Margaret Pederson

President, Amirexx, Vice Chair, Xamax Industries, Director, Viad Corp.

Margaret Pederson is a strategist, innovator and business operator who serves as a Board Director and Chair of Innovation and Strategy Committees and member of Compensation & Nominating/Governance committees for public and private companies. Her current board assignments are: Viad  (NYSE: VVI), Chairman of Innovation and Marketing Strategy Committee, Member of Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees; Xamax Industries, Chair Strategy Committee; TextureMedia Inc, Member Compensation Committee; National Association of Corporate Directors, President Connecticut Chapter and Women Corporate Directors Advisory Board. Margaret was President of Penton Exhibitions, Primedia Exhibitions (NYSE: Primedia) and Prism Exhibitions over a period of nine years.  She held operating and senior management roles at Reed Exhibition Groups (Reed-Elsevier). Her early career included preparing Board material for Corning Glass and PepsiCo.  She now runs Amirexx, a boutique consulting group that focus on innovation, business development and strategy for middle market and private equity companies and governments.  She works in early stage investing with Golden Seeds with a focus on Media and Technology and a functional expertise in marketing. Margaret has both domestic and international operating and business development experience in stand-alone as well as large multidivisional companies. She has led operations in Canada and led development in Europe and Asia having lived in London, Paris, Tokyo and Manila. Margaret has demonstrated professional experience in strategy, business development, M&A, innovation and marketing for a wide range of industry sectors. She is a frequent speaker and writer on Innovation in the Boardroom.  Margaret combines judgment, experience and knowledge in a collaborative manner that adds value to board matters.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Program at University of Virginia,, an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and studied international law and business at The London School of Economics.  She enjoys adventure travel, trekking, home renovation, reading and writing.