Sarah Beshar has served as a Non-Executive Director since May 2017. She has been an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for over 30 years. She joined the firm in 1986 and was named a partner in the Corporate Department in 1994. During more than three decades as a corporate lawyer, Ms. Beshar has advised Fortune 500 companies on an array of legal issues. She also served in a number of management roles at the firm, including as the lead partner of one of the firm’s largest financial services clients from 2008 to 2015. She presently serves as Senior Counsel at the firm. Ms. Beshar grew up in Perth, Australia and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.A. in Law and Jurisprudence in 1981. Ms. Beshar also graduated from Oxford in 1984 with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Magdalen College. Ms. Beshar is a member of the corporate board of Lincoln Center, a conservation fellow of the Whitney Museum and a trustee of the US board of the University of Western Australia.
Joseph Canion has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since 1997 and as the Chairperson of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee since May 2014. Mr. Canion was a director of a predecessor constituent company (AIM Investments) from 1993 to 1997, when Invesco acquired that entity. Mr. Canion co-founded Compaq Computer Corporation in 1982 and served as its chief executive officer from 1982 to 1991. He also founded Insource Technology Group in 1992 and served as its chairman until September 2006. Mr. Canion received a BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Houston. He is on the board of directors of Houston Methodist Research Institute.
Martin Flanagan has been a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Invesco since August 2005. He is also a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Invesco Funds (the company's U.S. open and closed-end fund companies). Mr. Flanagan joined Invesco from Franklin Resources, Inc., where he was president and co-chief executive officer from January 2004 to July 2005. Previously he had been Franklin's co-president from May 2003 to January 2004, chief operating officer and chief financial officer from November 1999 to May 2003, and senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1993 until November 1999. Mr. Flanagan served as director, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger, Ltd. before its acquisition by Franklin in 1992. Before joining Templeton in 1983, he worked with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Flanagan earned a B.A. and B.B.A from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant. He serves on the board of governors and as a member of the executive committee for the Investment Company Institute, and is a former chairperson. He also serves as a member of the executive board at the SMU Cox School of Business and is involved in a number of civic activities in Atlanta.
Robert Henrikson has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since January 2012 and as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee since 2014.
Mr. Henrikson was president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from March 2006 through May 2011. He served as a director of MetLife, Inc. from April 2005 and as chairman from April 2006, through Dec. 31, 2011. During his more than 39-year career with MetLife, Inc., Mr. Henrikson held a number of senior positions in that company's individual, group and pension businesses. Mr. Henrikson is a former chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, a former chairman of the Financial Services Forum, a director emeritus of the American Benefits Council, and a former member of the President's Export Council. In 2012, Mr. Henrikson was elected to the board of directors of Swiss Re, where he served as chairman of the compensation committee and was a member of the chairman's and governance committee and the finance and risk committee until April 2018. Mr. Henrikson currently serves as chairman of the board of the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education, as a member of the boards of trustees of Emory University and Indian Springs School and as a member of the board of directors of Americares.
Mr. Henrikson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Wharton School's Advanced Management Program.
Ben Johnson has served as Chairperson of our company since May 2014 and as a Non-Executive Director since January 2009. Mr. Johnson served as the managing partner at Alston & Bird LLP from 1997 to 2008. He was named a partner at Alston & Bird in 1976, having joined the firm in 1971. He earned his BA degree from Emory University and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Johnson serves on the executive committee of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and as a trustee of the Carter Center and Charles Loridans Foundation. Mr. Johnson is chair emeritus of Atlanta's Woodward Academy, having served as chair from 1983 to 2015, and is the immediate past chair of the board of trustees of Emory University, a position he held from 2000-2013. He is also chair and a non-executive director of Summit Industries, Inc., a privately held company.
Denis Kessler has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since March 2002. Mr. Kessler is chairman and chief executive officer of SCOR SE, and he also serves as a member of the board of directors of BNP Paribas SA. Mr. Kessler previously served on the boards of directors of Bollore from 1999 until 2013, Fonds Strategique d'Investissement from 2008 until 2013 and Dassault Aviation from 2003 until 2014. Prior to joining the SCOR group, Mr. Kessler was chairman of the French Insurance Federation, senior executive vice president of the AXA Group and executive vice chairman of the French Business Confederation. Mr. Kessler is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Paris). He holds a Doctorat d'Etat of the University of Paris and a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Moscow Academy of Finance and the University of Montreal. In addition, he is a qualified actuary. Mr. Kessler previously served as a member of the supervisory board of Yam Invest N.V. from 2008 until 2014, a privately held company, and currently serves as a global counsellor of The Conference Board.
Sir Nigel Sheinwald has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since May 2015. He was a senior British diplomat who served as British ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2012, before retiring from Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service. Prior to this, he served as foreign policy and defence adviser to the Prime Minister from 2003 to 2007. He served as British ambassador and permanent representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2000 to 2003. Sir Nigel joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976 and served in Brussels, Washington, Moscow, and in a wide range of policy roles in London. From 2014 to 2015, Sir Nigel served as the Prime Minister's special envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing, leading the effort to improve access to and sharing of law enforcement and intelligence data across international jurisdictions. Sir Nigel also serves as a senior advisor to the Universal Music Group, a non-executive director of the Innovia Group and a visiting professor and member of the Council at King's College, London. In addition, Sir Nigel is a member of the U.S.–U.K. Fulbright Commission, and serves on the advisory boards of the Ditchley Foundation, BritishAmerican Business, Business for New Europe and the Centre for European Reform. He is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, one of London's legal inns of court. Sir Nigel received his MA degree from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he is now an honorary fellow.
G. Richard ("Rick") Wagoner, Jr. has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since October 2013. Mr. Wagoner served as chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors Corporation ("GM") from May 2003 through March 2009, and had been president and chief executive officer since June 2000. Prior positions held during his 32-year career with include executive vice president and president of North American operations, executive vice president, chief financial officer and head of worldwide purchasing, and president and managing director of General Motors do Brasil. Mr. Wagoner is a member of the board of directors of Graham Holdings Company and several privately held companies. In addition, he advises private equity firms, an investment bank and a number of start-up and early-stage ventures. Mr. Wagoner is a member of the board of visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, chair of the Duke Kunshan University Advisory Board and a member of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business Advisory Board. He is a member of the mayor of Shanghai, China's International Business Leaders Advisory Council. Mr. Wagoner received his BA from Duke University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Phoebe Wood has served as a Non-Executive Director of our company since January 2010 and as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee since May 2015. She is currently a principal at CompaniesWood and served as vice chairman, chief financial officer and in other capacities at Brown-Forman Corporation from 2001 until her retirement in 2008. Prior to Brown-Forman, Ms. Wood was vice president, chief financial officer and a director of Propel Corporation (a subsidiary of Motorola) from 2000 to 2001. Previously, Ms. Wood served in various capacities during her tenure at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) from 1976 to 2000. Ms. Wood currently serves on the boards of directors of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (compensation committee) and Pioneer Natural Resources Company (audit and nominating and corporate governance committees), as well as on the boards of trustees for the Gheens Foundation and the American Printing House for the Blind. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Wood was a member of the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. From 2001 to 2011, Ms. Wood was a member of the board of trustees for Smith College, and a trustee of the University of Louisville from 2009-20015. Ms. Wood received her A.B. degree from Smith College and her MBA from University of California Los Angeles.
a — Member of the Audit Committee
b — Member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
c — Member of the Compensation Committee
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