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Kathleen Sebelius

Exact Sciences has appointed Kathleen Sebelius to serve as a director on its board. She will sit on the firm's corporate governance and nominating committee and on its innovation, technology and pipeline committee. Sebelius currently serves as CEO of Sebelius Resources, a strategic consulting firm that advises private companies, non-profit organizations, and financial investors. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served as the Health and Human Services Secretary for President Barack Obama. She also served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, and her previous elected offices include two terms as the Kansas insurance commissioner and four terms in the Kansas legislature.

Sebelius currently sits on the boards of biopharmaceutical companies Dermira and Myovant Sciences, as well as the Kaiser Family Foundation. She also co-chairs the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group and serves on advisory boards for the Dole Institute of Politics, Solera Health, Out Leadership, the Estée Lauder Foundation, and the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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