The Green Bay Packers will present four candidates for shareholder vote to join the Packers Board of Directors.
The list of candidates was included in proxy information being sent this week to more than 363,000 shareholders in advance of the Annual Meeting, set for 9:30 a.m., July 24, at Lambeau Field. The candidates were approved by vote of the organization's Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting last month.
They are Ricardo Diaz, executive director, United Community Center, Milwaukee; Donald J. Long Jr., former owner and CEO, Century Drill & Tool. Co. Inc., Green Bay; John L. Skoug, chairman and CEO, Marathon Cheese Corporation, Marathon; and John P. Zakowski, judge for the sixth branch of the Circuit Court of Brown County.
"Each of these candidates will be a valuable contributor," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. "Their areas of expertise and knowledge of the issues within Brown County and Wisconsin will help guide the organization at the Board level."
The shareholders meeting also will see Jim Christensen, Tom Hinz, Carl Kuehne, Pat Richter and Judge Don Zuidmulder take on emeritus status. Another director, Stephanie Streeter, resigned effective at last year's meeting.
Kuehne, a member of the Board since 1998 and member of the Executive Committee since 2005 and the corporation's secretary since 2007, will be replaced on the Executive Committee by Thomas L. Olson, former president and CEO of U.S. Paper Mills Corporation. Olson has been a member of the Board since 2006. In addition, Dan Ariens will replace Kuehne as the corporation's secretary. Both changes will become effective at the Annual Meeting in July.
"Carl has been a valuable member of the Board and Executive Committee and we've been fortunate to have his counsel help the Packers," said Murphy. "I know he'll continue to contribute as an emeritus member.
"We look forward to Tom's continued work for the organization, now at the Executive Committee level. His business experience, legal background and contributions in the community will be a great benefit to the organization."