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REDWOOD CITY, CA (May 12, 2020)—Equilar, the leader in board intelligence data solutions, announced the appointment of Carl Guardino, CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, to the Equilar Board of Directors. He brings to Equilar public policy and government affairs experience after spending more than 20 years at the helm of the Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents over 350 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers.
“We are delighted to welcome Carl to the Equilar board of directors,” said David Chun, Equilar CEO and Founder. “He is one of Silicon Valley’s most respected business leaders and has had an incredible impact on the community and public policy in the region. I echo the comments of many of his colleagues at the Leadership Group that no other person has had more influence on tackling the Valley’s greatest challenges. His drive for innovative solutions and entrepreneurial background will be extremely valuable as Equilar continues to expand its reach.”
“I am honored to be joining Equilar as it enters an exciting new chapter,” said Guardino. “Already the market leader delivering innovative products and services that are revolutionizing the corporate governance landscape, the evolution of the core business and application to new markets positions Equilar well for continued success. I look forward to being part of the board and contributing to such a dynamic team.”
Guardino has been the chief executive of the Leadership Group since January 1997. He previously served as vice president of the organization between 1991 and 1995. He also held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his chief assistant.
In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News named Guardino one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley, in a once-per-decade “Power Study.” He received similar recognition in 2010.
In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Guardino to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission. He was reappointed twice by Governor Jerry Brown, and in 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed him to his fourth consecutive four-year term.
Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Guardino has championed a number of successful ballot measures, especially in the areas of transportation and housing.
Guardino was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus.
Equilar is the leading provider of Board Intelligence Solutions. Its data-driven platforms, BoardEdge and Insight, provide tools for board recruiting, business development, executive compensation and shareholder engagement. Companies of all sizes, including 70% of the Fortune 500 and institutional investors representing over $20 trillion in assets, rely on Equilar for their most important boardroom decisions. Equilar also hosts industry-leading board education symposiums, conducts comprehensive custom research services and publishes award-winning thought leadership. Founded in 2000, Equilar is cited regularly by Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other leading media outlets. Visit www.equilar.com to learn more.
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