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Deb Kelly / Partner

The Short

Deb has 35 years of experience in corporate communication, investor relations, corporate affairs, employee communication, crisis management and general management and marketing, including senior officer roles at a number of Fortune 500 companies, including consumer products (The Quaker Oats Company), building materials retailing (Lowes Companies) and conglomerates with diverse businesses (Esmark).

The Long

She has advised senior management and boards of directors concerning strategic positioning, value creation and integrated communication programs, providing a capital markets point of view. Her experience combines leadership, communication and traditional packaged goods marketing skills with a strong background in finance gained as a securities analyst and honed as an investor relations executive. In 2001, she became the second-ever honoree to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Investor Relations Magazine.

Deb was a member of the blue-ribbon Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Corporate Disclosure in the late 1970s. She served on the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) board of directors, chaired the original NIRI Task Force on disclosure issues, and served as president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter for the 1997-1998 year, continuing as a director. She has also been a member of the board of directors of Perdue Farms since 1996 and is currently Governance Committee Chair.

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