THE NPR BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES FOUR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS
Joining Board are Public Directors Fabiola Arredondo and Chris Boskin
Member Director Kerry Swanson of Northwest Public Radio
Howard Wollner, New Chair of the NPR Foundation
Four new members have joined the NPR Board of Directors: public members Fabiola Arredondo, Managing Partner of the private investment firm Siempre Holdings, and Chris Boskin, a media consultant; Kerry Swanson, Station Manager of Northwest Public Radio; and Howard Wollner, the new Chairman of the NPR Foundation's Board of Trustees and former Senior Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company. The new members were elected or confirmed to three-year terms on the Board by NPR Member Stations as part of the Board's regular elections, and inducted at the Board's November meeting. Also joining the Investment Committee of the Board is NPR Foundation Trustee John Buoymaster, Chairman and Managing Director of Hall Capital Partners, LLC.
The 17-member NPR Board of Directors is comprised of 10 NPR Member Station managers (elected by their fellow Member Stations); five public members (elected by the Board and confirmed by Member Stations); the chairman of the NPR Foundation; and the president and CEO of NPR. The Board – chaired by Kit Jensen, Chief Operating Officer of ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio – guides the direction of NPR by setting policies and overall strategy, providing financial oversight and monitoring performance. Biography information for the new members follows.
The NPR Board of Directors is Vice-Chaired by John Wotowicz, Managing Partner of Concentric Capital. Current members are also: Patricia Diaz Dennis, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Retired, AT&T; Betsy Gardella, President & CEO, New Hampshire Public Radio; Roger LaMay, General Manager, WXPN; Caryn Mathes, General Manager, WAMU; Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting; Marita Rivero, Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television, WGBH; Florence Rogers, President and General Manager, Nevada Public Radio; Roger Sarow, President, WFAE-FM; and Connie Walker, General Manager, WUNC.
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NPR Board of Directors: New Members
Public Director Fabiola Arredondo brings strategic and operational experience in the internet and media sectors as well as extensive board directorship experience to NPR. She is currently the Managing Partner of the private investment firm Siempre Holdings, and previously held senior operating roles at Yahoo! Inc., the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Bertelsmann Entertainment Group (Bertelsmann A.G.). Arredondo is also a Board Trustee of Sesame Workshop; a non-executive Board Director of Rodale, Inc., Experian Group plc; and a Board Trustee and Co-Chair of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. She also previously served as a Non Executive Director on the Board of Intelsat Corporation, the BOC Group plc and Bankinter S.A. She has been featured on Fortune Europe's "Most Powerful Women" list, and the Wall Street Journal Europe's "Most Influential Women in European Business" list.
A veteran of magazine publishing, Public Director Chris Boskin currently serves as a consultant to several media companies, and has been featured on Advertising Age's list of the "100 Most Outstanding Media People." When Boskin joined Worth as publisher in 1992, she helped develop and launch various other arms of the magazine, including Equity, Civilization and the American Benefactor. She also launched Countryside and Bon Appetit. Boskin has been the San Francisco, Pacific Northwest and Asia Manager for Hearst Magazines, and has also served The New Yorker in similar capacities. Her current and previous board and advisory affiliations include: Board of Directors for CPB, Internews and College Track; and the Advisory Boards for Care2.com and Higher Ground, a recreational rehabilitation program for soldiers with disabilities returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, which Boskin founded in 2004.
Northwest Public Radio's Kerry Swanson is the most recent station manager to join the NPR Board of Directors. In his 30-year broadcasting career, Swanson has worked in new media, programming, management and fundraising. He has assisted in planning new broadcast facilities and in building community engagement. In his current role, Swanson directs and manages the public radio network of 19 stations and 12 translators serving audiences in Washington, as well as parts of Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Swanson began his career working in commercial radio at KXLE in Ellensburg, and at KNBQ in Tacoma. He then spent more than 20 years at KPLU in Seattle/Tacoma, during which he worked in various capacities, including as an on-air host for jazz, operations manager, development director and COO. He has also served as Director of Radio at WABE-FM in Atlanta, GA.
As the Chairman of the NPR Foundation, Howard Wollner oversees a 40-member Board of Trustees, made up of supporters from across the country, who work to enhance current and long-term financial support for NPR. The Foundation serves as steward of NPR's nearly $300 million endowment. It also actively works to strengthen the fundraising success of Member Stations and recognize the multitude of donors who are dedicated to public media. Wollner retired as Senior Vice President of the Starbucks Coffee Company in 2005. In 13 years with Starbucks, he established many functional areas for the company managing a diverse portfolio including corporate real estate, risk management and environmental affairs. He also supported the strategic alliances for Starbucks' joint ventures with other brands. Wollner is also a board member of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He previously served on the boards of IslandWood, and the Seattle Foundation. Wollner was a collaborator on the book Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School.
NPR Foundation Board Member John W. Buoymaster is now serving as a member of the Board's Investment Committee. Buoymaster is Chairman and Managing Director of the investment management firm Hall Capital Partners, LLC. He serves on the Board of Directors of the firm while also having direct portfolio management and relationships with a number of its clients. Before joining Hall Capitol Partners in 1998, Buoymaster was a Vice President for J.P. Morgan & Co., and a partner with the San Francisco and Palo Alto law firm Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson & Tatum. He also sits on the Board of Directors for KQED in San Francisco.
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