H&R Block Board of Directors

These are the leaders who serve on the H&R Block Board of Directors.

Sean Cohan

Chief Growth Officer and President, International
Nielsen

Mr. Cohan has served as Chief Growth Officer and President, International of Nielsen (NYSE – NLSN), a global media measurement and data analytics company, since March 2020.  Mr. Cohan has decades of experience in business-to-business and consumer media, including 15 years at A+E Networks where he most recently served as President, International and Digital Media from 2015 to 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard and a master’s from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Cohan sits on the Board of Directors/Trustees for the Parrish Art Museum, the Banff World Media Festival, the National Association of Television Programming Executives, and is Treasurer and Board Member of The Opportunity Network. He also sits as a Committee Vice Chair on UJA Federation of NY. Mr. Cohan is also a Board Director at AccuWeather.

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Robert A. Gerard

Chairman of the Board
H&R Block, Inc.

Mr. Gerard is the General Partner and Investment Manager of GFP, L.P., a private investment partnership. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Gerard was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Committee of Royal Street Communications, LLC, a licensee, developer and operator of telecommunications networks in Los Angeles and Central Florida. From 1977 until his retirement in 1991, he held senior executive positions with the investment banking firms Morgan Stanley & Co., Dillon Read & Co., and Bear Stearns. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Gerard served in the United States Department of the Treasury, completing his service as Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets and Debt Management. Mr. Gerard served on the 2021 selection committee for the Agenda Diversity 100, curating a guide of 100 board-ready individuals from historically underrepresented groups. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Columbia University.

 

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Anu Gupta

Executive Vice President, Chief Growth Officer
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. 

Ms. Gupta is currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Growth Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY), where she previously served as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.  Prior to joining  Bed Bath & Beyond, Ms. Gupta was Chief Operating Officer of Jyve Corporation, a San Francisco-based software company, and has also held senior-level operational roles at Target (NYSE: TGT), private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC, The Michaels Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIK) and Safeway, Inc. Ms. Gupta earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and an MBA (Financial Management) from the University of Delhi.

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Richard A. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer and President
Foot Locker, Inc.

Mr. Johnson serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Foot Locker, Inc., a leading global athletic footwear and apparel retailer. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer and President, he served in a variety of other executive roles with Foot Locker, Inc., including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President/Group President – Retail Stores, Chief Executive Officer and President of Foot Locker U. S./Lady Foot Locker/Kids Foot Locker/Footaction, and Chief Executive Officer and President at Foot Locker Europe B.V., Foot Locker’s European headquarters in the Netherlands. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Footlocker.com/Eastbay, and prior to that, he held various executive positions at Eastbay, Inc. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Mr. Johnson has served as director and member of the Executive Committee of Foot Locker, Inc. since 2014, and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2016. He also previously served as a director of Maidenform Brands, Inc. Mr. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, and on the Chancellor’s National Leadership Council at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

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Jeffrey J. Jones II

President and Chief Executive Officer
H&R Block, Inc.

Jeff Jones is president and CEO of H&R Block, leading the global business that inspires financial confidence through its small business, financial, and tax preparation services. These digitally enabled solutions are powered by its human advantage – the expertise and care of more than 120,000 franchisees and associates.

Jones brings nearly 30 years of executive management, innovative leadership and operational excellence to the company, having held key roles at top companies in retail, consumer products, agency, and technology industries.

Prior to H&R Block, Jones was the first president of the global ride sharing business, Uber. He has also served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Target, serving as a senior member of the company’s four primary operating groups: core business, strategy and innovation, talent, and risk and reputation. In addition, he has held executive and leadership roles serving iconic brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Gap, and Leo Burnett.

Jones serves on the board of directors of Advance Auto Parts and is chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He has also advised Brit+Co., The Mayo Clinic and multiple early-stage technology companies, in addition to non-profits including Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Fuqua Business School.

With a commitment to equality, he is advancing work for justice and opportunity as a member of Fortune’s CEO Initiative, and by pledging to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, as well as the Catalyst CEO Champions for Change.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy.

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Mia Mends

Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and CEO, Impact Ventures

Sodexo, Inc.

Ms. Mends has served as Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and CEO, Impact Ventures of Sodexo Inc., since May 1, 2021.  Prior to this new role, she served as Sodexo’s Chief Administrative Officer, North America beginning in July 2019.  Sodexo provides quality of life services, including dining and meal services, vending and convenience services, integrated facilities management services, and healthier workforce initiatives. Ms. Mends also leads SodexoMAGIC, a joint venture between Sodexo and Magic Johnson Enterprise. Ms. Mends served as CEO of Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services from 2015 until 2019, and Vice President, Sales, for the Americas Region in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2012 until 2015.  Before joining Sodexo, she was General Manager of the Prepaid Debit Card Division of Noventis Inc. Ms. Mends holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Mends serves on the boards of Girls Inc. and the EMERGE Fellows program and sits on the Business Leadership Council at Wellesley College and the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School.  She is also a Corporate Director of Limeade Inc, an employee engagement software company.

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Yolande G. Piazza

Vice President, Financial Services of Google’s Cloud division
Alphabet, Inc.

Ms. Piazza serves as Vice President, Financial Services of Google’s Cloud division at Alphabet Inc. since June 2020. Prior to her current position, she was at Citigroup, Inc., serving as Chief Executive Officer of Citi FinTech from March 2017 to June 2020, Chief Operating Officer of Citi FinTech from March 2016 to March 2017, and Chief Administration Officer, Strategy & Planning and Global Shared Functions of Citi Global Operations and Technology from September 2009 to March 2016. She also served in a variety of other executive roles at Citigroup prior to that, including Chief Information Officer of Citi Student Loan Corporation and Senior Vice President – Online Applications and Support for Citigroup – CitiCards Technology. Ms. Piazza is an advisory member of Reputation.com.

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Victoria J. Reich

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
United Stationers Inc.

Ms. Reich served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Stationers Inc. (now known as Essendant, Inc.), a wholesale distributor of business products, from 2007 until 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Reich spent ten years with Brunswick Corporation, where she most recently was President of Brunswick European Group from 2003 until 2006. She served as Brunswick’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003 and as Vice President and Controller from 1996 until 2000. Before joining Brunswick, Ms. Reich spent 17 years at General Electric Company, where she held various financial management positions. Ms. Reich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University. She is also a Director of Ecolab Inc. and Ingredion Incorporated.

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Matthew E. Winter

Retired President
The Allstate Corporation

Mr. Winter served as President, The Allstate Corporation from January 2015 until his retirement in February 2018. Prior to serving as President of The Allstate Corporation, he was President Allstate Personal Lines of Allstate Insurance Company beginning in December 2013 and, prior thereto, he served The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company in various executive capacities beginning in 2009. Before joining Allstate, Mr. Winter held numerous senior executive positions at large financial institutions and insurance providers. In addition, he spent more than 12 years on active duty with the United States Army and also practiced law for several years before joining the insurance industry. Mr. Winter earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, his Juris Doctor from the Albany Law School of Union University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Mr. Winter is currently on the board of ADT Inc., The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and The Winter-Lehman Family Foundation, and he previously served on the boards of Feeding America, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Houston Food Bank, and both the Connecticut and Houston Opera Companies.

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Christianna Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Gore Creek Capital Ltd.

Ms. Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of Gore Creek Capital Ltd., an investment management consulting company based in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Wood served as the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Z Asset Management, the largest dedicated sponsor of hedge funds, from 2008 through July 2009. Previously, Ms. Wood was the Senior Investment Officer for the Global Equity unit of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) for five years. Prior to her service for CalPERS, Ms. Wood served as a Principal of several investment management organizations. Ms. Wood obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from New York University. She is a member of Vassar College Investment Committee and Trustee Investor Responsibility Committee, and, until June 30, 2018, served on the Vassar College Board of Trustees. Ms. Wood is also a member of the boards of Grange Insurance  and the Delaware Funds by Macquarie fund complex, and served on the board of The Merger Fund from 2013 until October 2021. She was previously a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Standard Advisory Group (2006-2008) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) Consultative Advisory Group (2006-2009). Ms. Wood was also a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network from June 2008 until June 2012, serving as Chairman of the Board from June 2009 until June 2012, and served on the Board of Directors of the International Securities Exchange from 2010 to 2016. Ms. Wood was also a member of the Global Reporting Initiative Board, a Global ESG Standard Setter, from 2012 to 2017 and its Chairman from 2014 to 2017.

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