NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) (“Annaly” or the “Company”) today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has elected Katie Beirne Fallon and Vicki Williams to become members of the Board effective January 1, 2018. With the additions of Ms. Fallon and Ms. Williams, Annaly’s Board will comprise eleven members, nine of whom are independent.
“Katie and Vicki are two highly accomplished professionals who add to our Board’s depth and perspective on critical topics such as public policy, human resources, corporate responsibility and communications,” said Kevin G. Keyes, Chief Executive Officer and President of Annaly. “Together with the entire Board, I welcome Katie and Vicki to Annaly and look forward to working with them. We are confident they both will add unique value to our Board of Directors and that Annaly will benefit from their experience, insights and counsel.”
Ms. Fallon is the Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Hilton and is responsible for managing its communications, government relations and corporate responsibility efforts. Ms. Fallon is also a member of Hilton’s executive committee. Ms. Fallon has over a decade of experience serving as a top leadership aide in the highest levels of the U.S. government. Prior to Hilton, Ms. Fallon was Senior Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs for President Obama. As the President's chief liaison to Congress, she played a lead role in negotiating major bipartisan legislation and improving the relationship between the White House and Congress. Before her tenure as chief liaison, Ms. Fallon served as the President’s Deputy Communications Director at the White House where she devised and executed communications strategies for the President to promote his economic agenda across the country.
Ms. Williams is Senior Vice President, Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources Information System (HRIS) at NBCUniversal. In addition to overseeing these three HR specialist areas, she also oversees HR support for corporate functions, specifically corporate legal, HR, communications, corporate events, social responsibility and diversity. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Ms. Williams was a consultant on compensation and benefits both as a partner with Pay Governance LLC and prior to that as a principal with Towers Perrin Forester & Crosby Inc. (now Willis Towers Watson PLC). In these roles, Ms. Williams has gained direct experience with boards of directors and senior management on all elements of compensation, human resources and benefits.
Ms. Fallon will serve as a Class III director and will stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders for a term of two years. Ms. Fallon will serve on the Board’s Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and Public Responsibility Committee effective January 1, 2018.
Ms. Williams will serve as a Class II director and will stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders for a term of one year. Ms. Williams will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and Compensation Committee effective January 1, 2018.
Annaly is a leading diversified capital manager that invests in and finances residential and commercial assets. Annaly’s principal business objective is to generate net income for distribution to its stockholders and to preserve capital through the prudent selection of investments and continued management of its portfolio. Annaly has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for federal income tax purposes. Annaly is externally managed by Annaly Management Company LLC. Additional information is available at www.annaly.com
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