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The Skillman Foundation announced the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees.

Ronald Hall, president and chief executive officer at Bridgewater Interiors, an automotive interiors manufacturing firm, and Suzanne Shank, a 29-year veteran of the financial services industry and a founding partner of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., are the board’s newest members.

“Both individuals have displayed a deep commitment to Detroit and bring valuable experience from their service on other local and national boards in addition to a keen interest in improving the lives of children in the city,” Chair Jerry Norcia commented on the two new appointments.

Hall’s firm employs more than 2,000 people across four facilities in the United States. Hall also sits on several corporate and nonprofit boards including Beaumont Health, Detroit PAL and the Wayne Country Airport Authority.

Hall holds a bachelor of science in international political economy from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He served several years on active duty in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain and was decorated for meritorious service in the Persian Gulf War.

During her tenure as CEO, Shank has grown from a startup firm to completing more than $1.4 trillion in financing for municipal issuers and $1 trillion in corporate bond and equity transactions.

Shank serves on several boards including the Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees and the Spelman College Board of Trustees.

Shank graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a master of business administration degree in finance and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering

Shank was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in 2016 by Crain’s Detroit Business.

jchambers@detroitnews.com

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