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Kenneth R Stokes

Mr. Stokes has been a member of the Olin College Board since 2011 and became Chairman in October 2015. He is a former international business executive with 25+ years of experience leading consumer goods companies in the USA and abroad. He served most recently as Executive Vice President of The Americas & Australia/New Zealand for Reckitt Benckiser plc, a leading international household cleaning, personal care, OTC and food products company. Ken has overseen businesses in 24 countries across four continents, and served as CEO of companies in the USA, UK and Spain. Earlier in his career he spent four years with McKinsey & Company and held senior marketing roles with Wilson Sporting Goods and The Clorox Company.  Switching his focus to board, business advisory, and not-for-profit leadership in 2004, Ken’s community service experience includes having served on the Board of Education of a top-ranked K-12 public school district in New Jersey, the Board of Directors of the Morris County (NJ) School Boards Association, and as a firefighter and President of his local volunteer fire department.  He and his wife Dana are the parents of Lauren (Swarthmore, 2009) and Connor (Olin, 2012). Ken was the 2011-12 Chair of the Olin Parent Advisory Board (PAB) on which he served 2008 - 2012. He holds a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago/Booth School of Business.  Ken and Dana reside in Sonoma, CA where Dana is actively involved with a number of local arts and charitable organizations.