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Coca-Cola Nominates Expert on Health, Global Development and Humanitarian Issues to Board

The Coca-Cola Company named Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., 57, to the Company’s Board of Directors. She is President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization whose poverty fighting programs reached approximately 122 million people last year in 84 countries.

She spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS and has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Dr. Gayle is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

American Express Elects Former Alcatel EVP as Director

American Express elected Anne Lauvergeon, 53, to its board of director. Mrs. Lauvergeon is partner and managing director of Efficiency Capital, an investment firm that focuses on energy, technologies, and natural resources. She is also chairman and CEO of A.L.P. SAS, an advisory company. In 1999, she was named chairman and CEO of Cogema a leading provider of technology solutions to power utilities, which she consolidated with other businesses into Areva that she served as CEO from 2001 to 2011. Prior to that, she was in charge of international business and industrial holdings at Alcatel, where she was senior EVP and member of the executive committee. Earlier in her career, she was partner of Lazard Freres & Cie. She also held the position of deputy chief of staff in the French President's office and G7/G8 meetings "sherpa" for the President. She is a member of the board of Total and Vodafone. She is chairman of the supervisory board of the French newspaper Liberation. In addition, she serves as a member of several business associations, charity and educational institutions.

Altria’s Board Appoints Former Diageo Canada President as New Director

Altria elected Debra J. Kelly-Ennis to its Board. She was president and CEO of Diageo Canada, a subsidiary of Diageo plc, a global spirits, wine and beer company, from 2008 to 2012. From 2005 to 2008, she was CMO for Diageo North America. She has also held marketing, sales and general management positions with RJR/Nabisco, Coca-Cola, General Motors and Grand Metropolitan. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc and PulteGroup.

Honeywell Names CFO of Gilead Sciences to Board

Honeywell named Robin Washington, 50, SVP and CFO, Gilead Sciences, to its Board of Directors. Prior to her time at Gilead, Washington served as CFO of Hyperion Solutions, an enterprise software company that was acquired by Oracle in 2007. Washington also spent nearly ten years at PeopleSoft, where she became SVP and Corporate Controller. Prior to this role, Washington assumed other senior roles including Director, Finance, International Operations as well as Director, Finance, EMEA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Estee Lauder CIO Joins United Natural Foods’ Board

United Natural Foods appointed Denise M. Clark, 55, to the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. Clark joins UNFI as an independent director and brings more than two decades of IT experience, including experience in the delivery of ERP, digital platforms, and innovative business transformation initiatives. She has served as SVP and Global CIO for The Estee Lauder Companies since November 2012. Prior to that role, she served as SVP and CIO for Hasbro from 2007 to 2012. Ms. Clark also served at Mattel, where she was Global CTO and later CIO for the Fisher Price brand from 2000 to 2007.

Kellogg Company Elects Academician to Board

Kellogg Company elected Cynthia H. Milligan, 65, dean emeritus of the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to its board of directors. Prior to her tenure with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Milligan served as director of banking and finance for the State of Nebraska. She was also a senior partner in the law firm of Rembolt Ludtke Parker Milligan & Berger and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University Of Nebraska College Of Law, specializing in taxation and banking law.  Milligan also served as a Director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Omaha Branch.

Becton, Dickinson and Company Appoints Seasoned Healthcare Exec as New Board Member

Becton, Dickinson and Company appoints Catherine M. Burzik, 62, to its Board of Directors. She has leadership experience in medical device, diagnostic, diagnostic imaging and life sciences businesses. Most recently, from 2006 until the sale of the company in 2012, she served as President, CEO and Director of Kinetic Concepts, a medical device company specializing in woundcare and regenerative medicine. Her prior positions include service as President of Applied Biosystems, a leading DNA sequencing company, as well as senior positions at Eastman Kodak and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Burzik currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of VitaPath Genetics and is a member of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board. She also serves as Chair, Canisius College Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors of ViroXis Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Keck Graduate School of Applied Life Sciences.

Spartech CEO Joins Board of Waste Management Services Company

Waste Management elected Victoria Holt, President and CEO of Spartech since 2010, to its Board of Directors. From 2003 to 2010, she held various roles with PPG Industries, most recently as SVP of Glass and Fiber Glass. She started at Monsanto Company in 1979, and held various assignments of increasing responsibility before being named Assistant to the CEO in 1995. In 1996, she moved to Solutia, a divestiture of The Monsanto Company's chemical business, as a VP and general manager. She currently serves on the board of Spartech and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company, a private designer and manufacturer of industrial electric heaters, sensors, and controllers.

Former Goldman Sachs Partner Joins Mylan’s Board

Mylan appointed Melina Higgins, 44, to its Board of Directors. Previously, she was a Managing Director, Partner, Head of the Americas, and Co-Chairperson of the Investment Advisory Committee for the GS Mezzanine Partners Funds at Goldman Sachs Group, Merchant Banking Division. She also served as a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area at the same Division. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and retired from the firm in 2010 and had been working with Goldman Sachs mezzanine funds since their inception in 1996.

Whirlpool’s New Director is CMO at Safeway

Whirlpool appointed EVP and CMO of Safeway, Diane Dietz, 46, to its Board of Directors. She joined Safeway from Procter and Gamble, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including as VP and general manager of the Oral Care business.

Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop Joins Fortune 500 Retailer’s Board

Global retailer of athletic shoes and apparel and a Fortune 500 company, Foot Locker, appointed Maxine Clark, 63, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Clark is currently CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, a company she founded in 1997. She has experience in the retail industry, having also served as President of Payless ShoeSource, and for 19 years as an executive of May Department Stores.

Emera Appoints Former Bell Canada Financial Leader to Board

Energy and services company Emera appointed B. Lynn Loewen, FCA, COO of Minogue Medical, to its Board of Directors. Prior to her present role, Ms. Loewen served as President of Expertech Network Installation, and held financial leadership roles with Bell Canada Enterprises, as well as executive positions with Air Canada Jazz. Ms. Loewen has served as a member of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. She also served on the Mount Allison University Board of Regents, where she was Chair.

Biopharmaceutical Company Medivation Appoints Industry Vet as New Director

Medivation elects Kathryn E. Falberg, 51, to the Company's Board of Directors. She currently serves as the EVP and CFO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals. She also served as its SVP and CFO. Previously, she was with Amgen, where she served as SVP Finance, Strategy and CFO, and before that as VP, controller and chief accounting officer, and VP, treasurer. She currently serves on the board of biopharmaceutical company Halozyme Therapeutics.

Infrastructure Company Appoints Former Aberdeen Exec as Director

Macquarie Infrastructure Company appoints Ouma Sananikone to its board of directors. Prior to joining the MIC board of directors, Sananikone served as director of State Super Corporation of NSW (Australia) and as a director of Babcock and Brown Direct Investment Fund (Australia). In addition, she was previously a Managing Director with responsibility for Corporate Strategy and Development at BT Financial Group, part of Westpac Banking Group, and the CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management (Australia).

Former WellPoint and IMS Health Execs Join HealthSouth as Directors

Owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, HealthSouth, appointed Joan E. Herman, 58, and Leslye G. Katz, 57, to its board of directors.

Herman currently serves as president and CEO of Herman & Associates, a healthcare and management consulting firm. Previously, she served as president & CEO for two corporate divisions of WellPoint. Prior to that, she served as SVP of strategic development for Phoenix Life Insurance Company. Herman also serves on the board of Convergys and Qualicorp, a publicly traded company in Brazil.

Katz has more than 30 years of experience in financial operations. She most recently served as SVP and CFO for IMS Health, a leading provider of information services and technology for clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Katz also held senior financial management positions for American Lawyer Media, Cognizant and Dun & Bradstreet.

Intel CIO Joins as Director of Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology named Kimberly Stevenson to its board of directors. She currently serves as VP and CIO of Intel where she is responsible for the corporate-wide use of IT. Previously, Stevenson was VP and general manager of Intel's Global IT Operations and Services where she led both the strategic and tactical support of Intel's world-wide infrastructure components, including data centers, network and telecommunications, enterprise application support, client computing, and a 24/7 internal service desk. Prior to joining Intel, Stevenson spent seven years at the former EDS, now HP Enterprise Services, holding a variety of positions, including VP of Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice, and VP of Enterprise Service Management. Before joining EDS, Stevenson spent 18 years at IBM holding several executive positions, including VP of Marketing and Operations of the eServer iSeries division.

Walter Energy Names Former Bestfoods Exec to Board

Producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, Walter Energy, elected Mary R. "Nina" Henderson to the Board as an independent director. Ms. Henderson is the managing partner of Henderson Advisory, a consulting practice providing marketing perspective and business evaluation to investment management firms on the consumer products and food industries. Prior to founding Henderson Advisory in 2001, she was corporate VP of Bestfoods and president of Bestfoods Grocery. During her 30-year career with Bestfoods, and its predecessor company CPC International, she held various international and North American general management and executive marketing positions. Ms. Henderson currently serves as a director of CNO Financial Group. She currently is a director of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Foreign Policy Association, and is a trustee of Drexel University and the Drexel College of Medicine.

Intuit Big Data Leader Joins Coinstar’s Board

Coinstar has appointed Nora M. Denzel, 50, to the company’s board. Denzel most recently served as SVP of big data, marketing and social at Intuit, where she led the company's data strategy. She also served as SVP and general manager of the company's employee management solutions business unit when she joined Intuit in 2008. Previously, Denzel served as SVP of the software global business unit and the storage and consulting divisions at HP. Denzel has also worked as a SVP, product operations at Legato Systems and as director, global storage software at IBM. She currently serves as a member of the board of Saba Software and Overland Storage.

Former PepsiCo CMO Joins Levi Strauss Board

Levi Strauss appointed Jill Beraud, 51, to its Board of Directors. Jill is CEO of Living Proof. Jill had previously been President of the Starbucks/Lipton Joint Ventures and Global CMO at PepsiCo. She served as EVP of Marketing for Limited Brands' broader portfolio of specialty brands including Bath &Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Express, Limited Stores and Victoria's Secret. She served as CMO of Victoria's Secret of Limited Brands, where she spent 13 years. Before her time at Limited Brands, she worked in licensed products, advertising, and management and consulting. She also spent five years in brand management at Procter & Gamble where she began her career.

Date Range - January 28th - February 28th

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