WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TravelCenters of America LLC (Nasdaq: TA) today announced that it will be honored by the Women’s Forum of New York at its 2017 Breakfast of Corporate Champions to be held in New York City on November 14th. TA will receive special recognition for approaching gender parity with 40% of its Board of Directors’ seats held by women.
Lisa Harris Jones and Barbara D. Gilmore are independent directors on TA’s Board. Ms. Harris Jones is a founding member of the Baltimore-based law firm of Harris Jones and Malone, has served as a member of the Board at TA since 2013 and is Chair of TA’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Gilmore has served as a clerk to Judge Joel B. Rosenthal of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western Division of the District of Massachusetts, since 2001 and was previously a Partner of the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP from 1993 to 2000. She has served on TA’s Board since 2007 and is Chair of TA’s Compensation Committee.
Launched in 2011, the biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions salutes Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies where at least 25% of board seats are held by women. The event focuses attention on the ongoing lack of gender diversity within listed companies, while honoring companies that are making progress and demonstrating leadership in this area.
“We are honored to receive this distinction from the Women’s Forum of New York,” said Tom O’Brien, Managing Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of TA. "We believe having diverse perspectives is essential to ensuring a well-functioning board and we are committed to continued leadership in gender diversity."
“Good corporate decision-making requires the ability to hear and consider different points of view, which results from people of different backgrounds and perspectives coming together,” said Ms. Harris Jones. “Companies like TA that are taking the proactive steps to increase board representation by women are leading by example. On behalf of TA, I would like to thank the Women’s Forum of New York for highlighting this important topic.”
Ms. Gilmore added, “I am proud serve on the Board of TA. Advancing and supporting the representation of women in the boardroom and in the business community in general, should be an important priority for all companies. I hope more companies take steps towards embracing diversity and inclusion in the boardroom.”
About TravelCenters of America LLC
TA’s nationwide business includes travel centers located in 43 states and in Canada, standalone convenience stores in 11 states and standalone restaurants in 14 states. TA’s travel centers operate under the “TravelCenters of America”, “TA,” “Petro Stopping Centers” and “Petro” brand names and offer diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair services, travel/convenience stores and other services which are designed to provide attractive and efficient travel experiences to professional drivers and other motorists. TA’s convenience stores operate principally under the “Minit Mart” brand name and offer fuel as well as nonfuel products and services such as coffee, groceries, fresh food offerings and other convenience items. TA’s standalone restaurants operate principally under the “Quaker Steak & Lube” brand name.
About The Women's Forum of New York
The Women's Forum of New York is New York's premier organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. Since 1974, The Women's Forum is a community where preeminent New York women leaders of diverse achievement come together to make a difference for each other and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance to them.