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Former Tech CEO Ilene H. Lang Takes the Helm at Catalyst

New President to Focus on Strengthening and Deepening Mission to Advance Women in Business

The Catalyst Board of Directors today appointed Ilene H. Lang as President of Catalyst, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focusing on women’s private sector leadership. The founding CEO of AltaVista Internet Software Inc. and a First Light Capital venture partner, Lang will officially assume leadership of the $8.5-million Catalyst organization on September 8, 2003.

“I want to focus on strengthening and deepening the Catalyst mission,” said new Catalyst President Ilene H. Lang. “If you look at every initiative underway and flesh out the segments focusing on women and the segments focusing on business, there are significant opportunities to build on Catalyst’s strong foundation.”

“Catalyst is an amazing organization, and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors, and the staff to enhance its current success,” continued Lang.

Lang is a pioneer in the high-tech and Internet industries. Among Lang’s many accomplishments, she was the founding CEO of AltaVista Internet Software Inc., where she commercialized the highly popular AltaVista search service and marketed a line of award-winning Internet-based software products for business people. Prior to AltaVista, Lang served as a senior executive at Lotus Development Corporation, where she was responsible for worldwide development and marketing of Lotus’s SmartSuite product line, a $500+ million business.

“Ilene is a top-notch business leader, a founder of companies, and a successful CEO. She has broken barriers to the advancement of women in high-tech for years. She is uniquely positioned to apply her energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global business community,” said Tom Engibous, Chairman, President, and CEO of Texas Instruments Incorporated and Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors. “Ilene is a resourceful and effective business leader and she’s going to make a first- rate President of Catalyst.”

Lang succeeds Sheila Wellington, who served as President of the organization since 1993, overseeing such groundbreaking projects as the Catalyst Census of Corporate Officers and Top Earners and the Catalyst Women in Corporate Leadership study.

“Sheila established Catalyst as the premier organization for women in business,” complimented Lang. “She put Catalyst on the map and more than tripled its budget during her 10 years as President.”
Lang earned an A.B. degree in history and literature cum laude from Radcliffe College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of directors of Adaptec Inc., Art Technology Group, and the Tufts Health Plan.

Lang served on the board of directors of PlanetAll prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com, the advisory board of Direct Hit Technologies prior to its acquisition by Ask Jeeves, and the board of trustees of Radcliffe College prior to its merger with Harvard University.

Catalyst is the leading research and advisory organization working to advance women in business, with offices in New York, San Jose, and Toronto. As an independent, not-for-profit membership organization, Catalyst uses a solutions-oriented approach that has earned the confidence of business leaders around the world. Catalyst conducts research on all aspects of women’s career advancement and provides strategic and web-based consulting services on a global basis to help companies and firms advance women and build inclusive work environments. In addition, we honor exemplary business initiatives that promote women’s leadership with our annual Catalyst Award. Catalyst is consistently ranked No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits focused on women’s issues by The American Institute of Philanthropy. For additional information on Catalyst, please visit www.catalystwomen.org or call 212-514-7600.

Ilene H. Lang bio

Ilene H. Lang was appointed President of Catalyst on August 14, 2003 after a long and illustrious career in the technology industry. She leads the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focusing on women’s private sector leadership.

Having broken barriers in her own career, Lang is broadly recognized as a pioneering female high-tech/Internet executive. She has advised CEOs and entrepreneurs as a Board member, coach, and angel investor. She is a venture partner of First Light Capital (www.firstlightcapital.com) and a member of the 8Wings Ventures angel network, a seed stage investment group that backs women-led companies. A successful businesswoman, Lang brings high energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global marketplace.

Formerly, Lang was president and CEO of Individual.com Inc., a popular Web site offering uniquely personalized news and business information to one million business people; in spring 2000, Lang oversaw the cash sale of the company to Office.com. Prior to joining Individual.com in May 1999, Lang was CEO of Essential.com, an energy and communications marketplace serving small business and residential customers.

Among Lang’s many accomplishments, she was the founding CEO of AltaVista Internet Software Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Digital Equipment Corporation. AltaVista commercialized the highly popular AltaVista Internet search service and marketed a line of award-winning Internet-based software products for business people. Prior to AltaVista, Lang was senior vice president of the Desktop Business Group at Lotus Development Corporation, responsible for the worldwide development and marketing of Lotus’s SmartSuite product line, a $500+ million business. Lang joined Lotus as vice president of International Product Development, responsible for the development of all Lotus products sold outside the United States.

Before Lotus, Lang was interim chief operating officer of the Industrial Technology Institute, a leading organization devoted to improving manufacturing through application and effective use of technology; president of Adelie Corporation, a vendor of marketing and sales productivity software solutions to Fortune 100 companies and large commercial banks; and an executive of Ontos, a leader in object-oriented database technology. Lang also served in several senior management positions at Symbolics, a pioneer in advanced computer systems for artificial intelligence and symbolic processing systems.

Lang earned an A.B. degree in history and literature from Radcliffe College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Adaptec Corporation (ADPT), computer storage solutions; ART Technology Group (ARTG), ecommerce software; and the Tufts Health Plan.
 

Lang served on the Board of Directors of PlanetAll prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com, the Advisory Board of Direct Hit Technologies prior to its acquisition by Ask Jeeves, and the Board of Trustees of Radcliffe College prior to its merger with Harvard University.

Lang is the mother of three children – Sarah 26, Penelope 22, and Edmund 20.