Anne Gates - Independent Chair
Anne Gates was elected to our Board of Directors in December 2017. Ms. Gates was President of MGA Entertainment, Inc., a privately-held developer, manufacturer and marketer of toy and entertainment products for children, a position she held from 2014 through her retirement in 2017. Ms. Gates held roles of increasing responsibility with The Walt Disney Company from 1991-2012. Her roles included Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Disney Consumer Products, Managing Director for Disney Consumer Products Europe and Emerging Markets, and Senior Vice President of operations, planning and analysis for The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining Disney, Ms. Gates worked for PepsiCo and Bear Stearns. Ms. Gates has over 25 years of experience in the retail and consumer products industry. In addition, Ms. Gates has a broad business background in finance, marketing, strategy and business development, including growing international businesses. Ms. Gates serves on the Board of Directors of The Kroger Company and Raymond James Financial, Inc. She is also a member of the Boards of the University of California, Berkley Foundation, Cadre, Salzburg Global Seminar and PBS SoCal.