Board of Directors
Janet K. Cooper was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, Colorado, from September 2002 to June 2008. From 2001 to 2002, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of McDATA Corporation. From 2000 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance of Qwest. From 1998 to 2000, she served in various senior level finance positions at US West Inc., including as Vice President, Finance and Controller and Vice President and Treasurer. Ms. Cooper is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Board Leadership Fellow.
Gary L. Ellis was the Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Information Technology and Facilities and Real Estate of Medtronic plc, Dublin, Ireland, from June 2016 until his retirement in December 2016. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medtronic, Inc., from April 2014 to June 2016, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medtronic, Inc. from May 2005 to April 2014, and Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Medtronic, Inc. from 1999 to May 2005.
Rick Olson is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at The Toro Company, a leading global provider of solutions for the outdoor environment. In his role, Rick leads the $4.5 billion company and its more than 11,000 employees in developing innovative products, technologies and solutions to help customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land.
Rick became The Toro Company’s president and chief operating officer in September 2015, chief executive officer in November 2016, and chairman of the board in November 2017. Since joining The Toro Company in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer, Rick has held several senior leadership roles including vice president of International, and vice president of Exmark.
He received a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.