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Melvin R. Laird

Business Achievements

In 1974, Melvin Laird left public service to become Senior Counselor for National and International Affairs for The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. Mr. Laird has served with distinction on a number of corporate boards, including Chicago Pneumatic Tool; Communications Satellite Corporation (Chairman, 1992-1996); DeWitt and Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds; IDS Mutual Fund Group; Lockheed Martin Corporation (Martin Marietta); Marshfield Clinic's National Advisory Council; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Northwest Airlines, Inc.; Phillips Petroleum Company; Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.; Science Applications International Corporation; Staff Leasing, and T-COM, L.P.

Mr. Laird has been active on some 27 non-profit organizations which include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; The George Washington University; Airlie Foundation; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; World Rehabilitation Fund; Chairman of President Reagan's 1987-1988 Moscow Assessment Review Panel; Chairman National Election Commission, 1986; The Wolf Trap Farm for the Performing Arts (Chairman 1974-1975); and Co-Chairman, Platform Committee of the Republican National Convention 1960, Chairman 1964.

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