Former Charles Schwab and Google execs bring digital expertise to the Board of Hawaii’s largest global business
Dawn Lepore & Chia-Lin Simmons join Servco’s Board of Directors
Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) today announced that Dawn Lepore, former CEO of Drugstore.com, Inc., and Chia-Lin Simmons, CEO & Founder of LookyLoo, have joined Servco’s board of directors. With the addition of Lepore and Simmons, Servco’s board members increase from 12 to 14.
“Dawn and Chia-Lin have been at the leading edge of digital technology their entire careers,” said Mark Fukunaga, chairman & CEO of Servco Pacific Inc. “Their expertise in adapting businesses to changing consumer behavior and preferences while incorporating new innovative digital and technology solutions will be invaluable as Servco continues to evolve.”
Dawn Lepore served as Chairman & CEO of Drugstore.com Inc., the online retailer she led from 2004 until its sale to Walgreens in 2011 for $429 million. Prior to joining Drugstore.com, Lepore spent 21 year at Charles Schwab Co., where, as CIO, she helped pioneer the firm’s first and widely-adopted web-based stock trading platform. During her time at Charles Schwab, Lepore held a variety of positions including vice chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was a member of Schwab’s executive committee, and served as a trustee of SchwabFunds. In 1999, she appeared for the first time on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in American business.
In addition, Lepore also served as a key board member for major corporations such as AOL, eBay, Walmart, and the New York Times. She is also an advisor for numerous entrepreneurs and early stage companies.
“Servco is clearly looking to redefine its business offerings by leveraging technology,” said Lepore. “I think they ‘get it’ and it’s an honor to join such an innovative organization. I look forward to adding to Servco’s success as it continues to grow globally.”
Simmons is the founder of LookyLoo, a machine learning / AI technology company that develops software solutions that enable retailers and brands to understand their customers in terms of fit and preference. Prior to that, Simmons was the head of global partner marketing for Google Play. She was also vice president of Marketing & Content, for Harman, where she helped build and launch the company’s Connected Car service, Aha, which is available in millions of vehicles and more than 50+ countries worldwide. Besides her experience with global technology enterprises such as Amazon, Google, and Harman, Simmons is also a seasoned start-up guru, founding companies like RedHelicopter, MyPinwheel, and Orange Bridge Capital.
Simmons earned a B.A. in communication from the University of California, San Diego, an M.B.A. in marketing, private equity & entrepreneurship from Cornell University, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Simmons founded the #BindersProject, which helps connect women tech founders with global funders looking to accelerate female-founded start-ups.
Simmons said, “Since my time at Harman, I’ve taken a keen interest in the role technology will play in the future of mobility. It’s refreshing to see a company like Servco proactively develop a digital strategy to prepare for the inevitable major disruptions within the automotive industry. I am excited to join Servco as a board member.”
Lepore and Simmons join another recently added board member, Peter Dames, who became a Servco director in October 2016. Dames had been Chief Dreamer for Toyota’s global ecommerce group in Japan and the U.S., and is now the general sales manager and director of leasing for Peterbilt Motor Company.