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The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute Names Four Leaders to its Board of Governors

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 2009: The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute today announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of Governors: Bradley A. Casper, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dial Corporation; Thomas D. Christopoul, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resources Global Professionals; Mark Goldsmith, Founder, President and CEO of Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc.; and Mark Thompson, author and Chairman of Executive Powertools. 

"The four new members of the Board of Governors have a wealth of management and leadership experience and a keen insight into the Institute's mission and its opportunities. Each member shares the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute's values and believes in our vision and we are excited in welcoming them to the Board," said Geneva Johnson, Leader to Leader Board of Governors Secretary and Former President and CEO of Family Service America.

Bradley A. Casper was named President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dial Corporation, a company of Henkel KGaA, in April 2005. Casper oversees business operations of some of America's most trusted consumer products including Dial® soaps and body washes, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, and Right Guard® antiperspirant / deodorants. Casper joined Dial from Church & Dwight, where he served as President, Personal Care, since 2002. Prior to joining Church & Dwight, he spent 16 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, holding increasingly responsible senior positions including General Manager, Hong Kong and China Hair Care, and Marketing Director, Laundry & Cleaning Products; most recently serving as Vice President, Global Fabric Care.

Casper is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council (GPL) and a Board Member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). Casper also serves on the Board of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and is a Board Member of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech University.

With more than 20 years of executive management experience with international public and private growth companies, Thomas D. Christopoul was named President and CEO of Resources Global Professionals in June 2008. For the past two-and-a-half years, Christopoul has served on the Resources Board of Directors as Chairperson of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Prior to Resources, Christopoul was President of Somerset Shore Associates, Inc.

Prior to that, Christopoul was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Cendant Corporation's Marketing Services Division and Cendant's Financial Services Division. While at Cendant, Christopoul also held a number of senior executive positions, including the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer. Christopoul also held the position of EVP, Human Resources and Corporate Services.
Previously, Christopoul held senior management positions at Nabisco Biscuit Company and Pepsi-Cola Company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hudson Crossing, LLC; PinnacleCare; Nor1, Inc.; TAI, Inc.; Cabana Cachaca, L.P. and is on the Board of Advisors of Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Christopoul completed a Master of Science degree from Purdue University.

Mark L. Goldsmith is the Founder, President and CEO of Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc. (GO&SO). Mark brings more than 35 years of experience in corporate management and entrepreneurship to the Board and was recently honored the Purpose Prize, a $100,000 grant for his work to reduce recidivism. Mark oversees all public relations, court and criminal justice system advocacy; and program development initiatives at GO&SO and engages in and oversees all fundraising and financial activities.

Mark previously served in upper level management in the cosmetics field, including positions at Yves St. Laurent, Shiseido Cosmetics of Japan, Almay Cosmetics and was the Founder, Owner and President of Inventory Management Systems.

Since 2002, Mark has participated in the Principal for a Day program at Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL). Mark is a benefit Committee Member for New Alternatives for Children, Inc.; the Co-Founder and Original Chair of the Fashion Institute of Technology Curriculum Committee's Cosmetic Division; on the Executive Committee at the Central Park Conservatory; and Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee at Carnegie Hill Neighbors. He received a Bachelor of Arts at New York University and completed a Master of Business Administration at Bernard Baruch, City College of New York.

Mark Thompson is a leadership coach, venture investor, author and the Chairman of Executive PowerTools LLC, a leadership development firm. Thompson is the host of many public broadcasting programs including the Charles Schwab CEO series, Women on Leadership, Seven Sacred Secrets with Maya Angelou, and the DVD program, Creating a Life that Matters.

Most recently, Thompson was the coauthor of the international bestseller, Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters, based on his interviews with over 400 leaders, from Steve Jobs to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. Forbes Magazine included Thompson on its list of America's leading venture investors with the "Midas" touch in 2004.

Thompson has worked for Charles Schwab, serving in a variety of senior roles, including Chief Communications Officer and, later, as Executive Producer responsible for the customer experience of Schwab.com.The producer of leadership programs in over 20 industries, Mark is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Integration; Chairman of the Board of Directors for RioPort; Chairman of VMAX; an investor and Board Member of Apple's iTunes #1 application in 2008, the Ocarina; a board member of Heartland Circle; and the Kitchen Sisters/National Public Radio programs. A graduate of Stanford, Thompson has a passion for educational media, particularly for those in need. In 2008 he established the first digital recording and post-production studio for John F. Kennedy University. 

These additions increase the number of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute's Board of Governors to 15. Returning Leader to Leader Board members include: Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President; Manfred Altstadt, CPA, Treasurer and Chairman-Elect and Chief Operating Officer of Mutual of America Life Insurance; Richard F. Schubert, Vice Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of International Youth Foundation; Geneva Johnson, Secretary and Former President and CEO of Family Service America; Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., Former Dean and Assistant to the President of the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota; Robert L. Dilenschneider, Chairman and Founder of The Dilenschneider Group, Inc.; Christopher D. Fralic, Director of First Round Capital; Marshall Goldsmith, Ph.D., Author and Executive Coach of Marshall Goldsmith Partners; Irv Katz, President & CEO of National Human Services Assembly; Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D., Executive Director of Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center; Doug Schallau, President of Junior Achievement of NY, Inc.; and Iain Somerville, Managing Partner of Somerville & Associates LLC.

About the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute's mission is to strengthen the leadership of the social sector.  Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Institute furthers its mission by providing social sector leaders with the essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector nonprofit organizations.  For additional information visit www.leadertoleader.org.

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