Janice M. Babiak
Jan Babiak joined the Walgreen Co. board of directors in 2012 with more than 30 years of global management and board-level experience.
During a 28-year career at Ernst & Young, she held managing partner and board-level roles in the areas of technology, climate change and sustainability, and regulatory and public policy. She served in consulting, audit and assurance roles for a broad range of clients in the financial services, technology, energy, media, transportation, government, retail and other sectors.
Babiak was founder and managing partner of Ernst & Young’s fastest growing and most profitable United Kingdom practice, which provided IT security, transformation, program management and advisory and assurance services. With full P&L and operational responsibility, she grew the technology security and risk services practice in the United Kingdom, later adding Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (NEMIA), for more than 10 years while also serving on Ernst & Young’s UK operating board.
Following her success in these roles, Babiak was appointed in 2006 to the NEMIA executive management board and as managing partner for regulatory and public policy in NEMIA, and was the board-level sponsor leading all services related to climate change and sustainability across the NEMIA area.
In 2008 she created a new practice as Ernst & Young’s global leader for climate change and sustainability services, operating from the firm’s London headquarters. She was responsible for the strategy and delivery of commercially focused climate change transformation and sustainability services to clients, as well as providing coordination with government offices, regulatory bodies, national professional bodies and other stakeholders. She has led teams delivering advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services focused on clean tech, renewable energy, carbon trading, environmental policy and taxation, green building, green supply chain, carbon measurement and modeling.
Babiak joined Ernst & Young’s audit practice in Oklahoma City in 1982 after earning her bachelors of business administration degree from the University of Oklahoma that same year. She later earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio in 1989. She began her Ernst & Young career serving clients in the financial services, energy, retail and manufacturing industries, then transferred to its then global headquarters in Cleveland to manage the integration of technology into the firm’s audit methodology. In 1990, she transferred to London, England, initially to lead key aspects of the post-merger integration of Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young.
She is a certified public accountant in the United States and a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom.
Babiak has served as a member of the board of directors for the Royal Mail Group since March 2013 and for the Bank of Montreal since October 2012. In 2011, she joined the governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as a council member.