Marcia Anderson made history as Army's first Black, female major general. Up next, the Packers boardroom.
GREEN BAY – Marcia Anderson will bring a wide range of skills to the Green Bay Packers executive committee if her nomination is approved in August.
Anderson is retired as the clerk of court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and a retired U.S. Army major general. She will be the first African American — not to mention the first major general — to serve on the organization's top governing board. Anderson was elected a Packers director in 2016.
Along with those firsts, Susan Finco, who was the first female member of the executive committee, could become vice president and the first female lead director of the Packers. Finco was elected a director in 2000 and joined the executive committee in 2015. She is the president of Leonard & Finco Public Relations of Green Bay.
"Having diverse staff in your organization, where they can be in the room when discussions are happening and can help educate and inform other people in the room about things they may not have thought about" is critical to the health of an organization, said Anderson, who also is an attorney.
The Packers on Friday announced the nominations of four new directors, as well as plans to fill executive committee vacancies caused by mandatory retirements at age 70.
Also joining the seven-member executive committee would be Karl Schmidt, CEO of Belmark Inc. of De Pere, who was elected a Packers director in 2017.
Continuing executive committee members include Mark Murphy, president and CEO, Daniel Ariens, Donald Long Jr., Michael Simmer and Finco.
Anderson, who lives in Madison, was born in Beloit but raised in St. Louis. She is a Packers fan, nonetheless.
"My mother was one of 10 million people who insists she was at the Ice Bowl," Anderson joked in a recent Press-Gazette interview. "I definitely didn't have a choice of being a Packers fan, but I would have been anyway."
Anderson also is a Packers Foundation trustee.
"That's an amazing place to be able to help the team with their efforts at social engagement and community engagement," she said. "We think about the medical piece of (the coronavirus pandemic), but then there's the food and security piece, and there's the community-based organizations that are trying to address outreach to vulnerable populations. The foundation was a great tool for being able to address those solutions."
Anderson is experienced at excelling in male-dominated corporate cultures. She was the first Black female major general in the Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. As deputy chief of the Army Reserve for three years, she oversaw an $8 billion budget and more than 220,000 soldiers.
A large percentage of football fans are women, Anderson said, and to not have women at senior levels of NFL organizations is to tempt fate.
"I think it's a reality of doing business. If you ignore the diversity in the country or in your market, you do so at your own peril," she said.
Schmidt is chairman of the Packers audit committee and is a director of AMERCO, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Bellin Health. His company, Belmark, is a converter of pressure-sensitive labels, printed flexible packaging and folding cartons.
Board of director nominees will be voted on by shareholders at the Packers' annual meeting in July. The directors will select executive committee members at their August meeting.
Four nominees for the 45-member board of directors are Michael Barber of Milwaukee, chief diversity officer for General Electric; James Christensen, president and CEO of Wisconsin Plastics Inc.; Eddie Garcia, senior director of business development at Oshkosh Defense and a former Packers placekicker; and Chris Woleske, president and CEO of Bellin Health.
"Each of them brings excellent experience and perspective to their role with the Packers. I look forward to working with them on the board," Murphy said.
Directors who reached mandatory retirement age include Tom Olson, vice president, lead director and executive committee member; John Skoug, executive committee member, and Nancy Armbrust, Thomas Arndt and Richard Diaz.
Details for the annual shareholders meeting, including the date, will be released later. The Packers held the meeting virtually in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. They did not say how the meeting will be conducted this year, but advised shareholders to be prepared to wear masks and sit in a socially distanced manner if that is the guidance from health professionals at the time of the meeting.
Information can be found at packers.com/community/shareholders. Shareholders who have not had communication with the organization in the past 12 months should contact shareholder services at (855) 846-7225 or email@example.com.
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