Retired President of the Harley-Davidson Foundation
Gail Lione is a senior executive with intellectual property, business strategy and corporate governance experience. She is also an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Marquette University Law School. She currently serves as a director of 3 public and private for profit companies. She has been a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Sargento Foods Inc since 2006; she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Badger Meter, Inc (NYSE:BMI) since February 2012 and serves on its Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees; and she was elected to the Board of The F. Dohmen Co. in March 2013. Ms.Lione formerly served as a director of Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU).
For more than 23 years, Ms Lione served as General Counsel of 3 U.S. based companies in 3 different industries. In her most recent assignment, she was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. until May 2010. She also served as President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation from 2006 until May of 2011 when she retired from the company. During her almost 14 year career with Harley-Davidson she was a member of the executive leadership team and also served as Vice President of Human Resources for approximately 2 years. As general counsel and chief compliance officer for this Fortune 500 public company, she managed all worldwide legal affairs, corporate governance and compliance for the company including its financial services subsidiary and its trademark holding company. For the 7 years prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Ms. Lione was General Counsel and Secretary of U.S. News & World Report and its affiliates, The Atlantic Monthly Company, Applied Graphics Technologies, Inc and Applied Printing Technologies. Her first General Counsel position from 1986-89 was with Sun Life Group of America in Atlanta, Georgia where she managed the legal affairs and all regulatory activities of five insurance companies licensed in 50 states. Ms. Lione started her legal career as an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a real estate/ tax lawyer.
From 2000 to 2010, Ms Lione served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and was a Trustee of its Manufacturing Institute from 2002 to 2007. She was also a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA from 1996-1999. Ms. Lione currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corp, the Board of Directors (Emeritus) of Milwaukee Women, Inc and the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester. She is presently a Co-Chair of the 2013 Campaign for the United Performing Arts Fund and, in that capacity, is a member of its Board of Directors. She is also on the Board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, as the immediate past chair of the Board, and as a Board member of the Milwaukee Art Museum she chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
Ms. Lione’s other professional associations include being a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the Board of Managers of the Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and advisory councils for both the Business School and the Law School at Marquette University. In 2011, she was appointed as a member of the MillerCoors Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council in recognition of her commitment to diversity and inclusion; and the National Women’s Leadership Council of United Way USA in recognition of her years of service as co-chair of the Milwaukee Women’s Initiative Council. She also received in 2011 the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Rochester and was named the Milwaukee BizTimes Woman Business Executive of the Year for 2012. In 2013 she was recognized by Tempo Milwaukee with its annual Mentor Award.
Ms. Lione is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, intellectual property and women’s issues. Ms. Lione received her BA degree in Political Science magna cum laude/phi beta kappa from the University of Rochester and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is married to Barry Grossman, an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and has a daughter, Margo, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is working for DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles.