Karen Dee, Fifth Third Bank Executive, Named United Way Board Chair

Karen Dee, Florida President of Fifth Third Bank, recently assumed the role of United Way Board Chair, replacing Chris Fenger, former President of Bright House Networks who has moved from the area.

Dee will serve as chair until the board’s annual meeting in October when new elections will be held. She first joined the board in 2009 and has served as vice chair since late 2010.

A longtime United Way supporter, Dee also co-chairs the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, which raises awareness, funds and volunteer support to address problems that disproportionately affect local women and children, including poverty, access to health care and child care, domestic violence and other critical issues.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank in 2006, Dee served as a senior executive with Wachovia Bank in Tampa, where she served on boards for United Way of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the University of South Florida Foundation and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Robert H. (Bob) Brown, United Way President/CEO, praised Dee’s leadership and commitment. “For the past two years, Karen has been an integral part of what we do here at United Way,” Brown said. “We look forward to seeing her passion for the Central Florida community continue to shine in her new role as board chair.”

Brown also thanked Fenger for his service. “We also sincerely appreciate all that Chris Fenger has contributed to the organization over the past five years,” added. “We wish him all the best and know that he’ll continue to support United Way in his new community.”

In all, nearly 30 local business and civic leaders serve on the board, which guides every aspect of United Way’s operations. Click here to view the entire board roster.


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