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Chief Executive OfficerArby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Mr. Brown has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S., since May 2013. 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 Bachelors degree in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1994. Mr. Brown is also a member of the board of directors of Lindblad Expeditions and FOCUS Brands, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation, The Woodruff Arts Center and the Buckhead Coalition. He has also served as an executive-in-residence at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. .
President and Chief Executive Officer H&R Block, Inc.
William C. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010.
Since Cobb took over as CEO, he has brought a renewed focus to the company anchored in a set of values summed up as “we do the right thing.” For H&R Block that means: we believe in our people, we take care of our clients and we deliver for our shareholders. For the largest branded tax preparation company in the United States with international business in Canada, Australia and India, Cobb has clarified its purpose: to look at its clients’ lives through the lens of taxes and find ways to help.
Cobb, who brought to his role experience in the retail, digital and consumer-brand space, has driven success throughout the company by focusing the organization on its core expertise – tax preparation. His Tax Plus strategy combines tax preparation services with products adjacent to the tax event, such as the H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®, an award winning general purpose reloadable debit card, and Tax Identity Shield®, a product designed to protect consumers from tax identity theft. In addition, under Cobb’s leadership, the company has returned a substantial amount of capital to shareholders, having repurchased approximately 30% of shares outstanding and increased the quarterly dividend by over 45% since Fiscal Year 2012.
Prior to joining H&R Block, Cobb was President of eBay U.S. Marketplaces, the company’s flagship division from 2004 to 2008. Under his management, the eBay division traded $25 billion in goods and services, and reached a record $2.6 billion in revenue. In addition to eBay’s U.S. performance, Cobb was responsible for affiliated businesses such as, StubHub, Shopping.com and Rent.com. Cobb led eBay’s International division from 2002 to 2004. He started with eBay in 2000 as the head of eBay’s Global Marketing, where he developed the company’s first brand campaign and the largest Internet marketing function on the Web.
From 1987 until 2000, Cobb occupied several senior-level positions at PepsiCo and YUM! Brands, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of International Marketing for YUM!, and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut U.S.
Cobb earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chairman of the BoardH&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 Masters of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Columbia University.
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