Vera Bradley, Inc. today announced that Jessica Rodriguez, media business executive and former President of Entertainment and Chief Brand Officer for Univision Communications, Inc., has been elected to join its Board of Directors. With this appointment, representation of women on the Vera Bradley, Inc. Board of Directors will be 78%.
“Jessica Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience, supported by an exceptional record of driving innovation and executing future-focused, transformational strategies that deliver value and profitability in a rapidly changing business environment,” commented Jackie Ardrey, Chief Executive Officer of Vera Bradley, Inc. “Jessica’s unique perspective will be an excellent addition to the Vera Bradley, Inc. Board of Directors as we continue to focus on driving long-term, profitable growth for the Company and delivering value to our shareholders.”
Rodriguez is a visionary, results-driven leader and award-winning media business executive with a keen focus on creating, leading, and motivating high-performing, diverse, purpose-driven organizations. Rodriguez began her 20+ year career in media as Vice President and Station Manager for Univision Puerto Rico. From there, she successfully progressed through the organization in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Univision Networks, Inc.; Senior Vice President, Univision Cable Networks; Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Univision; and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Networks. In 2018, Rodriguez was named President of Entertainment and Chief Brand Officer for Univision Communications, Inc., a post she held until 2022.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Fordham University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She currently serves as a member of the Burlington Stores, Inc. Board of Directors.
Rodriguez will join Vera Bradley Inc.’s eight other board members: Jackie Ardrey, CEO; Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Co-Founder of Vera Bradley; Kristina Cashman, former Chief Financial Officer of P.F. Chang’s; Robert J. Hall, Chairman of the Vera Bradley Board of Directors and President of Green Gables Partners; Mary Lou Kelley, former President, E-Commerce for Best Buy; Frances P. Philip, Lead Independent Director of the Vera Bradley Board of Directors and former Chief Merchandising Officer of L.L. Bean, Inc.; Carrie Tharp, Vice President of Strategic Industries for Google Cloud; and recently appointed member Bradley Weston, former Chief Executive Officer of Party City Holdings, Inc.