People: Progressive Corp (PGR.N)
11 Jul 2014
Dr. Patrick H. Nettles, Ph.D. is Independent Director of The Progressive Corporation. He is Executive Chairman of the Board, Ciena Corporation, Linthicum, Maryland (telecommunications). Dr. Nettles’s extensive technical experience, including his experience working as an engineer, engineering manager, and his position as Chairman of the Board of Ciena Corporation, are chief among the reasons he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors. His experience and education, which includes a Ph.D. in physics, along with his significant operational experience as the Chief Executive Officer of Ciena, give him a unique perspective that enables him to make significant and distinct contributions to our Board. In addition, his past experience as a chief financial officer enables him to add great value to the Audit Committee as the Committee Chairman and an Audit Committee Financial Expert. Dr. Nettles’s service as a director at other public companies also factored into the decision to select him to serve on our Board of Directors.
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