Director Profiles

Philip M. Pfeffer joins Board of Directors, an online collegiate recruiting platform used by colleges and universities to find high school and middle school performing fine arts students, announced the addition of Pfeffer to the board. Pfeffer served as president of Random House Inc. when it was sold in 1998 to Bertelsmann AG. Previously, he was EVP and a board member of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc., a Fortune 400 family business conglomerate with large interests in publishing and content distribution.

By April Hall

The Westphal family is deeply involved in the governance of their tax software company but stays out of management.

On a snow day in 2012, when kids had the day off from school and people were encouraged to stay off the roads, Jeff Westphal, second-generation CEO of Vertex Inc., called his sisters and asked for a meeting that day.

AKHAN Semiconductor Appoints a Retired Navy Vice Admiral to Its Board

By Barbara Wenger

AKHAN Semiconductor appoints retired Vice Admiral Charles Moore Jr. to its board.

AKHAN, a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors headquartered in Gurnee, Lake County, IL, also recently added former CIA operations director Don Hepburn to its board.

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."