Leading United Way of Central Indiana
On April 1, 2013, Ann D. Murtlow became the 13th executive to lead United Way of Central Indiana. She was chosen following a national search to fill the vacancy created by Ellen K. Annala's retirement after 15 years in the role. Ann has extensive corporate and nonprofit board experience.
Most recently, she was an independent consultant providing advice on strategy, execution, growth and leadership. Previously, Ann was an AES Corporation executive and president & CEO at Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) where she became one of the few female chief executives in the electric utility industry. During her nine-year tenure at IPL, she focused on providing value to company stakeholders through operating excellence in the areas of safety, environmental performance, reliability, customer service, financial performance, employee engagement and community leadership.
Ann began her 30-year career at Bechtel Power Corporation one of the world’s leading engineering and construction firms. She was recruited to AES Corporation headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in 1987 to lead the environmental permitting activities for new power stations in the U.S. and abroad. Her career progressed into project and development, including commercial negotiations and project finance.
In 1997, Ann moved to AES' regional office in London, England where she was responsible for business development and operations in 22 countries.
Involved in the community, Ann has co-chaired Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and served as vice chair of the Indianapolis Zoo and chair of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. Ann currently serves on the boards of Economic Club of Indiana, Indianapolis Zoo Founders Board and The Mind Trust.
Ann also co-chaired the tissue collection committee for Indy’s Super Cure, a partnership between the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the Susan B. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center.
She is a director of First Internet Bank, Great Plains Energy, Herff Jones and Wabash National Corporation. She also served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 2007 to 2012.
Recognition for her work and service include: Electric Light & Power Magazine’s 2010 Large Utility CEO of the Year Award; Women in Hi Tech Leading Lights; 2012 Leadership Award; Barnes & Thornburg 2010 Woman of the Year in Hi Tech; Riverview Hospital Women of Impact Award 2008; IBJ’s Influential Women 2007; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2007 Diamond Hope Award; and Girl’s Inc. 2007 Touchtone Award.
Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1982. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow.