Virginia Albanese

President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Custom Critical
Virginia_AlbaneseVirginia Albanese is president and chief executive officer of FedEx Custom Critical. She’s also an influential women business leader who has inspired many other leaders over the course of her multi-decade career. For this reason, Virginia is featured in Barb Brown and Margie Flynn’s new book Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women). The book, which was published in honor of the co-authors’ 20th anniversary of their corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, features insights and advice from 25 of the nation’s most accomplished women business leaders.

In Uplifting Leaders, Virginia attributes much of her success as a leader to an upbringing focused on charitable giving and positivity. It’s also why she has instilled a commitment to community into the culture at FedEx Custom Critical.

“My mother always told us, ‘Charity begins at home,’” she says. “Every year, there was a ‘sports day’ at a home for mentally and physically challenged children. We’d go and join the games to make things more fun for those kids. My mother also ran a canteen on Sundays at a hospital, and I’d clear the tables or pour tea. This was a wonderful way of teaching us the value of caring for others.”

UpliftingLeaders_quote12She began her career at FedEx Custom Critical in 1986 and quickly worked her way up the ranks, serving in several senior level roles before being named president and CEO.

In 2013, she was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to the Kent State Board of Trustees, and is past chair of The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.

Virginia currently serves on the boards of directors of Akron Children’s Hospital and the Akron Community Foundation. She has been recognized for her leadership roles both professionally and in the community, and was recently inducted into the Northeastern Ohio Business Hall of Fame.

Virginia has received the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council (2014), and has been named to the Inside Business “Power 100” list for four years straight.



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