W. Don  Cornwell

W. Don Cornwell

Lead Independent Director, Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Granite Broadcasting Corp

Director since 2002, Chair of the Finance Committee, Member of the Audit Committee, and the Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee

W. Don Cornwell was appointed Lead Independent Director of Avon’s Board of Directors in March 2016. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Granite Broadcasting Corporation from 1988 until his retirement in August 2009, and served as Vice Chairman until December 2009.

Previously, Don was Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Finance Department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1980 to 1988 and Vice President of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs from 1976 to 1988. He is a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and a director of Blue Meridian Partners, a partnership of philanthropists.

Don is a director of Pfizer, Inc. and American International Group, Inc.