BOARDROOM INSIGHTS BIOGRAPHIES

Thomas W. Horton. Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines

September 4, 2015

Tom Horton is former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines. He was also Chairman of the oneworld® alliance, of which American is a founding member. Following the merger with US Airways Group he served as Chairman of American Airlines Group, until the summer of 2014.

As Chairman and CEO, he led American through a very successful restructuring and turnaround which culminated in the merger with US Airways, creating the world's largest airline.
Since beginning his career with American, Horton has held a broad range of leadership positions, including Vice President for American's international business, based in London, and later Chief Financial Officer.

In 2002, Horton joined AT&T, where he served as Vice Chairman and CFO.  In 2005, Horton led the evaluation of strategic alternatives, ultimately leading to the combination with SBC, which formed the new AT&T. 

In 2006 he returned to American and was named President in 2010 and Chairman and CEO in 2011.

Horton holds an MBA degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a BBA degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc . and Qualcomm, Inc., where he is presiding director.  He also serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU.  Horton is a commercial and multi-engine rated pilot and an avid distance runner.  He is married with two children.


Brian Moynihan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Bank of America

September 18, 2015

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world.   

In his more than 20 years at Bank of America, Moynihan has run each of the major customer and client businesses:  consumer and small business banking, wealth management, and corporate and investment banking. 

Under his stewardship as CEO, the company has simplified its operations, built capital and liquidity to its highest levels, and developed a straightforward business model providing core financial services to customers and clients.  Bank of America also is consistently recognized as a top employer, including by Working Mother magazine, the Human Rights Campaign, and G.I. Jobs magazine. The company received the 2013 Department of Defense Freedom Award for support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. 

Moynihan participates in external leadership councils that focus on economic trends and policymaking, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council, the Financial Services Forum, which he chairs, the Business Roundtable, and the Bi-Partisan Policy Center CEO Council on Health and Innovation.  He also chairs the supervisory board of The Clearing House. 

Moynihan leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the Museum Council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Moynihan is also a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University.  He also holds a law degree from the Notre Dame Law School. 


Meredith Siegfried, Chief Executive Officer, NORDAM

October 16, 2015

Meredith Siegfried was appointed chief executive officer of NORDAM, one of the world’s largest independently owned aerospace companies, in July of 2011. Prior to becoming CEO, she was chief operating officer, then president, responsible for all repair and manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Earlier, she was vice president of NORDAM’s Repair Group; vice president of Global Sales and Marketing; and vice president of NORDAM International.

Since joining the company in 1999, she has been based in Tulsa, Okla. and has spent considerable time at NORDAM’s facilities in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Siegfried has played a key role in transforming NORDAM into the global aerospace entity that it is today. Before her tenure with NORDAM, she was a senior consultant on mergers and acquisitions, corporate recovery services and financial advisory with Arthur Andersen’s Global Corporate Finance Group.

Meredith is on the board of directors for NORDAM, Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. , SkyWest, Inc., Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Aerospace Industries Association, Tulsa Community Foundation Board of Trustees, Tulsa Airport Authority Board of Trustees and World Travel Services, LLC.  She is involved in the United Way – Tulsa Area 2014 Campaign, Team Leader for Aerospace, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Port and Transportation Divisions, Tulsa Charity Flight Night and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Meredith graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance and earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.


John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman, KPMG International

October 30, 2015

John Veihmeyer is the Global Chairman of KPMG International.

With more than 35 years of experience building and directing high-performing teams and advising some of the world’s leading companies, Veihmeyer is an influential and sought-after voice on business and financial issues, including ethical leadership, diversity, financial reporting, audit quality, risk, governance, and education. He has previously held numerous leadership roles at KPMG, including U.S. Chairman and CEO, U.S. Deputy Chairman, managing partner of KPMG’s Washington, D.C. operations, and Global Head of Risk Management and Regulatory.  

Veihmeyer has been consistently named as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” by Accounting Today magazine, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and the Mendoza College Business Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated.  He is a member of the British American Business International Advisory Board and serves on the board of the U.S.-India Business Council, the Board of Trustees for both the U.S. Council for International Business (USIBC) and the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), and the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF).

Veihmeyer champions KPMG’s nationally-recognized high performance culture, with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion as a foundation for being a great place to work and build a career. He is a member of the board of Catalyst, whose mission is to expand opportunities for women in business, and in 2011 he received the CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices for his commitment to diversity.

He is also deeply committed to philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Along with his wife Beth, Veihmeyer is a driving force behind KPMG’s “Family for Literacy” (KFFL) program. In its six-year history, KFFL has provided more than 2.5 million books to children in need in the U.S. and has now expanded to eight countries around the KPMG network. He serves as the Co-Chair of CEOs Against Cancer in greater New York and is a Board member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 2013, Veihmeyer was honored as “Responsible CEO of the Year” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Veihmeyer previously served as a member of Chairman Christopher Cox’s SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies; Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees; Board Chairman of the Cultural Alliance of Washington DC; Executive Committee of the boards of the Federal City Council and Greater Washington Board of Trade.


Harry M. Kraemer, Jr., Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baxter International Inc.

November 6, 2015

Harry M. Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of two bestselling leadership books: “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership” and “Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership”.

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter's chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter's board of directors in January 2000. 

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development.  His twenty three year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations.  In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations.  Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter’s Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. He was elected to Baxter’s board of directors in 1995, and was named president of Baxter International Inc. in 1997.

Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.
Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs.  He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Sirona Dental Systems , VWR International, Sage Products Inc., and Catamaran Corporation and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

He is a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.  He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant.  For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.  Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization.  Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois.


Chris Policinski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Land O'Lakes

November 13, 2015

Policinski has over 30 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes in 1997, and was appointed President and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Policinski held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squib and The Pillsbury Company.

He is a member of Board of Directors of several industry associations (Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives), is involved in local community boards (Greater Twin Cities United Way and Trustee of University of Minnesota Foundation). Chris is also a member of the board of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, Xcel Energy and Hormel Foods.

Policinski earned his M.B.A. degree from New York University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.


Glenn Murphy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Gap, Inc. from July 2007 until February 2015

December 4, 2015

Glenn Murphy joined Gap Inc. as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from July 2007 until February 2015.  

Under his leadership, the company has successfully driven bottom line earnings growth by focusing on healthy margins and effectively managing costs. The company reported fiscal year earnings growth for 2008 of 16 percent.

Since joining, Murphy has solidified the company’s leadership team by appointing new presidents for its Old Navy, Banana Republic and Outlet divisions, as well as the chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate real estate. The company’s senior management, led by Murphy, is focused on restoring the health of the brands and pursuing growth opportunities through the company’s online division, international expansion and franchise partnerships. Recent milestones include opening more than 120 franchise stores globally, completing its acquisition of active wear brand Athleta - the first in more than 20 years, and opening its highly successful Banana Republic store in the United Kingdom.

With more than 20 years of retail experience, Murphy has successfully led diverse retail businesses and brands in the areas of food, health and beauty, and books. He has an established track record as a decisive, in-charge leader who has revitalized established retail brands.

From 2001 to 2007, Murphy served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada's largest drug store chain, delivering 22 consecutive quarters of year- over-year revenue growth.

Prior to Shoppers Drug Mart, Murphy served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chapters, Canada's leading book retailer. He also had a 14-year career with Loblaw Companies Ltd, Canada's largest food distributor and supermarket chain, and started his career at A.C. Nielsen, the world's leading marketing information company.

Murphy holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

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