InStride Names Former CEOs of Cardinal Health, CitiBank, N.A., Ford Motor Company and Regal Entertainment Group to Its Advisory Board

InStride, the premier global provider of Strategic Enterprise Education, has announced the four founding members of the InStride Advisory Board (IAB), strengthening InStride’s ties to current and future corporate partners, who are seeking innovative ways to educate and develop their workforces.

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George Barrett, Barbara Desoer, Mark Fields and Amy Miles join InStride’s Advisory Board (Photo: Business Wire)

George Barrett, Barbara Desoer, Mark Fields and Amy Miles join InStride’s Advisory Board (Photo: Business Wire)

George S. Barrett, former Chair and CEO of Cardinal Health, Inc., Barbara J. Desoer, former CEO of Citibank, N.A., and current member of the Board of Directors of Citigroup Inc., Mark Fields, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, and Amy E. Miles, former Chair of the Board and CEO of Regal Entertainment Group, will serve on InStride’s Advisory Board.

“We’re honored that this immensely talented and knowledgeable group has chosen to add their voices to help us lead a global education movement,” said InStride Board Chair Ray Mabus. “Their decades of experience, business acumen and demonstrated results speak volumes about their leadership. They will help our team develop education programs for our corporate partners that advance their business growth KPIs and that deliver meaningful social impact for their employees.”

“InStride's Strategic Enterprise Education programs yield significant outcomes when they are aligned with a company’s and CEO’s business objectives,” said Vivek Sharma, CEO of InStride. “I'm thrilled these four leaders, given their wealth of experience overseeing large workforces, will help InStride connect with our corporate partners and assist them in building their future workforces.”

InStride Advisory Board (IAB) Members as of January 28, 2020

George S. Barrett - Barrett is the former Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH). He was named a Top CEO by Institutional Investor multiple times. Under his leadership, the company grew to no. 15 on the Fortune 500 with 50,000 employees worldwide and was recognized as one of America’s best employers, as well as a top company for leadership development, diversity and corporate responsibility.

Barbara J. Desoer - Desoer served as the Chief Executive Officer of Citibank, N.A., and is a current member of the Board of Directors of Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE: C). Citibank, N.A. accounts for approximately 75% of Citigroup's total assets. It is the primary entity within which Citigroup engages in activities through branches and subsidiaries in 95 countries and territories, including the United States (and excluding Mexico).

Mark Fields - Fields was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and was a member of the company’s board of directors until May 2017. His leadership was critical to the company’s North American restructuring, turnaround at the end of the last decade, and record profits in both 2015 and 2016. Fields joined Ford in 1989 and progressed through several leadership positions in the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.

Amy E. Miles - Miles is the former Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of a leading theatre exhibitor in the U.S., Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC). During her tenure as CEO, Amy strategically positioned the company for long-term, sustained growth by driving operational efficiencies, investing in customer experience-related infrastructure and building organizational capabilities.


As the premier global provider of Strategic Enterprise Education (SEE), InStride enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees to their employees, through leading global academic institutions across the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. InStride helps organizations achieve transformative business and social impact by unlocking the power of education, through advanced technology-enabled experiences for learners and corporate partners alike. For more information, please visit or follow InStride on Twitter and LinkedIn.


John James Nicoletti

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