People: Acacia Research Corp (ACTG.OQ)
20 Sep 2019
Ms. Maureen E. O'Connell is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Ms. O'Connell briefly provided consulting services to the Company from September 2018 to November 2018. Ms. O’Connell is a global business executive, CFO and board director recognized for significant value creation through strategic thinking and action at numerous public companies. She has held executive leadership and board positions in a variety of industries including media, education, digital, retail, technology, professional services, biotech, pharma, homebuilding, real estate and insurance. She has chaired the Audit Committee, served on the Transaction and Nominating Committees, and served as the designated financial expert for Fortune 500 and high growth public companies listed on NYSE and NASDAQ. In addition, Ms. O’Connell is a certified public accountant and has been in good standing since 1987. Ms. O’Connell is also recognized for her extensive M&A experience and her strength in operations and technology. Ms. O’Connell was appointed to the Harte Hanks (NYSE: HHS) Board in June 2018 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Harte Hanks. Ms. O’Connell served on the Board of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), a fast growth biotech company, from 2013 to 2018. She played a key role in its sale to Mallinckrodt Plc for $1.2 billion in February 2018. From 2007 to 2017, Ms. O'Connell has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Scholastic, Inc., a well-known publisher and distributor of children's books and a leading company in educational technology and children's media. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. O’Connell served on the Board of Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH), a Fortune 500 homebuilder. Initially, Ms. O’Connell served on the Audit and Compensation Committees of Beazer Homes and in 2003 was named Audit Chair.
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