today announced the appointment of Patricia L. Francy
and Jeffrey E. Epstein to its Board of Directors.
Ms. Francy currently is Treasurer and Controller for Columbia
Mr. Epstein currently is Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of VNU`s Media Measurement and Information (MMI)
Group, whose businesses include Nielsen Media Research.
The appointments are effective immediately. Ms. Francy also will
serve on priceline.com`s Audit Committee.
“Patty Francy and Jeff Epstein bring deep financial backgrounds to
priceline.com`s board and we are fortunate to have them join us,” said
Chairman Richard S. Braddock. “We`re excited about the expertise they
will bring to the board, and we look forward to working with them.”
At Columbia, Ms. Francy oversees the University`s $2.3 billion
financial operations and works closely with the University Trustees on
their Audit and Finance Committees. Prior to becoming Treasurer &
Controller, she was Columbia`s Director of Finance and Director of
Budget Operations. She is Director of Reid Hall in Paris, Columbia`s
junior year abroad and advanced learning center, and the Matheson
Foundation, for research in basic neurosciences. She holds an EPBA
from Columbia University`s Graduate School of Business.
serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Values Based
Leadership. She is currently Treasurer & Director of the national
boards of Junior Achievement and Outward Bound and Expeditionary
Learning Outward Bound, a model for comprehensive school reform
implemented in over 100 elementary, middle and high schools. She was
former Chairman of the Women`s Economic Roundtable and continues to
serve on its Board. She is a Director of the Siebert Financial
Corporation and the Women`s Financial Network (WFN) by Siebert.
Mr. Epstein is responsible for all financial functions of VNU`s $1
billion MMI Group. MMI Group provides data, research and insight to
the world`s leading media companies through its businesses, which
include Nielsen Media Research, Monitor Plus, SRDS, Scarborough (50%),
IMS, MRP, Nielsen//NetRatings and Nielsen Entertainment. In addition
to his financial responsibilities, Mr. Epstein is a member of the MMI
Group Media Board and Entertainment Board, and is a member of the
Board of Directors of NetRatings. Before joining VNU, Mr. Epstein held
senior management positions with DoubleClick, including Chief
Financial Officer. Mr. Epstein holds a B.A. from Yale and an MBA from