SAN FRANCISCO, CA., September 11, 2018 – The Northern California Chapter of NACD, the advocate for the profession of directorship, is delighted to announce that it has elected Kim Box, Rich Horan, and John Hotta to its board of directors.
About Kim Box
Kim Box is the president and CEO at Gatekeeper Innovation Inc., makers of Safer Lock, which provides portable containers for securing prescription containers. A former VP at Hewlett Packard, Box has extensive experience in information technology and leading IT outsourcing services, customer support of product services, and internal IT services. She is a board director at McGrath Rentacorp and at American River Bank. Her non-profit board service includes the American Red Cross and an advisory board at California State University, Sacramento.
Box authored Woven Leadership—The Power of Diversity to Transform Your Organization and is a dynamic international keynote speaker on leadership, diversity, and transformation. Her accolades include the Visionary Leader of the Year Award at the National Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit & Awards, the New Media Women Entrepreneur Award, and a Certificate of Merit from the Freedoms Foundation for her work with prevention and awareness of youth substance abuse.
Box holds a BS degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico and has completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is based in Sacramento.
About Rich Horan
Colonel (Ret.) Richard Horan is the director of the Sacramento Capital Region Chapter of the COO Forum, a peer exchange and thought leadership group of second-in-command executives. In addition to facilitating peer learning, he provides Forum members a diverse perspective and leadership expertise gained over a 28-year Air Force career.
An active angel investor, Horan supports local entrepreneurs as a mentor and advisor, helping them refine and execute their strategy. He is an independent director of a private, family-owned company and vice chair of the Yolo County Financial Oversight Committee, which provides independent leadership, oversight, and audit of the county’s treasury operations and business activities. While on active duty, Horan served in a variety of international assignments and held numerous leadership positions within the F-15E fighter and intelligence communities.
Horan has a BA in Photography from Brooks Institute, an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from Washington University in St Louis. A NACD Governance Fellow, he is based in Sacramento.
About John Hotta
John Hotta has broad experience in technology, mergers and acquisitions, and operations, and he began his career conducting artificial intelligence research at RAND Corp. He then spent more than 20 years in technology leadership roles at Microsoft, Accenture, and AT&T. He serves on the boards of the Seattle Foundation and FIRST Washington Robotics and on the Advisory Committee of Kaiser Permanente Washington. Previously he was on the board of Swedish Healthcare and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he served on the Finance Committee and on technology advisory committees.
Hotta teaches NACD Master Classes for public company directors and has provided guidance as part of NACD Board Advisory Services. He has also earned designations as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance Fellow. The Financial Times named Hotta as one of the Agenda Digital 50.
He graduated with honors from Harvard University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
NACD Nominating Corporate Governance (NCG) Chair Nora Denzel conducted a board review and survey earlier this year within the Northern California Chapter. Out of this survey came the renewed commitment to strengthening chapter leadership. Denzel comments, “All three new members of the board of directors are dedicated to good corporate governance. We are excited to welcome them to our leadership group. We believe they each bring exceptional expertise in various areas, and this will be highly valuable for NACD Northern California."
Chapter Chair Dennis Wu adds, "Our new colleagues bring additional strength and depth to our board with their deep knowledge of corporate leadership. In particular, we are working to bolster our work in the Capital Valley region, and the new board members will be helpful in this effort. Our board and our chapter’s activities continue to grow as we relate to a fast-changing world."
Executive Director Lisa Spivey states, “I am extremely pleased with the addition of these new board members. Our strong NCG Committee, headed by Nora Denzel, identifies and recruits board talent and future chapter leadership that will help us continue to deliver solid governance practice and high-quality thought leadership to our membership.”
About NACD Northern California Chapter
The NACD Northern California Chapter provides board members in the Capital Valley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley markets with forums and programming for best board practices, emerging governance issues, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. To learn more about the NACD Northern California Chapter, please visit northerncalifornia.NACDonline.org.
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