Hertz named chair-elect of Board of Tulane

Atlanta businessman and nonprofit leader Douglas Hertz (A&S ’74, MBA ’76) has been named chair-elect of the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. His three-year term as chairman will begin July 1, 2017.

Douglas Hertz

Douglas Hertz

Hertz is president and chief executive officer of United Distributors Inc., a privately held beverage distribution business. Under his leadership, it has grown to be listed as one of the top 25 private companies in Atlanta.

“I’m flattered and humbled to be asked to lead the Board of Tulane,” Hertz said. “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, but there can be no greater honor than to be asked to lead one’s alma mater.”

“I am terribly excited about working with Doug in his new capacity,” said Tulane University President Michael Fitts. “He has been deeply committed to Tulane for many years, chairing critical committees that have helped shape the modern university. Doug is also a nationally recognized business and nonprofit leader, who has chaired the boards in Atlanta of a major pediatric healthcare system and the city’s performing arts center. Institutions for which he has assumed leadership responsibilities have all benefited enormously from his wisdom and energy. I very much look forward to his leadership at Tulane.”

“Doug is an outstanding business and civic leader,” added Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon. “We’re delighted that one of our MBA grads will be lending his expertise as chair of the Board of Tulane.”

Hertz is chair and founder of Camp Twin Lakes, a camping facility for chronically ill and special needs children that serves nearly 9,000 children and adults annually. He was chairman of the board at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the country.

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