Kwantlen Board of Governors announces newly appointed board members

Wed, Dec 8, 2010


Shane King and Launi Skinner
Shane King (left) and Launi Skinner (right) have been appointed by the provincial government
to serve on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors as community members.

For immediate release

December 9, 2010

Kwantlen Board of Governors announces newly appointed board members

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors announces the appointment of two board members, Shane King and Launi Skinner. Both King and Skinner have been appointed by the provincial government to sit on the board as community members for a term ending on July 31, 2012.

King joined the board on December 31, 2008, upon nomination by the Kwantlen Alumni Association. He chairs the Finance & Audit Committee and participates on the Governance Committee. King earned his Financial Management Diploma from Kwantlen in 1992, joined KNV Chartered Accountants in 1993, received his designation as a chartered accountant in 1999 and completed the CICA In-depth Tax Course in 2001. He was admitted as a partner of KNV Chartered Accountants on January 1, 2005.

King enjoys working with clients to implement strategies that will improve the profitability of their businesses. His areas of expertise are negotiations in buying or selling a business, personal tax guidance and corporate financial planning. In recognition of his achievement in the field, King received the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. Early Achievement Award in 2008. He is a long-time resident of South Surrey.

Skinner joins the Kwantlen Board of Governors immediately as a newly appointed board member. She is the chief executive officer of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third largest credit union with $5.6 billion in assets under administration, approximately 167,000 members and more than 1,150 employees. As the CEO, Skinner leads First West's executive team, which includes the presidents of Envision Financial and Valley First credit unions. Her primary focus is First West's strategic development and future growth, while the presidents focus on winning their local markets.

Skinner, raised in Summerland, B.C., brings more than 20 years of business-building experience in both the U.S. and Canada, including a term as president and chief operating officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and a series of senior roles with Starbucks, culminating with her appointment as president of the company's U.S. stores division. As president of Starbucks U.S., Skinner oversaw 7,000 company owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees. In 2007, she was included as one of “Four Women to Watch” in Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women feature.

Educated in business administration, Skinner is also a certified general accountant. She has a history of community involvement, including a term as board trustee for Seattle’s non-profit Northwest Hospital. Skinner lives in West Vancouver with her husband and two daughters.

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