|John W. Larson|
Lead Independent Director
John W. Larson has served as a member of our Board since June 2000, as Chairman of our Board from July 2006 to December 2016, as Lead Independent Director since December 2016, and as Chairman of our nominating and corporate governance committee since February 2006. Mr. Larson retired as a partner at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in December 2009, which he joined in February 2003. Mr. Larson served as partner at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP from 1969 until retiring in January 2003, except for the period from July 1971 to September 1973 when he was in government service as Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior and Counselor to George P. Shultz, Chairman of the Cost of Living Council. From 1988 until March 1996, Mr. Larson served as the Chief Executive Officer for Brobeck. Mr. Larson served on the board of directors of Sangamo Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focusing on zinc finger DNA-binding proteins, from January 1996 to June 2016. Mr. Larson also serves on the board of Needham Funds and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Mr. Larson received an L.L.B. from Stanford Law School and a B.A., with distinction, in Economics from Stanford University. We believe Mr. Larson possesses specific attributes that qualify him to serve as a member of our Board and to serve as Chairman of our nominating and corporate governance committee, including his extensive legal career and business background and his experience on the boards of numerous public and private companies.