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President Obama Appoints Orlan Boston to the USO Board of Governors

Thursday, August 28, 2014

From staff reports  

President Barack Obama has appointed Orlan Boston to the USO Board of Governors.

Boston is a principal at Ernst & Young, where he serves as the company's Americas Leader for Transaction Advisory Services Life Sciences. He comes to the USO with 16-plus years of high-level business experience, where he specializes in the implementation of mergers, acquisitions and strategy in the pharmaceutical and medical technology fields.

"I'm a proud U.S. Navy brat who grew up on naval bases for the first 20 years of my life in the U.S. and abroad in both Spain and Italy where I benefited from the great services of the USO," Boston said. "I'm honored and thrilled to take on this role to serve my country, honor my father's military service and to give back to the armed forces as they have been an integral part of our family's life, and so good to us."

A graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, Boston is also a social entrepreneur who recently contributed to the book "I Am Eco-Warrior" and was an executive producer on the 2013 documentary "The Out List."

"The addition of Orlan Boston to the USO Board of Governors brings an outstanding set of business, management and advisory skills that will allow the USO to deliver on our mission and enhance our performance as we adapt to the changing needs of our troops and families," said retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the USO Board of Governors and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Boston is the fourth Obama appointee on the USO Board of Governors. James Hamilton, Debra Langford and Lisa Borin Ogden were all appointed by the president in the spring of 2011.

The USO's Congressional charter gives the sitting president of the United States – who also serves as the USO's honorary chairman – the power to appoint six members to the USO Board of Governors. Boston's appointment brings the USO Board of Governors roster up to 33 current members.

"The USO is a terrific organization with an incredibly important mission," Boston said. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to advance this mission and to serve the diverse and changing needs of our troops and their families."

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