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Thunderbird appoints four to Board of Trustees

October 8, 2008

Thunderbird School of Global Management is pleased to announce four individuals with distinct backgrounds have been named to the school’s Board of Trustees. The four newest members of the board are Gary Brukardt, Teresa McCaslin, Marshall Parke and Paul Walsh.

Brukardt, president and CEO of Specialty Care Services Group, is a 1972 Thunderbird alumnus. His company is dedicated to providing high-quality health care services to patients, physicians and hospitals while returning value to its stakeholders. He has more than 30 years of varied healthcare experience that has provided him with the perspective of managing multiple healthcare-related companies.

McCaslin is the executive vice president of human resources and information systems of Continental Grain Company. She heads worldwide human resources, information technology, public affairs and corporate aircraft operations at Continental Grain Company.  Prior to being named to the school’s Board of Trustees, she was a member of the Thunderbird Global Council.

Parke, a 1977 Thunderbird graduate, is a partner at Lexington Partners, and managing partner of
Lexington’s London office, where he is responsible for the firm’s activities outside the United States. He divides his time among Europe, the Middle East and Asia — all markets where Lexington invests and raises capital. In recent years Lexington has made significant investments in Europe and Asia and participated in some of the more successful transactions in those regions.

Walsh has been an operating partner with Calera Capital, a private equity firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston since February. Previously, Walsh was the chairman and chief executive officer of eFunds Corp., a transaction processing and risk management company. Walsh served in that position from September 2002 until eFunds was acquired by Fidelity National Information Services in September 2007.

“These new trustees bring a wealth of experience and global perspective to our governing body,” Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., said. “We look forward to working closely with each of them as we continue to carry out our mission to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.”

Thunderbird also has announced the addition of six new members to the Board of Fellows. This group is a network of Thunderbird advisers who also help fulfill the school’s mission.

New members include Bradley Casper, president and CEO of The Dial Corp.; Sharon Harper, president and CEO of the Plaza Companies; Shigeya Kato, vice chairman of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.; Rafael Rangel, president of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Pierre Tapie, dean and president of ESSEC Business School; and Gerrit van Huisstede, regional president of Wells Fargo Bank.