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has had many and varied governmental roles during his career, including deputy assistant to the president and director of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Ronald Reagan, as well as U.S. secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush. After moving to the public sector, Card returned to the White House in January 2001. He served as chief of staff for President George W. Bush, a position he held until April 2006, giving him the second-longest term as White House chief of staff.
Edwin "Mac" Crawford,
former chairman of CVS Caremark, is a renowned turnaround and merger specialist. During his 30-plus years of operational turnaround experience, he helped restructure physician practice management company Med…
former chairman of CVS Caremark, is a renowned turnaround and merger specialist. During his 30-plus years of operational turnaround experience, he helped restructure physician practice management company Med Partners into Caremark Rx, bringing the new organization from near bankruptcy to a $9 billion Fortune 100 company in five years. Crawford then oversaw Caremark’s merger with CVS. His work has been lauded by the professional investment community, being named “Best CEO in Healthcare Technology and Distribution” for 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Institutional Investor magazine.
who received an aerodynamic engineering degree from the University of Toyko, began his career with Honda Motor Company. Following two decades with Honda, he assumed executive level leadership for Sega Corporation. Under his watch, the video game software and hardware multinational launched the Dreamcast video game console, regarded by many as instrumental in pioneering online console gaming. Irimajiri, whose counsel continues to be sought by technology companies, currently chairs Japanese manufacturer Asahi Tec and serves on the board of directors of Delphi Automotive Systems.
Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.)
served for more than five years as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Clinton administration. Under his leadership, the ONDCP developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy. Gen. McCaffrey teaches international security studies at the United States Military Academy and is frequently sought out as an adviser on issues of national security. The highly decorated general also works as a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and writes a regular column for the Armed Forces Journal.
began her career at The New York Times Company in 1983, serving as its CEO for seven years. Before joining the Times Company, she was a public school teacher in Newport, R.I., and Somerset, Mass. In addition to her experience in publishing, Robinson served as chairwoman of the Advertising Council and the American Advertising Federation. She is currently chairwoman of the Presidential Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University and a Trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
member emeritus, currently serves as chairman of CIC Inc. and trustee of The Anna C. Chennault Charitable Trust — two nonprofit organizations based in Washington. Chennault, a former journalist and war correspondent who was born in Beijing, has published nearly 50 books in both Chinese and English. She has received several awards, including the Freedom Award of the Order of Lafayette, the Freedom Award from the Free China Association, and the Award of Honor from the Chinese-American Alliance.
former chairman of Hindustan Unilever and former director of Unilever’s home and personal care operations worldwide, has an impressive record of leadership in India and internationally. Dadiseth is a trustee of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and a member of the managing committee, Breach Candy Hospital Trust. He is also on several boards of directors, including the Indian School of Business, as well as a member of the international advisory board of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., and a nonexecutive chairman of Omnicom India.
is a former member of President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, having served as U.S. secretary of commerce. Now an attorney in private practice, he advises corporate clients as a partner in the law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Kantor continues his commitment to public service by holding nonprofit board positions with Legal Services Corporation, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Center for Law in the Public Interest. He has received several distinguished awards in honor of his work, including the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award.
is a highly regarded public relations consultant who has helped shape and protect the corporate brand of some of the world’s most visible corporations. He led all corporate communications at General Motors, Charles Schwab, Visa USA and Levi Strauss. Earlier, he directed global media relations for McDonalds, Holiday Inns and Harrah’s Casinos. He has served on the boards of Business for Social Responsibility, The Arthur W. Page Society and the International Association of Business Communicators Foundations. He is currently a director of the U.S.-Japan Council.
has served as a member of the European Commission for more than a decade, most recently as European commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, making him one of only five vice presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission. He began his political career in Germany’s Free Democratic Party, later switching to the Social Democratic Party and ultimately becoming minister of state in the German Foreign Ministry. And from 1999 to 2004, Verheugen managed the EU’s largest and most complex enlargement process.
Adm. Vernon Clark, USN (Ret.),
who once served as chief of Naval Operations, began his 37-year naval career as a lieutenant on a patrol gunboat. He retired from the Pentagon as a sitting member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2002. Recognized for his military service, Adm. Clark earned the Defense Distinguished Service Medal four times, the Navy Distinguished Medal three times, three Legion of Merit awards, and the Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives of North America. An active adviser, Adm. Clark currently serves on several boards of directors.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
has led a distinguished career in her 27-plus years in public service. The first female senator to represent Texas, she became the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. Senate, and the fourth-highest Republican overall, including roles on the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In addition, Hutchison, a contributor to the CNBC TV network, has authored multiple books, most recently Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.
Dr. David Kessler, M.D.,
served as one of the most effective and influential commissioners for the Food and Drug Administration. Under his leadership, the FDA increased its drug approval process, forced greater regulation on tobacco manufacturers and implemented better nutrition labeling and preventive controls for food safety. Dr. Kessler, who continues to advise the federal government on health issues, is currently a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
is recognized as one of the United States’ most respected public servants. Most recently, he worked in the Obama administration, first as director of the CIA and then as secretary of defense. Among his other illustrious roles, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. In 1997, Leon and Sylvia Panetta founded the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, which aims to attract young people to lives of public service.