M. Michele Burns – How much does the GPA count?: In 2010, she earned $4,648,029.00

23 Dec


Martha Michele Burns[1]Born 1958 (age 57)
Georgia, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Georgia
Known for : American Businesswoman

M. Michele Burns (born c. 1958) is an American businesswoman.[2] She was chairman and CEO of Mercer between 2006 and 2011 and was director on the boards of a number of major American companies, including Cisco SystemsWal-Mart, andGoldman Sachs.[2]


She received a Bachelor of Business Administration summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1979, and a Master of Accountancy from the same university in 1980.[2][3][4][5]

Early careerEdit

From 1981 to 1999, she worked for Arthur Andersen as a Senior Tax Partner.[2][4][5][6] She served as Vice President for Corporate Tax ofDelta Air Lines from 1999 to 2000, and as itsExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2004.[2][4][5][6][7] From 2004 to 2006, she served as EVP, CFO and restructuring officer of Mirant.[2][4][5][7]

CEO and directorEdit

From 2006 to 2011, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ofMarsh & McLennan, and Chairman and CEO of Mercer.[2][4][5][6][7][8] She sits on the Boards of Directors of Cisco Systems.[2][3][5][6][8][9]Previously, she sat on the Boards of Wal-Mart,Goldman SachsOrbitz and Worldspan.[2]

Support of politics and artsEdit

She supports the Democratic Party.[2] She has supported Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, and she has made donations to EMILY’s List.[2] She sits on the Boards of Trustees of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and theElton John AIDS Foundation, where she serves as Treasurer.[2][3][6][10] In 2010, she earned $4,648,029.00.[7]


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