WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- The Washington Post Company
(NYSE: WPO) announced today that Melinda French Gates has been elected to the
Board of Directors. Her election increases the Company's Board to ten
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Along with her husband, Melinda Gates is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, which seeks to improve people's lives by bringing advances
in health and learning to those who need them most.
In her role with the foundation, Melinda Gates works with local, national
and international partners and foundation grantees to further the foundation's
goal of improving equity in four areas: global health, education, access to
digital information via public libraries and support for at-risk families in
Washington State and Oregon.
Gates received a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from
Duke University in 1986 and a master's in business administration from Duke's
Fuqua School of Business in 1987.
After joining Microsoft Corporation in 1987, she distinguished herself in
business as a leader in the development of many of Microsoft's multimedia
products. In 1996, Gates retired from her position as Microsoft's General
Manager of Information Products.
Since then she has directed her energy toward the non-profit world. In
addition to her role with the foundation, she is a former member of the Board
of Trustees of Duke University and is a former co-chair of the Washington
State Governor's Commission on Early Learning. She also serves on the Board
of Directors of drugstore.com.
Bill and Melinda Gates live in Medina, Washington, near Seattle. They have
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