Mr. Blake is the Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc., a global airline based in the United States, and previously served as the lead director of the company’s board from May 2016 to October 2016. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., the world’s largest home improvement retailer, from 2007 until November 2014 and thereafter as Chairman of the board of directors until his retirement in February 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Home Depot and as an Executive Vice President. Mr. Blake joined The Home Depot in 2002 as Executive Vice President — Business Development and Corporate Operations. He was previously the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy and served in a variety of executive positions at General Electric Company, including as Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development in charge of all worldwide mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Blake also serves on the boards of directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Macy’s, Inc. and was a director of The Home Depot, Inc. until 2015, The Procter & Gamble Company until 2021, and The Southern Company until 2009.
Mr. Blake brings to the Board extensive experience gained while serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a complex retail organization and in other prior leadership positions in business and government. Mr. Blake also brings to the Board significant public company board and committee experience.