WGL General Counsel Leslie T. Thornton Also Honored by Savoy
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) today announced that three members of its
board of directors – Debra L. Lee, James W. Dyke, Jr. and Linda R.
Gooden – have been recognized by Savoy Magazine as being among the most
influential black directors in corporate America. These WGL board
members have collectively provided more than 32 years of service to the
“We embrace diversity as a core company value and continuously strive to
strengthen it on our board, among our employees and with our supplier
base,” said Terry McCallister, chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings and
Washington Gas. “We are proud to have Debi, James and Linda as directors
and appreciate the diversity of thought and experience they have
provided during their years of service to WGL.”
Savoy Magazine also named Leslie T. Thornton, senior vice president,
general counsel and corporate secretary for WGL Holdings and Washington
Gas, to its list of most influential black corporate directors. Ms.
Thornton serves on the board of directors for Career Education
Corporation which, through two universities, offers a quality education
to a diverse student population in a variety of disciplines through
online, campus-based and hybrid learning programs.
Debra L. Lee has been a director of WGL Holdings since November 2000.
She is chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks, a media and
entertainment subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., and the leading provider of
entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of black
culture globally. She was recently named to the board of Twitter, Inc.,
and serves on the board of directors of the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater and the Paley Center. Ms. Lee is also on the board of directors
of Marriott International, Inc., and previously served on the board of
directors of Revlon, Inc.
James W. Dyke, Jr. has been a director of WGL Holdings since September
2003. He previously served for 20 years as a partner in the Virginia law
firm of McGuire Woods LLP, where he specialized in corporate, education,
voting rights, government relations and municipal law. He served as
secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as domestic
policy adviser to former Vice President Walter Mondale and has held
leadership positions in several business and community organizations,
including the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Northern Virginia
Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dyke is a former member of the board of
directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
and of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).
Linda R. Gooden has been a director of WGL Holdings since April
2013. She previously served as executive vice president of Lockheed
Martin Corp.’s Information Systems & Global Solutions, a $9 billion
business with 30,000 employees that provides integrated information
technology solutions, systems and services globally for civil, defense,
intelligence and other government customers. She led the development of
cyber solutions for federal defense, intelligence, and commercial
customers. Ms. Gooden was named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women
in Business for three consecutive years and one of the 100 Most Powerful
Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine in 2009.
Ms. Gooden sits on the boards of Automatic Data Processing, Inc.,
General Motors Co. and The Home Depot, Inc. In 2010, she was appointed
by U.S. President Barack Obama to the National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity,
green power and energy services, including generation, storage,
transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a
company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our
community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter,
small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal
agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more
information, visit us at www.wgl.com.
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Douglas Bonawitz, 202-624-6129