Michele Hooper

Audit Committee Chair

United Airlines

Current public company boards: UnitedHealth Croup and United Airlines

Prior company boards: AstraZeneca, DaVita, PPG Industries, Seagram, Target, and Warner Music Group

Executive experience: Michele Hooper is president and CEO of The Directors’ Council which consults with major companies on board effectiveness and corporate board of director recruitment, focused primarily on diverse candidates. With over 3 years of corporate board experience, Michele is an audit committee financial expert with over 25 years of experience chairing the audit committees of several major companies, a highly regarded governance expert and business leader. Michele was selected as the 217 Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Michele serves on the corporate boards of directors of UnitedHealth Group and United Airlines. Michele formerly served on the boards of PPG Industries, AstraZeneca, Warner Music Group, Target Corporation, Seagram Company, and DaVita Corporation.

Michele is retired from the national board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and as president of NACD Chicago. She was a commissioner on ten NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions on governance including strategy oversight, board-shareholder communications, audit committees and risk oversight. Michele served as co-chair of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on audit committees. Michele retired as a board member and former vice chair of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a public policy advocacy organization serving public company auditors, investors, and capital markets. She was chair of the CAQ Working Group focused on deterring and detecting financial reporting fraud.

Previously, Michele served as president and chief executive officer of Voyager Expanded Learning and of Stadtlander Drug Company, Inc. Prior to joining Stadtlander, Michele was corporate vice president, Caremark International Inc, and president of the international business group, responsible for the expansion of Caremark into Europe, Canada and Japan. Michele began her career at Baxter International and from 1988 to 1992, as president of Baxter Canada, Michele led Canada’s largest health care and laboratory supplies company.

Additional information: Michele is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s national board as well as a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), The Committee of 2, and The Chicago Network.

Michele earned an MBA in finance and accounting at the University of Chicago and a BA in economics at the University of Pennsylvania.