Ms. Anne Gates

Independent Director, The Kroger Company

Anne Gates has been in global consumer products businesses for over 35 years. She is currently on the Kroger board, serving on the Audit and Public Responsibility Committees as an Audit Committee financial expert and the chair of the Audit Committee. Anne is on the Tapestry, Inc. board and serves on the Human Resources Committee. She is a member of the Raymond James board, serving on the Audit and Risk Committee. She also serves on the boards of PBS Southern California (Chair of the Investment Committee), Cadre, the University of California Berkeley Foundation, and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science for Columbia University. She has served on several other boards, including the Board of Directors for Super RTL (a German entertainment company), Junior Statesman of America, the Oakwood School, the Country School, Big Sunday, and Crystal Stairs. She retired as president of MGA Entertainment, which is the largest privately held toy company in the United States with a global reach. She is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Disney Company's Consumer Products Division and former managing director for Disney Consumer Products Europe and Emerging Markets. She also worked for Pepsi in both the U.S. and Europe, Bear Stearns (investment banking), and AT&T (marketing and Bell Labs). She has also presented on panels, such as "How to Navigate Challenges in the Workplace" for Columbia University Women's Conference, and been a speaker on creativity, leadership, and workplace strategies at places such as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. She has completed the two Harvard Business School programs on board governance: "Making Corporate Boards More Effective" and "Audit Committees in New Era of Governance." Anne received an M.S. in operations research from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.