BOARDROOM INSIGHTS BIOGRAPHIES
Emil Brolick, President & CEO, The Wendy’s Company
September 19, 2014
Emil Brolick is an experienced senior executive, with nearly three decades of strategic and brand leadership experience in operations, product development and marketing.
Brolick is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of The Wendy’s Company and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
He has established a proven track record of driving consistent same-store sales growth and profits with strong strategic and consumer insights, marketing expertise and operational excellence.
In previous roles, Brolick held several executive leadership roles at Yum! Brands, Inc., including Chief Operating Officer of Yum and President of the A&W and Long John Silver's chains (June 2008 to September 2011); President of U.S. Brand Building (December 2006 to June 2008); and President and Chief Concept Officer of Taco Bell (July 2000 to November 2006).
Under Brolick’s leadership, Taco Bell produced five consecutive years of same-store sales, transaction and profit growth to become the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain.
Before joining Yum! Brands, Brolick was with Wendy's International, Inc. for 12 years (March 1988 to July 2000), lastly serving as Senior Vice President, New Product Marketing, Research and Strategic Planning. Brolick was one of the primary architects of Wendy's 1988 turnaround, which helped produce 16 consecutive years of same-store sales growth. During his tenure, Brolick worked closely with Wendy’s Founder Dave Thomas and former CEO’s Jim Near and Gordon Teter.
Previously, Brolick worked in a number of leadership positions for Ponderosa, Inc., Copeland Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the areas of marketing, corporate development, finance and investor relations.
Brolick is a Trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He was previously Chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Detroit, Brolick holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Economics.
October 3, 2014
Wayne W. Murdy retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation in 2007. He joined Newmont in 1992 and served as Chief Financial Officer and later President prior to being elected CEO in 2001. Newmont is a major gold producer with total assets of $25 billion on five continents.
Mr. Murdy is a Director of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Plc., and Weyerhaeuser Company. He is a Trustee of the Denver Art Museum, The Papal Foundation, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame. He was a founding board member of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative of the World Economic Forum, a past Chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals, a past Director of the National Mining Association and a former member of the Manufacturing Council of the United States Department of Commerce.
Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Murdy spent 15 years in senior financial positions in the oil and gas industry, first with Getty Oil Company and later as Chief Financial Officer of Apache Corporation. He began his business career in public accounting. A graduate of California State University at Long Beach, he has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Murdy was recognized as a distinguished graduate of his Alma Mater in 2005, was the 2006 recipient of the Charles F. Rand Gold Medal of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree by the Colorado School of Mines in 2007 and in that year was the recipient of the International Bridge Builders Award by the University of Denver.
Wayne and Diana Murdy have been married 45 years and have four children; Dawn Marie (ND ‘91), Christopher (ND ’93), Joseph (USMC) and Elizabeth (ND MBA ’14) and six grandchildren (two of whom are freshmen at ND).
Michael O'Neill, Chairman, Citigroup, Inc.
October 10, 2014
Michael E. O’Neill is Chairman of the Citigroup Board and was elected to the Citigroup Board of Directors in April of 2009. He is a member of the Audit Committee, the Ethics & Culture Committee, and the Personnel & Compensation Committee. He is the past Chair of the Personnel & Compensation Committee, Citibank N.A., and the Citi Holdings Oversight Committee, and a past member of both the Risk Management & Finance Committee and the Nomination, Governance & Public Affairs Committee.
Prior to joining the Citigroup board, Mr. O’Neill was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Hawaii Corporation from November of 2000 to September of 2004. He was elected Chief Executive Officer of Barclays plc in February of 1999 but resigned shortly thereafter due to an illness from which he has completely recovered. He was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America in San Francisco from 1995 to 1998. Before that, he had been Chief Financial Officer of Continental Bank Corp from 1993 to 1995.
Mr. O’Neill graduated from Princeton University in 1969 and received his MBA in 1974 from the Colgate Darden School of the University of Virginia. He served in the Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972.
Mr. O’Neill is a member of the Advisory Board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and on the Advisory Board of FTV Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He is a Trustee of the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Darden School Foundation.
Past affiliations include: The Hawaii Military Affairs Council (Chairman), The Bishop Museum (Vice Chairman), Catholic Charities of Hawaii Advisory Board (Chairman), Hawaii Pacific University (Trustee), The San Francisco Fine Arts Museums (Trustee).
Mr. O’Neill was a member of the Federal Advisory Council from 2001 to 2004, representing the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
October 31, 2014
Paul E. Purcell is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and a member of the boards of directors of Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities including Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Paul joined Baird in 1994 and served in a variety of capacities, including Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President & Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He added the title of Chairman in 2006. Prior to joining Baird, he spent 22 years with Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Investment Banking Group.
In addition to his duties at Baird, Paulis co-chair of the Board of Teach for America – Milwaukee and chair of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the Alverno College Board of Trustees, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Advisory Council, the Cristo Rey Network Board of Trustees, the Greater Milwaukee Committee Board and Executive Committee, the Board of Discovery World, the United Performing Arts Fund Board, the Junior Achievement of Chicago Board of Directors, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Board and the Board of Directors of RiverFront Investment Group, LLC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and former Vice Chairman, as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Directors at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1971) and is a graduate of theUniversity of Notre Dame (1969). In 2009, he received the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Distinguished Corporate Alumni Award. In 2012, he received the Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America’s 2012 Distinguished Citizen’s Award and the Milwaukee Public Library’s Benjamin Franklin Award. In 2013, he was named the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin’s Business Leader of the Year for 2012.
November 14, 2014
Mary N. Dillon is Chief Executive Officer of ULTA Beauty, a position she has held since July 2013. She brings three decades of experience leading consumer-driven brands to the role, as well as a passion for leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to propel share gains and profitable growth. With Dillon’s strategic direction, ULTA Beauty has continued to see excellent sales growth and momentum in its e-commerce business and has completed the most ambitious, annual store opening program in company history, bringing the total to more than 696 stores in 46 states.
Prior to joining ULTA Beauty, Dillon served as President and CEO of U.S. Cellular. During her tenure, U.S. Cellular accelerated efforts to expand its product and service offerings while fortifying new channels of distribution and maintaining industry-leading customer satisfaction levels that advanced the brand and drove profitability and shareholder value. She also championed the company’s philanthropic focus on K – 12 education, including the donation of more than $3 million to schools, teachers and non-profits.
Dillon previously served as global Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for McDonald’s Corporation, where she led the company’s worldwide marketing efforts and global brand strategy, including a focus on children’s well-being initiatives. She also served as President of PepsiCo Corporation’s Quaker Foods division, as well as several positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, including Vice President of Marketing for Gatorade.
Dillon serves on the board of trustees for Loyola Academy, the board of directors for Northshore University Health System, the board of directors for World Business Chicago, the board of directors for the Executive’s Club of Chicago and on the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network and previously served on the board of directors for Target Corporation.
The Chicago native earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and Asian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dillon is a mother of four and resides with her family in Evanston, IL.
November 21, 2014
Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist who, together with her husband Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. Jean spent her early days at the Case Foundation doing a deep-dive into philanthropy and seeking the best ways she could make a difference. After having success with some early initiatives (and learning some really valuable lessons!) Jean realized that she and Steve could make the biggest impact by centering the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches they cultivated throughout their business careers. As Jean would be quick to tell you, a good investment is a good investment -- even if the way you measure a return changes somewhat as you move across sectors.
Prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Jean was a technology executive in the private sector. As a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL), Jean directed the marketing and branding effort that launched the AOL service, directed the communications strategy for taking the company public, and helped establish AOL as a household utility. Before joining the company when it was a small startup, she held strategic marketing positions at GE's Information Services Division and at The Source, the nation's first online service. We're pretty sure these early experiences played a role in making Jean a big fan of all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better.
In addition to her role as CEO of the Case Foundation, Jean has served in two appointed roles leading strategic public-private efforts, including the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, to which she was appointed as Chair by President George W. Bush, and in her ongoing role as co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership. Jean serves on the National Geographic Society's Board of Trustees, and on the boards of several organizations including Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Brainscope, Miraval, SnagFilms. She also serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, and is a member of the steering committee of Partners for a New Beginning. Jean and Steve joined the Giving Pledge, started by Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy causes, and in the same year were named to Barron’s "25 Best Givers" list. In 2011, Jean was named the Washington Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, and Jean and Steve were honored by NCoC as Citizens of the Year.
Rick Lenny, Non-executive chairman of Information Resources, Inc. and former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company
December 5, 2014
Rick Lenny currently serves as non-executive chairman of Information Resources, Inc., the leading market research firm and is a senior advisor with Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe LLC, a private equity firm. From 2001 through 2007, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company. Prior to joining Hershey, Rick was President, Nabisco Biscuit Company from 1998-2000.
Rick joined Nabisco in 1998 from the Pillsbury Company where he was President of Pillsbury, North America. Prior to this, he spent 18 years at Kraft Foods, Inc., where he held a number of senior marketing and sales positions.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with an MBA with honors, in marketing and finance, and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.
Rick serves on the Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation (compensation, finance, and CSR committees), Discover Financial Services (compensation, nominating and governance committees), ConAgra Foods, Inc. (audit and finance, nominating and governance/public affairs committees) and ITW Inc. (audit and compensation committees).
Rick also served on the Board of Directors of Sunoco, Inc. from 2002-2006. From 2005-2007, he was Chairman of the Board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and chaired its Executive Committee. In 2008, he received GMA’s Hall of Achievement award.
Rick is a member of the executive committee of the Global Advisory Board of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL, and the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Board in Lake Forest, IL.
In May 2007, Georgia State University named Rick to its Business Hall of Fame. Also in 2007, INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR named Rick one of the Best CEOs in America in the consumer food group. In July 2006, SUPERMARKET NEWS named him to its "Power 50 - Fifty People Who Drive The Food Industry." In February 2006, INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR Magazine named Rick one of the "Best CEOs in America" in the food category.
He was awarded Georgia State University’s 2005 Alumni Achievement Award. In 2005, FOOD PROCESSING MAGAZINE named Rick one of their 11 most influential people in the food industry. In March 2005, BARRON’S named him one of the 30 "World’s Most Respected CEOs." And, for 2004, he was named BRANDWEEK’S "Marketer of the Year."