Heroes of Business: Jan Babiak

Heroes of Business: Jan Babiak is in the past.

Lipscomb University’s College of Business will honor Jan Babiak, board member of Walgreens, Bank of Montreal and Royal Mail Group, as a Hero of Business on Thursday, Feb. 6. Babiak will give an address for students and the public at the College of Business chapel service at 10:55 a.m. in The Swang Center’s Stowe Hall (formerly room 108).

Jan Babiak has over 30 years of international management and board level experience. At the end of 2009, she resigned from a 28 year career with Ernst & Young to build a full-time board portfolio career. In 2012 she joined the board of Walgreens and the Bank of Montreal and added the Royal Mail Group in early 2013 (The Royal Mail is the United Kingdom’s postal service.).

Beginning in 2010 and until its sale in August 2012, she was an independent board member and audit committee chair for Logica, a technology company headquartered in the United Kingdom. From 2011, Babiak has served as a council member on the governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. “Agenda,” a Financial Times publication for board members, has named her in their current International 100: Top Board Candidates with Global Skills.

Jan was founder and managing partner of Ernst & Young’s fastest growing and most profitable UK practice, which provided IT security, transformation, program management and advisory and assurance services. During this time, Babiak led several investigations of high profile system failures. She also created and provided board level sponsorship for numerous Ernst & Young diversity initiatives and has a strong commitment to active career mentoring.

In 2008 she created a new practice as Ernst & Young’s global leader for climate change and sustainability services. She was responsible for the strategy and delivery of commercially-focused climate change transformation and sustainability services to clients globally.

Babiak is also the founder and co-chair of the Tennessee Chapter of Women Corporate Directors; member and past board member of the Committee of 200, a global invitation-only organization advancing women in business leadership; and past board member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She received the Spirit of Leadership Award 2013 from CABLE, Nashville’s largest network of diverse business professionals, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women In Business and Finance 2007.

She is the co-author of “Defending the Digital Frontier: Practical Security for Management,” and author of the “Reporting: Which Standard to Adopt?” section of the 2010 book on climate change and sustainability Sustainable Banking: Risk, Reward and the Future of Finance.”