Director Profiles

Simulations Plus Appoints Former FDA Official Lisa LaVange to its Board

Simulations Plus, a provider of simulation and modeling software and consulting services for all stages of pharmaceutical discovery and development, announced the appointment of Lisa LaVange to its board.

Craig Jimenez Joins Air Tractor Board

Air Tractor, the leading manufacturer of single-engine agriculture, firefighting and utility aircraft, announced the appointment of Craig Jimenez.

Quanergy Systems appoints Dr. Kevin J. Kennedy to its Board

Quanergy, a leader in 3D sensing solutions and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors, announced the addition of Kevin J. Kennedy to its board of directors.

“As the LiDAR technology reaches new thresholds, Quanergy is committed to continually adding established industry professionals to our team to guide the company through these critical stages,” said Dr. Louay Eidada, CEO and co-founder of Quanergy. “Kevin’s expertise on our board will not only give Quanergy an advantage when it comes to strategy execution but also sharpen our overall business development methodologies.”

David Fisher Joins FRISS Board

FRISS, the global provider of fraud and risk solutions for the P&C insurance industry, appointed David Fisher to the company’s board as a non-executive member.

David Fisher is a very experienced CEO who has headed several successful tech companies and currently runs Enova International, a leading technology and analytics company focused on online lending, which provides reliable, real-time financial options for every day, hard-working people.

Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, joins the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

"Lauren brings a unique perspective to the board,” says Phyllis Yale, board chair. “In addition to being a leader in health care delivery, and public health, she also brings a wealth of expertise related to health equity and the impact of social policy on child and family well-being.”

There’s a fine balance in the boardroom between building trust with the management team and making sure directors aren’t a rubberstamp for the CEO. That balance can be even trickier when it comes to private company boards.

Successful directors realize this, and in order to find governance equilibrium they focus on what’s in the best interest of the company for the long-term, especially as they try to navigate constant change.


Stephanie Wilkes appointed to Sheetz Board of Directors

"We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie to the Sheetz Board of Directors," said Stan Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.  "Her vast experience in building and leading diverse, high-performing teams will bring a fresh perspective to our Board as we work to continue Sheetz's mission to provide the ultimate in convenience to our customers."  

Peloton Names Pamela Thomas-Graham to Its Board

Peloton, the indoor cycling fitness firm, appointed Pamela Thomas-Graham to its board.

Thomas-Graham is an entrepreneur with a strong fashion and financial background, she’s the lead independent director at The Clorox Company and she is on the board of N.T. Butterfield & Sons Bank.

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields Joins Ellucian Board

Mark Fields, who last year retired from Ford Motor Company as president and chief executive officer, has joined the board of Ellucian, a provider of higher education software and services.

Stalwarts of Private Company Governance

Why would a private company decide to build an independent board of directors when there is no legal or regulatory requirement to do so? The reasons are as varied as the companies themselves.