Linda Harty is an independent director who joined our Board in March 2017, and is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Ms. Harty became our Lead Independent Director in August 2017. Ms. Harty previously served as Vice President, Treasurer of Medtronic, a global company specializing in medical technology, services and solutions. Ms. Harty also served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio and has held financial leadership positions at RTM Restaurant Group, BellSouth, ConAgra and Kimberly-Clark. Ms. Harty earned her undergraduate degrees in finance and economics from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and furthered her studies in accounting at Georgia State University, passing the CPA exam in 1991. Ms. Harty is on the Board of Directors at Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Harty is also on the Board of Directors of Wabtec Corporation, a leading supplier of value-added technology-based products and services for freight rail, passenger transit and select industrial markets, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee.
We believe Ms. Harty’s extensive global experience in senior finance and accounting leadership positions across a variety of industries brings to our Board important skills and ability to provide insights regarding finance-related activities. For these reasons, Ms. Harty is well-qualified to serve on the Board and its committees.