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Five Named to Board of Trustees

Newest members lauded as leaders and innovators

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June 16, 2010

Mary Baglivo
Mary Baglivo

Adam Karr
Adam Karr

Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty

Mary Lou Song
Mary Lou Song

Charles Tribbett III
Charles Tribbett III

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Five individuals have been elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees.

They are:

  • Mary Baglivo, chairman and chief executive officer, the Americas at Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Adam Karr, managing director, Orbis Investment Management, and director, Orbis Investment Management Limited
  • Virginia Rometty, senior vice president, IBM global sales and distribution
  • Mary Lou Song, co-founder and chief product officer, Tokoni
  • Charles Tribbett III, top consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Mary Baglivo

As chairman and chief executive officer of the Americas at Saatchi & Saatchi, a global advertising agency, Baglivo is responsible for the largest agency within the global network as well as the Latin America and Canada regions. She serves as CEO of New York at Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc., and Saatchi & Saatchi Group Ltd. She is the worldwide marketing director of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide.

Baglivo works with top brands, including Procter & Gamble, Novartis, JCPenney, General Mills, BASF and Ameriprise.

Previously she served as president of Havas' Arnold Worldwide and directed Procter & Gamble brands for 18 years. She served as CEO of the Chicago branch before leaving in 1999 to join J. Walter Thompson, WPP group, as executive vice president and chief operating officer for North America.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Rutgers University and earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Adam Karr

Karr serves as managing director of Orbis Investment Management and director of Orbis Investment Management Limited, the parent company based in Bermuda. He joined the company in 2002. Prior to Orbis, he was partner at Palladium Equity Partners, a private equity firm.

He serves on the boards of Orbis Founders Foundation, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, a not-for-profit organization that provides mentoring and career development for students of color.

He graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He later earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University as a Robert A. Toigo Fellow.

Virginia Rometty

As senior vice president of IBM Global Sales and Distribution, Rometty is responsible for revenue, profit and client satisfaction in the 170 global markets in which IBM conducts business. In this role, she is responsible for the company's worldwide results, which exceeded $95 billion in 2009.

Previously Rometty served as senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, where she led the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting -- the largest acquisition in professional services history.

Rometty is involved with the Women in Technology Council and the Women's Leadership Council and is one of the senior sponsors of the Women's Executive Council at IBM. She has been named to Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" and Forbes magazine's "World's 100 Most Powerful Women."

She graduated with high honors with a bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Mary Lou Song

Song is co-founder and chief product officer of Tokoni, a company dedicated to building Web platforms through innovative technology, design and social media. Its clients include eBay and Meg Whitman, a 2010 candidate for governor of California.

A Silicon Valley veteran, Song's career began in 1996 when she joined eBay as its third employee. Up to 2002, she led the company's product development and established and defined the community group, which grew the user base from 15,000 members to more than 20 million.

Song, who serves on the board of advisors for the Medill School of Journalism, received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern. She received a master's degree in media studies from Stanford University.

Charles Tribbett

Tribett is a top consultant with Russell Reynolds Associates, a provider of senior-level executive search and assessment. He specializes in board services assignments and has conducted senior-level searches, succession planning and executive assessment projects for leading international corporations along with numerous diversity assignments.

Fortune magazine named him one of the most powerful African American executives.  Previously he served as a corporate securities attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Tribbett serves on several boards, including The Northern Trust Company and Rush University Medical Center, and is a member of the dean's advisory board for Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University and received a law degree from the University of Virginia.

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