SEA is delighted to announce that Tim Boroughs has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors, effective September 1. A member of the Board since 2019 and an avid squash player, Boroughs chairs SEA’s Development & Communications Committee and, along with his wife Barbara, was a leading supporter of SEA’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee.
“We’re incredibly fortunate that Tim will be the next leader of SEA’s Board of Directors,” says Executive Director Tim Wyant. “SEA has established ambitious goals for itself and the network over the next five years, and Tim is ideally suited to lead our Board in this dynamic period of growth. Tim’s competitiveness and focused leadership, combined with his passion for the SEA mission, will take our network to new heights.”
Boroughs is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Chubb Group, the world’s largest property and casualty insurance company. He manages Chubb’s global investment portfolio, supervises the implementation of the company’s asset management strategies, and serves as a trustee of Chubb’s charitable foundation. Previously, he held executive positions at ACE Limited, Tudor Investment Corporation, and Fischer Francis Tree & Watts, and was a business school lecturer at the New York Institute of Finance.
“SEA’s commitment to expanding access and opportunity through squash and education is inspiring and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Boroughs says. “I’m excited to be stepping into the new role of Board Chair and look forward to helping SEA support more young people, strengthen its model, and grow the movement.”
Boroughs grew up in northwest Indiana and earned his B.S. at Indiana University, graduating with highest honors. He took up squash in his twenties while living in New York City and has been a regular at the University Club since. Tim and his wife of 38 years, Barbara, have two grown sons and live in Westport, CT.
Tim and Barbara are involved with several other nonprofit organizations, including Yale School of Medicine and New York – Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In addition to the SEA Board, Boroughs is as a trustee of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and studies and plays classical piano.
Boroughs assumes the role of Board Chair at a moment of strength in SEA’s development, succeeding Amrit Kanwal, who has served as Chair since 2016. Under Kanwal’s leadership, SEA’s Board of Directors has doubled in size, significantly increased representation among women and people of color, and SEA’s enrollment has increased from 1,500 to more than 2,000 students.
“Tim is the perfect Board Chair to lead SEA through its next chapter,” says Kanwal. “He’s passionate, enthusiastic, and brings a wealth of experience to the network. It has been an incredible privilege to be a part of SEA these past five years and I’m excited to see SEA continue to grow and develop with Tim as Board Chair.”
SEA is proud to welcome Robynne Chutkan, Jack Hellmann, and Sarah Robertson to the Board of Directors. “Robynne, Jack, and Sarah are terrific additions and bring a diverse set of experiences and strengths to the SEA Board,” says Chair Amrit Kanwal. “We are fortunate to have their leadership and support.”
Robynne Chutkan is a gastroenterologist, best-selling author and D.C. resident. Born and raised in Jamaica, Robynne earned her B.S. at Yale University, where she played on the squash team, and completed her M.D. at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Robynne is a longtime supporter of SEA’s Citizenship Tour and is co-chairing SEA’s effort to launch squash programs at historically Black colleges and universities.
“SEA gives me a platform to work on two things I’m passionate about: squash and democratizing access to quality education,” Robynne says. “I took a 20 year squash hiatus and then started playing again a few years ago. I’m slower but more competitive than I was back in college, and if the knees weren’t so creaky, I’d happily play every single day. I’m particularly excited to be working on the SEA HBCU initiative, and have met so many wonderful and passionate people through those efforts.”
“Robynne is a dynamo,” says Tim Wyant, SEA’s Executive Director. “She brings to the Board an infectious enthusiasm for the game and a positive, can-do vision for how we can make the squash community more inclusive, and the SEA network more successful.”
Jack Hellmann is the CEO of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., an operator of 116 freight railroads worldwide. He completed his B.A. at Princeton University, where he played on the squash team, earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and completed an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Jack lives in New Canaan, CT and is involved with efforts to launch an SEA program in nearby Bridgeport.
“The opportunity to join an organization that has been so extraordinarily successful at changing lives through education and squash is a privilege,” Jack says. “And to be joining SEA at a moment in time when the depth and breadth of its organizational capabilities is at an inflection point is truly exciting.”
“While Jack has had an extraordinarily successful business career, it is his down-to-earth nature, kindness, enthusiasm, and love of family that distinguish him,” says David Kay, CEO of MetroSquash and SEA Board Member. “His can-do spirit and boundless energy will be a fantastic addition to the SEA Board.”
Sarah Robertson serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Robertson Foundation, and SEA member program CitySquash. Previously, she served as board chair of Girls Prep Lower Eastside and was a member of the advisory board of Teach for America New York. Sarah assists with communications and workshops at PAVE Academy, a partner school of CitySquash’s Brooklyn site. Since joining the Board, Sarah has spearheaded SEA’s efforts to create safe, high-quality, in-person educational and athletic opportunities for students in the pandemic. Sarah completed her B.A. at Duke University, worked as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, and is a freelance writer, with pieces in such publications as The New York Times, Mindful Magazine, and Duke Magazine. The mother of four avid squash players, Sarah leads meditation classes for kids and women and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
“I’ve seen firsthand how transformational the work of SEA programs are and I’m thrilled to be joining the Board,” Sarah says. “Working with the SEA team to help promote squash and academic excellence and bring opportunities to more kids across the country is energizing and exciting.”
“Sarah will be a powerful addition to the Board,” says fellow Director Justin Lungstrum, who chairs SEA’s Nomination & Governance Committee. “She brings a wealth of junior squash experience and insight, and her unmatched energy will be a true asset for the network.”