The Executive Leadership Council Announces the Appointment of Two Executives to Leadership Positions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 7, 2019 – The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) today announced the appointment of two accomplished executives to senior leadership roles. Christopher C. Butts, Ed.D. will serve as Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for The ELC’s Institute for Leadership Development and Research and Teresa Payne-Nunn will serve as Vice President and Chief Membership Officer.

Dr. Butts will lead The ELC’s Institute in every aspect of the design, development, marketing, business development, execution, and evaluation of its leadership development programming, research, consulting and coaching offerings. Ms. Payne-Nunn will lead The ELC’s member services team, responsible for developing, leading and coordinating programs, benefits, marketing, and initiatives that promote membership intake and engagement for the organization’s more than 800 members.

“The Executive Leadership Council is excited to welcome Chris and Teresa to our leadership team to help us build a legacy of black business leaders through networking, leadership development and community support,” said Skip Spriggs, President and CEO of The ELC. “There is much work to be done to achieve equity in business and community leadership, and we look forward to having the talents of these two executives complement our exceptional membership and hardworking staff.”

Dr. Butts is an author, thought leader, and educator who has advised C-suite executives in both the private and public sectors on complex human resources and employee relations issues. He has held several leadership positions in his field.

Ms. Payne-Nunn most recently served as Americas Senior Vice President at Xerox Corporation where she had executive and profit and loss fiduciary oversight for Government, Healthcare and Education markets in the United States. As a member of the senior leadership team for the Americas, Ms. Payne-Nunn was responsible for strategic planning, profitable business growth and overall client satisfaction.

Ms. Payne-Nunn earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, and Executive Management Certificates from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Smith College. She serves on the Hampton University School of Engineering Advisory Board, and on several other boards, including Leadership Greater Washington, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Dr. Butts received a Master of Education in Higher Education degree and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Policy Studies degree from the University of Central Florida. He serves as a board member for the Human Capital Executive Research Board and is an Editorial Board Member for the Macrothink Institute in Research in Business Management.

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About The Executive Leadership Council:

The Executive Leadership Council opens channels of opportunity for the development of black executives to positively impact business and our communities. An independent non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1986, The ELC is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprising more than 800 current and former black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit

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