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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Welcomes Four New Advisory Board Members

Monday, Mar. 28, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 28, 2011 --- Four seasoned executives have joined the advisory board of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a nationally recognized center for the analysis of real-world ethical issues in business, government, medicine, academia and other areas.

The new members -- Jon Hoak of Flextronics; Ken Klein of Wind River; Lori Laub, formerly of Great Plains Software; and Ervie Smith of Ervie L. Smith, Inc. -- bring to 25 the number of advisory board members, who provide the Markkula Center with guidance on effective management and outreach to the community.

About the members:

Jon Hoak is senior vice president and general counsel for Flextronics, a leading electronics manufacturing services provider to the world's top technology brands, where he oversees all legal matters for the company’s global operations. Most recently, Hoak was vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett Packard and an active member of the Center’s Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel at NCR Corporation for 13 years.

As president of Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, Ken Klein is responsible for the management of 1,460 employees in 15 countries.  Before joining Wind River, Klein served as Chief Operating Officer and a board member of Mercury Interactive for 12 years. He has also held various engineering, marketing, and management roles at Interactive Development Environments, Daisy Systems, and Hughes Aircraft Company.

Lori Laub has served as vice president of customer care for Great Plains Software, Intuit Corporation, and Vantive Corporation.  She has also held executive management positions at Microsoft/Great Plains Software, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and Remedy Corporation. She is the co-author of Delivering World Class Technical Support and has been a featured speaker at many prominent industry events.

As the president/CEO of Ervie L. Smith, Inc., Smith consults primarily with nonprofits in Silicon Valley in the areas of fund raising, board development, strategic planning, organizational development and capital campaigns.  She has worked with numerous organizations in Silicon Valley including the American Red Cross, Santa Clara County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Parkinson’s Institute and the YMCA.

About the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is a nationally recognized resource for analyzing real-world ethical issues and for developing tools and programs to address them. The Center supports research, assists faculty in integrating ethics into their courses, and helps businesses, schools, hospitals, local governments, and other organizations to put ethics to work. 

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