Packers shareholders will consider new director
GREEN BAY - Marcia Anderson, clerk of court for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court and retired U.S. Army Reserve major general, will be considered for the Green Bay Packers' board of directors at the annual shareholders meeting.
Anderson is the only new director to be considered at the meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. July 21 at Lambeau Field. Fourteen others are up for re-election. If all are elected, the board will have 43 members. No directors resigned or reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year.
Election of directors will be the main business of the meeting, which will include presentations by Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, general manager Ted Thompson and various committee chairmen.
Last year's attendance was just short of 12,000. The record annual meeting attendance is 18,707, set in 1998. The Packers have 363,948 shareholders around the world and are the NFL's only publicly owned team. Packers shares are not publicly traded and do not pay dividends. The team held stock sales five times in its history, the most recent one in 2012. No additional offerings are planned.
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Anderson, 58, is clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison. She was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 35 years and was the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of major general. She was deputy chief, U.S. Army Reserve, and deputy commanding general for the Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox. She also was with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. If elected, her term will expire next year.
Names and ages of others up for election, with terms expiring in 2019, are: Thomas Arndt, 65; John Bergstrom, 69, who is an executive committee member; Ave Bie, 59; Thomas Cardella, 61; Richard Chernick, 64, Craig Dickman, 55; Beverly French, 68; Johnnie Gray, 62; Jeffrey Joerres, 56; David Kohler, 50; Thomas Lutsey, 67; Mark McMullen, 68, team treasurer and executive committee member; John Skoug, 65, and Albert Toon Jr., 53.
The team sometimes offers shareholders special opportunities, such as a tour of the locker room or of the south end zone. None were announced for this meeting, though the Packers Hall of Fame was not open for last year's meeting and will be new to many attendees.
The meeting is held in the Lambeau Field bowl, rain or shine. Rain has not been an issue during the 20 or so years the Packers have met in the bowl, though sun and heat are sometimes factors. This year's meeting is one week earlier than usual because the Packers play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Training camp begins July 26, with players reporting the day before.
The Hall of Fame game will be preceded by Packers Family Night on July 31 at Lambeau Field. A limited number of tickets remain for the open, full-team practice. Tickets went on sale Monday and are $10 each.
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