Thomas O. Ryder
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
The Readers Digest Association, Inc.
Director since: 2001
Mr. Ryder retired as Chairman of the Board of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., a global media and direct marketing company, in January 2007, a position he had held since January 2006. Mr. Ryder was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of that company from April 1998 through December 2005. In addition, Mr. Ryder was Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., a wireless service provider, from October 2007 to November 2009. Mr. Ryder was President, American Express Travel Related Services International, a division of American Express Company, which provides travel, financial and network services, from October 1995 to April 1998. In the past 5 years, Mr. Ryder has also served as a director of World Color Press, Inc., a company acquired by Quad/Graphics, Inc. in July 2010.
As the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Reader’s Digest Association and former Chairman of Virgin Mobile USA, Mr. Ryder brings to the Board extensive leadership, public company governance and corporate finance experience.