Marta Holsman Babson is Chairman of Holsman International.
Prior to this, Ms. Babson was Vice President of L. Cartwright & Co. She conducted the wholesale trading operation of the firm as well as managing the risk arbitrage department. Ms. Babson’s board memberships include: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ms. Babson grew up in Montecito, California and is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. A champion tennis player, Ms. Babson also studied ballet, and enjoys sailing. She is a collector of antique Holsman Automobiles. Ms. Babson is single and lives in California and Illinois.
Henrietta H. Fore is the former Chairman and CEO of Holsman International. On January 1st 2018, Ms. Fore became the seventh Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1946 with a mandate to provide assistance to children. Today, UNICEF works world-wide. The work of UNICEF is guided by the UNICEF Executive Board, elected from Members of the United Nations. As UNICEF’s Executive Director, Ms. Fore is a member of the Secretary-General’s Senior Management Group. Ms. Fore has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades.
From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. The first woman to serve in these roles, she was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to peoples and countries recovering from disaster and building their futures economically, politically and socially.
Earlier in her career at USAID, Ms. Fore was appointed Assistant Administrator for Asia and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise (1989-1993). She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fore served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of State. She was responsible for the staff, resources, facilities, technology and security of the Department and was the Secretary of State’s principal advisor on management issues. She oversaw a management budget of $3.6 billion, 7,200 employees, 30,000 contractors and 267 embassies and posts in 172 countries.
From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Fore was the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury, managing the world’s largest manufacturer of coins, medals and coin products. In 2005, she received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor.
Immediately prior to her appointment with UNICEF, Ms. Fore was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. She also served on the boards of a number of domestic and international public corporations, including as Global Co-Chair of the Asia Society, Chair of the Middle East Investment Initiative, and Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors. She also served on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Aspen Institute, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and the Center for Global Development (CGD).
Ms. Fore has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She is married and has four children.