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Board of Directors

Amos B. Hostetter Jr.
Chairman

Currently Chairman of Pilot House Associates, L.L.C., Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. is Co-Founder, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Cablevision, Inc. He is a Former Director of AT&T, former Board Member and Chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA); a Founding Board Member and former Chairman of C-Span and Cable in the Classroom; former Board Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Mr. Hostetter is the recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award; was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame and Broadcasting Magazine’s Hall of Fame for lifetime contribution to the Communications Industry. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WGBH, a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the North Bennet Street School and Belmont Hill School; and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College. Mr. Hostetter is a former Member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Boston; received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.

 

James M. Stone
Vice Chairman

James M. Stone received a Bachelor’s degree with Highest Honors, and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from Harvard University. He was then appointed Lecturer in Economics by the Harvard Faculty, where he taught the economics of securities markets. In 1975, Mr. Stone was appointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis to serve as the Commissioner of Insurance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was appointed Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. In 1983, Mr. Stone concluded his term in Washington and returned to Boston, where he founded The Plymouth Rock Company, a property and casualty insurance business. He continues to serve as the Chairman and CEO of Plymouth Rock. He served as a member of The Boston Globe Board of Directors for six years. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Management Sciences for Health (msh.org) and Chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs for the Board of Directors of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL.edu). Mr. Stone is the author of a book on the securities industry and numerous articles on insurance, finance, and economics. He has served as an advisor to governments in several developing countries. Mr. Stone is married, with two children, and lives in Boston.

 

Philip S. Balboni
President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of GlobalPost

Mr. Balboni is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GlobalPost. He is one of the country’s leading journalism entrepreneurs and during his career has been the direct or leadership recipient of nearly every major award in American journalism including multiple Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Murrow and Emmy awards. Mr. Balboni was also the Founder of NECN/New England Cable News, the nation’s largest and most honored regional news network, where he was president for 16 years. Previously, Mr. Balboni served as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the Hearst Corporation; and as Vice President and News Director at WCVB-TV, the ABC television station in Boston, where he conceived and launched in 1982 the nightly news magazine “Chronicle,” which is considered to be the most successful local television program in American history. Mr. Balboni began his journalism career in 1967 as a general assignment reporter for The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch and then moved to United Press International where he was a correspondent and editor in the Boston bureau. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Advanced International Reporting at Columbia Journalism School.

 

Lawrence K. Fish
Board Member

Lawrence K. Fish is the Former Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., and currently is Chairman of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the largest educational publishing company in the United States. He began his career in 1969 with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. His banking career began in 1972 at Bank of Boston, where Mr. Fish ran operations in Brazil and Japan, headed the Asia-Pacific Region, ran Trust worldwide and headed New England Banking. In January 1999, Mr. Fish joined the Federal Advisory Council, a panel of 12 bankers who serve as a key source of information for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and in January 2001, he was appointed Vice Chairman. He also served as Director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2002 through 2004. Mr. Fish is a Director of Textron, Inc., and Tiffany & Co., and in July 2003 was named to the MIT Corporation, the Board of Trustees for MIT, where he was also selected to join the Executive Committee. He serves on the FDIC Commission on Economic Inclusion, is an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is an honorary Trustee of The Brookings Institution. A 1966 Graduate of Drake, he earned an M.B.A from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

 

Benjamin Gomez
Board Member

Benjamin Gomez serves as Managing Director of Pilot House Associates, LLC, a family investment office in Boston. He joined Pilot House in 1998 as Treasurer. Prior to joining Pilot House, Mr. Gomez held various positions at HK&A Consulting, Continental Cablevision and The Bank of New York. He currently serves as a director for AG Mednet, GlobalPost, Knopp Biosciences and Marine Polymer Technologies. He also serves on various not-for-profit boards and committees, including the Board of Trustees at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and the board of overseers at Partners Healthcare, WGBH and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He also serves on the investment committees at the Gardner Museum and Berklee College of Music. He received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service, with honors, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

William T. Schleyer
Board Member

Mr. William T. Schleyer has served as a Director of Charles River Associates, Inc., a leading global consulting firm since January 2008. Mr. Schleyer served as chairman and chief executive officer of Adelphia Communications Corporation from March 2003 until it emerged from bankruptcy in February 2007. Adelphia was already involved in bankruptcy proceedings at the time Mr. Schleyer became its chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Adelphia, Mr. Schleyer was president and chief executive officer of AT&T Broadband from October 2001 until February 2003 and a principal in Pilot House Ventures, a telecommunications venture capital company, from 1997 to 2001. From 1978 to 1997, Mr. Schleyer served in various positions at Continental Cablevision Corporation, including as its president and chief operating officer from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Schleyer received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1977 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 1973. He is a director of Rogers Communications, a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

 

Benjamin B. Taylor
Board Member

Benjamin Taylor is a former executive editor and publisher of the Boston Globe where he worked for 28 years before leaving the paper at the end of 1999. His career at the Globe included a four-year stint in the Globe Washington Bureau where he covered Congress and the Reagan White House. Mr. Taylor is chairman of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a non-profit organization that advocates for Boston's park system created by Frederick Law Olmsted. He also chairs the board of Living on Earth, an environmental news program on National Public Radio. Mr. Taylor also is a board member of: the American Prospect, a non-profit political and public policy magazine; Demos, a non-profit think tank that focuses on public policy; and Discovering Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on civic education and its crucial role in our democracy. Tutoring under-served high school students in writing at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, MA is the most rewarding endeavor of his career. Born in Boston, Mr. Taylor graduated from Harvard College in 1969 with a BA in American History. He and his wife, Kate, live in Brookline, MA. They have three adult children.