Deborah Hicks Midanek is a veteran independent director, a pioneer in the corporate restructuring industry, and a serial entrepreneur. Widely respected for her turnaround skills, she has diagnosed and remedied problems for over 60 corporations and facilitated the growth of nearly 30 other ventures, including her own. Described by the late Fletcher Byrom, CEO of a Fortune 25 company, as a "pure thinker" - she quickly gains a deep understanding of complex problems and uses her broad experience and practical humanity to craft lasting solutions.
Deborah has been directly involved in much of the extraordinary innovation that has taken place on Wall Street over the last few decades, and in handling the consequences of its excess. She has served as chairman, lead director or director as well as committee chair (audit, compensation, governance, special independent) for 23 public and private companies.
Deborah earned her MBA from the Wharton School and an AB in History from Bryn Mawr College. A frequent writer and speaker on governance, strategy, leadership, and resilience, she is a New Yorker now living in Mississippi, in the middle of a downtown turnaround, renovating and repurposing 22 19 century buildings in Grenada, MS.