Executive Committee

Our board of directors has many years of leadership experience at major public companies.

  • David W. Nelms


    David W. Nelms was elected chairman of the board in January 2009. He has served as chief executive officer since 2004, and was president and chief operating officer from 1998 to 2004. Prior to joining Discover, Mr. Nelms worked at MBNA America Bank from 1991 to 1998, most recently as a vice chairman. From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Nelms was a senior product manager for Progressive Insurance. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Nelms was a management consultant with Bain & Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

  • Lawrence A. Weinbach

    Lead Director
    Nominating and Governance Committee (Chair), Audit Committee

    Lawrence A. Weinbach was elected lead director in January 2009. He has been a managing director of Yankee Hill Capital Management LLC, a private equity firm, since 2006. Prior to that, he was the executive chairman of Unisys Corporation, a worldwide information services and technology company, from 2005 to 2006, and its chairman and chief executive officer from 1997 to 2004. He began his career in 1961 at Arthur Andersen, ultimately serving as managing partner and chief executive of Andersen Worldwide, a global professional services organization, which included Arthur Andersen and the company known as Accenture from 1989 to 1997. Mr. Weinbach serves on the board of directors of Avon Products, Inc. In the last five years, he also served as a director for UBS, AG and Quadra Realty Trust, Inc.

  • Jeffrey S. Aronin

    Compensation and Leadership Development Committee

    Jeffrey S. Aronin is the chairman and chief executive officer of Paragon Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical investment firm. He was chief executive officer of Lundbeck Inc. from 2009-2010, a global pharmaceutical company which acquired Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in March 2009. He was president and CEO of Ovation Pharmaceuticals, a bio pharmaceutical company he founded, from 2000-2009. Prior to founding Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Aronin was CEO of Medcare, a publicly held healthcare company. Prior to that he assumed various marketing and business development roles at American Health and Carter Wallace. Mr. Aronin serves as a director of the Economic Club of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Museum of Science and Industry, among others.

  • Mary K. Bush

    Nominating and Governance Committee, Risk Oversight Committee

    Mary K. Bush has served as the president of Bush International, which advises U.S. companies and foreign governments on international financial markets, banking and economic matters, since 1991. She has served as the U.S. government's representative on the IMF Board, head of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and head of International Finance at Fannie Mae. In 2006, President Bush appointed her chairman of the HELP Commission, whose goal is to improve the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid. Ms. Bush is a member of the boards of directors of ManTech International Corporation, Marriott International and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. In the past five years, she has also served as a director of UAL Corporation, Brady Corp., Briggs & Stratton, MGIC Investment Corporation, Mortgage Guaranty Investment Corporation and The Pioneer Family of Mutual Funds.

  • Gregory C. Case

    Compensation and Leadership Development Committee (Chair)

    Gregory C. Case has been president and chief executive officer of Aon Corporation since 2005 and is a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to joining Aon, Mr. Case was with McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, for 17 years, most recently serving as head of the Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked for the investment banking firm of Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood and the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. He serves as a director of Lurie Children's Hospital, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Financial Services Roundtable, among others.

  • Candace H. Duncan

    Audit Committee

    Ms. Duncan retired from KPMG LLP in November 2013 where she was managing partner of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since 2009. Ms. Duncan also was on the KPMG LLP board of directors from 2009 to 2013, and served as chair of the board's nominating committee as well as the partnership and employer of choice committee. Prior thereto, she served in various roles at the firm, including managing partner for audit for the Midatlantic area and audit partner in charge for the Virginia business unit. Ms. Duncan was admitted to the KPMG LLP partnership in 1987 and has more than 35 years of experience as a professional with the firm.

  • Joseph F. Eazor

    Audit Committee

    Joseph F. Eazor is currently chief executive officer, president and member of the board of directors at EarthLink, Inc., a leading IT services, network and communications provider. Before joining EarthLink in 2014, Mr. Eazor served as executive vice president and COO of global sales and customer operations at EMC. Prior to EMC, Mr. Eazor served in a variety of leadership roles at HP and Electronic Data Systems. In addition to his corporate roles, Mr. Eazor serves on the board of Commvault, a data protection and information management company.

  • Cynthia A. Glassman

    Audit Committee (Chair)

    Dr. Cynthia A. Glassman was appointed by President Bush as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 to 2009 and as Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2002 to 2006. She is a director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. and a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the George Washington University School of Business. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Richard H. Lenny

    Compensation and Leadership Development Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee

    Richard H. Lenny has been Chairman of Information Resources, Inc., a market research company, since 2013. He is also a senior advisor at Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC, a private equity firm. Mr. Lenny was chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Hershey Company from 2001 until his retirement in 2007. Prior to joining Hershey, he was president of Nabisco Biscuit Company, which became a subsidiary of Kraft Foods, Inc. Mr. Lenny is a director of McDonald's Corporation and ConAgra Foods and received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management.

  • Thomas G. Maheras

    Risk Oversight Committee

    Thomas G. Maheras has been the founding partner of Tegean Capital Management, LLC since 2008. He was chairman and co-chief executive officer of Citigroup Inc.ís Markets and Banking in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Maheras was chief executive officer of global capital markets at Citigroup. He was formerly chairman of the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee and a director of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

  • Michael H. Moskow

    Risk Oversight Committee (Chair)

    Michael H. Moskow retired as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2007, where he had served since 1994. From 1993 to 1994, he was a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Mr. Moskow was a deputy U.S. trade representative, following his appointment by President George H. Bush in 1991. From 1969 to 1977, he held a number of senior positions with the U.S. government, including undersecretary of labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, director of the Council on Wage and Price Stability and senior staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisers. Mr. Moskow serves on the board of directors of Education Corporation of America and Commonwealth Edison Company, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. He is currently vice chair and distinguished fellow on the global economy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

  • Mark A. Thierer

    Compensation and Leadership Development Committee

    Mark A. Thierer is chairman and chief executive officer of Catamaran Corporation, a pharmacy benefit management services and healthcare information technology solutions company and is a member of Catamaran's board of directors. From 2008-2011, Mr. Thierer was president and chief executive officer of Catamaran and from 2006-2008, he served as its president and chief operating officer.

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