A 40-year homebuilding industry veteran, Jeffrey T. Mezger has been President and Chief Executive Officer of KB Home since November 2006. Mr. Mezger was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, a position he assumed in 1999. From 1993 until 1999, Mr. Mezger held a number of leadership roles including President of the Antelope Valley division, President of the Phoenix division, and Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager of the Southwest Region. Prior to joining KB Home, Mr. Mezger spent 15 years with U.S. Home, including serving as President of the company's Central California division from 1983 to 1993.
Mr. Mezger is Founding Chairman of the Leading Builders of America, serves as Chairman of the policy advisory board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and is on the executive board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and the policy advisory board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Mezger joined the Board in 2006 and was named Chairman of the Board in 2016.
Mr. Finchem has been Board Chair of The First Tee, a nonprofit youth development organization providing educational programs through the game of golf, since it was founded in 1997. He previously served as Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, a membership organization for professional golfers, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2016. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1987, and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer in 1989. Mr. Finchem served in the White House as Deputy Advisor to the President in the Office of Economic Affairs in 1978 and 1979, and in the early 1980's, co-founded the National Marketing and Strategies Group in Washington D.C. Mr. Finchem joined the Board in 2005.
Dr. Stuart A. Gabriel is the director of the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Professor of Finance and Arden Realty Chair at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining UCLA in 2007, he was director and Lusk Chair in Real Estate at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and was Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Dr. Gabriel serves as a director of KBS Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II, Inc. and KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III, Inc., and is a consultant to corporate and governmental entities. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gabriel previously served on the economics staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and as President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Dr. Gabriel joined the Board in 2016.
Dr. Thomas W. Gilligan is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University, a position he was appointed to in September 2015. The Hoover Institution is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy, as well as international affairs. From 2008 until his appointment at the Hoover Institution, Dr. Gilligan served as the Dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment at the McCombs School of Business, Dr. Gilligan held several key administrative roles at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), including as interim Dean, as the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Education, as director of the Ph.D. program, and as the Chair of the Finance and Business Economics Department. Dr. Gilligan holds the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership. He is a director of Southwest Airlines Co., and has served as a consultant to businesses in the entertainment, agriculture, service and construction industries, dealing with antitrust and contract issues, as well as pricing strategies. Dr. Gilligan joined the Board in 2012.
Since 2009, Kenneth M. Jastrow, II has been the lead director of MGIC Investment Corporation, and also serves as a director of Genesis Energy, LLC. Mr. Jastrow previously served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Forestar Group Inc. from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Jastrow served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2000 to 2007, as its President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and 1999, as a Group Vice President from 1995 until 1998, and as Chief Financial Officer from 1991 until 1999. Mr. Jastrow joined the Board in 2001.
Robert L. Johnson is founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, a business network that owns or holds interests in a diverse portfolio of companies in the consumer financial services, private equity, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production, gaming, and automobile dealership industries. Prior to forming The RLJ Companies, Mr. Johnson was founder and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET), which was acquired by Viacom Inc. in 2001. He continued to serve as chief executive officer of BET until 2006. Before founding BET in 1979, Mr. Johnson served as vice president of government relations for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. In July 2007, Mr. Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years. Mr. Johnson currently serves on the board of directors of the Lowe's Companies, Inc., RLJ Acquisition, Inc., RLJ Lodging Trust, and Strayer Education, Inc. He also serves on the NBA Board of Governors, the Deutsche Bank Advisory Committee, The Business Council and the Council of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Johnson previously served as a director of Hilton Hotels Corporation, US Airways Group, Inc. and General Mills, Inc. Mr. Johnson joined the Board in 2008.
Since 2013, Melissa Lora has been the President of Taco Bell International, a segment of Taco Bell Corp., which is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., responsible for the international operations of Taco Bell Corp. Ms. Lora joined Taco Bell in 1987, serving as its Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2012, and then as its Global Chief Financial and Development Officer from 2012 to 2014. Ms. Lora also was Regional Vice President and General Manager from 1998 to 2000 for Taco Bell Corp.’s operations throughout the Northeastern United States. Ms. Lora joined the Board in 2004, and was named Lead Independent Director in 2016.
Michael M. Wood is Founder and Chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, a Washington, DC investment company established in 2005 and concentrating in media, real estate and alternative energy. From 2006-2009, Mr. Wood was the US Ambassador to Sweden where he made cooperation between the U.S. and Sweden in alternative energy technology his top priority. In recognition for this work, in 2009, the King of Sweden bestowed on Mr. Wood the insignia of Commander Grand Cross, Order of the Polar Star, a medal given by Sweden’s Royal Family to people of foreign birth who make significant contributions to Sweden. Prior to becoming ambassador, Mr. Wood was co-founder and CEO of Hanley Wood LLC., the leading media company in the construction industry and one of the ten largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S. Mr. Wood is Chairman of Winsight, LLP, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York and the Board of Directors of Capital Partners for Education in Washington, D.C. Mr. Wood joined the Board in 2014.