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Immediate Release

Department Announces New Defense Business Board Members

Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter announced today the appointment of eight new members to the Defense Business Board (DBB). These new members, along with the current eighteen members, will provide the secretary of defense and other senior leaders of the Department of Defense with independent advice on best business practices.

These men and women were chosen based on their proven track record of sound judgment in leading or governing large, complex private sector corporations or entities, and have a wealth of top-level, global business experience in the areas of executive management, corporate governance, audit and finance, human resources and compensation, economics, technology and healthcare.

"I welcome the new business leaders joining our ranks, and pleased to see former members return at such an important time for our country," said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. "Their keen insight and vision will continue the invaluable work the Defense Business Board has done in improving the department's business operations."

The eight new members are:
Hon. Mahlon (Sandy) Apgar, IV, asset advisor and former assistant secretary for installations and environment, Department of the Army
Dr. Robert Holland, corporate director, managing partner, chief mentor and advisory board member of Essex Lake Group, LLC, and former CEO of Ben & Jerry's
Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin, senior presidential fellow of NYU and president emeritus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Dr. William Swanson, chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and former CEO of the Raytheon Corporation
Lon Levin, president, SkySeven Ventures and cofounder of XM Satellite Radio
John O'Connor, Chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLC
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Arnold Punaro, president, Punaro Group and former executive vice president of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Atul Vashistha, founder & chairman, Neo Group

The current members of the DBB are:
Michael Bayer, DBB chair and president and CEO, Dumbarton Strategies
Nancy Killefer, DBB vice chair and former senior partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Cynthia Trudell, DBB vice chair and executive vice president of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer, PepsiCo
Denis Bovin, chairman and managing partner, Palimere Group, LLC
Howard Cox, Jr., advisory partner, Greylock Partners
Roxanne Decyk, former executive vice president, Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Taylor Glover, president and CEO, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Shelly Lazarus, chairman emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather
David Langstaff, former president and CEO, TASC, Inc.
Emil Michael, senior vice president of business, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Philip Odeen, former chairman, AES Corporation
William Phillips, principal in charge, Federal Advisory Services, KPMG
Mark Ronald, former president and CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
Kevin Walker, COO, Iberdrola USA
Daniel Werfel, director of public sector practice, The Boston Consulting Group
Joe Wright, executive director, Seamobile/MTN Satellite Communications
Hon. Dov Zakheim, senior fellow, CNA Corporation
Jack Zoeller, president and CEO, Cordia Bancorp

The DBB will convene its next meeting July 23.

About the Defense Business Board: The DBB was established in 2002 to provide the Secretary of Defense and other senior departmental leaders with independent advice on private sector best business practices for consideration and potential application to the Department. More information on the Defense Business Board can be found at