USC president C. L. Max Nikias appointed USC trustee David Lee to chair the Keck School of Medicine of USC Board of Overseers and named Deborah Lanni ’70 as a new member of the board.
The Board of Overseers serves as an advisory group to leaders at the Keck School. It aims to help the school’s leaders develop and implement a plan to make the school one of the top 10 medical institutions in the nation.
“It’s an honor to have these two distinguished individuals on our board,” said Keck School dean Carmen A. Puliafito. “Guidance from the Board of Overseers is critical in making the Keck School one of the best medical schools in America. We welcome their wisdom and vision.”
Lee, who served as chair from 2001 to 2010, returned to the board on May 3. He succeeds John E. Bryson, who was appointed U.S. ssecretary of commerce by President Obama in 2011.
Lee is a co-founder and managing general partner of the Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners LP. He also is a co-founder of Global Crossing Ltd., a global broadband communication services provider, where he served as president and chief operating officer from 1997 until 2000 in addition to being a member of the board of directors from 1997 to 2001.
From 1989 to 1997, Lee was a managing director at the private equity firm Pacific Capital Group. He also served as group vice president of finance and acquisitions at TRW Information Systems Group, held executive positions at the Communications Satellite Corp. and practiced public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Lee, a trustee of The J. Paul Getty Trust and the California Institute of Technology, is a director of Trust Company of the West, an investment management firm. He is a graduate of McGill University who earned a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Lanni, the widow of former Keck School Board of Overseers member Terry Lanni, worked in the University Affairs office at USC for nine years.
She is president of the Lanni Family Charitable Foundation and is a member of the board of trustees at Loyola Marymount University, where she also serves on the Governance Committee and the Communications and Fine Arts Council. She works with the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program; The Colleagues, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for Children’s Institute Inc.; and serves on the National Committee for the Performing Arts at The Kennedy Center.