The nominations of former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson as Microsoft directors are the latest changes in what amounts to a near-complete overhaul of the tech giant’s board in recent years.
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Microsoft’s board will expand to 14 members — making it the largest Microsoft board ever — assuming that the nominated directors are approved by shareholders at the company’s Nov. 29 annual meeting.
The company announced the nominations of Pritzker, founder and chairman of PSP Capital and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; and Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, as part of its annual proxy statement yesterday.
Hugh Johnston, the PepsiCo vice chairman and chief financial officer, joined the board in September, when Mason Morfit, the president of ValueAct Capital, announced that he would not seek re-election at the company’s upcoming shareholders meeting.
Here are the other members of Microsoft’s board.
- John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chairman;
- Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor;
- Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and partner at Greylock Partners;
- Teri L. List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gap Inc.;
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
- Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.;
- Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW AG;
- Sandra E. Peterson, group worldwide chair for Johnson & Johnson;
- Charles W. Scharf, CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.;
- John W. Stanton, chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners;
- and Padmasree Warrior, CEO and chief development officer of NIO USA Inc.