Glenmede Bolsters Board with Appointment of Two Industry Heavyweights

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The wealth management firm Glenmede has elected Mary Stengel Austen and Roger A. Sayler, CFA, to its Board of Directors. The appointments, which took effect on January 1, 2024, expanded the board to a robust team of 16 directors.

Mary Stengel Austen brings a wealth of experience from her role as Co-Founder and CEO of Tierney, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest communications agencies. With over three decades of experience in leading strategic communications for major brands, Austen’s expertise will add a unique perspective to Glenmede’s board. Her reputation management acumen will be particularly valuable, given the increasing importance of brand reputation and public perception in the financial industry.

Outside of her professional engagements, Austen has made significant contributions to her community, serving on several boards including the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Team PA. Her recognition as a “Distinguished Daughter” of Pennsylvania and her inclusion in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Most Admired CEOs list underscore the respect she commands in her field.

Joining Austen is Roger A. Sayler, a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Church Pension Fund. His nine-year tenure at the helm of the Episcopal Church’s investment activities brought him extensive experience in managing defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans, and insurance portfolios. Sayler’s deep investment knowledge and his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation will undoubtedly enrich Glenmede’s boardroom discussions, bringing a practical understanding of investment strategies and management.

Sayler’s community involvement mirrors his professional dedication, having served on multiple investment committees for religious organizations. This blend of professional and charitable board experience equips him with a broad perspective beneficial to Glenmede’s diverse client base.

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Peter J. Zuleba III, President and CEO of The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A., expressed his confidence in the new additions stating, “Their inclusion enriches the Board with diverse talents and invaluable expertise, fortifying our team with aligned business acumen and experiences that resonate with our client offerings and uphold our organizational values.”

The appointment of Stengel Austen and Sayler underscores Glenmede’s commitment to broadening its board’s expertise and perspective—a move that is likely to contribute positively to the firm’s strategic decision-making. Their collective experience, combined with their distinguished reputations, will prove a valuable asset to Glenmede as it navigates an increasingly complex investment landscape. As the industry evolves, such forward-thinking appointments may well set the tone for companies seeking to stay ahead of the curve.

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