Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathryn K. McCarthy has served on our Board of Directors and as our Chief Executive Officer and President since March 1, 2013, and Chairman of the Board since July 31, 2013. Prior to her promotion to CEO, Ms. McCarthy served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. McCarthy spent 18 years at General Electric, Inc. As vice president and CFO of GE Healthcare in London, UK, she contributed to delivering global growth, reducing costs and supporting mergers and acquisitions and integration activities. As vice president of the GE Audit Staff, she led global audits and reported frequently to the audit committee and the board of directors. Previously, she was CFO of GE Transportation Systems and held leadership positions within GE Plastics in Europe and the US.
Ms. McCarthy brings to the Board of Directors her financial and managerial experience as well an in-depth knowledge of the Company’s business and operations.
Matthew C. Blank has served on our Board of Directors since January 2010. Mr. Blank is the chairman and chief executive officer at Showtime Networks Inc., having assumed that role in 1995. Prior to joining Showtime Networks in 1988 as executive vice president, Marketing, Mr. Blank worked for Home Box Office Inc. for 12 years, departing as senior vice president of Consumer Marketing.
Mr. Blank is independent and brings to the Board of Directors decades of service in the entertainment industry, with special knowledge and understanding of our target demographic consumer behavior and "pop culture." He also provides expertise in corporate governance and compensation based on his years of serving as a CEO.
Matthew Carey has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Carey is the executive vice president and chief information officer for The Home Depot, Inc. Before joining The Home Depot in 2008, Mr. Carey served as senior vice president and chief technology officer at eBay. Prior to joining eBay in 2006, Mr. Carey spent more than 20 years with Wal-Mart, where he was senior vice president and chief technology officer. Mr. Carey also served on the board of directors of TransUnion from 2009 to 2012.
Mr. Carey is independent and brings to the Board of Directors experience with various global technology companies. His extensive service as an executive officer with technology companies provides him with the knowledge and leadership experience necessary to serve as Chairman of our Technology Committee.
Thomas Coughlin has served on our Board of Directors since August 2011 and served as a consultant to the Company for one year prior to his appointment to our Board of Directors. Mr. Coughlin spent a majority of his career with Wal-Mart, starting in 1979 in Wal-Mart's security division, rising to executive vice president and vice chairman as a member of the company's board of directors, stepping down in 2005. During his tenure at Wal-Mart, he held positions in loss prevention, human resources, and operations and is widely recognized as a pioneer in leading the adoption of advanced information technologies, including radio frequency identifications, to transform business processes and operational efficiency in retail.
Mr. Coughlin brings to the Board of Directors his years of expertise in the retail operations and management, which is of particular value to our business.
Peter A. Georgescu has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Georgescu is chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., and served as that company's chairman and chief executive officer from 1994 until his retirement in January 2000. Until May 2011, Mr. Georgescu served as a director of International Flavors & Fragrances. He has served on the board of directors of seven public companies, most recently Toys "R" Us, Inc., EMI Group PLC and Levi Strauss & Co., and chaired committees in each critical area: audit, nominating and governance and compensation. Mr. Georgescu's experience has led him to be a major contributor in the Company's Boardroom.
Mr. Georgescu is independent and brings to the Board of Directors his extensive finance expertise as well as decades of service in the consumer products industry.
Sir Ronald Hampel has served on our Board of Directors since May 2011. Sir Hampel has been chairman of ISG (International Stadia Group), which provides forecasting and other consulting services to stadia and arenas, since January 2010. He previously spent 44 years with Imperial Chemical Industries PLC, a British chemical company, where he joined the board in 1985, became chief operating officer in 1991, chief executive officer in 1993 and was chairman from 1995-1999. He was knighted in the 1995 New Year's Honours. He was a non-executive director of Powell Duffryn PLC from 1983-1988, of Commercial Union Plc from 1987-1995, of BAE SYSTEMS plc from 1989-2002, of Alcoa Inc. from 1995-2005, of TI Automotive from 2007-2009, an Advisory Director of Teijin (Japan) from 2000-2005, chairman of United Business Media from 1999-2002, and chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust from 2003-2007.
Sir Hampel is independent and brings to the Board of Directors decades of service in various industries, including sales, marketing and business forecasting, and corporate governance, which are of particular value to the Company. Sir Hampel chaired the UK Committee on Corporate Governance formed in 1995 at the request of the then Government, the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). The Hampel Committee established certain principles of governance which are now attached to the listing rules of the London Stock Exchange. The principles emphasize the need for full accountability of boards and for full disclosure of governance issues; they confirm the role of outside directors and members of boards both in developing prosperous growth and in ensuring good governance.
Frank A. Riddick, III has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Riddick is currently the chief executive officer of Shale-Inland Holdings, LLC, a privately held stainless steel, pipe valve and fitting supplier principally to the petrochemical and food industries. Prior to such role, Mr. Riddick was the chairman and executive chairman of Shale-Inland. From March 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Riddick was the chief executive officer of JMC Steel Group, a manufacturer of steel tubular, where he had been chief operating officer since August 2009. Prior to that, he was a consultant for TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, a New York and London based private equity firm from May 2008 to August 2009. Mr. Riddick was president and chief executive officer of Formica Corporation, a manufacturer of surfacing materials, from January 2002 to April 2008. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. from February 2000 to November 2001 where he also was chief executive officer of Triangle Pacific Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Armstrong. From March 1995 to February 2000, he was chief financial officer of Armstrong. Mr. Riddick has previously served as controller and treasurer of Chicago-based FMC Corporation. Mr. Riddick also serves as a board member and chairman of the Audit Committee of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and is a former director of GrafTech International Ltd, a manufacturer of graphite and carbon products.
Mr. Riddick is independent and brings to the Board of Directors decades of service with various companies. His extensive service as an executive financial officer with various companies provides him with the knowledge and leadership experience necessary to serve as Chairman of our Audit Committee.
Eric Semler has served on our Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. Semler is currently the president and portfolio manager at TCS Capital Management, LLC and Semler Fund Limited. Mr. Semler is the founder of TCS Capital Management, LLC. He serves as the managing member of TCS Capital GP, LLC. He served as managing director of WaterView Advisors, L.L.C. Prior to TCS, Mr. Semler was employed at Georgica Advisors LLC in May 1998. From 1997 to 1998, he was a principal in the media and communications group at Montgomery Securities. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Semler was an associate at BT Wolfensohn. He began his career as a journalist for The New York Times. He serves as a director of Personal, Inc., dealtime.com, Classic Media, Channel 13/WNET TV, WNYC radio in New York, and Shopping.com Ltd.
Mr. Semler is independent and brings to the Board of Directors service with various companies, particularly in the areas of technology, new media and ecommerce.
Lead Independent Director Chairman and CEO, Institute of Global Prescience
Derek Smith has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010 and has served as Lead Director since March 2011. Mr. Smith has been chairman and chief executive officer of the Institute of Global Prescience, an interdisciplinary non-profit research, education and service organization from 2008. From 1997 until 2008, Mr. Smith was the chairman and chief executive officer of ChoicePoint Inc., a data services provider and aggregation company. Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium. He also is a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
Mr. Smith is independent and brings to the Board of Directors decades of service with various companies, particularly in the areas of technology and information processing, analysis, data protection all of which are important to our business. He has been involved with the creation of technology driven businesses including identity theft, and data management and protection.