Boardroom Insights Speaker Bios

Jack Brennan, Lead Director, General Electric and Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Notre Dame

September 16, 2016

Jack Brennan is the Lead Director of General Electric Company and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Brennan is chairman emeritus of Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment companies. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard comprises more than 100 separate domestic investment portfolios, with current U.S. fund assets of more than $3 trillion. He joined Vanguard in July 1982. He was elected president in 1989, served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008, and served as chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009. Mr. Brennan is the chairman of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program; a Chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); chairman of Catholic Investment Services and a founding trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB degree, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Brennan is married to Catharine J. Brennan. Mrs. Brennan graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB degree, and received her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the president of College Perspectives. They have three children who are graduates of Notre Dame: William (’06), Kara (’08), and Conor (’11).

Mike McGavick, CEO, XL Group, PLC

September 23, 2016

Since 2008, Mike McGavick has served as chief executive officer of XL Group plc, the parent company of the XL Catlin insurance and reinsurance companies. 
Mike’s numerous recognitions for his leadership within the insurance industry include: Insurance Day’s Industry Achiever of the Year, Insurance Leader of the Year by St. John’s University School of Risk Management, one of the top 100 Game Changers in the last hundred years of the insurance industry by Leaders Edge, the Bermuda Insurance Institute’s (Re)insurance Person of the Year, the Review Magazine’s Industry Personality of the Year and Reactions Magazine’s Insurance CEO of the Year, among others. 

Mike is currently the Chairman of the Geneva Association and is a Director and Immediate Past Chairman of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers. He is on the board of the Global Reinsurance Forum, the American Insurance Association, the Insurance Information Institute and the International Insurance Society. 

From 2001 to 2005, Mike was chairman, president and CEO of Safeco Corporation. Prior to joining Safeco, Mike spent six years with CNA Financial Corporation, where he held various senior positions, including president and CEO of the company's largest commercial insurance unit. 

Mike has been involved in a number of industry, political, public affairs and community service activities. He was the founding chairperson of the Business Partnership for Early Learning and is also on the board of Landesa, a nonprofit organization that helps the rural poor around the globe obtain land rights. He was named the Puget Sound Business Journal's Executive of the Year in 2003 and was the 2005 winner of the prestigious Charles E. Odegaard award for his efforts in promoting diversity at the University of Washington. He is a former chief of staff in the United States Senate and ran for the US Senate in the State of Washington.

Mike is also a founding member of the Washington D.C.-based old boys’ rugby club, the Wild Geese RFC.

Hamid Moghadam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Prologis

October 14, 2016

Hamid Moghadam is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Prologis. Mr. Moghadam co-founded the company's predecessor, AMB Property Corporation, in 1983 and led the company through its initial public offering in 1997 as well as its merger with ProLogis in 2011. He has been a board member since AMB's IPO in 1997 and serves on the board’s executive committee.

Mr. Moghadam has held a number of key leadership roles within the real estate industry. Previously, he served as trustee and member of the board’s executive committee for the Urban Land Institute, as well as chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the Real Estate Investment Trust Political Action Committee. He was a director of Plum Creek Timber Company and is a founding member of the Real Estate Roundtable.

Mr. Moghadam is a trustee of Stanford University and served as chairman of Stanford Management Company. An active participant in the San Francisco Bay Area community, he has also served on various philanthropic and community boards, including the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Town School for Boys and as chairman of the Young Presidents Organization’s Northern California chapter. Mr. Moghadam received the 2013 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named CEO of the Year on eight separate occasions by four industry publications and has received numerous lifetime achievement awards from industry organizations, including NAREIT and NAIOP.

Mr. Moghadam received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor and Master of Science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William C. Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer, H&R Block, Inc.

October 28, 2016

William C. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010.
Since Cobb took over as CEO, he has brought a renewed focus to the company anchored in a set of values summed up as “we do the right thing.” For H&R Block that means: we believe in our people, we take care of our clients and we deliver for our shareholders. For the largest branded tax preparation company in the United States with international business in Canada, Australia, and India, Cobb has clarified its purpose: to look at its clients’ lives through the lens of taxes and find ways to help.

Cobb, who brought to his role experience in the retail, digital and consumer-brand space, has driven success throughout the company by focusing the organization on its core expertise – tax preparation. In addition, he has elevated the company’s Emerald Card from a simple, once-a-year gift card to a leading general purpose reloadable debit card in the market with fewer and lower fees than its competitors; driven growth outpacing its competitors in the do-it-yourself online market category; and increased net income from continuing operations by 18 percent and earnings per share 33 percent from FY11 to FY13.

Prior to joining H&R Block, Cobb was President of eBay U.S. Marketplaces, the company’s flagship division from 2004 to 2008. Under his management, the eBay division traded $25 billion in goods and services, and reached a record $2.6 billion in revenue. In addition to eBay’s U.S. performance, Cobb was responsible for affiliated businesses such as, StubHub, and Cobb led eBay’s International division from 2002 to 2004. He started with eBay in 2000 as the head of eBay’s Global Marketing, where he developed the company’s first brand campaign and the largest Internet marketing function on the Web.

From 1987 until 2000, Cobb occupied several senior-level positions at PepsiCo and YUM! Brands, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of International Marketing for YUM!, and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut U.S.

Cobb earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Victor Dodig, President & CEO, CIBC

November 4, 2016

Victor Dodig was named President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America’s largest financial services institutions, in September 2014.

Under his tenure, Victor has helped usher in a new era for the bank, positioning CIBC as a strong, innovative, and relationship-oriented financial institution with a Return on Equity among the highest of its peers globally. Victor brings more than 20 years of extensive business and banking experience, having led CIBC’s Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Retail Banking businesses. He also led several businesses with UBS and Merrill Lynch in Canada and internationally, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

A member of CIBC's Board of Directors, Victor also serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute and ROM Board of Governors. He is a vocal advocate for gender diversity in the workplace, and actively supports the advancement of talented women to executive roles and on boards as founding Chair of the 30% Club Canada and as a Catalyst Canada Advisory Board member.

Victor is a past recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA and was recognized as a Baker scholar. Victor holds a Diploma from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) in Commerce.

Victor resides in Toronto with his wife Maureen and their four teenage children. He is an active community member, most recently serving as Co-Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation’s Promise Campaign.

Paul Idzik, CEO,  E*TRADE

November 11, 2016

Paul T. Idzik has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2013. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and is President of E*TRADE Bank, as well as a member of its Board of Directors.
Prior to joining E*TRADE, Mr. Idzik was Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings PLC in London. He also served 10 years at Barclays PLC, most recently as Group Chief Operating Officer and before that as Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Capital.

Mr. Idzik is recognized in the global financial services industry for his strategic leadership skills and ability to deliver results and shareholder value. At Barclays, he oversaw all key functional units, including Information Technology and Operations, HR, Corporate Communications, Sourcing and Procurement, and all strategy for the company. As the CEO of a public company, Mr. Idzik won plaudits for his ability to build effective relationships with clients and other important stakeholders.

Mr. Idzik began his career as a consultant, and spent more than a decade with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised retail, commercial, and investment banks on strategy and performance enhancement. He was a partner in the Financial Services practice.

Mr. Idzik has BAs in Economics and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Mark Mendola, Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

December 2, 2016

Mark Mendola is the Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark is responsible for the US Advisory, Assurance, and Tax practices, and delivering the full power of the firm to our clients across the geographies and industries. Mark also serves as the senior relationship partner to several of the firm’s large clients. 

Prior to his current role, Mark served as the US Tax Leader, responsible for the network of tax practices across the Americas, including Canada, Mexico, and South America. Mark’s previous roles included the Market Managing Partner of the Greater Michigan Market, responsible for the Detroit, Toledo and Grand Rapids offices; the U.S. automotive sector and the global Tax automotive sector; and the Senior Tax Leader of the PwC Canada Tax practice. 

Mark joined the firm in 1986, serving in the Detroit Tax practice. He was admitted to the partnership in 1998. During his time with the firm, Mark has advised a wide range of large multinational companies across a variety of industries, including automotive, industrial products, and retail and consumer products. 

A Certified Public Accountant, Mark is a graduate of Oakland University and received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame (’91). Mark is a frequent instructor and active conference speaker. He is active in the greater Detroit community and is on the board of several charitable organizations



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