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CPR’S President and CEO Kathy Bryan Announces Retirement

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New York City, New York, September 10th, 2013 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) has begun a search for a new President and CEO, as Kathy Bryan announced her plans to retire. Ms. Bryan will remain with CPR through February 2014 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor.

“As I transition to a new phase, I plan to stay active in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) field, teaching, writing, speaking and consulting, and will remain connected to all the wonderful people who have been involved with and supported CPR over the years,” Ms. Bryan explained.

“CPR is well positioned for significant growth, due in large part to Kathy’s vision, her tremendous leadership skills, and her commitment to excellence. She will be greatly missed by CPR’s members and the Board of Directors,” said Honorable William H. Webster, Chairman, CPR Board of Directors. “Kathy has the Board’s appreciation and we are indebted to her for her many years of exemplary service to CPR’s mission.”

John Kiernan, a Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and Vice Chairman of CPR’s Board of Directors said, “Kathy’s stellar leadership has brought growth to CPR’s impact and reputation in the U.S. and internationally. Her dedication to improving private dispute resolution has been embodied by such innovations as her introduction of CPR’s 21st Century Pledge, her creation of CPR’s European Executive Board and her expansion of CPR’s work in Brazil and the Asia-Pacific region. She has built a deserved reputation as a thought leader and visionary regarding ADR.”

Ms. Bryan joined CPR as President & CEO in October 2006. Prior to taking the helm at CPR, Kathy was the head of worldwide litigation for Motorola and a Corporate Vice President of Motorola’s Law Department. She developed and implemented innovations in litigation management techniques during a career that spanned 16 years with the company. She began her career in private practice at both Herrick & Smith and Hemenway & Barnes in Boston, Massachusetts and with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where she concentrated in commercial litigation.

“We have a dedicated staff, a strong and involved Board of Directors and an entire community of members supporting our work,” said Kathy Bryan. “I know that the next CEO will have all the tools, resources and support needed to ensure that CPR continues to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more effectively.”

“It has been a wonderful experience working with Kathy. Under her leadership we have expanded CPR’s international reach and introduced administered arbitration rules. She has made a profound difference and she will be sorely missed” said Honorable Charles B. Renfrew, former Chairman of CPR’s Board.

Barbara Daniele, Senior Vice President &General Counsel, GE Capital, Americas, member of CPR’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Board’s International Committee said, “I credit Kathy and her staff with significant progress in advocacy, networking and education efforts to promote ADR worldwide. Recent agreements with several international ADR organizations to support CPR’s 21st Century Pledge, as well as CPR’s work in cross-border online dispute resolution (ODR), are just a few examples of why CPR remains the leader in ADR innovation.”

“As an active board member of CPR, I have been a strong supporter of this cutting edge organization for more than a decade. Over the years, I have seen how CPR’s efforts to promote ADR worldwide and to grow its highly qualified Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, have flourished under Kathy’s direction. I am looking forward to another decade of tremendous growth as a result of the strong foundation that Kathy has put in place.” said Thomas Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, DuPont and Chair, CPR’s Nominating Committee.
The Board has formed a search committee led by Vice Chairman, John Kiernan. CPR has secured the Executive Search Firm of BarkerGilmore LLC to conduct an extensive search for Ms. Bryan’s replacement. All inquiries should be directed to John Gilmore, Managing Partner at 588-598-6555 or

About CPR

CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government liaisons, retired judges, highly experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information, please visit