today announced the appointment of retired KPMG partner Howard W. “Skip” Barker, Jr. to priceline.com`s Board of Directors.
Mr. Barker replaces General Atlantic Partners partner William E. Ford, who is retiring from the priceline.com Board after five years of service.
“Bill Ford was instrumental in helping to guide priceline.com through its early growth stages,” said priceline.com Chairman Richard S. Braddock. “Since General Atlantic Partners no longer has a position in priceline.com, Bill is stepping down from the priceline.com Board to devote more time to his firm`s current investments. We thank Bill for his many contributions to our business.”
The Board transition takes effect today. In addition to his general Board duties, Mr. Barker will chair priceline.com`s audit committee. Mr. Barker retired from KPMG LLP after a 30-year auditing career, including assignments in the firm`s Miami, New York and Stamford offices.
“With an increasing focus on corporate compliance, Skip Barker is a valuable resource with a broad, current knowledge and experience base to assist our Company as we go forward,” said Mr. Braddock. “We welcome his addition to both the priceline.com Board and to our audit committee.”
Mr. Barker became a KPMG partner in 1982 and has served as the firm`s partner-in-charge of several departments, including KPMG`s Executive Education Department, the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in Connecticut, and the Information, Communications and Entertainment line of business for the Stamford office. His audit engagement partner responsibilities have included The Gartner Group, Playtex Products, Oxford Health Plans, EDGAR Online and Entex Information Services. Mr. Barker is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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