FORT WAYNE, Ind., Aug. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) (the “Company”) today announced co-founder and long-time board member Patricia R. Miller is retiring from the Company’s board of directors, effective August 30, 2019.
Miller and close friend Barbara Bradley Baekgaard co-founded Vera Bradley in 1982, and Miller has served as a member of the Company’s board of directors since then. From 1982 through June 2010, she served as Co-President of the Company. In June 2010, she was appointed National Spokesperson for the Company where she continued to promote the brand until her retirement in October 2012.
Miller took a leave of absence from the Company in 2005 and 2006 to serve as the first Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and the Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
In 1994, the loss of a dear friend to breast cancer inspired Miller and Baekgaard to add a new dimension to Vera Bradley, establishing the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. To date, the Foundation has raised over $32 million for breast cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
In addition to serving on the board of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, Miller serves as a director for the Indiana University Foundation, and in the past, she has served as a board member for more than 15 non-profit organizations. Miller has received numerous awards including the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Indiana from Arthur Young/VENTURE in 1987 (awarded jointly with Baekgaard), the Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award for Business in 2007, the Indiana …
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