In 2017, Anne Gates retired as president of MGA Entertainment, the largest privately held global toy company in the United States. Prior to that she spent more than 20 years at the Walt Disney Company, in various roles including Executive Vice President and CFO of the Consumer Products Division, based in Los Angeles, and Managing Director for Consumer Products Europe and Emerging Markets, based in London. In 2010, Anne was named to the Power List of Britain’s 100 most influential Black people. Earlier in her career she worked in both the U.S. and Europe for PepsiCo, Bear Stearns (investment banking), AT&T (marketing) and Bell Labs (research).
Currently, Anne is an active board director, spanning diverse industries. She is the Chair of the Tapestry Board (an S&P 500 company). Additionally, she is Chair of the Audit Committees at Kroger, and at Cynosure (a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice owned company). She also serves as chair of the Governance and ESG committees for Tapestry and Raymond James Financial.
Anne is personally committed to the nonprofit sector, focusing on improving education, equity, inclusion and effective financial stewardship. She engages with multiple nonprofit boards aligned with these goals. She is a member of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar, an organization convening leaders across cultures, generations and industries to encourage new thinking, inspire action, and create just and sustainable change. At Salzburg, she is Chair of the Board’s DEI Working Group. At Public Media Group SoCal (the major PBS affiliate in Southern California), she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Investment Committee.
Anne received her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations from Columbia University. She serves on the University of California, Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.
Anne joined the Save the Children Board in 2023 and is a member of the Audit Committee.
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