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Brother Cyril J. Turner (Fall 1981) Named President Of Year Up


After an extensive nationwide search, Year Up has named Cyril J. Turner as its next President. Turner will succeed Garett Moran, who led the organization’s growth and expansion for more than 5 years.

Turner comes to Year Up from Delta Air Lines, Inc., where he was President of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets. He also oversaw Delta Connection, overseeing six regional airlines for Delta, including Compass, ExpressJet, GoJet, Republic and SkyWest, as well as Delta’s wholly owned subsidiary, Endeavor Air.

Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO, cited Turner’s demonstrated “leadership, innovative thinking and strong history of driving growth in the private sector” as criteria for selection. “His experience in scaling large organizations will enable us to provide more talented, motivated young people with access to meaningful careers and higher education.”

Turner is “overjoyed” to join the Year Up team. Year Up “is uniquely positioned to improve the outcomes for young adults without college degrees, an underserved and under-addressed population,” said Turner. “Helping to close the Opportunity Divide — and ensure more young adults can gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in the workplace — is the most meaningful work I can do and Year Up provides a great platform for me do this work.”

During his tenure at Delta, Turner’s team more than quadrupled the number of employees at Delta Global Services and oversaw its expansion to 180 locations. Prior to Delta, Turner held numerous leadership roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises, as well as at Frito-Lay and Deloitte & Touche.

Turner lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a board member of CHRIS 180, and an executive board member of Junior Achievement of Georgia. He also serves on the advisory board of the Future Foundation.

Turner earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Morehouse College and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and also studied at Harvard Business School and the London Business School.

BoardWalk Consulting was proud to have been Year Up’s partner throughout this search. BoardWalk has completed more than 15 national searches with Year Up to find leaders to grow and scale the organization’s mission of “closing the opportunity divide.” The search was led by Crystal Stephens and research partner Patti Kish.

About Year Up

Founded in Boston in 2000, Year Up will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 across 25 U.S. cities, connecting them with meaningful wage careers in business and IT at hundreds of top companies across the country. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.


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