Board of Directors

Board of Directors

James M. Cracchiolo

Jim Cracchiolo has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ameriprise Financial since September 2005, when the company, American Express Financial Corporation, completed its spin-off from American Express Company. Mr. Cracchiolo has 39 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to his current role, he held a number of executive-level positions at American Express, including chairman and chief executive and president and chief executive officer of American Express Financial Corporation (2000-2005) and group president, global financial services of American Express (2000-2005). He served as chairman of American Express Bank Ltd. (2000 – 2005) and served as president and chief executive officer of Travel Related Services International (1998 – 2003). Mr. Cracchiolo joined American Express in 1982. He is a member of Business Roundtable. Mr. Cracchiolo holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance, both from New York University. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in New York State and is certified as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal in the United States.

Dianne Neal Blixt

Dianne Neal Blixt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reynolds American Inc. from 2004 until her retirement in 2007. Ms. Blixt previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. (2003 – 2004) and also served in various roles of increasing responsibility with Reynolds American Inc. and its subsidiaries beginning in 1988. Ms. Blixt serves on the Board of Directors of Triad Business Bank. She previously served on the board of directors of LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., Lorillard, Inc. Metavante Technologies, Inc., Scandinavia Tobacco Group and NatureWorks Organics, LLC. She serves on the board of trustees for the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. She is also the chair of the National Sports Media Association.

Amy DiGeso

Amy DiGeso was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Ms. DiGeso retired from her position in 2013 and remained with the Company as Executive Vice President, Senior Advisor to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer through June 2014. Prior to rejoining The Estée Lauder Companies in 2005, Ms. DiGeso was Managing Partner, Human Capital, responsible for global human resources at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a worldwide professional services firm with over 125,000 employees in 142 countries. She has also served as President of Popular Club, a direct marketing/sales subsidiary of Macy’s, Inc., and held a number of executive management positions at Mary Kay Inc., including that of Chief Executive Officer. Earlier in her career she held positions of increasing responsibility at Bankers Trust Company, the American Express Company and Olivetti Corporation of America. She worked previously at The Estée Lauder Companies as Executive Director of Human Resources. Ms. DiGeso is a Pennsylvania State University Alumni Fellow. She holds a B.S. degree from Penn State and an MBA from Fordham University.

Lon R. Greenberg

Lon R. Greenberg is the Chairman Emeritus and former Chief Executive Officer of UGI Corporation, a distributor and marketer of energy products and services including propane, butane, natural gas and electricity. Mr. Greenberg joined UGI in 1980 and held various positions until he became CEO in 1995, a position he held through April 2013. Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman of UGI Corporation and AmeriGas Propane, Inc. in 2016. Mr. Greenberg received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and continued his education at Villanova Law School and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. After clerking for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, he joined the law firm of Morgan Lewis. Mr. Greenberg also serves on the boards of directors of: AmerisourceBergen Corporation; Temple University; United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southeastern New Jersey; and the Philadelphia Foundation. Mr. Greenberg is a former Chairman and board member of the World LP Gas Association and previously served on the board of directors of Aqua America, Inc.

Jeffrey Noddle

Jeffrey Noddle served as chairman of the board of directors of SUPERVALU INC. from 2002 until he retired in 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Noddle held a number of other leadership positions at SUPERVALU, including chief executive officer (2001-2010), president and chief operating officer (2000-2001), corporate executive vice president and president and chief operating officer of SUPERVALU’s distribution food companies, corporate vice president — merchandising and president of the company’s Fargo and former Miami divisions. Mr. Noddle was a member of the boards of directors of The Clorox Company and the Donaldson Company, Inc. He is also a former chairman of the Food Marketing Institute.

Robert F. Sharpe Jr.

Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. retired in November 2010, having most recently served as a senior advisor to ConAgra Foods, Inc. Previous to that role, he had served in a variety of senior positions since he started with ConAgra in 2005, including President of Commercial Foods (2008-2010) and Chief Administrative Officer (2005-2009). From 2002 until joining ConAgra, Mr. Sharpe was a partner at the Brunswick Group LLC, an international financial public relations firm. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president — public affairs, secretary and general counsel for PepsiCo, Inc. (1998 to 2002). Previously, Mr. Sharpe was senior vice president and general counsel for RJR Nabisco, Inc. Mr. Sharpe is chairman of the board of directors of New Frontier Foods, Inc., a private corporation, and was previously a member of the board of directors of Swedish Match AB.

Brian T. Shea

Brian T. Shea served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services for BNY Mellon where he also oversaw Global Operations and Technology from 2013 until he retired in 2017. He also held a variety of executive roles at Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon company, including Chairman, CEO, and President and COO from 1983 until 2014. He currently serves on the board of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., a financial services technology company, where he is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Risk Committee. Mr. Shea is also on the board of RBB Funds, Inc., St. John’s University in New York, Catholic Charities of New York and Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. Mr. Shea previously served on the board of WisdomTree Investments, Inc., was a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Board of Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), and the Insured Retirement Institute. He also served as chairman of the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA and chairman Membership Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Authority. Mr. Shea received his B.S. in Business Management from St. John’s University and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

W. Edward Walter III

W. Edward Walter III has been the global chief executive officer and member of the global board of directors of the Urban Land Institute since June 2018. He also serves on the board of the Urban Land Institute Foundation. He previously served as the Robert and Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate at the Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (2014-2018). Mr. Walter served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a publicly traded premier lodging real estate company, from 2007 through 2016. From 2003 until 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Host and from 1996 until 2003, he held various senior management positions with Host, including Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Walter was a member of the Board of Directors of Host from 2007 through 2016. Prior to joining Host, Mr. Walter was a partner with Trammell Crow Residential Company and the president of Bailey Capital Corporation. Mr. Walter currently serves on the board of Avalon Bay Communities, Inc., is the Chairman of the Federal City Council, a member of the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the Executive Committee of the Steers Center for global Real Estate. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Walter received a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Christopher J. Williams

Christopher J. Williams is chairman of Siebert, Williams, and Shank & Co., LLC, an investment banking and financial services company. Previously, Mr. Williams was chairman and chief executive officer of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC, an investment banking and financial services firm, from the company’s formation in 1994 until it merged with Siebert Cisneros Shank to form Siebert, Williams, and Shank in November 2019. Prior to founding Williams Capital, he managed the derivatives and structured finance division of Jefferies & Company. He previously worked at Lehman Brothers, where his roles included managing groups in the corporate debt capital markets and derivatives structuring and trading. Mr. Williams serves as a director for The Clorox Company and Union Pacific Corporation, where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee.. He also previously served on the boards of Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, Cox Enterprisesand Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mr. Williams served as the chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College until June 2018 and serves on the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.