Los Angeles Times
A columnist with the Los Angeles Times since 2001, Steve Lopez is an award-winning writer and author. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has served as editor-at-large for Time Inc. and contributed articles to Sports Illustrated, Life, and Entertainment Weekly. Lopez also served as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1985 to 1997, and has authored three novels set in and around the Philadelphia area. He is currently at work on a book of nonfiction.
President and COO
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Robert M. Simpson, Jr. is president and COO of Jelly Belly Candy Company, a family-owned company manufacturing Jelly Belly jelly beans made famous by President Ronald Reagan. Today the company features more than 100 gourmet confections that are marketed and sold to more than 35 countries worldwide. Simpson is responsible for the company's executive and operational functions in national and international markets and oversees retail operations at company-owned stores as well. He joined Jelly Belly after a 30-year career with Raley's, Inc., a Northern California-based supermarket chain.
Chairman and CEO
Named among the top 25 managers of the year by BusinessWeek, Robert A. Eckert is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Mattel, Inc. Eckert joined Mattel in May 2000 from Kraft Foods, Inc. where he served as its president and CEO. He began his 23-year career at Kraft in a variety of marketing positions until he was named vice president, strategy and development for Kraft's Grocery Products Division in 1987. He currently serves on the board for McDonald's and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Warner Bros. Television Group
Bruce Rosenblum serves as president of Warner Bros. Television Group, managing the company's portfolio of television businesses including worldwide production, distribution, and broadcasting. Under his guidance, the company is developing new business models for the evolving television landscape including video-on-demand, broadband, and wireless offerings. Rosenblum also oversees the studio's broadcasting interests, and was a driving force behind the launch of The WB and The CW Television Network. He began his career as an entertainment attorney, and holds a juris doctor degree from UCLA.
Walt Disney International
As president of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird works with Disney's business unit leaders around the world coordinating and overseeing growth opportunities outside the U.S. Prior to joining Disney, Bird spent nearly a decade with Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. He rose to president of TBS International in 2000, and became responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the U.S. A native of the United Kingdom, Bird began his career in radio and television in Europe.
Deborah Platt Majoras
Federal Trade Commission
Deborah Platt Majoras' tenure as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission has been marked by increased efforts to protect consumers from emerging frauds such as identity theft and deceptive spam. She also has focused on increasing the efficiency and transparency of the merger review process, implementing sound antitrust policy regarding intellectual property, and preventing anticompetitive government policies. Prior to her government service, including work in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, Majoras was a partner in Jones Day's antitrust section.