Ms. France is the President and Chief Executive Officer of France Strategic Partners LLC, a strategy and transaction advisory firm serving corporate clients across the country. Before founding France Strategic Partners in 2003, she served as a Managing Director of Ernst & Young LLP, where she led a national client-facing strategy group that worked exclusively with CEOs and their senior executive teams on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, and value-creation strategies. She previously served as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York and San Francisco and as the international cash manager of Marathon Oil Company. Ms. France has been a strategic advisor to over 250 companies throughout the course of her career and has more than 40 years of strategy, investment banking, and corporate finance experience.
Ms. France serves on the boards of CBIZ, Inc. and Cedar Fair L.P. She was appointed a director of the BNY Mellon Family of Funds in 2019. She previously served on the boards of FirstMerit Corporation, Dawn Food Products Inc., and Mack Industries. Ms. France is a trustee of Baldwin Wallace University and the Cleveland Modern Dance Association and was a founding member and treasurer of In Counsel with Women.
Ms. France is a seasoned corporate director and executive who brings many years of finance, investment banking, financial reporting, risk oversight, and corporate strategy experience to our Board and the committees on which she serves.
Ms. France holds a bachelor’s degree in finance magna cum laude from Indiana University and a master of management in finance with the highest distinction from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Committees: Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chair)