The Leadership Group Expands Board with Representatives from Energy, Communications, Tech and Healthcare

SAN JOSE, CA – On March 20, 2019, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Board of Directors approved seven new board members including: Robert Hoffman, Managing Director of Government Relations North America for Accenture; Rhonda Johnson, President of AT&T California; Travis T. Kiyota, Vice President of California External Affairs for PG&E; Brent Ladd, President of Endoscopy for Stryker; Kathleen Murray, Chief Operating Officer of SAP; Lesley Stolz, Head of JLABS Bay Area for Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications.

The Board of Directors oversees general management of the Leadership Group and assures that the long-term interests of its members and the community are properly served.

Robert Hoffman
Managing Director, Government Relations North America Accenture

As managing director of Accenture government relations in North America since March 2018, Robert Hoffman leads a team of advocacy professionals to advance Accenture’s public policy agenda in the United States and Canada, reporting to Chad Jerdee, Accenture’s general counsel and chief compliance officer. Robert brings to Accenture three decades of public policy experience, including 18 years as a global government relations advocate for some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic companies.


Rhonda Johnson
President, AT&T California

As president of AT&T California, Rhonda is responsible for AT&T’s government affairs, public policy, philanthropic, and social engagement initiatives in California. She leads the company’s state workforce, including more than 33,000 employees and nearly 50,000 retirees.
A 30-year veteran of AT&T, Johnson has served as its VP of Regulatory Affairs in California since 2007 and nationally since 2013. In that post, she has managed the company’s policy and regulatory issues before the California PUC in addition to overseeing AT&T’s state level regulatory teams across the country.


Travis T. Kiyota
Vice President, California External Affairs, PG&E

Travis Kiyota leads PG&E’s California External Affairs organization, directing the company’s efforts to effectively engage and collaborate with stakeholders and policymakers to meet the needs of customers and the State of California. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the functional areas of state government relations, state agency relations, local public affairs and community relations, as well as external affairs and strategic initiatives. He also oversees PG&E’s political contribution strategy for California.


Brent Ladd
President, Endoscopy, Stryker

As president of the Endoscopy Division, Brent is responsible for the Communications, Endoscopy, Sports Medicine and Endoscopy ProCare business units, as well as the Europe and Canada Endoscopy businesses. He has a strong passion for leading with honesty, focusing on the customer, and delivering results.
Brent is a 19-year Stryker veteran with deep sales, marketing and general management expertise holding a distinguished track record of building high performing teams and delivering exceptional results.

Kathleen Murray
Chief Operating Officer, SAP

Kathleen Murray is the Chief Operating Officer of SAP Silicon Valley Labs. SAP Labs are strategically located in high-tech clusters around the globe and reflect SAP’s culture of diversity and innovation. With 20 Labs in 17 countries, the SAP Labs Network drives thought leadership globally and in local ecosystems, allowing SAP to innovate, grow, and succeed.
In her thirteen-year tenure at SAP, Kathleen has held many leading roles including the VP of Global Sponsorships from 2014-2018.


Lesley Stolz
Head, JLABS Bay Area, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Lesley Stolz, PhD, fosters Johnson & Johnson’s external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by leading the Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS business on the West Coast. She has 20 years of business and corporate development experience working for companies that have been both technology platform and therapeutics focused. Previously, she was senior director of transactions negotiating partnering deals for Johnson & Johnson Innovation at the California Innovation Center.


Eric S. Yuan
Founder & CEO, Zoom Video Communications

Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco where he was responsible for Cisco’s collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex, Eric was the heart and soul of the Webex product from 1997 to 2011, where he grew his team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M.


About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 330 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy.