Board Of Directors
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Archon has served as Vice President, Transformation and Chief Operating Officer for the Watson Health business unit of IBM since February 2015. Prior to her current position, Ms. Archon served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy from May 2013 to February 2015, and Vice President of Worldwide Client Care, Systems & Technology Group, from August 2010 to May 2013. She also served in a variety of other roles with IBM, including Vice President of Intellectual Property Licensing and Business Development, Systems & Technology Group; Director of Global Sourcing Procurement – Enterprise Services; and Director of Global Services Procurement – Strategy, Operations & Alliances. Ms. Archon holds two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering.
Paul J. Brown3*
Chief Executive Officer
Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Mr. Brown has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S., since May 2013. He served as President, Brands and Commercial Services for Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company, from 2008 to April 2013.Prior to that, he was with Expedia Inc. for four years, most recently serving as President, Expedia North America and Expedia Inc. Partner Services Group. From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Brown was a Partner with McKinsey & Co. in their London and Atlanta offices. Earlier in his career, he was Senior Vice President of Brand Services for Intercontinental Hotels Group, a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. and a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting. Mr. Brown received a Bachelors degree in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1994. Mr. Brown is also a member of the board of directors of Lindblad Expeditions and FOCUS Brands, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation, The Woodruff Arts Center and the Buckhead Coalition. He has also served as an executive-in-residence at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
William C. Cobb4
President and Chief Executive Officer
H&R Block, Inc.
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. His Tax Plus strategy combines tax preparation services with products adjacent to the tax event, such as the H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®, an award winning general purpose reloadable debit card, and Tax Identity Shield®, a product designed to protect consumers from tax identity theft. In addition, under Cobb’s leadership, the company has returned a substantial amount of capital to shareholders, having repurchased approximately 30% of shares outstanding and increased the quarterly dividend by over 45% since Fiscal Year 2012.
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, Shopping.com and Rent.com. 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.
Robert A. Gerard3, 4*
Chairman of the Board
H&R Block, Inc.
Mr. Gerard is the General Partner and Investment Manager of GFP, L.P., a private investment partnership. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Gerard was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Committee of Royal Street Communications, LLC, a licensee, developer and operator of telecommunications networks in Los Angeles and Central Florida. From 1977 until his retirement in 1991, he held senior executive positions with the investment banking firms Morgan Stanley & Co., Dillon Reed & Co., and Bear Stearns. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Gerard served in the United States Department of the Treasury, completing his service as Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets and Debt Management. Mr. Gerard is a graduate of Harvard College and holds Masters of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Columbia University.
Richard A. Johnson1, 2
Chief Executive Officer and President
Foot Locker, Inc.
Mr. Johnson serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Foot Locker, Inc., a leading global athletic footwear and apparel retailer. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer and President, he served in a variety of other executive roles with Foot Locker, Inc., including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President/Group President - Retail Stores, Chief Executive Officer and President of Foot Locker U. S./Lady Foot Locker/Kids Foot Locker/Footaction, and Chief Executive Officer and President at Foot Locker Europe B.V., Foot Locker’s European headquarters in the Netherlands. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Footlocker.com/Eastbay, and prior to that, he held various executive positions at Eastbay, Inc. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Mr. Johnson has served as director and member of the Executive Committee of Foot Locker, Inc. since 2014, and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2016. He also previously served as a director of Maidenform Brands, Inc.
David Baker Lewis2, 3
Lewis & Munday
Mr. Lewis currently serves as Of Counsel at Lewis & Munday, a Detroit-based legal firm with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. Mr. Lewis is a co-founder of the firm, which was established in 1972, and previously served as the firm's Chairman and CEO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Mr. Lewis is also a director of The Kroger Company and STERIS Corp. and was previously a director of Conrail, Inc., LG&E Energy Corp., M.A. Hanna, TRW, Inc., and Comerica, Inc.
Victoria J. Reich1*, 4
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
United Stationers Inc.
Ms. Reich served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Stationers Inc.(now known as Essendant, Inc.), a wholesale distributor of business products, from June 2007 until July 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Reich spent ten years with Brunswick Corporation, where she most recently was President of Brunswick European Group from 2003 until 2006. She served as Brunswick's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003 and as Vice President and Controller from 1996 until 2000. Before joining Brunswick, Ms. Reich spent 17 years at General Electric Company, where she held various financial management positions. Ms. Reich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University. She is also a Director of Ecolab Inc. and Ingredion Incorporated.
Bruce C. Rohde2*, 3
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Mr. Rohde served in multiple roles with ConAgra Foods, Inc., a packaged foods company, beginning in 1984, including General Counsel, President, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, retiring in 2005 as Chairman and CEO Emeritus. Mr. Rohde is the Managing Partner of Romar Capital Group. Mr. Rohde holds two degrees from Creighton University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Creighton University and is the immediate past Chairman of that Board, is a Presidential Appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and is a director of Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Mr. Rohde holds many court admissions and also holds a certified public accountant certificate.
Tom D. Seip2, 3
Mr. Seip currently serves as managing member of Way Too Much Stuff LLC, and through December 2015 served as the managing member of Ridgefield Farm LLC, both private investment vehicles. He served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Westaff, Inc., a temporary staffing services company in Walnut Creek, California, from May 2001 until January 2002. Mr. Seip was employed by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. in San Francisco from January 1983 until June 1998 in various positions, including Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. from 1997 until June 1998 and Executive Vice President, Retail Brokerage from 1994 until 1997. Mr. Seip is also a trustee of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and participated in the Doctoral Program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Christianna Wood1, 4
Chief Executive Officer
Gore Creek Capital Ltd.
Ms. Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of Gore Creek Capital Ltd., an investment management consulting company based in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Wood served as the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Z Asset Management, the largest dedicated sponsor of hedge funds, from 2008 through July 2009. Previously, Ms. Wood was the Senior Investment Officer for the Global Equity unit of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) for five years. Prior to her service for CalPERS, Ms. Wood served as a Principal of several investment management organizations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Vassar College where she serves on the Investment, Audit and Budget and Finance Committees and as Chair of the Investor Responsibility Committee. Ms. Wood is Chairman of the Board of The Global Reporting Initiative and also serves as a member of the boards of Grange Insurance and The Merger Fund. She was previously a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Standard Advisory Group (2006-2008) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) Consultative Advisory Group (2006-2009). Ms. Wood was also a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network from June 2008 until June 2012, serving as Chairman of the Board from June 2009 until June 2012, and served on the Board of Directors of the International Securities Exchange from 2010 to 2016. Ms. Wood obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from New York University.
James F. Wright2
Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Tractor Supply Company
Mr. Wright served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tractor Supply Company, a farm and ranch supply retailer, from November 2007 through January 2013, after which he served as Executive Chairman through December 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Wright served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to November 2007 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000 through 2004. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tire Kingdom, a tire and automotive services retailer, from May 1997 to June 2000. Mr. Wright is also a director of Cabela’s Incorporated and serves on the Board of Trustees of Belmont University. He previously served as a director of Spartan Stores, SCD Probiotics, LLC and as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association.
Footnotes indicate Board Committees. Asterisks indicate Committee chairs.
1. Audit Committee
2. Compensation Committee
3. Governance and Nominating Committee
4. Finance Committee