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More and more corporate boards are welcoming CIOs and technology execs on their boards. Here is a view on some selected Insurance boards that have welcomed technology executives.

Tech Execs on Insurance Boards

Retired Verizon EVP Joins The Hartford's Board

Virginia P. Ruesterholz, 52, has been elected to the insurance and financial services company, The Hartford's (mkt cap – 17.08b) board of directors. Ruesterholz, who retired in 2012, most recently served as EVP of Verizon Communications, responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives. She previously served as president of Verizon Services Operations. Her experience includes key business unit leadership roles that drove the company's network, technology and growth strategies. Ruesterholz was recently named chairman of the board of trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is the first female to hold this position. She is also a former member of the board of directors of the Manhattan Theater Club.

Arch Capital Group appoints New Board Member with Financial Expertise in Technology Biz

Insurance company Arch Capital Group (mkt cap – 7.61b) appointed Louis J. Paglia, 56, to the Company’s Board of Directors. Paglia founded Customer Choice in 2010, a data analytics company serving the electric utility industry. He previously served as EVP of UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric utility, contracting and energy infrastructure company. Paglia also served as UIL Holdings’ CFO and as President of its investment subsidiaries. Prior to joining UIL Holdings, he was EVP and CFO of eCredit.com, a credit evaluation software company. Prior to that, he served as the CFO for TIG Holdings and Emisphere Technologies. He is currently a member of the boards of NorthStar Realty Finance and NorthStar Asset Management Group.

GE Veteran IT Exec Joins StanCorp Financial Group’s Board

StanCorp Financial Group (mkt cap 2.95b) has appointed Debora D. Horvath to its Board of Directors. Horvath is currently the principal and founder of Horvath Consulting. Previously she was EVP for JP Morgan Chase and EVP and CIO for Washington Mutual. Horvath, a 25-year veteran from GE, also served 12 years as SVP and CIO for the GE Insurance businesses.

Financial Services Company TIAA-CREF CIO Appointed to Selective Insurance’s Board

April 2012 - Selective Insurance Group (mkt cap – 1.46b) elected Annabelle Bexiga to serve on the company’s Board. Ms. Bexiga is the CIO of TIAA-CREF, a Fortune 100 financial services organization and a leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Ms. Bexiga is responsible for technology strategy, architecture, initiatives and solutions. Positions prior to TIAA-CREF include CIO at Bain Capital, Managing Director & CIO at JPMorgan Invest, and leadership roles at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank.

Dow Chemical CIO on Dorinco Reinsurance Company’s Board

Mr. David E. Kepler, II, 61, also known as Dave, has been the Chief Information Officer of The Dow Chemical Company since 1998 and has been its Chief Sustainability Officer since October 2007 and its EVP since 2008. He serves as a Director of Dorinco Reinsurance Company.

Coca-Cola CIO on Sentry Insurance’s Board

Edmund R. Steinike, 57, also known as Ed, has been the Chief Information Officer of The Coca-Cola Company since 2010 and has been its SVP since December 2013. He has been a Director of Sentry Insurance since March 2, 2012.

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Appoints International Paper’s CIO as Director

John Nelson Balboni, 65, served as SVP and Chief Information Officer of International Paper Company since 2005. He has been a Trustee of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company since May 2009.

Security Mutual Life Insurance Appoints Former CIO of Fluor to Board

Ray F. Barnard serves as an EVP of Systems & Supply Chain at Fluor Corporation. Mr. Barnard served as SVP of Information Technology & Execution Services at Fluor Corporation since January 2013. He served as the Chief Information Officer of Fluor Corporation since February 2002. He serves as Director of Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York.

Other Tech Industry Execs Serving on Fortune 100 Insurance Boards

 

Fortune 100 Company

Industry / Functional Expertise of the executive

Bio

New York Life Insurance

Telecom Services

CEO

Betty C. Alewine, elected a Director in 1998, is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of COMSAT Corporation. Mrs. Alewine is a member of the Board's Audit, Corporate Organization & Compensation, and Governance Committee.Betty C. Alewine, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, COMSAT Corporation (now part of Lockheed Martin Corporation) (global satellite services and digital networking services and technology). Ms. Alewine joined COMSAT in 1986 as VP of Sales and Marketing, and then served as the VP and General Manager and in 1994 as President of COMSAT International, the company's largest operating unit. Ms. Alewine was named Chief Executive Officer of COMSAT in July 1996 and served in that position until the merger of COMSAT and Lockheed Martin Corporation in August 2000. Ms. Alewine is a director of New York Life Insurance Company and The Brink's Company. She also serves as a director or member of a number of civic and charitable organizations.

Berkshire Hathaway

Software

General management

Ms. Charlotte Guyman is Independent Director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. She is a Partner at Social Venture Partners Seattle. Ms. Guyman was a general manager with Microsoft Corporation until July 1999 and has been retired since that time. She served as GM MSN Internet Sales & Marketing, before which she was GM Online Sales & Marketing, GM Kids & Games Software and Director of International Marketing. She joined Microsoft in 1987. Prior to that, she was Technical Sales Rep and SE Manager for HP from 1980 to 1985. She is a board member of Space Needle and advisory board member of Brooks Running Company. She was a Trustee of Save the Children and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of UW Medicine, an academic medical center.

TIAA-CREF

Telecom Products

CEO

Donald K. Peterson, 62, is a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Committee for Economic Development, and a director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Fund, Inc., a family of mutual funds, since 2007. He is co-chair of the Committee for Economic Development. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business Administration. Mr. Peterson provides significant experience in telecommunications, business management, and financial reporting. Mr. Peterson qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC guidelines.
Donald K. Peterson is chairman of the board of directors of Avaya. Avaya is a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.
Peterson began his career in 1973 as a senior analyst at State Mutual Life Assurance Company in Worcester, Massachusetts. He joined Nortel Networks in 1976 and advanced through a number of key financial, sales and general management positions in the United States and Canada, including serving as Nortel's chief financial officer from 1986-87. In 1994, Peterson was appointed president of Nortel Communications Systems, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee. In this assignment he was responsible for direct sales to end users for PBX, key, packet switch and broadband products in the United States and for sales of PBX and key products in Canada. Starting in 1995, Peterson served as the chief financial officer of AT&T's Communications Services Group. In 1996, AT&T divested Lucent Technologies, and he became its chief financial officer. Peterson was named president and chief executive officer of Avaya when it was spun off from Lucent in October 2000. From January 2002 to July 2006, he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Peterson currently serves as chairman of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the World Economic Forum; a member of the board of overseers of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration; a member of the board of trustees of Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America (TIAA), and a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

Allstate

Telecom Services

CEO

Mr. F. Duane Ackerman is Independent Director of Allstate Corp. Mr. Ackerman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BellSouth Corporation, a telecommunications company, from 1997 to 2006, as Chairman of its board of directors from 1998 to 2006 and as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 1997. In these roles, Mr. Ackerman gained extensive experience supervising finance, supply chain, marketing, sales, international, information technology and real estate functions. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BellSouth Telecommunications, a local telephone service unit and the largest subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation, from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Ackerman retired as Chairman Emeritus of BellSouth in March 2007. In addition to the specific experience described above, Mr. Ackerman brings to our Board his experience managing a complex, publicly traded company.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Technology Services

CEO

Mr. Francis A. Doyle, III, Frank has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Connell Limited Partnership since 2001. Mr. Doyle served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Connell Limited Partnership since 2001. Mr Doyle served as a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1972 to 2001, where he was Global Technology and E-Business Leader and a Member of its Global Leadership Team. Mr. Doyle has been an Independent Director of Tempur Pedic International Inc., (TWI Holdings Inc.) since March 2003. He serves as a Director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and RBS Citizens, NA. He serves as a Trustee of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Boston College. Mr. Doyle served as a Director of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (Providence, RI). He has been a Trustee at Northeast Utilities since April 10, 2012. Mr. Doyle is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS degree and an MBA degree from Boston College.

State Farm Insurance Cos.

Diversified (more than 3)

CEO

Mr. Gerald M. Czarnecki, CPA serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of O2 Media, Inc. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Deltennium Group, Inc. Mr. Czarnecki serves as Consultant to Board Governance Services, Inc. Prior to forming Deltennium, Mr. Czarnecki had a broad career as a Corporate Executive including: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Honfed Bank, President of UNC Inc. and SVP of Human Resources and Administration of IBM since 1993. Mr. Czarnecki has been the Chairman of Deltennium Corporation since November 1995. He serves as the Non Executive Chairman of Renaissance, Inc. He has been the Chairman of the Board of MAM Software Group, Inc. (formerly known as Aftersoft Group Inc.) since September 23, 2009. He serves as the Chairman of The National Leadership Institute. He serves as Vice Chairman of National University. He has been a Director of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (formerly, State Farm Insurance Co.) since 1998. He serves as a Director of State Farm Bank F.S.B, ATM National Inc., Junior Achievement Inc. and Junior Achievement Worldwide Inc. He has been Lead Director of MAM Software Group, Inc. since August 13, 2008 and its Director since August 13, 2008. He serves as a Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors, National Capital Area Chapter. Mr. Czarnecki served as a Director of DGT Holdings Corp. (aslo known as Del Global Technologies Corp) from June 3, 2003 to April 1, 2010. Mr. Czarnecki is a frequent Speaker and Seminar Leader on a broad range of corporate governance issues and serves on a number of corporate boards. He holds B.S. in Economics from Temple University, Doctor of Humane Letters from National University and an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
wikipedia - From 1968-1979 Czarnecki held various general management positions beginning at Continental Bank of Chicago and culminating with his appointment as EVP of Finance & Administration at Republic Bank Houston. Over the next four years, Czarnecki rose quickly through the executive ranks to become SVP of Finance for the Republic Bank Corporation. From 1984 to 1987 he served as President & CEO of Altus Bank before joining an investor group headed by former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon to become Chairman, President & CEO of Honfed Bank in Honolulu, HI. During his stay in Hawaii, Czarnecki was elected Chairman of the Hawaii State Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for two consecutive terms. His book Lead with Love incorporates the interpersonal principles he learned while in Hawaii, most notably “Aloha,” an affectionate social concept at the heart of Hawaiian culture.[1] Following the sale of Honfed Bank to Bank of America in 1992, Mr. Czarnecki continued as Chairman & CEO.
In 1993 Czarnecki was part of the team recruited by Louis Gerstner to begin the turnaround of IBM Corporation. Serving as a SVP of Human Resources and Administration, Czarnecki helped implement Gerstner’s business policies and corporate culture changes, which are largely credited with saving IBM from going out of business in the early 1990s.[2] Following his employment with IBM, Czarnecki held executive positions at a variety of companies beginning with a stint as President of UNC Incorporated and including time at Florida Computer Services and O2 Media Inc. During this time he also began giving leadership seminars designed to help managers at various levels achieve peak performance in the workplace. Czarnecki’s first book You’re in Charge… What Now? is based upon his most popular seminar of the same name.
Czarnecki is the co-founder of The National Leadership Institute (NLI), Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter, Senior Managing Director & Executive Producer at Ventureland Productions, and the Chairman and CEO of The Deltennium Group, a consulting firm offering leadership training, career coaching, financial planning, and investment management services. Czarnecki also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of State Farm Insurance Company and Del Global Technology, Inc., and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of each company. He is Chairman of the Board of Aftersoft, Inc. as well as serving on the advisory board for Private Capital, Inc.

Prudential Financial

Diversified (more than 3)

Legal

Mr. Gilbert F. Casellas is Independent Director of Prudential Financial Inc. Mr. Casellas has been Chairman of OMNITRU (consulting and investment firm) since 2011 and was the VP, Corporate Responsibility of Dell Inc. (a global computer manufacturer) from 2007 to 2010. He served as a Member of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC (a law firm) from June 2005 to October 2007. He served as President of Casellas & Associates, LLC (a consulting firm) from 2001 to 2005. During 2001, he served as President and CEO of Q-linx He served as the President and COO of The Swarthmore Group from January 1999 to December 2000. Mr. Casellas served as Chairman, U.S. EEOC from 1994 to 1998 and General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Air Force, from 1993 to 1994.
Skills and Qualifications:
Business Ethics: At Dell Inc., he was responsible for the company’s global sustainability and corporate philanthropy functions.
Business Operations: Former President and CEO of Q-linx; former COO of The Swarthmore Group.
Corporate Governance: Experience serving as a director of a private company and serving on the University of Pennsylvania Board for over 16 years and as VP, Corporate Responsibility at Dell Inc., where he oversaw the company’s global diversity, sustainability and corporate philanthropy functions. Mr. Casellas also has proven diversity experience through his appointment by the President as a civilian member to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission and as a member of the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota Motor North America Inc., the Joint Diversity Council of Comcast Corporation, and previously as the chair of the Committee on Workplace Diversity for Yale University, a member of the board of the Latino Federation, a member of the board of the University of Pennsylvania, and as a member of The Coca-Cola Company’s Diversity Task Force.
Environmental/Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility: At Dell, he oversaw global diversity, sustainability and corporate philanthropy, and contributed to a company culture recognized for leadership in environmentally conscious packaging, support of diverse suppliers and human rights.
Government/Public Policy: Served as Chairman of the U.S. EEOC and as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force.
Investments: Serves as Chairman of OMNITRU, a consulting and investment firm, and served as President and COO of The Swarthmore Group, a registered investment advisor.
Risk Management: Former member of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC; former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force; former VP, Corporate Responsibility of Dell Inc.

Prudential Financial

Diversified technology

CEO with financial roots

Mr. James Unruh became a founding Member of Alerion Capital Group, LLC (a private equity investment group) in 1998. Mr. Unruh was with Unisys Corporation from 1987 to 1997, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1997. He also held executive positions with financial management responsibility, including serving as SVP, Finance, Burroughs Corporation from 1982 to 1987. In addition, Mr. Unruh serves as a director of several privately held companies in connection with his position at Alerion Capital Group, LLC.
 Skills and Qualifications
 Business Head/Administration: Served as Chairman and CEO of Unisys Corporation.
Business Operations: As the CEO of Unisys, Mr. Unruh was responsible for developing, implementing and assessing the company’s operating plan.
Corporate Governance: Experience serving as a director of public and private companies.
Finance/Capital Allocation: Founding member of Alerion Capital Group, a private equity investment group; former executive with responsibility for financial management at Burroughs Corporation.
 International: Former Chairman and CEO of Unisys and current director of several public companies with global operations.
Investments: Experience overseeing financial management at Burroughs Corporation.
Marketing/Sales: Extensive experience in marketing at several large public companies.
Risk Management: As Chairman and CEO of Unisys, he was responsible for the company’s risk management initiatives.
Technology/Systems: Former Chairman and CEO of Unisys and currently at Alerion Capital Group, where he oversees private equity investments in later-stage technology and technology-enabled companies.

Prudential Financial

Telecom Services

CEO

JAMES G. CULLEN, Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Bell Atlantic Corporation
With years of demonstrated managerial ability as CEO and COO of a large telecommunications company, and as the current independent, non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Agilent Technologies, Inc. and NeuStar, Inc., Mr. Cullen brings to our Board a wealth of knowledge of organizational and operational management, as well as board leadership experience, essential to a large public company.
Mr. Cullen served as the Presiding Director of the Board from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Cullen retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Atlantic Corporation (communications) in 2000. He had assumed those positions in 1998, after having been Vice Chairman since 1995 and, prior to that, President since 1993. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey, Inc. from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Cullen is a Director of Eisenhower Medical Center.
Other Public Company Board Service:  Agilent Technologies, Inc. (2000 to present; Non-Executive Chairman since 2005), NeuStar, Inc. (2005 to present; Non-Executive Chairman since 2010), Prudential Financial, Inc. (2001 to present; Lead Director since 2011)

State Farm Insurance Cos.

Telecom - Wireless

CEO with Legal Roots

John D. Zeglis, a member since 2006, is the Founder & Principal Owner of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. He also is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Wireless Services. He joined AT&T in 1984 as Corporate VP – Law, and was later named EVP and General Counsel, before becoming President in 1997.
He began his career in law as an associate with Sidley & Austin in 1973. He was valedictorian at the University of Illinois in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard University School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review.
A guest lecturer on numerous campuses, he is on the board of trustees of: Culver Educational Foundation; Marshall County Community Foundation; St. Joseph Medical Center; Valparaiso University School of Law Council;Purdue University Libraries Dean’s Advisory Council; and the University of Illinois Center for Professional Responsibility. He is a director of the Helmerich & Payne Corporation, AMX Corporation, State Farm Insurance, and Telstra Corporation Limited (telecommunications) of Australia.

New York Life Insurance

Telecom Services and Tech Distributor

General management

Kent B. Foster is retired chairman of the board of Ingram Micro. He was named chief executive officer and president, Ingram Micro Inc. in March 2000. Foster joined Ingram Micro after a 29-year career at GTE Corporation, a leading telecommunications company with one of the industry's broadest arrays of products and services.
From 1995 through 1999, Foster served as president, GTE Corporation with responsibility for GTE s national businesses as well as corporate-wide responsibility for quality, marketing and technology, including GTE Laboratories. With 1999 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 18 states, as well as nationwide long-distance, directory, and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies. Outside the United States, the company serves customers on five continents.
Foster joined General Telephone Company of the Southeast in 1970 as a supervising engineer. Quickly demonstrating his leadership skills, he was named to his first executive position in 1976 as VP, operations. Foster continued his extensive career at GTE with executive positions in network engineering and construction, corporate planning and development, and marketing and business planning.
In 1983, Foster became president of GTE Northwest, and from 1985 to 1989, he served as group VP GTE Telephone Operations. In 1989, he was named president of GTE Telephone Operations and oversaw the massive consolidation of 14 autonomous operating companies into a single, national business unit.
Foster was a member of GTE s board of directors since 1992 and served as vice chairman of the board since 1993. In addition, he currently serves on the boards of directors of Campbell Soup Company, Inc.; J.C. Penney Company, Inc.; New York Life Insurance Company, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera.
Prior to his career with GTE, Foster served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970, achieving the rank of captain. Foster received a bachelor s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master s degree in management from the University of Southern California.

New York Life Insurance

Telecom Services

General management

Mark L. Feidler, elected a Director in 2006, is a founding partner of MSouth Equity Partners and the former President and Chief Operating Officer (and former Director) of BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Feidler is the Chair of the Board's Governance Committee, and is a member of the Corporate of the Organization & Compensation and Investment Committees. is career includes 15 years of merger and acquisition and transactional experience, coupled with ten years in various roles in executive-level operating positions. Mr. Feidler served as the Chief Operating Officer at Bellsouth Corp. from January 1, 2005 to December 2006 and served as its President from July 1, 2005 to December 2006. He was responsible for all voice and data operations including consumer, small business and enterprise services, network operations, regulatory and external affairs, e-commerce, information technology, and business continuity. Mr. Feidler served as the Chief Staff Officer at BellSouth Corporation since November 25, 2003 and served as its President since July 2005, Chief Operating Officer since January 1, 2005 and Chief Staff Officer. He was responsible for planning and development, corporate compliance, advertising, public relations, human resources, and diversity initiatives at BellSouth. He served as the President of BellSouth Mobility since 1998. Mr. Feidler served as the President of BellSouth’s interconnection services from 1996 to 1997 and as a VP of Corporate Development from 1993 to 1996. From 1991 to 2000, he served as the Head of Corporate Development for BellSouth and as the President of various operating subsidiaries. Mr. Feidler joined BellSouth in 1991 as the Director of Strategic Transactions. Previously, from 2000 to 2003, Mr. Feidler was the COO of Cingular Wireless, commencing upon the formation of Cingular when BellSouth and AT&T (formerly SBC) merged their domestic wireless operations to form Cingular. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Feidler served as the head of corporate development for BellSouth and as President of various operating subsidiaries.He served as Executive at Breckenridge Group, Inc. and King & Spalding LLP. Mr. Feidler served as the Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless from October 2000 to December 31, 2003. Prior to his BellSouth career, he was one of five principals in the investment-banking firm The Breckinridge Group. From 1986 to 1990, he also worked in the Investment Banking Department of The Robinson-Humphrey Company, Inc. From 1981 to 1986, he served as an Associate in the corporate law section at the Atlanta law firm of Kin & Spalding.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Diversified Technology

General management

Mr. Nicholas M. Donofrio, Nick, serves as EVP of Innovation and Technology at IBM Canada Limited and IBM Global Services (U.S.). Mr. Donofrio served as an EVP at International Business Machines Corp. of IBM Credit LLC. He served as the Group Executive and SVP of Technology and Manufacturing of International Business Machines Corp. until October 2008. He served as an Officer in International Business Machines Corporation since 1995. Mr. Donofrio served as the SVP of Corporate Technology and Manufacturing, Divisional VP for Advanced Workstations and General Manager, Large Scale Computing Division of IBM Corporation. He served as the SVP of Server Group of IBM Corporation from January 1995 to August 1997. Mr. Donofrio served as a Member of Executive Technology and Strategy teams at IBM. In addition to his strategic business mission, he led the development and retention of IBM's technical population and strives to enrich that community with a diversity of culture and thought. He joined IBM in 1964 and spent the early part of his career in integrated circuit and chip development as a Designer of Logic and Memory Chips. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. Mr. Donofrio has been Director at Wigix, Inc. since January 2010, The MITRE Corporation since 2010, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. since November 16, 2009. He has been an Independent Director at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation since July 1, 2007. He has been a Director of TopCoder, Inc. since November 2009. He serves as a Director of INROADS. He has been a Director of Sproxil, Inc since July 2011. He has been a Director of The Bank of New York Mellon, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation since 1999. He has been a Director of DPH Holdings Corp. and Delphi Automotive PLC since December 2009. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of StarVest Partners, L.P and Atlas Research LLC. He serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. He is a Co-Chairman of the New York Hall of Science. He was Board Chairman of NACME from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Donofrio was Vice Chairman of the IBM International Foundation. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for The Council for the United States and Italy. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Member of the United States based National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Donofrio served for many years on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He is a Member of numerous technical and science honor societies. In 2005, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education and serves on the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

New York Life Insurance

Telecom - Wireless

CEO

Ralph de la Vega is President and CEO — AT&T Mobility, a position he has held since 2007. He is responsible for the company's largest growth engine. Today, AT&T is the industry's mobile broadband leader and number-one smartphone provider.
From October 2008 to January 2012, Mr. de la Vega served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition to the company's wireless business, he led the company's local consumer wireline operations, including U-verse TV® which has received numerous industry awards.
Prior to becoming head of AT&T's Mobility organization, Mr. de la Vega served as group president-Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment, with responsibility for overall leadership in AT&T's regional wired business, including consumer and regional business sales and network. He was appointed to that post in January 2007, after the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular.
From 2004-2006, he served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.
Before joining Cingular in January 2004, he served as president-BellSouth Latin America, with overall responsibility for BellSouth's operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guatemala.
Earlier, he served as BellSouth's president of Broadband and Internet Services. In this position, he had overall responsibility for the deployment, marketing and operations of broadband services. In addition, he had responsibility for BellSouth Internet Services and BellSouth's rapidly growing data support groups.
Mr. de la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. Mr. de la Vega serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is extensively involved in nonprofit and community organizations, serving as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and chairman of Latino initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted into the Latino Scholarship Fund's prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame, which honors select Latinos for their personal achievements, contributions and service to America.

American International Group

Technology Services

CEO

Mr. Ronald A. Rittenmeyer is Independent Director of American International Group Inc. Mr. Rittenmeyer is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Expert Global Solutions (formerly known as NCO Group), a global provider of business process outsourcing services since 2011. Mr. Rittenmeyer is also the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, serving from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Rittenmeyer was a Managing Director of the Cypress Group, a private equity firm, serving from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Rittenmeyer also served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Safety-Kleen Corp. from 2001 to 2004. Among his other leadership roles, Mr. Rittenmeyer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriServe Food Distribution Inc. from 2000 to 2001, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of RailTex from 1998 to 2000, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ryder TRS from 1997 to 1998, President and Chief Operating Officer of Merisel from 1995 to 1996 and Chief Operating Officer of Burlington Northern Railroad Co. from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Rittenmeyer is currently a director of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, where he serves on the Audit, Compensation and Executive Committees. In the past five years, Mr. Rittenmeyer served as a director of Electronic Data Systems Corporation.

Berkshire Hathaway

Digital

Financial

Ms. Susan L. Decker is Independent Director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., since 2007. Ms. Decker also serves on the boards of directors of Intel Corporation, Costco Wholesale Corporation and LegalZoom. She was previously a director of Pixar. During the 2009-2010 school year, she served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, from June 2000 to April 2009, Ms. Decker held various executive management positions at Yahoo! Inc., a global Internet brand, including president (June 2007 to April 2009), head of the Advertiser and Publisher Group (December 2006 to June 2007) and chief financial officer (June 2000 to June 2007). Before Yahoo!, Ms. Decker spent 14 years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council for a four-year term, from 2000 to 2004.

Berkshire Hathaway

Telecom Products

CEO

Mr. Walter Scott, Jr., is Independent Director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., since 1988. For more than the past five years, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Level 3 Communications, which is engaged in telecommunications and computer outsourcing and is a successor to certain businesses of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. He is also a director of Peter Kiewit Sons’ and Valmont Industries. Mr. Scott was a director of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises until March 2007. Mr. Walter Scott, Jr., served as the Chief Executive Officer of Level 3 Communications, a subsidiary of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises Inc. for more than five years prior to August 1997. Mr. Scott served as Chief Executive Officer of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company ("MEHC") from January 8, 1992 to April 19, 1993. He got a Bachelors degree in civil engineering from Colorado State before taking a job with his father's employer, Kiewit Construction (now Peter Kiewit Sons'). He became CEO in 1979 and expanded the company's operations into fiber optics, telecom and power plants before stepping down in 1998. Through the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, he and his wife support education, the Boy Scouts and the Omaha zoo.

    Berkshire Hathaway

Software

CEO

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded. Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect.


On June 27, 2008, Gates transitioned out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He shares his thoughts about the foundation and other topics on Gates Notes, a Web site launched in January 2010. Gates continues to serve as Microsoft's chairman and as an advisor on key development projects. In June 2006, Craig Mundie assumed the new title of chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft and is responsible for the company's research and incubation efforts.


Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.


Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13.
In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair.


In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers. Gates' foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.
Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its industry-leading investment in research and development each year.

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Yvonne M. Curl is former VP and chief marketing officer for Avaya Inc. from November 2000 through April 2004. Prior to joining Avaya in November 2000, she was employed by the Xerox Corporation. She joined Xerox in 1976 as a sales representative and progressed through management positions including VP-field operations; executive assistant to the chairman and CEO; and as a corporate VP serving as SVP and general manager, public sector worldwide/global solutions group.
Mrs. Curl received a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from Howard University. She was named an outstanding alumna by Howard University's School of Business. In 1991 she was elected to the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers.


Mrs. Curl is a board member of Nationwide, one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services companies in the world. She also serves on the boards of other Nationwide companies.


She also serves on the board of Health South Corporation, Welch Allyn and Charming Shoppes, Inc.

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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, garage.ca, 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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