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Headshot of Phoebe Wood, with words "Phoebe Wood, New Board Chair." American Printing House Chooses Phoebe Wood as New Board Chair

Phoebe Wood has been elected to chair the Board of Trustees at American Printing House for the Blind (APH). She has served on the board since 2010, where she has provided direction for the world’s largest creator of products for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Ms. Wood is excited to provide leadership on the many exciting projects and initiatives that are in the works at APH.

“American Printing House is receiving international attention for the important work it is doing,” says Wood. “I look forward to providing guidance as we look for additional ways to grow that focus on the APH mission. I am confident, by working together and with others, we can create new products and services that create a world with opportunity for everyone.”

Ms. Wood is Principal of CompaniesWood, a consulting firm specializing in early-stage investments. Ms. Wood retired as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation in 2008. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Invesco, Ltd. (Audit Committee Chair), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair), Leggett & Platt, Inc., and PPL Corporation (Governance and Nominating Committee Chair). Previously she served as Director of Coca-Cola Enterprises and OshKosh B’Gosh, Inc.

APH is grateful for the leadership and commitment of outgoing board chair, Jane Hardy. Ms. Hardy led APH through a new strategic plan, the addition of the Helen Keller Archives, the company’s first internationally sold product, and numerous important partnerships. Ms. Hardy was also the first woman to assume the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees for APH.

“It has been a privilege to help steer APH through a transformative time in its journey,” says Hardy. “With Craig Meador, his team, and the members of the board, we have accomplished important work that will help break down barriers for all who are blind or visually impaired. I look forward to supporting Phoebe in her leadership and to continuing to serve on the board as APH innovates and grows.”

APH is also saying goodbye to a longtime board member, James Lintner.

“I am extremely proud to have contributed to the growth and financial stability of this incredible company for the past 21 years,” says Lintner. “APH is strongly positioned for future growth and innovation to serve the blind and visually impaired.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the Management and Board of the company.”

APH is grateful to Mr. Lintner for his leadership during his years serving APH, and to the entire Board of Trustees. We look forward to continued growth and innovation as we work to create a future that belongs to everyone.

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