April Miller Boise
Class of 2018
April Miller Boise is an accomplished C-suite executive and corporate board member with 25 years’ experience working with companies in a variety of industries including aerospace, electrical products and services, financial services, commercial transportation, automotive, mining, and oil & gas. She has a deep understanding of conducting business across borders and building effective teams despite language and cultural differences. She has extensive experience structuring, leading and negotiating strategic investments including mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures around the globe for multinational companies and addressing international challenges, particularly in China, Brazil, Europe, India, the Philippines and Australia. Additionally, Ms. Boise has significant experience leading and managing people, including teams of 200+ professionals, and has a deep appreciation for the importance of human capital and talent management.
Ms. Boise serves on the Board of Directors of Federal Home Loan Bank, Cincinnati, a $90 billion wholesale bank providing financial services and liquidity for residential housing and economic development to financial institutions in the FHLB System’s Fifth District.
Additionally, Ms. Boise is an Executive Vice President at Eaton, a $20 billion NYSE company that provides sustainable solutions to help its customers manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more safely, efficiently and reliably. As a member of the executive leadership team, she is actively engaged in all aspects of the Company’s business including developing and implementing strategic initiatives through investment in digital technologies, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other adjacencies. Ms. Boise has global responsibility for legal, compliance, and corporate governance matters and manages enterprise-wide risks. She has significant international experience and manages teams based around the world in developed and emerging markets.
Formerly, Ms. Boise was a Senior Vice President at Meritor, Inc., a NYSE traded global supplier of mobility, drivetrain, electric axles, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle, construction, agricultural, defense and industrial markets. She is an astute business leader and previously led the organizational realignment of a global business facing significant market disruption.
Ms. Boise has deep boardroom experience and in addition to her role as a corporate director, she has been a key member of the C-Suite at four different multi-billion dollar revenue companies, each operating in dynamic end markets around the world and experiencing significant organizational transformation.
Previously, Ms. Boise practiced on Wall Street later led the largest office of an AmLaw 200 law firm as managing partner and was a member of the firm’s eight-person executive committee. She effectively drove new strategic thinking regarding revenue and profit models during a period of significant industry change and market disruption. Additionally, she was the firm’s hiring partner, responsible for bolt on acquisitions and growing firm revenue by recruiting and integrating profitable practices. Ms. Boise was previously the chair of the firm’s Private Equity group and a founder and chair of its highly acclaimed women’s initiative.
Ms. Boise received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School, magna cum laude, where she studied accounting, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. She also completed an executive program in corporate strategy at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and was a German Marshall Fellow.
Ms. Boise is passionate about the role of women in society. She helped build a house on an all women crew with Habitat For Humanity and led an executive women’s tour group to the United Arab Emirates with stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to learn about the role of women in Islamic countries.