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These are the men and women who serve on the H&R Block Board of Directors.
Retired Vice President, Operations
Ms. Archon served as Vice President, Operations in the Watson Health business unit of IBM from October 2016 until her retirement from IBM in March 2018. Prior to serving as Vice President, Operations, Ms. Archon served as Vice President, Transformation and Chief Operating Officer with IBM Watson Health from February 2015 to October 2016. Previously, Ms. Archon served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy from May 2013 to February 2015, and Vice President of Worldwide Client Care, Systems & Technology Group, from August 2010 to May 2013. She also served in a variety of other executive roles with IBM, including Vice President of Intellectual Property Licensing and Business Development, Systems & Technology Group; Director of Global Sourcing Procurement – Enterprise Services; and Director of Global Services Procurement – Strategy, Operations & Alliances. Ms. Archon holds two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Ms. Archon serves on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Chief Executive Officer
Inspire Brands, Inc.
Mr. Brown has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands, Inc., a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,400 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide, since February 2018. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. from May 2013 until February 2018. He served as President, Brands and Commercial Services for Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company, from 2008 to April 2013. Prior to that, he was with Expedia Inc. for four years, most recently serving as President, Expedia North America and Expedia Inc. Partner Services Group. From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Brown was a Partner with McKinsey & Co. in their London and Atlanta offices. Earlier in his career, he was Senior Vice President of Brand Services for Intercontinental Hotels Group, a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. and a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting. Mr. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1994. Mr. Brown is also a member of the board of directors of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and FOCUS Brands, Inc. He also serves on the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Brand USA, and the Atlanta Police Foundation.
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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 Reed & 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 is a graduate of Harvard College and holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Columbia University.
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Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Gupta is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Jyve Corporation, a San Francisco-based software company focused on the emerging skill-based economy, connecting brands and retailers with certified talent for in-store merchandising and execution. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President – Operational Excellence at Target (NYSE: TGT) from 2015-2018 and has also held senior-level operational roles at 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 a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Delhi.
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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.
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President and Chief Executive Officer
H&R Block, Inc.
Jeff Jones is president and chief executive officer of H&R Block. Jones brings 28 years of executive management, innovative leadership and operational excellence to the company after having held key roles at top companies in the retail, consumer products, agency and technology industries.
As Uber’s first president of the global ride sharing business, he had accountability for a $20 billion-plus business and operations in over 450 cities and 70 countries. Before Uber, Jones was executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Target and served as a senior member of the company’s four primary operating groups: core business, strategy and innovation, talent, and risk and reputation. Additionally, he helped lead the brand and business back from the 2013 data breach and launched a variety of major initiatives that drove traffic, brand affinity and loyalty.
Prior to Target, Jones held executive and leadership roles in various sales, agency and marketing roles with iconic brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Gap and Leo Burnett, where he served General Motors, MillerCoors and Procter & Gamble.
Jones serves on the board of directors of Advance Auto Parts and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Over the years, he has advised Brit+Co, The Mayo Clinic, GSK Consumer Heathcare, and other early-stage technology companies including Zoove, Curious Sense and Point Inside; and served various non-profit and industry organizations including Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Durham Academy, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Fuqua Business School, and the Association of National Advertisers. Jones has been named “One to Watch” by the Wall Street Journal, “Marketer of the Year” by Mass Market Retailer, “2016 Power Player” by AdAge, and his work has been profiled by Harvard Business Review and in numerous business books. He speaks regularly on business transformation, creating modern organizations, connected leadership, and crisis management.
Jones is a graduate of the University of Dayton and Fork Union Military Academy.
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Lewis & Munday
Mr. Lewis currently serves as Of Counsel at Lewis & Munday, a Detroit-based legal firm with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. Mr. Lewis is a co-founder of the firm, which was established in 1972, and previously served as the firm’s Chairman and CEO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Mr. Lewis is also a director of STERIS plc and was previously a director of The Kroger Company, Conrail, Inc., LG&E Energy Corp., M.A. Hanna, TRW, Inc., and Comerica, Inc.
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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 June 2007 until July 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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Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Mr. Rohde served in multiple roles with ConAgra Foods, Inc. (now known as Conagra Brands Inc.), a packaged foods company, beginning in 1984, including General Counsel, President, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, before retiring in 2005 as Chairman and CEO Emeritus. Mr. Rohde is the Managing Partner of Romar Capital Group. Mr. Rohde holds two degrees from Creighton University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude. Mr. Rohde serves as a Trustee of The Heider College of Business at Creighton University. He retired as Trustee Emeritus of Creighton University in June 2017, after 28 years of service, which included service as the chair of a wide variety of committees, as well as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rohde holds many court admissions and also holds a certified public accountant certificate.
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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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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, The Merger Fund, and the Delaware Funds by Macquarie fund complex. 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.
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