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BOD - Officers
Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:18

 

Mr. Wright has had a diversified career in law, general management, marketing, and television. He served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007. He formerly served as president of General Electric Financial Services and as president of Cox Cable Communications. Mr. Wright is a senior advisor of THL Capital, serves on the board of directors of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp, LLC, and AMC Networks Inc.; and is advisor to the Lustgarten Foundation and a trustee emeritus of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was formerly a member of the executive committee of Rand Corporation and a director of EMI Group Global Ltd. Mr. Wright has been inducted into the Advertising, Broadcasting and Cable Halls of Fame. In 2005, Mr. Wright and his late wife, Suzanne, co-founded Autism Speaks, dedicated to raising public awareness and research funds for autism. It has committed more than $570 million to its mission, largely in science and medical research, and has become the world’s leading autism advocacy organization. Mr. Wright has played a leadership role in national autism legislation and advocates for federal funding of treatment and services for individuals with autism. The Wrights’ recognition for their advocacy and philanthropy includes being named in 2008 in the Heroes and Pioneers category of the TIME 100 annual list of influential people. The Wrights also received the first Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the NYU Child Advocacy Award, the Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award, the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award, the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy 2011 Leadership Award, the Moffly Media’s Light a Fire Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Eugene M. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award from the I Have A Dream Foundation. In 2013, they received the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean’s Medal for Global Leadership in Autism Research and Advocacy. In addition, the Wrights received honorary degrees from St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s University, Fairfield University, and UMass Medical School. Mr. Wright graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and the Law School of the University of Virginia. His 2016 memoir, “The Wright Stuff,” pays tribute to his wife of 49 years as his “chief passion officer” who was integral to his professional success. Mrs. Wright died of pancreatic cancer in July 2016. Together, the couple enjoyed spending time with their three children and six grandchildren. In honor of his wife and her battle with pancreatic cancer, Mr. Wright established the Suzanne Wright Foundation, dedicated to accelerating pancreatic cancer research through awareness. His focus as chairman is on making the fight against pancreatic cancer an urgent national priority.

BOD - Officers
J. Patterson Cooper, Secretary and Treasurer
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:27

Chair, Tax and Finance

Mr. Cooper has been a partner with Prudent Capital Partners since 2012. Prior to that he served as president and CEO of First Bank of the Palm Beaches; Deutsche Bank Florida (legacy Bankers Trust) and JPMorgan Chase (legacy Chemical Bank). He has held senior management positions in Asia, Europe and the United States in commercial, investment and private banking as well as asset management. Mr. Cooper is the immediate past chairman of the board of Camp Boggy Creek, a medical camp for children founded by Paul Newman and Norman Schwarzkopf. In Palm Beach County he has held leadership positions in the Economic Council, Town of Palm Beach United Way and the Local Initiative Support Corporation. He and his wife, Patricia, have been residents of Palm Beach since 1989.

BOD - Officers
Ned Barnes, President
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:29