Meg Whitman, former head of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Association, are joining the Board of Directors of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) effective today, the company said.
With the election of Whitman, 64, and Tatum, 51, GM has 13 directors. Seven GM directors are now women. The company’s 12 independent directors have leadership and board experience in information technology, digital commerce, retail, higher education, investment management, international affairs, defense, transportation, cybersecurity, and pharmaceuticals, among others, GM said.
“Our diverse Board of Directors is a competitive advantage for GM as we work to deliver a better, safer and more sustainable world,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “Mark and Meg will bring unique experiences to the Board, especially in technology, brand building and customer experience that will help us drive value for shareholders and other GM stakeholders now and into the future.”
Until recently, Meg Whitman was the CEO of Quibi, a mobile only media technology platform. Prior to Quibi, she served as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and president and CEO for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Before HP, Whitman ran for Governor of California in 2010. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of eBay Inc. where she oversaw its growth from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. She has held executive-level positions at Procter & Gamble Company, Hasbro, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Bain & Company. Meg is also the national board chair of Teach for America.
Mark Tatum is the NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, responsible for the NBA’s business operations, including leading the NBA’s international efforts. Tatum previously served in several roles at the NBA, including executive vice president of Global Marketing Partnerships; senior vice president and president of Business Development; senior director and group manager of Marketing Properties and director of Marketing Partnerships.