Women on Boards

by Julie Graber | on 16 Sep 2020


  • United Bankshares, Inc. Appoints Dr. Patrice A. Harris to its Board of Directors. Harris is a practicing psychiatrist trained in child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry and the immediate past president of the American Medical Association, the first African American woman to hold that position. Harris is also the chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. 
  • TC PipeLines, LP announces the appointment of Peggy Heeg to the Board of Directors of its General Partner. Board of six has two women.Ms. Heeg is a partner with Reed Smith LLP, international law firm with 2,000 lawyers, where she provides strategic advice on a broad range of energy, complex governance, regulatory and business matters. 
  • Fortress Value Acquisition Corp. appoints Maryanne Lavan and Connie Duckworth to board in conjunction with Its Merger With MP Materials. Lavan is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Lockheed Martin Corporation;  Duckworth is a former Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, having been named Partner in 1990, the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history. Board will have seven members, two of whom are women. 
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store appoints Gisel Ruiz, a recently-retired, 26-year veteran of Walmart, where she served most as EVP and COO of Sam’s Club, to its board. Board of 10 has four women, three people of color. 
  • Newmont Corp has added Susan N. Story to its Board of Directors. Story served as the President & CEO of American Water Works until retiring in 2020 and previously as its CFO. NME Board of 11 has five women and one person of color. 
  • Edgewell Personal Care Appoints Swan Sit to its Board. Sit previously served as Nike's VP of North America Digital Commerce Capabilities, Business Operations & Service, as well as VP of Global Digital Marketing.
  • From July: Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) has elected Paula A. Price to its board. Price, a seasoned board director, served most recently as EVP and CFO of Macy's, Inc. She was also EVP and CFO for Ahold USA, controller and CAO of CVS Caremark Corporation, and in senior leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase, Prudential Financial, Diageo, and Kraft Foods. A certified public accountant, she began her career at Arthur Andersen & Co. (BMS also added Derica W. Rice).
  • COO of Girls Who Code Tarika Barrett, Ph.D., Is Named To McGraw Hill's New Board of Directors. Barrett's "deep knowledge of the education sector and her strong background in the use of technology in the classroom will be of great benefit to us as we continue our digital transformation" according to MH's CEO.
  • Rudina Seseri appointed To MSC Industrial Supply Co.'s  Board. Seseri is  founder & managing partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early stage VC firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered tech companies.
  • National Vision announced the appointment of Naomi Kelman to its Board. Kelman is the former CEO & president at Willow, was the first woman on the executive committee at Novartis, and held multiple roles at Johnson & Johnson, Clairol and Amex. 
  • ADP Nominates Linnie M. Haynesworth to its Board: retired in 2019 as Sector VP & GM of Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division for Northrop Grumman Corp's Mission Systems Sector, after a four-decade career in aerospace & defense systems. 
  • Olema Oncology Announces Appointment of Cynthia M. Butitta, who most recently served as COO & EVP and CFO of Kite Pharma to Board. (Board: 1 woman/7 total & Execs: 1/7) 
  • American Homes 4 Rent Appoints Michelle C. Kerrick to its board. Kerrick is a 35-year veteran from Deloitte, where she served as West Region Market Leader and  Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office.
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust Appoints The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale to its board. She previously served an Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  
  • Shift Technologies to Add Victoria McInnis (MBA, JD), a long-time automotive industry senior executive at GM, & Kellyn Kenny (MBA), most recently Global CMO at Hilton, to its  Board of Directors 
  • Enova Announces New Board Member Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, formerly the parent company for Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics 
  • Cynosure Taps Former Disney and MGA Entertainment Executive Anne Gates for Its Board of Directors and chair of the Audit Committee.  


  • Caroline Levy appointed to Board of Directors of Celsius Holdings, Inc., bringing 30+ years of industry and capital market expertise to Board.
  • Herman Miller announced the appointment of Candace Matthews to the Board of Directors
  • Qualigen Therapeutics Appoints Amy Broidrick to its Board of Directors
  • Deborah Elam becomes DJE Holdings’ first Black board member. 
  • TrustCo Bank Corp NY (Nasdaq: TRST) announced that Kimberly Adams Russell have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Company and its subsidiary, Trustco Bank. 
  • Proctor & Gamble (P&G) appoints Debra Lee, the former chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television to its board.
  • Karuna Therapeutics Appoints Laurie Olson to Board of Directors
  • Syniti Appoints Fortune 50 CIO Paula Tolliver to its Board of Directors

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