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AFB Welcomes Three New Trustees to its National Board

Laurence J. Kirshbaum, Time Warner Book Group; Kathryn C. Brown, Verizon Communications; and Patricia C. Sueltz, SurfControl

September 27, 2005 (New York) — Today the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the election of three new, distinguished trustees to its national board: Laurence J. Kirshbaum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Time Warner Book Group; Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon Communications; and Patricia C. Sueltz, CEO of SurfControl.

"Laurence, Kathryn and Patricia bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the table that are sure to prove invaluable in years to come," said Richard J. O'Brien, Chair of AFB's Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Summit Asset Management. "AFB has a long standing history with many of the companies they've represented, and several of these companies have already made great strides for people with vision loss."

"We are pleased to welcome this dynamic, accomplished group of professionals to AFB's board," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "As we work to expand possibilities for people with vision loss, the blindness community will benefit tremendously from their leadership and expertise."

Laurence J. Kirshbaum is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Book Group responsible for Warner Books and Little, Brown. Pursuing his passion for books and magazines throughout his career, Kirshbaum came to New York in 1970 to work in marketing for Random House. His marketing experience brought him to Warner Books in 1974 as Vice President/Marketing. During the next decade, he moved on to Publisher and ultimately President. Previously, he was a correspondent for Newsweek in Detroit and San Francisco. In 1969, he wrote (with co-author Roger Rapoport) "Is the Library Burning?" a study of student protest published by Random House. Mr. Kirshbaum graduated from the University of Michigan in 1966.

Kathryn C. Brown is senior vice president, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility for Verizon Communications. She is responsible for policy development and issues management, public policy messaging, strategic alliances and public affairs programs, including Verizon Reads. Ms. Brown is also responsible for federal, state and international public policy development and international government relations for Verizon. Before joining Verizon, Ms. Brown was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and a member of the firm's Communications and Electronic Commerce practice. In addition, she served as Chief of Staff to Chairman Kennard at the FCC. Ms. Brown received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College in 1974. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Patricia C. Sueltz, recently appointed CEO of SurfControl, a world leader in multi-layered Internet security for enterprises, brings more than 25 years of experience. Sueltz previously served as president of global operations for She joined in 2004 after serving as executive vice president of Sun Microsystems, where she was responsible for delivering consulting, educational, and support services to customers worldwide. Prior to joining Sun in 1999, Sueltz held a number of executive positions spanning 20 years at International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. In 2000, Sueltz was ranked one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune Magazine. Sueltz graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, with a B.A. in political science, was awarded one of 32 Rockefeller Fellowships in theology, and attended the School of Theology at Claremont.


Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications

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