RSF USA Board

Board of Directors

Maryam Banikarim
Chair

A purpose-driven change agent in the tradition of Simon Sinek, Jim Collins and Roy Spence, Maryam Banikarim shows organizations how to shift mindsets and build themselves through the lens of purpose. Known as a fearless force for change with a track record of creating and leading successful brands such as Hyatt, Gannett, NBCUniversal and Univision, Maryam’s demonstrates how to define your purpose, differentiate your brand, make the case for change, rally the troops internally and share it with the world. She is also sought after as a thought leader on transformation, purpose-based branding, multi-cultural marketing, the changing role of the CMO and women’s leadership. A builder of businesses, teams and brands who brings boundless energy and an incredible range of experience to the speaking stage, Maryam is catalyst for any organization that is looking to evolve, change and become purpose-driven.


As the global CMO at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Maryam was responsible for helping Hyatt become the most preferred hospitality brand, driving loyalty and community among high-end travelers with a portfolio of thirteen global brand experiences. She elevated the organization by mobilizing colleagues, launching brands and businesses, reimagining loyalty, and establishing unprecedented partnerships. Prior to this role, she was Gannett’s first-ever CMO. She is credited with repositioning the company and its brands (including USA Today), uncovering and executing its core purpose, reinvigorating employee morale, and establishing a national sales organization, all of which resulted in topline growth. In a few short years, she and the management team saw the stock price go from $13 a share to over $30. Maryam was also Senior Vice President at NBCUniversal and Chief Marketing officer for Univision Communications, Inc. Her unique can-do attitude was also essential to successfully unifying and transforming both Univision and NBC Universal during periods of rapid transformation. Before that, she founded a strategy firm, consulting for such clients as Deutsche Bank, Bacardi and Time-Warner. She also worked at Turner Broadcasting, MacMillan Publishing, and was a lead team member for the launch of CitySearch, a pioneering early internet start-up. Maryam began her career in account management at Young & Rubicam. Her unorthodox career path also includes a variety of other jobs, including: investment banker, production assistant, intern in the British Parliament.


A child of revolution, Banikarim and her family fled Iran in 1979, moving first to Paris and then to California. After graduating from Columbia University’s Barnard College, where she was their first-ever Truman Scholar, Maryam moved to Buenos Aires to work on her Spanish, become a journalist and learn to tango. Upon acceptance to Columbia Business School, Maryam returned to New York to apply her infectious energy and drive to bringing a voice and purpose to great brands.


She has been widely recognized for her achievements from The New York Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC,” to Fast Company’s “Top 10 Disrupters,” to Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch.” Additionally, Maryam is recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, was honored by the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Maryam has also appeared on TV, done radio interviews and written for such publications as Fortune, Fast Company, AdAge, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. She is also known as a perceptive and insightful interviewer, leading conversations with business leaders such as Beth Comstock (GE), Lisa Gersh (Goop), Bob Pittman (iHeart Media), and Emilio Estefan (multi-cultural marketing).


Warm, down-to-earth and personifying her motto of “you only live once so run at it hard and make a difference,” Banikarim is an engaging and highly knowledgeable executive. Bringing contagious creativity and unwavering optimism about our abilities to make the impossible possible, Maryam Banikarim motivates organizations seeking change and gives them the confidence and tools to take action.




Christophe Deloire
Secretary | Journalist and Director General of Reporters Without Borders


Christophe Deloire has been Director General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 2012. From 2008-2012, Christophe led the Journalists Training Centre (CFJ), the leading French journalism school. After graduating from business school ESSEC in 1994, he worked as a journalist for several newspapers and television channels, mainly for Arte and LCI. From 1998 to 2007, he was in charge of the Society section and then the Politics section of the weekly Le Point. Editor with the French publishing house Flammarion until 2009, he is the author of several best-selling books (including Sexus Politicus in 2006 and Circus Politicus in 2012) and has directed a documentary.



Delphine Halgand-Mishra
Treasurer | Executive Director, The Signals Foundation

Delphine Halgand-Mishra is the Executive Director of The Signals Foundation, which aims to advance the public interest by encouraging transparency, accountability, reporting and whistleblowing. The Signals Foundation coordinates media and whistleblowers around the world and provides support to whistleblowers. Previously, she worked as the Director of the Washington D.C. office for Reporters Without Borders from December 2011 to November 2017. She ran the North America activities for the organization and advocated for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Acting as RSF’s spokesperson in the U.S., Delphine regularly appeared on American (PBS, Democracy Now!, Wall Street Journal), foreign media (BBC World TV, Al Jazeera, NTN24) and gave lectures and conferences at U.S. universities (Harvard, UCLA, Yale, Columbia) on issues of press freedom violation. In May 2017, she received the 2017 James W Foley American Hostage Freedom Award for her work assisting American journalists detained abroad.


Earlier in her career, she served as Press attaché in charge of outreach at the French Embassy to the U.S. Since graduating from Sciences Po Paris with an M.A. in Journalism, Delphine has worked as an economics correspondent for various French media (Le Monde, Les Echos, L’Express,...), focusing mainly on international politics and macroeconomic issues.



Advisory Board

Board of Advisors Chairman Emeritus: Peter Price
President of Premieres Previews Former President and CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Peter O. Price is Chairman and Chief Executive of Premiere Previews which invests in new media ventures. Price began his media career as a summer intern at The Wall Street Journal while attending Princeton University, where he graduated with honors in 1962. He subsequently graduated from Yale Law School, and then served as an officer in the United States Air Force before joining New York City government as Counsel to the Taxi Commission, when he was also Counsel to the New York Council on Child Psychiatry.


Price began his professional career as Director of Corporate Development for Time Inc., before becoming President of Media Networks, Publisher of the New York Post, Chairman of Avenue Magazine, President of the National Sports Daily, President of Liberty Cable, President of Television USA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Founder of the New York Times Film Club.


Price is active in educational and civic affairs. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Eugene Lang College, a Trustee of The New School University, a member of the Conference of University Board Chairmen, and founding Chairman of the International Chapter of The Young Presidents Organization. He was also Founding Chairman of The World University, a venture with NBC, and Qubed Education, a venture with Conde Nast. Price has served as Chairman of the Video Dial Tone Association in Washington, DC, and has advised the government of France on Telecommunications policy for which he received "La Médaille de la Ville de Paris" from the Mayor of Paris.

He is currently Chairman of The Avenue Association, a director of RKO Pictures, a Commissioner of the Latin Entertainment and Media Commission. In 2009 Price was asked by Mayor Bloomberg to Chair MediaNYC2020 to formulate the digital media strategy for New York City. In 2010 he assumed the Chairmanship of Reporters Without Borders in the United States. In 2011, he was appointed a strategic advisor to Intel Media, and Chairman of the Beijing CEO Roundtable. Price resides with his wife Judith in New York and Paris.



Barbara Taylor Bradford O.B.E.
Author, Journalist

Barbara Taylor Bradford has been a journalist all her life. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, she became a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was sixteen. At eighteen she was appointed women’s page editor of the paper, the youngest in all of the UK. At twenty she left her hometown and moved to London to work in Fleet Street, first as fashion editor of a woman’s magazine, and then as a feature writer on the London Evening News. Later she was executive editor of The London American, a weekly newspaper published for Americans living in the UK, but it was widely read by everyone.


Mrs. Bradford lives in New York with her husband of fifty years, film and television producer Robert Bradford. As a child she wrote stories, and sold her first to a children’s magazine when she was ten. But she did not write fiction again until she was in her thirties. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 55 weeks. To date it has sold 35 million copies worldwide. In total all of her 29 novels have sold 86 million copies in 90 countries and forty languages. Ten of her books were made into TV films and mini-series’ by her husband, and starred such actors as Liam Neeson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, James Brolin and Lindsey Wagner, to name a few.


In 2007 Mrs. Bradford was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. The honor was given for her services to literature. She holds five Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Leeds; the University of Bradford; Teikyo Post University, in Connecticut; Siena College in Loudonville, New York; and Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh. Mrs. Bradford is the recipient of 25 additional awards for her writing achievements and philanthropy. The Brotherton Library at Leeds University is the Keeper of the Barbara Taylor Bradford Archive, where all of her manuscripts are housed in the Brotherton Collection.


Although she has been writing novels for the past 36 years, Mrs. Bradford has remained a journalist continuing to write for such UK national newspapers as the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail. She says she is a newspaperwoman at heart and will never change. Other than her work, her two passions are working for literacy, and her support for the freedom of the press and the right to print all of the news without government interference.


Mrs. Bradford was recently appointed an Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in the UK. Her latest novel, Cavendon Hall, has just been published in the UK and the US.



Elizabeth Colton
Diplomat, Journalist

Elizabeth Colton is currently writing a book on diplomacy, global politics and the media. Her recent work as an American diplomat included tours as the American spokesperson/press attaché in frontline posts in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and Algeria, as well as diplomatic stints in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Elizabeth Colton’s career comprises not only diplomacy, but also journalism, U.S. and international politics, education and worldwide speaking on 6 continents and more than 100 countries. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Elizabeth Colton was a journalist covering U.S. foreign policy and major world news in all of the news media including NBC News, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Mutual Broadcasting and Asiaweek. She also served as executive editor of ten weekly Arundel newspapers in Virginia and as a columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Colton was also Professor of Mass Communications, Politics and Journalism at Shenandoah University, where she established the university’s International Journalism Center and Symposia on Diplomacy and the Media. 
 Elizabeth Colton received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, two M.A.s from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science.



Jeff Glor
Anchor for CBS

Jeff Glor is the anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and an Emmy award-winning correspondent assigned to the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."


He was named anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" in 2012. Previously, Glor anchored the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" (2009-2010) and "The Early Show" (2011).


Since joining CBS News in 2007, Glor has traveled extensively to report on domestic and international stories. He covered the Boston Marathon bombings, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in Atlantic City, and the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting. Glor also reported live from Norway after the twin terror attacks in 2011.


Glor was one of the first journalists on the ground in Haiti following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010. He reported from Iraq in 2007, when he was embedded with the U.S. military. Glor also covered the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2008, Glor was a lead member of the CBS News team that covered Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visits to Washington, D.C. and New York City. He was also the primary campaign correspondent for "The Early Show" during the 2008 presidential election.


Before joining CBS News, Glor was the weekend evening news anchor and a weekday reporter for WHDH-TV Boston (2003-2007). While there, he covered many national stories, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 from Rome, and the hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball from Washington, D.C.


Prior to that, Glor was the co-anchor of WSTM-TV Syracuse’s 5 PM newscast and a reporter for the 11 PM newscast (2000-2003), as well as the morning news anchor (1997-2000). Among the national stories he covered while at WSTM were the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the crash of Flight 587 in Queens, N.Y. He also reported live from Toronto when the Pope visited there in 2002.


Glor began his journalism career in 1997 as the station’s news writer, while attending college. While in Central N.Y., he was named "Best Male News Anchor" by the Syracuse New Times, one of the 40 most promising professionals under the age of 40, and he served as a contributing researcher and writer on "The Legal Handbook for N.Y. State Journalists."


Born in Tonawanda, N.Y., Glor graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1997 with a degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.



Jim Hoagland
Contributing Editor for the Washington Post

Jim Hoagland is an American journalist and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize who joined the Reporters Without Borders board in 2013. He is Contributing Editor for The Washington Post.


Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Hoagland is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He attended post graduate programs at both the University of Aix-en-Provence in France and Columbia University in New York.


Writing for the Washington Post, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1971 "for his coverage of the struggle against apartheid in the Republic of South Africa." Again for the Post he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1991 "for searching and prescient columns on events leading up to the Gulf War and on the political problems of Mikhail Gorbachev." He was awarded the Europa Prize by a jury of European editors in 2002, He is the author of South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict.


Hoagland is an officer of the French Legion of Honor, France’s equivalent to the British knighthood, for his contribution to Franco-American understanding. His involvement in Reporters Without Borders stems from a strong commitment to the importance of a free press in fostering stability and justice in societies around the world.



Brad Jakeman
Senior Advisor, Former President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group


Brad Jakeman has a passion for developing category-disruptive innovation ideas and marketing programs that challenge the status-quo and build famous, world-class brands.  As a Senior Advisor he now works with Founders, CEOs, Boards and CMOs on innovation, brand building and business models that drive disruption of existing industries and creates new economies.


For the past seven years as President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, Jakeman led global category strategy, brand building, design, advertising, marketing, innovation and branded content for PepsiCo’s global portfolio of beverages which includes ten of PepsiCo’s 22 Billion Dollar brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Mirinda, 7UP and Gatorade.   


Jakeman’s career has spanned, fashion, financial services, entertainment and packaged goods. He has held senior marketing roles as Partner at Ogilvy managing the American Express Account globally;  Citi, as Managing Director of Global Advertising; Macy’s as EVP of Marketing and was the Chief Marketing Officer of Activision Blizzard before joining PepsiCo. During that time Advertising Age named Jakeman one of America’s “Top 50 Marketers,” The Australian newspaper dubbed him one of the “top 20 people shaping global media,” in July, 2015 he was named “Advertising Person of the Year” by the Ad Club of New York; and AdWeek included him in the top 5 of the ‘Most Indispensable Executives in Tech, Media and Marketing’ for two years in a row.  Jakeman has also been awarded an Emmy for the acclaimed Citi “Live Richly” advertising program.


Jakeman is a retired board member of the AD Council and The Association of National Advertisers (ANA). He currently sits on the Executive Committee of The Advertising Club of New York, is Co-Chairman of the Board of the New York LGBT Center, the second-largest center of its type in the world.


William McCarren

Executive Director, National Press Club 

William McCarren has run media-related businesses since 1986. In that year, he founded US Newswire, a company that used wire service technology to transmit information from government and other news sources to news media nationwide. McCarren was president of US Newswire until 2006 when it was sold to PR Newswire for more than $20 million. From 1993 to 2001, US Newswire was under contract to the Executive Office of the President to transmit news and information. Since 2007, McCarren has been executive director of the National Press Club, which is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Press Club has 110 employees and an annual budget of about $13 million. McCarren leads the business side of the Club and also assists the membership in programs and initiatives. McCarren helped lead the Club through a financial turnaround. Over a decade it transitioned from a high debt, no reserves, low profit environment to a no debt, substantial reserves, strong margin business. The Club occupies 54,000 square feet of event space in the heart of Washington, DC, and is a well-known venue for speakers including global leaders in government, politics, business, the arts, and sports. The Club is best known as a strong voice for press freedom worldwide. McCarren has been a leader in campaigns to free imprisoned journalists including Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post. McCarren and the Press Club are currently working on the case of Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist being held in detention in El Paso. Prior to 1986, McCarren worked for wire services in Philadelphia and New York. He is a 1978 graduate of Vanderbilt University and in 1980 earned an MAT from Brown University. A native of the Chicago-area, McCarren remains a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs.

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Michael Meyer
Founding dean of the Aga Khan University


Michael Meyer is founding dean of the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications. He came to Nairobi from the United Nations, where he served for five years as the communications director and chief speechwriter for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


An award-winning correspondent for Newsweek, he chronicled the break-up of communist Europe and German unification and, subsequently, the decade-long war in the Balkans. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, after which he returned to Newsweek as the magazine’s Europe editor.


Michael is the author of the Alexander Complex, an examination of the psychology of American empire builders, and the Year that Changed the World: the Untold Story of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, an eye-witness account of the revolutions of 1989, published in eleven languages and rated one of the “ten best books of 2009” by the Washington Post.


Michael Meyer appears regularly as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other broadcast networks; his work has appeared in most of the world’s major newspapers. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and was an inaugural fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.



Ellen Ratner
News Talk Radio Bureau Chief

Ellen Ratner serves as chief political correspondent and news analyst for Talk Radio News Service where she analyzes events, reports breaking news, and provides lively interviews with newsmakers in government and entertainment. She joined FOX News as a contributor in October 1997. She started College Media News, a news service internship program for college students. In addition, she was Washington bureau chief and political editor for Talkers Magazine.


Ratner also produces Talk Daily, a daily update from key talk shows across the country posted on the Internet daily, and is the author of 101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Ideas on Talk Radio. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and Harvard University.



Seth Redniss
Attorney

Seth Redniss is a lawyer based in New York. He has represented Reporters Without Borders on a wide range of legal matters for more than ten years. He has also participated in RSF’s fact-finding missions in Colombia and contributed to a variety of RSF reports. In private practice, he has litigated high-profile matters in media and the arts, including cases involving the authentication of artwork by Andy Warhol and the termination of publisher Judith Regan by News Corp following the controversial plans to publish a book by OJ Simpson. Redniss is committed to helping democratize legal services and, in late 2012, he will launch a digital venture to enable people to negotiate fair, plain language agreements online, without lawyers. He has also contributed to various publications including Forbes.com, Open Democracy and Huffington Post. Seth is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has completed additional studies in Italy (translating Hittite) and Hong Kong (studying Chinese law).



Vivian Schiller

CEO, Civil Foundation

Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She currently heads the Civil Foundation, which makes philanthropic grants in support of sustainable journalism, and helps uphold the journalism ethics and standards of Civil, the global network for ethical journalism.

 

Prior to joining Civil, Vivian held a number of executive roles in the media industry. She was the Global Chair of News at Twitter. In this role, she led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosystem.


Before that Vivian was Senior VP & Chief Digital Office, NBC News where she led strategy and operations for the networks’ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media.

 

Prior to NBC, Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

 

Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian. 



James Schwab
Co-President of VICE Media

James Schwab is Co-President of VICE Media, working to grow VICE’s business and expand its content and distribution partnerships. Before serving as Co-President, James was a long-term strategic adviser to VICE on its overall business strategy, including in its partnerships with A&E Networks, Rogers Communications, YouTube, Live Nation, HBO, and more.


Prior to joining VICE, James was chair of the Media and Entertainment Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where he advised companies such as Time Warner, Sony, Dreamworks, The Weinstein Company, Discovery Communications, and the creative forces behind South Park and Rockstar Games.


James also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of The Devereux Foundation; is a co-founder of Autism Speaks and is a current member of its Housing and Residential Supports Committee; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism, Inc; and is a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of Reporters Without Borders.



Guy Sorman
President of France Amerique, the only French US based media company Founder and honorary President of International Action Against Hunger

Guy Sorman is a French Scholar, columnist and author living in Paris and New York. Graduated from National School of public Administration, ENA in 1969, Sorman taught Economics and political philosophy from 1970 to 2000 at Paris University, Institute of political sciences. He founded Sorman Publications in 1975, which releases 20 weekly newsletters on public finance, ecology, local administration, small business, urban planning, and health care. Sorman is contributing editor for City Journal in New York while also serving as syndicated columnist for Le Figaro, Le Monde, Project Syndicate, ABC Spain, L’Hebdo, Geneva, Gazeta Wyborca Warsaw, Joogang ilbo, Seoul.


From 1993 to 1997, Guy Sorman served as economic adviser for the Prime Minister of France, then becoming global advisor to the President of South Korea since 2009. Sorman is a member of the French National Commission for Human Rights since 2004. He is also author of “The American Heart, in Praise of Giving”, “Diary of an Optimist”, and “Wonderful World”, just to name a few of his most recent books.



Brian Storm
Executive producer, Founder of MediaStorm

Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York.


Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002, Storm was the first director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. In October of 1998, he created MSNBC’s The Week in Pictures to showcase visual journalism in new media, a forerunner of the photography galleries that have become a standard offering of all major content sites today.


Storm received his master’s degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism where he ran the New Media Lab and taught Electronic Photojournalism. In 1994, he launched the first version of MediaStorm as an interactive CD-ROM production company.


Storm serves on the media advisory boards for the Council on Foreign Relations, the W. Eugene Smith Fund, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop, University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year, Foundation Rwanda, Anthropographia, and Brooks Institute’s Journalism School. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of multimedia storytelling.



Marty Schenker
Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg News


Marty Schenker is the Chief Content Officer for Bloomberg News, where he oversees all government and economics coverage for the network globally. He has worked at Bloomberg since 2000, occupying a range of positions from the Managing Editor of Broadcast and Television in 2000, to the Senior Executive Editor of Government and Economics in 2015. Schenker has an extensive background in journalism, having also worked various positions for the Wall Street Journal as an undergrad and onwards. He graduated from Bard in 1972 with a B.A in Economics.



Roxanne Taylor
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Accenture

Roxanne Taylor is a Board Director, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and game-changing leader across major forces in today’s economy. She is an expert in business strategy, digital transformation of industries, branding and building a global workforce and culture to drive organizational growth. She is passionate about the power of technology to drive business innovation and the next generation of leaders, particularly promoting opportunities for women and minorities.

 

Most recently, Roxanne was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Accenture, the $40 billion global professional services firm, where she was instrumental in transforming the company into a global, market-leading brand. As a member of the Global Management Committee working closely with the Board of Directors, she played a key role in delivering very strong financial results as the company expanded through organic growth and aggressive M&A. Roxanne also played a key role in the firm’s move to corporate form and successful IPO in 2001.

 

Leading the repositioning of the Accenture brand, Roxanne focused on an integrated digital ecosystem and the strategy not only propelled the firm, but it also drove client success, enabling global companies to move their businesses forward. Roxanne held progressive leadership roles during her 23 years at Accenture including more than ten years as Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.  She has a deep understanding of interactive, mobile, analytics, cloud and cybersecurity, as well as how artificial intelligence, and design thinking can transform business and unlock growth.

 

Roxanne is a Director of Pure Storage, a provider of all-flash data hardware and software solutions, and OpenX, an ad tech company. She also serves on the Boards of the Ad Council, Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), Reporters Without Borders, the US chapter of Reporters Sans Frontieres (one of the largest press freedom NGOs in the world) leading their Marketing & Communications Committee, and Only Make Believe, a nonprofit bringing interactive theatre to children in hospitals. Roxanne is also a member of the Business Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thor Valdmanis Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Relationships, Dow Jones

Thor Valdmanis is Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Relationships, at Dow Jones, the global provider of news and business information and publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

A former financial journalist and war correspondent, Valdmanis joined Dow Jones in 2016 as a senior adviser to Dow Jones CEO William Lewis, tasked with helping broaden and deepen Dow Jones' ties with the world's top business leaders.

Prior to Dow Jones, Valdmanis was Managing Director at FTI Consulting (NYSE:FCN) in New York before accepting an 18-month assignment to help run FTI's business in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.   From 2005 to 2007, Valdmanis served as Vice President of Communications for Lloyd's of London, the global insurance market, leading crisis management efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Valdmanis was an award-winning business reporter for almost two decades, covering mergers and acquisitions for The Evening Standard in London and later USA Today in New York.  He was a frequent guest television commentator on CNBC, PBS and CNN.  On 9/11, Thor reported from the foot of the World Trade Center, and then spent several months as a special USA Today foreign correspondent, traveling with Afghanistan's Northern Alliance as they liberated Kabul in November, 2001.  He also reported from Somalia, Egypt and Lebanon.

Thor is a native of Montreal, Canada and graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario with a B.A. in politics, philosophy and economics.  He speaks French and lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.