Austin A. Adams has served as a director of D&B since April 2007, and is a member of the Audit Committee and Innovation & Technology Committee. Mr. Adams served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Chief Information Officer of JPMorgan Chase from July 2004 (upon the merger of JPMorgan Chase and Bank One Corporation) until his retirement in October 2006. Prior to the merger, Mr. Adams served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bank One from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining Bank One, he was Chief Information Officer at First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo & Co.) from 1985 to 2001. Mr. Adams is also a director of the following public companies: FNB United Corp. and Spectra Energy, Inc. He has not served as a director of any other public company in the last five years.
In assessing Mr. Adams's skills and qualifications to serve on the D&B Board, our directors considered his experience in managing the technology operations of three of the U.S.'s largest banks and his expertise in effectively deploying technology to support a company's products and operations, which is particularly helpful to our Company given the importance of technology to our operations and the ongoing implementation of MaxCV. Finally, our Board believes it benefits from Mr. Adams's experience serving on the boards of two other U.S. public companies.
John W. Alden has served as a director of D&B since December 2002, and is Chairman of the Compensation & Benefits Committee and a member of the Board Affairs Committee. Mr. Alden served with United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), the largest express package carrier in the world, for 35 years, serving on UPS's board of directors from 1988 to 2000. His most recent role was as Vice Chairman of the Board of UPS from 1996 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Alden is also a director of the following public companies: Arkansas Best Corporation, Barnes Group, Inc. and Silgan Holdings, Inc. He has not served as a director of any other public company in the last five years.
In assessing Mr. Alden’s skills and qualifications to serve on the D&B Board, our directors considered his extensive sales and marketing and general management experience, including strategic planning, gained during his 35 years at UPS, a complex and global company that serves, like D&B, small, medium and large U.S. and international businesses. Our Board also believes it benefits from Mr. Alden’s experience gained during his lengthy tenure on the board of UPS and as a director of other public companies.
Christopher J. Coughlin has served as a director of D&B since December 2004, and is Chairman of the Board Affairs Committee and a member of the Compensation & Benefits Committee. Mr. Coughlin is also the Lead Director for the regularly scheduled executive sessions of non-management directors, a role he was appointed to in August 2010. Mr. Coughlin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyco International Ltd., a global business with leading positions in residential and commercial security, fire protection and industrial products and services, from March 2005 until December 2010 and from that time until Spetember 2012 he served as an advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Tyco. Previously, he served at The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from June 2003 to December 2004, as Chief Financial Officer from August 2003 to June 2004, and as a director from July 2003 to July 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Coughlin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pharmacia Corporation from 1998 to 2003, and prior to that Mr. Coughlin served as Executive Vice President and then President of Nabisco International, a division of Nabisco Holdings. Mr. Coughlin is also a director of the following public companies: Covidien Ltd. and Forest Laboratories, Inc. He has not served as a director of any other public company in the last five years. He previously served as a director of Perrigo Company, Monsanto Company and The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
In assessing Mr. Coughlin’s skills and qualifications to serve on the D&B Board, our directors considered his significant financial expertise and general management experience gained from his executive officer and chief financial officer positions at four large public companies. This expertise and experience includes his understanding of operations, financial planning and controls, and evaluating and executing acquisition and divestiture transactions. The Board also values Mr. Coughlin’s qualification as an “audit committee financial expert” as that term has been defined by the rules of the SEC and his “accounting or related financial management expertise” within the meaning of NYSE listing standards. Finally, the Board believes it benefits from Mr. Coughlin’s experience serving on the boards of other public companies.
Paul R. Garcia has served as a director of D&B since May 9, 2012, and is a member of the Audit and Innovation & Technology Committees. Mr. Garcia has served as Chairman of the Board of Global Payments, Inc., a leading provider of payment processing services, since October 2002, and as Chief Executive Officer and a director since February 2001. Previously, Mr. Garcia served as Chief Executive Officer of NDC eCommerce, a division of National Data Corporation, from July 1999 to February 2001, President and Chief Executive Officer of Productivity Point International, Inc. from 1996 to 1998, Group President of First Data Issuing Services from 1995 to 1996, Chief Executive Officer of both National Bancard Corporation (NaBANCO) and First Financial Bank from 1982 to 1995, and National Sales Manager of Chase Manhattan Merchant Bank Card Services from 1979 to 1982. Mr. Garcia does not serve, nor has he served in the last five years, on the board of any public company other than Global Payments, Inc.
In assessing Mr. Garcia’s skills and qualifications to serve on the D&B Board, our directors considered Mr. Garcia’s extensive management, operations and technology expertise gained from his management and executive roles in the financial and payments services industry, including as CEO of Global Payments. The Board also values his experience as Chairman of a U.S. public company.
Ms. Mathew joined D&B in August 2001 as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In 2006 she became President, U.S. and, in the latter part of the year, added responsibilities as President, International. In February 2007, Ms. Mathew was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. She was named Chief Executive Officer of D&B in January 2010 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in July of that year. She has been a member of the D&B Board of Directors since January 2008.
Currently, Ms. Mathew is transforming D&B from a data company to a more innovative, digital enterprise, leveraging technological advances that will allow it to expand its reach in the marketplace. A replatforming of D&B’s core assets is underway to extend the company’s competitive advantage in the commercial market.
Prior to joining D&B, Ms. Mathew spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble, where she served in a number of executive positions, including Vice President of Finance in Asia and CFO of the global baby care business unit.
Ms. Mathew also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Campbell Soup Company. She holds a bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry and mathematics from the Women's Christian College in Madras, India, and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sandra E. Peterson has served as a director of D&B since September 2002, and is Chairman of the Innovation & Technology Committee and a member of the Compensation & Benefits Committee. Ms. Peterson is the Group Worldwide Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Johnson & Johnson (global manufacturers of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, and biotechnology products, as well as personal hygiene products), since December 1, 2012. Ms. Peterson previously served as Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience AG (a subsidiary of Bayer AG) from October 2010 until November 2012 and, prior to that, as a member of Bayer CropScience AG’s Board of Management from July 2010 through September 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Peterson served as Executive Vice President and President, Medical Care, Bayer HealthCare LLC, a researcher, developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for diabetes disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as other medical devices, from May 2005 to June 2010, Group President of Government for Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly Merck-Medco) from September 2003 until February 2004, Senior Vice President of Medco's health businesses from April 2001 through August 2003 and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Merck-Medco Managed Care LLC from January 1999 to March 2001. Ms. Peterson does not serve on the board of any public company other than D&B. She previously served as a director of Handleman Company, a public company, from May 2001 to November 2005.
In assessing Ms. Peterson's skills and qualifications to serve on the D&B Board, our directors considered her general operations experience with a global company, product and marketing experience and expertise with strategy development gained from her executive positions with Bayer CropScience AG, Bayer HealthCare LLC and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Finally, the Board believes it benefits from Ms. Peterson's experience gained while serving on the board of another U.S. public company.