MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 29, 2015 -Wetlands America Trust (WAT) recently elected Gary Butler one of its newest trustees. The WAT board is the land trust arm of Ducks Unlimited (DU) - a world leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

WAT oversees DU's endowment and land holdings, including conservation easements. Not only has WAT been successful with this charge, the trustees have individually taken up the mantle to introduce DU and its conservation mission to their friends, family and colleagues.

"With his recent pledge, Gary joins the ranks as one of Ducks Unlimited's most generous supporters," said Dan Thiel, WAT's chief operating officer. "His philanthropic backing is an excellent expression of concern and support for North America's wetlands and waterfowl."

Butler, of Sarasota, Fla., serves as the senior trustee of the Gary C. Butler Charitable Family Foundation. Prior to his current position, he was the CEO and President of Automatic Data Processing, a position he held until November 2011. He received a bachelor of industrial engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1968 and an MBA from the University of Georgia in 1970. He served on the boards of ADP, Liberty Mutual Group, DeVry Inc., CIT Group, Convergys Corporation and CareerBuilder.

"I have long been an avid waterfowl enthusiast and conservationist, so to be elected to the WAT board is truly an honor," Butler said. "I am excited about the great work DU has done in the past, and hope my experience and support will help continue this work throughout North America."

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