Katie Britt chosen as first woman to lead Business Council of Alabama


The Business Council of Alabama, one of the state’s most powerful political organizations, announced today that Katie Boyd Britt, chief of staff for Sen. Richard Shelby, will be the next BCA president.

Britt will start the job on Jan. 2 and will be the first woman to serve as BCA’s president.

Britt will replace Billy Canary, who departed in July after some of the BCA’s largest members withdrew because of dissatisfaction with his leadership. Canary had served as president for 15 years and accepted a position as senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite, who chairs the BCA’s executive committee, said in a press release that the organization was excited to welcome Britt to the job.

“As the top staff member for Senator Shelby, she has worked daily with businesses and elected officials from around Alabama and the country,” Crosswhite said. “She also has a special ability to work with and unite people from all walks of life. She has all of the tools we were looking for to support the business growth across the state that will drive our economy in the years ahead.”

Alabama Power, Regions Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama all returned to the BCA in August and hold seats on the executive committee.

Britt grew up in Enterprise and served as president of the Student Government Association at the University of Alabama. She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Before becoming chief of staff, she worked in other positions for Shelby, including as press secretary. She previously led state governmental affairs for the Butler Snow law firm in Montgomery and practiced corporate law. She is married to Wesley Britt and they have two children and will live in Montgomery.

“My heart is in Alabama,” Britt said in the press release. “Our state has made significant progress in recent years, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead BCA during this time of growth. I look forward to building on that momentum through collective efforts with our BCA members, elected officials, and business allies across the state – identifying opportunities every day in which we can provide and advance real, tangible solutions.”