FedEx Corp gains new board members

FedEx Corporation has said its shareholders have elected two new members to its Board of Directors, including a former chairman of department store chain Saks, Inc., and a former foreign editor of TIME Magazine. The appointments of R. Brad Martin and Joshua Cooper were confirmed at yesterday’s annual shareowner meeting.

Martin has been appointed as a member of the Board’s Nominating & Governance Committee, while Ramo will be a member of the Board’s Information Technology Oversight Committee.

Martin is currently chairman of family investment company RBM Venture Co., having retired as Saks Incorporated chairman in May 2007. He also currently serves on the board of directors of department store Dillard’s, financial services company First Horizon National Corporation and sportswear company lululemon athletica inc.

Former journalist Ramo is a board member of Starbucks Corporation and has been vice chairman at Henry Kissinger’s international consulting firm Kissinger Associates since 2006, and was previously managing partner at consulting firm JL Thornton & Co. Prior to becoming a consultant, he was a senior editor at TIME Magazine.


“We are delighted to welcome Brad and Joshua to our Board of Directors,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp.

“Brad’s proven leadership skills and financial and marketing expertise, and Joshua’s international experience and expertise, particularly with respect to China, will enhance the quality and independence of the FedEx Board.”

The other 10 FedEx directors were re-elected yesterday to their positions for a further year, including Smith himself, James L. Barksdale, John A. Edwardson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Steven R. Loranger, Gary W. Loveman, Susan C. Schwab, Joshua I. Smith, David P. Steiner and Paul S. Walsh.

Yesterday’s FedEx annual shareholders’ meeting saw longtime board member JR “Pitt” Hyde III retiring, after 34 years of service at FedEx.

“Pitt’s keen business insights have been invaluable to the growth and development of FedEx over the years, and he will be greatly missed. We thank him for his many contributions and long tenure as a director and wish him the very best in the future,” said Smith.

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