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Center for Creative Leadership Adds Three Board Members

28 July 2011 - Greensboro, NC - Executives at GE, KONE and Ingersoll Rand are the three newest additions to the Center for Creative Leadership's (CCL) Board of Governors, which oversees CCL's operations.

Raymond Burse

Raymond Burse, who serves as general counsel for GE Consumer and Industrial, returns for his second stint on CCL's Board. He was a member from 2004 to 2010, serving as vice chairman for the final two years. A Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Harvard Law School, Burse served as president of Kentucky State University from 1982 to 1989 before going into corporate law. In 1995, he became senior counsel in commercial law for GE Appliances, rising to general counsel in 2002. He was general counsel for GE Consumer Products from 2002 to 2003 before taking on his current role with GE Consumer and Industrial in 2004.

Widely active in civic and business organizations, Burse has served on the board of trustees of Centre College, his alma mater, and on the boards of numerous other organizations, including the Louisville branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, the Louisville Economic Development Corp., and several NCAA councils focused on minority opportunities, eligibility and academic standards for college athletes.

Vance Tang

Vance Tang, president and CEO of KONE Inc., joins CCL's Board for the first time. Tang came to KONE, headquartered in Finland as one of the world's largest providers of elevators and escalators, in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell's building control systems business. Prior to that, he spent more than 14 years at Trane in a series of senior leadership roles. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Tang, KONE and CCL have worked together closely for several years to design, pilot and implement a groundbreaking program that has transformed the company's leadership culture and helped drive its bottom-line success. Tang is an independent director with American Woodmark, Inc., a leading manufacturer of kitchen cabinets and vanities; and president of National Elevator Industry, Inc., a trade association.

Burse and Tang will serve three-year terms on CCL's Board, beginning in September 2011.

Marcia J. Avedon

Marcia J. Avedon joined Ingersoll Rand, a diversified industrial company and world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, in 2007 as senior vice president of human resources and communications. She began her three-year term on CCL's Board in June 2011.

Avedon came to Ingersoll Rand from Merck & Co. where she held company-wide responsibilities for all human resource strategies, programs and policies globally. Prior to Merck she held senior corporate and division positions with Honeywell and Anheuser Busch companies. She began her career with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, serving for six years as a management consultant specializing in human capital and organizational development practices.

A member of the board of directors for the United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, Avedon also serves on advisory boards for Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies, UNC-Charlotte's Belk College of Business and Rutgers University's Center for Human Resource Strategy. She holds a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University.

"As we extend our reach internationally and continue to innovate, the wisdom and direction we receive from Raymond, Vance and Marcia will be invaluable," CCL President and CEO John Ryan said. "They are all great supporters of CCL's mission and world-class leaders who continue to serve their organizations and communities with great distinction."

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

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