March 28, 2008
Room to Read is honored to announce the appointment of two new and highly respected additions to its existing seven member Board of Directors. Herb Allen is President of Allen & Company, LLC and Craig Bruya, was the Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft Business Solutions prior to his recent retirement after a 16-year career with the firm.
Allen & Company is a private investment firm founded in 1922, and is based in New York. Prior to his appointment at Allen & Company, Herb was with T. Rowe Price and Botts & Company Ltd. He is a graduate of Yale University and resides in Manhattan.
Craig Bruya was Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Business Solutions at Microsoft headquarters since returning to the company in 2004. During a three year sabbatical he taught accounting and management classes to MBA students at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Microsoft in executive finance positions as well as nine years with the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Company in Seattle, Brussels, Belgium and Athens, Greece. Craig will provide mentoring to Room to Read's Chief Financial Officer, and will also chair the organization's Audit Committee.
Room to Read previously announced its first European Board member, John Ridding, the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times. John is based in London and is the first European member of Room to Read's Board.
"We are thrilled and honored to have such great new additions to our Board," said John Wood, Founder and CEO of Room to Read. "As we march boldly towards our goal of bringing the lifelong gift of education to 10 million children across the developing world, it is critical that we continue to add talented and passionate people to our global team. A strong Board just got even stronger."
Room to Read's Board also includes Muneer A. Satter and Hilary Valentine (Co-Chairs), Marc Andreessen, Christopher Beer, Marjorie Craig Benton, Alastair Mactaggart and John Wood.