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LPGA Continues To Strengthen Board With Addition of Veteran Executives and New Player Directors

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Bowman, Jennings offer more than 60 combined years of executive leadership
 
Tour Veterans Laura Diaz and Karin Sjodin voted as Player Directors

 
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Sept. 19, 2011 – The LPGA today announced four new additions to its Board of Directors – two independent directors and two LPGA player directors. Duke Energy communications and sustainability executive Roberta Bowman and retired AT&T human resources and communications executive Karen Jennings were unanimously voted by the membership of the LPGA as independent directors on the LPGA Board of Directors, while LPGA members Laura Diaz and Karin Sjodin were elected as player directors by the membership last week. Current player director and 2003 Stanford University graduate Kim Hall will now serving as acting Player President until a final vote takes place in early 2012.
 
“The objective of the independent board of directors is to combine a unique set of individual skills focused toward a common purpose of passionately building the LPGA and its brand,” said William F. Susetka, Chairman of the LPGA Board of Directors. “Both Roberta and Karen have been successful senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and they have a strong commitment to women’s professional golf. We are very fortunate to have Roberta and Karen join the board are confident that they will make a positive impact on the LPGA with more than 60 combined years of experience as leaders in their industries.”
 
“We are thrilled also to add strong and passionate players like Karin and Laura to our group of player directors who serve as the voice for the entire LPGA membership,” Susetka said, whose term on the board was also renewed for three more years.
 
Bowman brings more than 30 years of executive experience in the energy field. She has served as senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, since 2008. She is responsible for the company’s integrated strategy to operate in a way that is good for people, the planet and profits. She serves in the office of the chairman to represent the company to key stakeholders and works with a number of national, international and industry groups to advance issues important to Duke Energy. 
 
She joined Duke Power in 1986 as director of power plant community relations. After a series of promotions including general manager of public issues in 1993, general manager of communications and community relations in 1994 and manager of bulk power marketing in 1995, she was named vice president of communications and community relations in 1996. She served as the company’s chief communications officer for 10 years, and was appointed senior vice president of public affairs in January 2001. In that role, she led the corporation’s communications, public affairs and community relations functions, including The Duke Energy Foundation. Following the merger with Cinergy in 2006, she was named the company’s first corporate officer in sustainability as vice president of sustainability and community affairs. During her career, Bowman has also had responsibility for public policy; government and regulatory relations; and environment, health and safety.
 
As senior executive vice president of human resources and communications for AT&T, Jennings was responsible for all aspects of human resour

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