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DIA Fills Two Key Positions: Loren N. Lau Named Vice Presiden And Chief Financial Officer; Sondra Jenkins New Director Of Organizational Development And Human Resources

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced today the filling of two key positions. Loren N. Lau was named vice president and chief financial officer and Sondra Jenkins was recently hired as the director of Organizational Development and Human Resources. Lau will be responsible for supervising the museum’s finances and investment strategy, the information services department, and the DIA’s enterprise activities, which include the museum shop and restaurant operations. Jenkins will facilitate strategies for performance management, employee training and development, in addition to standard human resources responsibilities of staffing, compensation, benefits administration, and employee and labor relations.

“We are delighted to have found two people who are so exceptionally qualified in their respective fields. The level of expertise and experience both Loren and Sondra bring to the DIA will serve the museum well, and we look forward to their contributions as we continue to work toward our strategic goals.” said Graham W. J. Beal, director of the DIA.

Loren N. Lau

Lau, recently retired after 18 years with Chrysler Corporation and four years with DaimlerChrysler, is enthusiastically entering a new phase of his career. His most recent position with DaimlerChrsyler was director of e-Finance and Insurance Controlling in Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked as the finance member of the corporate e-business council and oversaw worldwide DaimlerChrysler corporate insurance activities. Prior to this, Lau was director of Finance at Chrysler, where he was responsible for accounting, treasury, tax, internal audit and manufacturing controlling.

Lau has worked for DaimlerChrysler and Chrysler Corporation in many other areas, including manager of Asia-Pacific Finance, director of Project and International Finance and director of Finance for Eurostar in Graz, Austria, where in 1997, he was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor from the Province of Styria (Austria).

Lau has a varied educational background, with a master of science in economics from the London School of Economics, a master of business administration in finance and international business from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in German from Brigham Young University. He speaks German fluently.

Lau has also served as a school board member at the International School of Stuttgart and as a board member of the Fundación Chrysler de México. He currently volunteers as an employment counselor for LDS Employment Resource Services.

Sondra Jenkins

Jenkins has spent the majority of her career as an organizational development consultant, and recently established an independent practice in the field. One of her more notable clients was the City of Detroit, where she was responsible for developing and leading strategy support systems for organizational improvements, designing and delivering employee training courses and implementing a performance-based budgeting framework. Other clients included the government of the District of Columbia, the Schools of the 21st Century Initiative and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 547.

Jenkins also worked as the director and team leader for the corporate leadership team with AlliedSignal Inc. in New Jersey and as the director of total quality management for Allied Signal Automotive in Southfield, Michigan.

Jenkins received her master’s degree in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University.