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Women Appointed to Large Boards: Including BAE Systems & Brown-Forman

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BAE Systems Names Former Senator to its Board of Directors

BAE Systems announced that former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, 49, has been appointed to its board of directors for a three-year term. From 2011 until January of this year, former Sen. Ayotte worked across party lines in Congress on numerous domestic and foreign policy issues. She served on several Senate committees, chairing the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security. Previously, from 2004 to 2009, she was the first female to serve as New Hampshire’s attorney general, appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors.

Rockwell Automation Appoints TSYS CIO as Newest Board Member

Rockwell Automation announced that Patricia Watson, 50, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Watson is senior EVP and CIO at Total System Services (TSYS). She currently serves as a board director for Texas Capital Bancshares.

Brown-Forman Appoints UPS Exec Kate Gutmann as Board Member

Brown-Forman elected Kate Gutmann, 47, to the company's Board of Directors. Gutmann is Chief Sales and Solutions Officer for United Parcel Service (UPS) at its corporate headquarters in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the UPS executive committee and is involved in corporate strategy, oversight, and execution. Gutmann is responsible for more than $60 billion in revenue and oversees the UPS Store and UPS Capital business units globally.

Wolseley Appoints Former Amazon Exec as Non-Executive Director

Wolseley plc, the plumbing and heating products company, named Nadia Shouraboura, 46, to the Board. Nadia, a US Citizen, was formally a VP at  where she served on senior leadership team and was responsible for implementing a new retail supply chain. After 8 years at Amazon, she founded Hointer.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Cimpress NV.

Textron Elects Retired Secretary of the Air Force to Board

Textron announced that Deborah Lee James, 58, has been elected to the company's Board of Directors. James recently retired as the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force, a position she had held since 2013. Ms. James has 30 years of homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector.

CBRE Group Appoints Beth F. Cobert to its Board of Directors

CBRE Group announced that Beth F. Cobert has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors. Cobert is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors.  Cobert was an Acting Director for the United States Office of Personnel Management. She is a former Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she advised companies in a wide range of industries on strategic, operational and organizational issues. Lately, Cobert was named CEO of Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation.

Kansas City Southern Appoints Couple of Female Board Members

Kansas City Southern added Lydia Beebe and Janet Kennedy to its Board of Directors. Lydia I. Beebe, 63, joins the Board after serving in various executive roles at Chevron Corporation, most recently as its Chief Governance Officer, and as an experienced director of public companies. She is a respected advisor on corporate strategy, and is highly regarded for her expertise in working with all stakeholders. Beebe currently serves as Senior Of Counsel with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, advising clients on a wide range of corporate governance issues. 

Janet H. Kennedy is the President of Microsoft Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of business solutions and previously spent time in the West and Central regions of the U.S. as the VP of Enterprise Customers. Kennedy addsvaluable experience leading a significant business unit within Microsoft and has understandings regarding specific technological applications and developments that will benefit the transportation industry as well as issues related to cybersecurity."

Cinemark Taps Board Member from CPG Industry

Cinemark Holdings, a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, announced that Nancy Loewe, 50, has been elected to the Board of Directors. She has nearly three decades of experience in delivering results and developing strategies for multinational companies across diverse industries. She most recently served as the CFO for Kimberly-Clark International and prior to that was the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Treasurer. She also served as VP and CFO of Frito Lay North America.

Tech Data Names Booz Allen Hamilton EVP to Board

Tech Data Corporation announced the nomination of Karen Dahut, 52, for appointment to the company's Board of Directors. Dahut serves as an EVP at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she leads the firm's Civil Commercial Group (CCG) and is a member of the Executive Management committee. Prior to that, Dahut was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as the comptroller for the Navy's premier biomedical research institute.

Timken Board Elects Retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force as Director

The Timken Company, a global manufacturer of bearings, and related components and assemblies, has elected Elizabeth A. "Ann" Harrell a director of the company. Harrell is a retired major general, serving more than 30 years with the U.S. Air Force. During her military career, Harrell held a wide range of positions in the U.S., Germany and South Korea specializing in aircraft fleet maintenance and sustainment. 

CEO of Compute Software Joins Morningstar Board

Morningstar announced that Caroline Tsay, 34, CEO of Compute Software, has been elected to Morningstar's board of directors. Prior to Tsay's top leadership position at Compute Software, she was VP and general manager of the online channel division at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company from 2013 to 2016. Earlier, she held several product leadership positions at Yahoo!  across its consumer search, e-commerce, and advertising businesses. Tsay, is nationally renowned as a technology influencer and advisor, and was recognized among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. She currently serves on the board of directors at Rosetta Stone.

Amaya Names Canadian Tire Bank's CEO as Director

Amaya added Mary Turner, 55, to board. Turner served as President and CEO and board member of Canadian Tire Bank, a subsidiary of Canadian Tire Corporation. Turner, also currently serves on the boards of directors of YMCA Canada as well as Niagara College and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

British Transport Group Taps Former GE IT Exec for Board Role

Martha Poulter, 49, has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director at the British transport group Firstgroup plc. Martha brings a wealth of IT and business process transformation experience to the Board from her senior executive career at General Electric (GE) and most recently at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

DBV Technologies Appoints Alexion Exec to Board

Clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company DBV Technologies appointed Julie O'Neill, 60, as director. She is currently EVP, Global Operations of Alexion, responsible for global manufacturing operations, as well as Alexion's complete supply chain and quality operations.

Cooper-Standard Elects Board Member with Experience in International Markets

Cooper-Standard Holdings announced that Dr. Molly P. Zhang, 54, was elected to the Company's Board of Directors. Dr. Zhang brings international experience in chemical, mining service and other industrial sectors, as well as extensive expertise in China market penetration and Asia business growth to her new role with Cooper Standard. Her hands-on experience in guiding large, diverse organizations to optimize performance and effective cross-cultural leadership will further bolster the Board's capabilities.

Advanced Accelerator Applications' Newest Board Member Comes With Legal Expertise in Pharma Space

Advanced Accelerator Applications named Christine Mikail, J.D., 38, as an independent non-executive director. Mikail has over fifteen years of experience managing and advising a number of public and private biotech and pharmaceutical companies focusing in the legal and business development functions. Mikail is the founder of DCA Advisory where she is currently advising several start-up and private biotech companies. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey. She held corporate legal roles at Axovant Sciences and NPS Pharmaceuticals.

Serco Group Appoints Director from Financial Services Background

British outsourcing company Serco Group announced that Lynne Peacock, 62, previously CEO of National Australia Bank Limited's UK businesses and CEO of Woolwich, has joined the board.

Alteryx Names Medidata's HR EVP to Board

Alteryx appointed Eileen Schloss, 62, to its Board of Directors. Most recently she was EVP of Human Resources and Real Estate for Medidata Solutions. She is a veteran executive who has worked as a human resource professional to help mentor and guide HR strategy and operations for more than 20 years. Eileen has held executive human resources roles at organizations from global brands in the Fortune 500 such as Apple Computer and Charles Schwab, to high-growth businesses needing to scale.

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