2019 Anne Grant Advocacy Leadership Award Winner
Andrea Jung is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grameen America, the fastest-growing microfinance organization in the United States. The former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., and longtime champion of women’s issues, Ms. Jung was appointed by Grameen’s Founder and Chairman and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus to the position in April 2014. Founded in 2008, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. The organization has invested more than $870 million in women’s small businesses around the country.
Ms. Jung, the longest-serving female chief executive in the Fortune 500, is respected as a trailblazer for women. She served as CEO of Avon from 1999 through April 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through December 2012. As Avon’s first woman CEO and Chairman, Ms. Jung was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association, and as Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. During her tenure at Avon, she was responsible for developing and expanding economic earnings opportunities for over six million women in more than 100 countries. She has been lauded globally for her pursuit of public-private partnerships to end violence against women and to stem the breast cancer epidemic. Under her leadership, the Avon Foundation for Women raised and awarded nearly $1 billion to support health and empowerment causes, becoming the largest women-focused corporate philanthropy around the world. Ms. Jung's efforts were recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, which in 2010 honored her with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges.
Throughout her corporate tenure, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business,” Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in the World,” and the Financial Times’ “Top Women in World Business.” Ms. Jung is a graduate of Princeton University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., Unilever, Rockefeller Capital Management, and Wayfair Inc. She previously served on the boards of General Electric and Daimler AG.