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On Wednesday, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas (CMS-A) announced its new elected board of directors.

Last month, the outgoing board announced it would resign en masse, following a string of high profile scandals, including accusations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment within the organization.

According to a press release, the CMS-A is looking to add four additional external (non-Master Sommelier) board members, and will also hire a full-time CEO to “contribute new leadership and perspectives to help guide the organization as it begins this next chapter.”

Seven of the 11 elected new board directors are white men, according to The New York Times. Three of the remaining four are women; two identify as gay; and two as Asian-American, The Times reports.

Out of the 159 Master Sommeliers eligible to vote for the new board of directors, 137 did so. Eleven suspended members of the CMS-A, who are currently subject

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) board of directors (the “Board”) announced today that on November 18, 2020, it appointed Linda J. Rendle to the Board, effective November 23, 2020, for a term that will expire at the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Ms. Rendle has served as the CEO and a director of The Clorox Company since September 2020. Ms. Rendle has a track record of delivering outstanding business results and providing values-led leadership, gained from nearly 20 years in a variety of senior operational and executive roles across many of Clorox’s businesses. As CEO of a global company, her extensive experience and instrumental role in developing key corporate strategies provide important insights and perspectives with respect to global product development, growth and long-range planning.

“I am pleased to welcome Linda to Visa’s board of directors,” said Al Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visa

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DUBLIN, Calif., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TriNet, a leading provider of comprehensive human resources for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), today announced that renowned corporate executive and entrepreneur Maria Contreras-Sweet has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Ms. Contreras-Sweet is managing director of Rockway Equity Partners, an investment firm, and Principal of Contreras Sweet Enterprises, a management consulting firm. Prior to founding her current business, Contreras-Sweet served as the 24th administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Her commitment to small businesses runs deep. Before joining the SBA, Ms. Contreras-Sweet founded ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned commercial bank in California in over 35 years, which focused on serving small to mid-size firms, especially those that are women and minority-owned.

“Maria brings small and medium-size business advocacy, experience and expertise in the very industries TriNet’s valued clients work, including government, nonprofit, professional services and finance. In

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) announces the election of two external directors to its 2021 board of directors. As a diverse and evolving technical consulting practice poised for continued growth, both directors offer strategic advisory and management value to the organization from their respective disciplines.

“The purpose from which these two professionals work is contagious and inspiring,” said ECT President and CEO Bobbi Westerby. “The depth of expertise they bring to ECT is immediately valuable to our clients and employee owners as well as the board.”

Financial and Operations Executive Loren L Sokolow was most recently the chief financial officer and treasurer of California-based consulting firm Psomas for nearly two decades prior to retirement. With proven success in professional services financial strategies, mergers and acquisitions, board governance, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) and organizational development, Loren will lend key

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Ms. Singh has 38 years of corporate, military and local government experience and is CEO of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC, a consulting and strategic advisory firm in Bowie, Md.

Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area as well as select contiguous geographies, announced today that it has elected business executive and distinguished military leader Linda L. Singh to its board of directors. Ms. Singh will also serve as a director of the company’s subsidiary, Howard Bank.

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Adj. General (ret.) Linda L. Singh, Ph.D. (Photo: Business Wire)

Ms. Singh has 38 years of corporate, military and local government experience, including her distinguished service as Adjutant General and Secretary of the Maryland Military Department. She also is the founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC, a consulting and strategic advisory firm in Bowie,

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) (“Paramount” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected an unsolicited proposal received from Bow Street LLC (“Bow Street”) on November 4, 2020 to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding shares for between $9.50 and $10.00 per share in cash.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties, the Paramount Board engaged extensively with Bow Street and carefully reviewed and considered Bow Street’s proposal. As part of this, the Company had several discussions with and hosted representatives of Bow Street at Paramount’s offices so that Bow Street could present its proposal directly to a majority of Paramount’s Board members. Following this presentation and a thorough evaluation of Bow Street’s proposal conducted in consultation with financial and legal advisors, the Board unanimously determined that the proposal is inadequate, significantly undervalues Paramount and is not in the best interest of the

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