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For immediate release: Dec. 21, 2012

Barkin and Tomé Appointed Chair and Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Board of Directors

Thomas I. Barkin, a director of McKinsey & Co., has been appointed chair and Carol B. Tomé, chief financial officer and executive vice president of The Home Depot, has been appointed deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's board of directors. Barkin and Tomé's one-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2013.

Barkin is the global chief financial officer of McKinsey & Co. in Atlanta. McKinsey & Co. is a global management consulting firm with 102 offices in 52 countries. Barkin is also a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He received his bachelor's degree, juris doctorate and MBA from Harvard University.

Tomé joined The Home Depot in 1995 and has served as chief financial officer since 2001. She was named executive vice president of corporate services in 2007. She is responsible for leadership in real estate, store construction, financial services, strategic business development and growth initiatives. Her corporate finance duties include financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, divisional finance, internal audit, investor relations, treasury and tax.

Before joining The Home Depot, Tomé was vice president and treasurer of Riverwood International Corp. She began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as director of banking for the Johns-Manville Corp. She is a member of the UPS board of directors and serves as chair of the audit committee. She is the immediate past chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Committee of 200 and a member of the board of trustees for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. A native of Jackson, Wyo., Tomé holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and an MBA in finance from the University of Denver.

Each of the nation's 12 Federal Reserve Banks has a nine-member board of directors. Three Class A directors are generally bankers and are elected by national and state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Three Class B directors are also elected by these banks but represent commerce, industry, agriculture, labor and consumers. Three Class C directors represent the same broad array of public interests but are appointed by the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. The Reserve Bank's chair and deputy chair must be Class C directors.

The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta oversees the management of the bank's operations and recommends changes in the discount rate. Board members also contribute to the formulation of U.S. monetary policy through the economic information they provide the bank's president.

 

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