Greenwich residents elected to World Affairs Forum Board

Greenwich residents William W. Galvin III, Donald Heller, and Pilar Ramos were reelected to the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Forum at its June 3 Annual Meeting held at the Stamford Yacht Club.

William W. Galvin III’s professional career included management positions in two investment banks, most recently CS First Boston, as well as managerial roles in three international firms specializing in corporate and financial communications consulting. He founded and managed for nearly 20 years his own consultancy practice in strategic corporate and investor communications, serving global companies listed on US exchanges. Currently, Bill is a director and Vice Chairman of Family ReEntry (Bridgeport), which is focused on the recidivism issue in CT, and is a former Chairman of the Board of the Forum. He is also active in Greenwich town government as an elected member of the RTM, as an appointed member of the Town Property Committee, and as an appointed member of the town’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency. Bill has also served as on the board of the Greenwich Department of Social Services and on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in NYC. Bill has been active on the vestry and as chair of the Outreach Committee at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greenwich. Bill received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia and a BA in History from Yale.

Donald Heller is Chairman of the Greenwich, CT Planning and Zoning Commission. His business activities are as an advisor and consultant in the consumer products industry, in addition to investments in real estate, such as a second home community in Grand County, Colorado. Don’s previous business experience includes serving as Chairman, Novatek Medical, Inc., and as President and General Manager of Health and Beauty Products, Cheesebrough-Pond’s. He was also a director and consultant to Historic Restorations, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in the revitalization of blighted downtown areas of cities. Don received his BA and Master of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University.

Pilar Ramos was recently appointed Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel, North America at MasterCard. In this role she serves as the general counsel for MasterCard’s North America Markets, responsible for all legal, regulatory, government and franchise affairs in the region. Prior to that, Pilar was Group Head, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Strategy Counsel. In this role, she managed MasterCard’s public policy advocacy with governments and other relevant stakeholders, focusing on emerging markets across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She also focused on trade policy matters with the U.S. and other governments. Pilar began her tenure at MasterCard as Region Counsel in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She began her legal career with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, working in both the New York and London offices. She holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1946, the Forum is a membership organization that offers between 25 and 30 programs and events annually in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. These programs bring a variety of prominent speakers on international topics to the community. A complete list can be found at www.worldaffairsforum.org.

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