Edith (Ede) E. Holiday is a member of the Board of Directors of the H. J. Heinz Company, Hess Corporation, White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd., Canadian National Railway, and RTI International Metals, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors or Trustee of various investment companies in the Franklin Templeton Group of Funds, serving as Lead Director of the Templeton Funds.
She is currently on sabbatical as a member of the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute. Ms. Holiday received the 1996 Directors’ Choice Award from the National Women’s Economic Foundation honoring outstanding women directors for their corporate leadership. Ms. Holiday served as Operating Trustee for TWE Holdings I, II Trusts from 2002 to 2007.
From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Holiday was Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of the Cabinet. In this capacity, she was the primary White House liaison with President Bush’s Cabinet and all federal agencies. Previously, Ms. Holiday served from 1989 to 1990, by President Bush’s nomination and Senate confirmation, as General Counsel of the Treasury Department, the first woman to serve as General Counsel. She was the recipient of the Secretary’s highest award, the Alexander Hamilton Award.
During the Reagan administration, Ms. Holiday was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate as Counselor to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Liaison of the Treasury Department, serving as Chief Spokesman for the Treasury Department from 1988 to 1989. Ms. Holiday was Chief Counsel and National Financial and Operations Director for the George Bush National Presidential Campaign and Political Organization from 1985 to 1988. In 1984, she was named Executive Director of the President’s Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. In 1982, Ms. Holiday was Chief legislative advisor and policy aide to United States Senator Nicholas F. Brady.
Ms. Holiday holds a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of Florida, is a member of the State Bars of Florida, Georgia and the District of Columbia and was an attorney in private practice from 1977 to 1984 when not serving in government at Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay, and at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson.