Tour Veterans Laura Diaz and Karin Sjodin voted as Player Directors
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Sept. 19, 2011 - The LPGA today announced four new additions to its Board of Directors - two independent directors and two LPGA player directors. Duke Energy communications and sustainability executive Roberta Bowman and retired AT&T human resources and communications executive Karen Jennings were unanimously voted by the membership of the LPGA as independent directors on the LPGA Board of Directors, while LPGA members Laura Diaz and Karin Sjodin were elected as player directors by the membership last week. Current player director and 2003 Stanford University graduate Kim Hall will now serving as acting Player President until a final vote takes place in early 2012.
"The objective of the independent board of directors is to combine a unique set of individual skills focused toward a common purpose of passionately building the LPGA and its brand," said William F. Susetka, Chairman of the LPGA Board of Directors. "Both Roberta and Karen have been successful senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and they have a strong commitment to women's professional golf. We are very fortunate to have Roberta and Karen join the board are confident that they will make a positive impact on the LPGA with more than 60 combined years of experience as leaders in their industries."
"We are thrilled also to add strong and passionate players like Karin and Laura to our group of player directors who serve as the voice for the entire LPGA membership," Susetka said, whose term on the board was also renewed for three more years.
Bowman brings more than 30 years of executive experience in the energy field. She has served as senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, since 2008. She is responsible for the company's integrated strategy to operate in a way that is good for people, the planet and profits. She serves in the office of the chairman to represent the company to key stakeholders and works with a number of national, international and industry groups to advance issues important to Duke Energy.
She joined Duke Power in 1986 as director of power plant community relations. After a series of promotions including general manager of public issues in 1993, general manager of communications and community relations in 1994 and manager of bulk power marketing in 1995, she was named vice president of communications and community relations in 1996. She served as the company's chief communications officer for 10 years, and was appointed senior vice president of public affairs in January 2001. In that role, she led the corporation's communications, public affairs and community relations functions, including The Duke Energy Foundation. Following the merger with Cinergy in 2006, she was named the company's first corporate officer in sustainability as vice president of sustainability and community affairs. During her career, Bowman has also had responsibility for public policy; government and regulatory relations; and environment, health and safety.
As senior executive vice president of human resources and communications for AT&T, Jennings was responsible for all aspects of human resources, labor relations, employee communications, media relations, advertising, and sports sponsorships for the communications giant with over 300,000 employees. She retired in 2007 with more than 30 years of communications experience. At that time she directly supervised more than 1600 employees and had an advertising budget of $2.47 billion and a human resources budget of more than a billion dollars. Jennings joined Southwestern Bell in 1972 and held a variety of leadership roles the customer services, comptrollers, revenue and public affairs and human resources organizations. In 1996, she was appointed president for Southwestern Bell in Missouri, a role where she was responsible for all regulatory, legislative and external affairs activities for Southwestern Bell in the state. In 1997, she became vice president and general manager-operator services for SBC Telecommunications, Inc., and was responsible for the 8,000 plus employees who provided all operator services and the directory white pages books for the seven state territory of Southwestern Bell Telephone, Pacific Bell, and Nevada Bell.
She was named senior vice president-human resources in 1998 and later named senior executive vice president-human resources in 1999. Jennings assumed the additional responsibilities for all employee communications, media relations, advertising and sports sponsorships in 2002. During this time, she helped navigate SBC thru multiple challenges of tremendous bottom line significance in the mergers of Southern New England, Ameritech, AT&T, Bell South including full ownership of Cingular Wireless. She led the brand change from SBC to AT&T with that acquisition and also the change of Bell South and Cingular to the AT&T brand.
The responsibility for oversight and guidance of the management of the LPGA lies with the LPGA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of independent directors, LPGA Player Directors, Dana Rader, the national president of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP), and Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA. The 2011 LPGA Player Directors are: Laura Diaz, Allison Fouch, Katie Futcher, Kim Hall, Karin Sjodin and Karrie Webb.
Diaz, a two-time LPGA winner, has been a member of the Tour since 1999. She is a four-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Sjodin, a native of Sweden who graduated from Oklahoma State University, is a six-year member of the LPGA with a career-best tie for seventh in 2006.
In addition to Bowman and Jennings, the LPGA independent board members are: Peter Carfagna, former Chief Legal Counsel at IMG and current Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC; Leslie Greis, founder, CEO and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors, Mike Trager, former chairman of Clear Channel Entertainment and current chairman of The Trager Group; and Bill Susetka, former CMO of the LPGA as well as former president, Clairol U.S. Retail and Clairol International. Susetka is chairman of the Board of Directors of the LPGA.