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Spotlight on Environmentalists

The president of The Conservation Fund, Patrick F. Noonan, was elected to the board of Ashland Oil Inc. Noonan founded The Conservation Fund in 1985 as a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing land and water conservation. In a 25-year career marked by distinguished service to conservation, he had served as president of The Nature Conservancy for eight years and, in 1980, helped found the American Farmland Trust, an organization focusing on the preservation of farmland and the plight of the family farm in America.

Jack R. Lousma has joined the board of Newcor Inc., a Troy, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom machines and precision machine parts. Lousma, a former astronaut, is president of Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, a non-profit data center for satellite information relating to the environment. He is also an adjunct professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan.

Craig E. Dorman, director and CEO of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has joined the board of Maritrans GP Inc. Maritrans operates a fleet of tugboats and oceangoing tank barges along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts and is the largest independent U.S. flag marine transporter of petroleum products in the coastal trade. Dr. Dorman joined Woods Hole, the largest independent American oceanographic research institution, in 1989, when he left the U.S. Navy after a 26-year career in which he achieved the rank of rear admiral.

Among environmental services companies adding new board members is Clean Harbors Inc., the Quincy, Mass.-based provider of a wide range of environmental remediation and hazardous waste management services. Joining the Clean Harbors board is John F. Kaslow, executive director of the northeast region of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He joined EPRI in 1990 following a 34-year career at the New England Electrical System, where he retired as executive vice president and COO.

NaTec Resources Inc., a Houston-based company in the business of controlling pollutants commonly associated with acid rain, has added William L. Armstrong to its board. Armstrong, an Englewood, Colo., businessman, served as a U.S. senator from Colorado from 1979 to 1991. He was elected three times by his colleagues to be chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

Browning-Ferris Industries Inc., one of the largest publicly held companies engaged in providing waste services, elected Joseph L. Roberts Jr. as a director. Dr. Roberts is senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, a position previously held by Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. He also serves on the faculty of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

A new board member who is in both the environmental and the foreign national camps is Jean-Francois Saglio, who was elected as a director of Dexter Corp. He is a member of the French Ministry of Industry. He was senior vice president of Roussel-Uclaf, and vice president for refining and distribution of Elf-Aquitaine, the French oil, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals group. He was a member of the cabinet of M. Pompidou, president of France, and also director of the French Administration of Environment Protection. Dexter, based in Windsor Locks, Conn., produces specialty materials for the aerospace, automotive, and electronics industries.

Sir Ralph Robins, chief executive and deputy chairman of Rolls-Royce PLC of London, England, was elected as a director of Cooper Industries Inc. Sir Ralph joined Rolls-Royce in 1955 and has been chief executive since January 1991. Houston-based Cooper Industries manufactures automotive and electrical products and petroleum and industrial equipment.

Union Camp Corp., Wayne, N.J., a leading manufacturer of paper, packaging, and building products, added Sir Colin Corness to its board. Sir Colin is chairman and CEO of Redland PLC, an international building materials producer which has extensive operations in the U.S. Prior to being named chairman in 1977, Sir Colin was a managing director of the company for 10 years.

Lord Brian Griffiths, head of British domestic and European policy under former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was appointed to the board of Herman Miller Inc., the multinational manufacturer of office furniture and systems. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Lord Griffiths is the former dean of the City University Business School in London, where he was a professor of banking and international finance.

Recruiting a new director from the Far East is Mellon Bank Corp., the Pittsburgh-headquartered bank holding company, which elected Masaaki Morita to its board. Morita is chairman and CEO of Sony Corp. of America. He also serves as deputy president of Sony Corp., a position he has held since 1982. He has been with Sony Corp. since 1951. Frank Cahouet, chairman and CEO of Mellon Bank, noted that Morita played a major role in Sony's decision to manufacturer television picture tubes and assemble televisions in western Pennsylvania, a move that is expected to generate significant employment in the area.

Making a quick return to the boardroom following government service is Martha R. Seger. The former member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System has joined the boards of Xerox Corp., Amoco Corp., the Kroger Co., and Fluor Corp. At the time of her resignation from the Fed in March 1991, she was the longest-serving current member (her tenure began in 1984). She also was the first woman appointed to a full term. Before entering public service, Seger taught finance and economics at three universities and worked in commercial banking. Earlier in her career, from 1964 to 1967, she served as a financial economist at the Fed.

Joining the Enron Corp. board following distinguished government service is retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Kelly. Kelly received international acclaim when he conducted daily information briefings about the Persian Gulf war in his capacity as the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in March 1991 after 34 years of serving in a wide variety of military command and staff positions. Houston-based Enron Corp. is a leading natural gas company.

James C. Miller III, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget and member of President Reagan's cabinet from 1985 to 1988, has been elected to the Union Corp. board. Miller, who also served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission from 1981 to 1985, is chairman of the board of Citizens for a Sound Economy. He is also a lecturer in economics at George Mason University. Union Corp., Fairfield, N.J., provides accounts receivable management and debt collection services.

FMC Corp. has elected Clayton Yeutter to its board. Yeutter served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1989 to 1991, and as U.S. trade representative from 1985 to 1989. Earlier this year he was appointed chairman of the Republican National Committee. Prior to these positions he was president and CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange since 1978. Chicago-based FMC Corp. is one of the world's leading producers of chemicals and machinery.

The former governor of Minnesota, Rudy Perpich, has been named to the board of Berlitz International Inc., the language instruction and translation services firm. "With his active involvement in education, he will be invaluable in increasing public awareness of the benefits of learning additional languages," commented Berlitz chairman Robert Maxwell. Under Perpich's leadership, education became Minnesota's top priority. The state increased participation in foreign languages by 400 percent, and he made international education an integral part of Minnesota's elementary, secondary, and post-secondary school systems. In 1990, Fortune magazine recognized Perpich as one of the top 10 education governors in America.

Alan R. Timms and L. John Wilkerson were elected as directors of Gensia Pharmaceuticals Inc., a San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals company. Dr. Timms is president and CEO of Glycomed Inc., a biotechnology company. He previously was president of Searle Research and Development, G.D. Searle & Co. Dr. Wilkerson is the chairman of The Wilkerson Group, an international health care products consulting firm. Previously he was a vice president and partner responsible for medical supply securities analysis and research at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co.

Table : New Directors(*)
Type of Executive Number
Chairmen, CEOs 53
Senior Managers 33
Private Investors and Others(**) 31
Retired 24
Consultants 21
Financial 20
Academia 17
Legal 14
Former Government 11
Total 224

(*)Outside directors appointed to corporate boards from March 1991 through May 1991 (**)Includes professional directors and executives describing themselves as having private business interests Source: Directors & Boards
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Title Annotation:Welcome to the Board; environmentalists elected as directors of corporations
Publication:Directors & Boards
Date:Jun 22, 1991
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