Executive Help

A pair of local companies are turning to seasoned veterans for some boardroom guidance.

Former accounting exec Stephen Harlan is joining the board--and audit committee--at Sunrise Senior Living, a McLean company that has struggled recently with accounting issues. Harlan's arrival will boost the number of people on the board from seven to eight.

Harlan currently is chairman of Harlan Enterprises, a specialized real estate firm that invests in commercial real estate. Before that, Sunrise said in a release: "Mr. Harlan was vice chairman of KPMG Peat Marwick, where he also served on KPMG's international council, board of directors, and management committee. In June 1995, President Clinton appointed Mr. Harlan to the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, where he served as vice chairman until September 1998. Mr. Harlan also served as a director of FBR Asset Investment Corporation, a real estate investment trust that invested in mortgage-backed securities and in debt and equity securities of companies engaged in real estate-related and other businesses, since its founding in 1997 and, upon the merger of FBR Asset Investment Corporation with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., an investment banking firm, in March 2003, he became a director of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. He also serves as chairman of the audit committee of its board of directors."

Meanwhile, retiring Gannett exec Roger Ogden is joining an advisory board to WorthPoint, a Reston Web start-up aimed at people who collect stuff.

Ogden was president and chief executive of Gannett Broadcasting and a senior vice president at the company for design, innovation and strategy.

By Dan Beyers  |  June 21, 2007; 6:59 PM ET
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