RETTEW announced today the addition of two independent members to its Board of Directors. Effective December 10, 2019, David M. Kleppinger and Jacqueline F. Walker have joined RETTEW’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Kleppinger is Chairman Emeritus of McNees Wallace & Nurick, having served as Chairman of the law firm for 12 years. He now serves as Chair of the McNees PAC and Co-Chairs the McNees Strategic Solutions Group. During his time at McNees, Mr. Kleppinger has helped the company grow to over 270 employees and eight offices. The firm’s multidiscipline approach, its commitment to the community, and its motto of “Clients First” are very much in line with RETTEW’s values.
Mr. Kleppinger is currently serving as Chair of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry’s Board of Directors, connecting him to a wide variety of businesses and industry leaders across Pennsylvania and beyond. In addition, he was appointed to Penn State’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Tom Wolf in January 2017. His experience in McNees’ Energy & Environmental and Government Relations Practice Groups, where he represented clients in the electricity, natural gas, water/wastewater, and communications markets, will be invaluable to RETTEW.
Ms. Walker is the CEO of Pacific Edge Diagnostics USA, a New Zealand-based cancer diagnostic company with U.S. headquarters in Hershey, PA. Ms. Walker is responsible for the North American subsidiary, having led its successful establishment and growth since 2012. Prior to Pacific Edge, Ms. Walker held executive management roles at OSspray Ltd. and DENTSPLY International. She is a strategic, results-oriented, passionate executive with a strong background in P&L management, including a broad range of experience from small start-ups to large global companies.
In addition to her executive career, Ms. Walker serves on the Board of Directors of Flinchbaugh Engineering, Inc. in York, PA. Flinchbaugh’s success relies heavily on the behaviors driven by being an ESOP company. As a member of Flinchbaugh’s Board, Ms. Walker has helped the company increase its share value while driving growth and customer satisfaction. Her experience in helping guide a 100% ESOP company will certainly benefit RETTEW, which is also an employee-owned firm.
“These board members will bring incredible value with their fresh perspectives and insights and offer knowledge and expertise in areas our current Board is less experienced,” said Mark Lauriello, CEO of RETTEW. “They will challenge our thinking and hold us accountable to keeping the best interests of the company and the ESOP in mind.”