Ralph V. Whitworth
Mr. Whitworth is a Founder, Principal, and Investment Committee member of Relational Investors LLC, an investment fund specializing in strategic block investments.
Mr. Whitworth has served on the boards of eleven public companies: Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Genzyme Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Mattel, Inc., Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc., Sovereign Bancorp, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation, Tektronix, Inc., United Thermal Corporation, Waste Management, Inc., and Wilshire Technologies, Inc. He remains a director of Hewlett-Packard. During his tenure seven of these companies were in the Fortune 500. Mr. Whitworth has chaired numerous committees and led searches for directors and executive officers. He served as Chairman of the board of Apria and Waste Management during crisis management situations.
Mr. Whitworth is considered an expert on corporate governance. He has been invited to present his views on corporate governance and shareholder rights matters before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange Board, and the New York Federal Reserve. His work to improve corporate governance also includes his position as president (pro bono) of the United Shareholders Association from 1986 until 1994. He is a current member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Whitworth has served on five national Blue Ribbon Commissions sponsored by the National Association of Corporate Directors regarding director compensation and corporate governance. He also served on a Joint Task Force assembled by the Council of Institutional Investors and the National Association of Corporate Directors to review and make recommendations for improving board-shareholder communications.
Prior to entering his business career, from 1981 to 1984, Mr. Whitworth served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Paul Laxalt. He holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is involved in a number of charitable activities focused on children’s and teens’ health and educational issues