Fender has announced Paula Boggs has been appointed to its Board of Directors as of 2021.
Boggs is founder of Boggs Media, LLC, a business that manages her music, speaking and other creative careers and businesses. She is also a guitar player, musician, public speaker, writer, lawyer and philanthropist, and has extensive professional experience.
Boggs has also previously been a board member of numerous for-profit and non-profit organisations, and executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, law and corporate affairs at Starbucks Corporation from 2002 to 2012. In 2009, NASDAQ named her its top general counsel. Prior to this she also served as vice president legal for products, operations and information technology at Dell Computer Corporation and as a partner at the law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP.
She also had a 14-year career in public service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and – in various capacities – as an attorney for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Legal Counsel. She also served eight years as a regular officer in the United States Army, earning Army Airborne wings and a Congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy – she was among America’s first women to do so.
Mark Fukunaga, chairman of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, said of Boggs’ appointment: “We could not be prouder of the strength and incredible growth of Fender, especially this year. This year has proven that the power of music unites, and we will continue to do our part during this unpredictable time.
“I am excited for Paula to join the FMIC Board. Her business and legal expertise combined with her passion for music and philanthropy will be invaluable to the overall vision of the brand.”
Boggs added: “Though Fender’s products touch every corner of the globe, I also can’t think of a brand more reflecting America’s rich musical traditions from the Delta, to Appalachia, to Kansas City jazz, to Carnegie Hall to Seattle’s grunge.
“As a longtime fan, customer and working musician, I’m excited by Fender’s dynamic present and future. It’s an honour to join the Fender team.”
Fender CEO Andy Mooney said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Paula to FMIC’s board. Paula’s impressive professional experience, coupled with her passion for music brings tremendous value to FMIC’s management team as we enjoy record company growth.”
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