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Business Observer Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 2 months ago

Former Google exec named to Hertz board

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Jennifer Feikin has worked for the search giant and in Hollywood.

ESTERO — Hertz Global Holdings, about a month after emerging from bankruptcy, has named former Google executive Jennifer Feikin to its board.

Feikin conceived of the idea for Google Video in the mid-2000s and both helped drive its product development strategy and led its content team, according to a statement. She also negotiated many of the company's first and largest search and advertising deals. Prior to that Feikin held roles in AOL Time Warner's strategic development group and in business affairs at Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and Morgan Creek Productions, negotiating major motion picture deals. Feikin, the release states, began her career as a management consultant focused on financial institutions, telecom and technology at McKinsey & Co.

"We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Feikin to our board as we embark on a new and exciting chapter for Hertz,” Chairman Greg O'Hara says in the statement. “She is an accomplished executive and director with significant experience as a leader in strategic product development and digital innovation for large global companies. We look forward to benefitting from the valuable perspective that she will provide as we remain focused on enhancing value for our customers and shareholders."

An attorney, Feikin earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Duke University. Feikin is an independent board member of several American Funds and Capital Group Cos. mutual funds, and also serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy of California.

Feikin is the ninth board member at Hertz. The company exited bankruptcy June 30 with $5.9 billion in capital, its debt load reduced by 80%. Investment firms Knighthead Capital Management, Certares Opportunities and Apollo Capital Management are among those providing capital to fund the exit plan. The company is now traded under the symbol HTZZ.

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