NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 10, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors, T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president at FedEx Corporation, and attorney Alison Niederauer. Bob Wright, chairman of the board and co-founder of Autism Speaks, announced their appointment during a recent board meeting.
T. Michael Glenn is married and the father of three children, the oldest of whom is a child with special needs. He is a member of FedEx's five-person Executive Committee, responsible for planning and executing the corporation's strategic business initiatives.
Glenn is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and his MBA from the University of Memphis. Glenn currently serves on the board of directors for Renasant Bank and Pentair Inc.
Niederauer, a native of Montclair, N.J., earned her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and graduated with her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1991. She was admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. Niederauer clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge John Caden in the EDNY from 1991 to 1992 before she and her husband moved to Tokyo. While there, she worked as an adviser in the legal department of Nichimen, one of Japan's largest trading companies.
She is married to Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext. They have three children. Their son Liam, now in fourth grade, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age four.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks merged with the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.