, marketing, team-building, consumer trends and social media. Moreover, she is passionately committed to ethical business practices and believes strongly in our mission to foster trust in the marketplace. The board and staff have a great deal of confidence in her ability to lead us into our centennial year and help prepare the organization for its second century.”

Abrams joined Procter & Gamble in 1985, and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility until 2002, when she was named Secretary.  Most recently, she served as P&G’s General Counsel for Western Europe before returning to the Company’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2006 to assume her current post.

In addition to BBB, Abrams has been involved with numerous professional organizations. She has served on the legal committees of the Soap & Detergent Association and the Grocery Manufacturers of America, on the Competition Law Committee of AIM (the European Branded Goods Association), and is a past member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.  She has been rated AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale Hubbell, and was selected for the inaugural edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™.

Abrams graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from the University of Dayton, where she was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the National Economics Honor Society. She graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was a John Henry Wigmore Scholar and an editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Bar of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. She is also a long-time member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

About the BBB
As the leader in advancing marketplace trust, Better Business Bureau is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 65 million consumers rely on BBB Reliability Reports® and BBB Wise Giving Reports® to help them find trustworthy businesses and charities across North America. Visit www.bbb.org/us for more information.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sheila Adkins at 703-247-9312 or e-mail sadkins@council.bbb.org.

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