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Hallmark board benefits from Google powerhouse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards has elected Claire Hughes Johnson, VP at Google to the company’s board of directors.

"Claire Hughes Johnson has broad experience in developing innovative new businesses and business models," said Hallmark vice chairman, president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr. "Her knowledge of the rapidly changing digital space as well as her experience leading global business and product teams will help us as we consider new opportunities and develop strategic plans to expand our business."

"No one understands the power of emotional connection like Hallmark does," said Hughes Johnson. "We all strive to connect with those around us and I'm excited to help Hallmark explore ways that technology can complement and enhance those connections."

Hughes Johnson currently leads the Google Offers business, responsible for delivering a mobile-to-store experience that connects businesses with relevant customers. Since joining Google in 2004, Johnson has also led the business teams responsible for Gmail, Google Checkout (now Wallet) and Google Apps. 

Most recently she led global online sales and the new products and solutions teams, responsible respectively for acquiring and serving thousands of advertisers and partners, and for commercializing new product areas for Google. Hughes Johnson also serves as co-lead and executive sponsor of the Global Women@Google Network and is a member of the Google Diversity Executive Council.

Prior to Google, Hughes Johnson worked in management consulting, developing marketing and customer strategies for large media companies. Her career began in Massachusetts state politics, working for the attorney general and running gubernatorial, state and local campaigns.

Hughes Johnson earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management. She serves as a trustee of Milton Academy and as an adviser to Citizen Schools. She resides in Menlo Park, Calif., with her husband and children. 

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