National Press Release for Monday: Announces " Distinguished Director Award"

The American College of Corporate Directors presented its annual "Distinguished Director Award" at their Director Forum in Ponte Vedra, Florida

BOSTON, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blythe J. McGarvie was honored by the American College of Corporate Directors and received the annual Distinguished Director Award on March 25, 2015. Ms. McGarvie serves on the boards of Accenture, Viacom Inc., Sonoco Products Co. and LKQ Corporation. She taught accounting at Harvard Business School in the full-time M.B.A. program from 2012 to 2014. Previously for ten years, she was chief executive officer of LIF Group, a firm offering a global perspective for clients seeking profitable growth and providing leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups. At LIF, Ms. McGarvie specialized in delivering keynote speeches and moderating company and association meetings. She is the author of two books: Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World and Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO Factor for Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life.

Prior to founding LIF, Ms. McGarvie was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bic Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of convenient disposable products. For five years prior to joining Bic, Ms. McGarvie was senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a supermarket retailer, which was acquired by the Delhaize Group in 1999. She has also held senior financial positions at Sara Lee Corporation and Kraft Foods.

A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McGarvie holds an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She served on the university's board of trustees from 1985 to 1987 and also received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, which honors alumni who are pre-Sceminent in their field and who provide outstanding service to Kellogg. Old Dominion University granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in December 2009. In addition, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Ms. McGarvie was named to the NACD/Directorship list of the "100 Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom."

Former "Distinguished Director Award " winners include Ellen Richstone, 2013 and Michael Jeans, 2014.

The American College of Corporate Directors, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is an organization of almost 2000 public company directors. The ACCD is the originator and sponsor of the Professional Director Certification, the "Gold Standard" public company director credential.

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