Honored as One of Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal
Ellen McClain, executive vice president and chief operating officer of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), has been named one of 2012's "25Influential Black Women in Business" by The Network Journal (TNJ).
"It is a wonderful honor to be named to this list by The Network Journal," said McClain, who holds a master's degree in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration ('93) and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brown University ('86).
"The list includes many extraordinary women and it is a great thrill to be recognized alongside them."
McClain, 47, was hired by NYRA in July 2009 as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
In that position, she
restructured the finance organization to better meet the financial reporting, cash management and compliance demands of NYRA
, a complex organization with three facilities, secure wagering operations and an extensive simulcast television network.
In October 2011, McClain, who boasts a 20-year track record in media finance and operations, was promoted to NYRA executive vice president and chief operating officer, becoming both the first woman and the first African-American to serve in this role for the company.
"Ellen is very deserving of this honor and I join everyone at NYRA in congratulating her," said Charles Hayward, NYRA president and chief executive officer.