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Women Appointed to Large Boards 2/29 to 3/31 2013 Featured

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Berkshire Hathaway Adds Eagle Capital’s General Partner to Board

Berkshire Hathaway named Meryl Witmer, 51, a general partner at Eagle Capital, as Director, as the panel prepares for the eventual departure of Chairman Warren Buffett. From 1989 through the end of 2000, she was one of two General Partners at Buchanan, Parker Asset Management which managed Emerald Partners, an investment partnership.

GE Board Nominates Former SEC Chair as Director

General Electric has nominated Mary Schapiro, 57, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as a GE director. Prior to becoming SEC chairman, Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), president, vice-chair and chair of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Regulation. She served as a commissioner of the SEC before that, and left the SEC when appointed chairman of the CFTC.

Royal Dutch Shell’s Long-Time Director to Retire

Royal Dutch Shell’s Director Christine Morin-Postel, 66, will be retiring as a Non-executive Director of the Company. Christine Morin-Postel served as a member of the Supervisory Board of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (Royal Dutch) and then as a Non-executive Director of the Company for a total period of nine years. Previously, she was CEO of Société Générale de Belgique, EVP and member of the Executive Committee of Suez, Chairman and CEO of Crédisuez and a Non-executive Director of Pilkington and Alcan. She is a Non-executive Director of British American Tobacco and EXOR.

ConocoPhillips Elects Finance Expert to Board

ConocoPhillips elected Gay Huey Evans, 58, as a new outside director. She was formerly vice chairman of the board and non-executive chairman, Europe, of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, vice chairman, Investment Banking and Investment Management at Barclays Capital, head of governance of Citi Alternative Investments (EMEA) and president of Tribeca Global Management (Europe), both part of Citigroup. Prior to that, she was director of the markets division and head of the capital markets sector at the U.K. Financial Services Authority and held various senior management positions with Bankers Trust Company in New York and London. She is a member of the management board and of the panel of finance experts of the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (PRIME Finance), which is a dispute settlement body for the global financial markets. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan, membership organization, think tank and publisher, as well as a member of Forum U.K., a network for women with outstanding achievements. She currently serves as a non-executive director of Aviva, The London Stock Exchange Group, Itau BBA International, Clariden Leu (Europe) and The Financial Reporting Council. She is also a trustee of The Wigmore Hall Trust charitable organization.

Facebook Appoints Second Female Board Member

Facebook appointed Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., 51, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to the company's board of directors. She previously served as president, product development at the biotechnology pioneer, Genentech. During her 14 years with the company, Desmond-Hellmann brought numerous cutting-edge cancer medicines to market to help people battle the disease. She completed her clinical training at UCSF and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.  During her training at UCSF, she spent two years as a visiting faculty member at the Uganda Cancer Institute, studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. Desmond-Hellmann is on the board of directors for Procter & Gamble, and she also serves as a trustee for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a non-profit medical research organization.

Honeywell Nominates CFO of Gilead Sciences for Board

Honeywell nominated Robin Washington, 50, SVP and CFO, Gilead Sciences, to its Board of Directors. Washington joined Gilead in her current role in 2008. In this role, she spearheads Gilead's global finance, investor relations, and information technology organizations. Prior to her time at Gilead, Washington served as CFO of Hyperion Solutions, an enterprise software company that was acquired by Oracle Corporation in March 2007. Washington also spent nearly ten years at PeopleSoft, a provider of enterprise application software, 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, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Viacom Adds Journalists as New Board Members

Viacom elected Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, 36, and Deborah Norville, 54, as members of the Board of Directors. Sorrell is currently Senior Adviser to the Chairman at the World Economic Forum, an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.  In addition, she serves as Principal Consultant, Office of Outreach and Partnership for the Inter-American Development Bank, the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Prior to joining the World Economic Forum in 2004, she held positions at the International Labour Organization and Shell. She is a member of the Italian National Press Guild.

Norville is one of America's best-known television journalists, a two-time Emmy award winner with more than thirty years of reporting experience. Currently, she is the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation's top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. Prior to Inside Edition, she served as a correspondent and anchor for CBS News programs including Street Stories, 48 Hours and the CBS Evening News. Previously, she anchored NBC News at Sunrise and was news anchor and co-host of NBC's Today program.

Distinguished Government Diplomat Joins Board of Noble Energy

Noble Energy elected Molly K. Williamson, 67, to its board. She is currently a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. following an extensive and distinguished career in the U.S. government. She has held a unique combination of policy and leadership positions in the State Department and other cabinet departments where she specialized in Middle East policy and diplomacy. Her foreign appointments included serving as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem. In addition to the State Department, she also held senior positions in the departments of Commerce, Defense and Energy. She lectures frequently at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University on U.S. foreign policy, energy and environmental policy and international demographics.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Appointed to Michael Kors’ Board

Michael Kors Holdings appointed Ann McLaughlin Korologos, 71, to the Company's Board of Directors. Ann McLaughlin Korologos is a former U.S. Secretary of Labor with extensive experience in the areas of international markets, marketing, regulatory and government affairs, policy making and corporate governance. She is Chairman Emeritus of The Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization, and previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation from 2004 to 2009. She has significant public company board experience and currently serves as a director of AMR Corporation (and its subsidiary, American Airlines), Kellogg Company, Host Hotels & Resorts, Harman International Industries and Vulcan Materials Company.

Constellation Brands Appoints HSN’s CFO as Board Member

Constellation Brands elected Judy A. Schmeling, 53, to serve as member of the Board. She is the EVP and CFO of HSN, an interactive multi-channel retailer. Prior to that, she held positions of increasing responsibility with HSN, one of HSN's two operating segments, since joining HSN in 1994. She served as EVP and CFO of HSN, when it was IAC Retailing, SVP, Finance and COO of HSN's international operations, as VP, Strategic Planning and Analysis. She served as Director of Investor Relations and Operating VP, Finance of HSN during the time in which HSN was a separately traded public company. Prior to joining HSN, she was Managing Director of Tunstall Consulting, a corporate financial planning firm. She began her career at Deloitte & Touche, where she held various positions from 1982 to 1986.

Energy Company Names Former CFO of Southwest Airlines to Board

Laura H. Wright was elected to the Boards of CMS Energy Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy Company. She retired from Southwest Airlines in 2012 after serving as SVP of finance and CFO since 2004. During her 25-year career with Southwest Airlines, she also served as VP of finance and treasurer and held several other financial positions. She now serves as a consultant to Southwest Airlines.

Sensata Technologies CEO Joins Board of Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison appointed Martha N. Sullivan, 56 as director. She is the president and CEO of Sensata Technologies. An engineer by training with nearly 30 years of experience, she joined Sensata's predecessor company, Texas Instruments in 1984 and rose through management positions of increasing responsibility, including VP of sensor products, to become chief operating officer of Sensata in 2006. She was named president in 2010, and became CEO in January 2013.

LPL Financial Nominates Chair & CEO of Xerox to Board

LPL Financial, the independent broker-dealer and institutional service provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings, nominated Anne Mulcahy, 60, former chairman and CEO of Xerox, to its Board of Directors. Mulcahy served as CEO of Xerox Corporation from 2001 to 2009 and chairman of the company from 2002 to 2010. She joined Xerox in 1976 and has held various management positions in marketing, human resources and operations. She is currently a board director of Johnson & Johnson, Target Corporation and The Washington Post Company, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Save the Children.

Date Range: February 29th - March 31st

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Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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