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W. Don Cornwell

W. Don Cornwell

Lead Independent Director

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Granite Broadcasting Corp

 

Director since 2002

Mr. Cornwell was appointed Lead Independent Director of Avon’s Board of Directors in March 2016. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Granite Broadcasting Corporation from 1988 until his retirement in August 2009, and served as Vice Chairman until December 2009. On December 11, 2006, Granite Broadcasting Corporation filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and emerged from its restructuring on June 4, 2007. Previously, Mr. Cornwell was Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Finance Department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1980 to 1988 and Vice President of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs from 1976 to 1988. He is a member of the joint diversity advisory council of Comcast and NBCUniversal, a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and a director of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Mr. Cornwell is also a director of Pfizer, Inc. and American International Group, Inc.