After a successful 30-year career as a senior corporate executive, I left in 2003 to pursue my passion for leadership development, change management and improved corporate governance. I’ve spent the last decade as a senior business advisor and professional corporate director on multiple public, private and family-owned company boards. I created the CEO Learning Network to help CEOs and other C-suite executives reach their full potential.
Since late 2001, I’ve served as a director of Akamai Technologies where in May of 2003, I was elected Lead Independent Director and also serve on the audit, compensation and governance committees. I’m a director of BioClinica, chair the governance committee and am a member of the compensation committee. I previously served as a director of OpenPages, Avecia Group PLC, director and chairman of Welch Allyn and as a member of the board of AdvaMed. I actively promote the best practices in corporate governance. I’m President and CEO of the New Jersey Chapter of NACD. In 2011, I served on the NACD Lead Director Blue Ribbon Commission.
I’ve been a frequent speaker and panelist at various NACD chapter meetings as well as the 2012 NACD Annual Meeting. I’m a member of the CAQ-FEI-The IIA-NACD Anti-Fraud Collaboration Steering Committee. In 2011, I received the Directorship 100 Award.
In my last two corporate jobs as EVP at Kodak, I had direct responsibility for all of the 6 commercial and consumer business units including consumer and professional photography businesses as well as the entertainment, health, document and digital imaging businesses. I experienced firsthand the impact of business models under intense pressure of technology change as customers transitioned from analog to digital imaging. Each business was evolving at a different rate requiring significant change management to maintain revenue and earnings growth.
Over the last decade, I have had the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of corporate directors, CEOs, senior business executives and investors in my roles as a board chair, lead director, director, committee member, senior executive and senior business advisor. I have advised directors and CEOs, both new and experienced, on how to improve their effectiveness and board relationships. I have witnessed firsthand what works and also seen behaviors that jeopardized or inhibited their careers and prevented them from achieving higher levels of personal performance.
My learnings have been captured in my book: How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You. I earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Fordham University and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business in 1989.