Board Of Directors

Paul J. Brown 3
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. He was previously a Director of Borders Group, Inc. from 2009-2011.

William C. Cobb 4
President and Chief Executive Officer
H&R Block, Inc.

Mr. 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 Mr. 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, India and Brazil, Cobb has clarified its purpose: to look at its clients’ lives through the lens of taxes and find ways to help.

Mr. Cobb, who brought to his role experience in 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, Mr. Cobb was President of eBay Marketplaces, the company’s flagship division from 2004 to 2008. Under his leadership, 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, Mr. Cobb was responsible for affiliated businesses such as StubHub, and Mr. Cobb led eBay’s International division from 2002 to 2004, growing revenue from $300 million to more than $1 billion in two years. 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, Mr. Cobb held 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.

Mr. 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. Gerard 3, 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.

davidlewis smallDavid Baker Lewis 1*,3
Of Counsel
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. Reich  1, 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., 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. Rohde 1, 2*
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus ConAgra Foods, Inc.
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 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 currently is Chairman of Creighton University Board of Directors, serves on Harvard University’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Committee, 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. Seip  2, 3*
Private Investor

Mr. Seip currently serves as managing member of Way Too Much Stuff LLC and Ridgefield Farm LLC, 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.

Christy Wood PhotoChristianna Wood  1
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, The Merger Fund, The International Integrated Reporting Council and the International Securities Exchange. 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 also served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network from June 2008 until June 2012, having served as Chairman of the Board from June 2009 until June 2012. 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. Wright  2
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


Up to 1 in 6 Impacted by Expired Tax Benefits

Lynn Ebel, tax attorney at The Tax Institute, talks with the H&R Block newsroom about the impact expired tax benefits will have on taxpayers in 2015, including on teachers, students, homeowners and retirees.