Lead Independent Director
Elizabeth K. Tuppeny has been the chief executive officer and founder of Domus, Inc. (“Domus”), a full-service marketing communications agency, since 1993. Domus’ largest client is Merck & Co., and Ms. Tuppeny advises Merck & Co. with respect to communications related to their healthcare-related real estate acquisitions. Ms. Tuppeny has 30 years of experience in the branding and advertising industries, with a focus on Fortune 50 companies. Ms. Tuppeny also founded EKT Development, LLC to pursue entertainment projects in publishing, feature film and education video games. Prior to founding Domus, Ms. Tuppeny was executive vice president, business development at Earle Palmer Brown from 1992 to 1993. From 1984 to 1993, Ms. Tuppeny worked at Weightman Advertising, where she became senior vice president. From 1982 to 1984, Ms. Tuppeny was an account executive at The Marketing Group. Ms. Tuppeny served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Council (“PIDC”) for three-plus years where she helped to plan and implement real estate transactions that helped to attract jobs to Philadelphia. As a board member of the PIDC, Ms. Tuppeny was responsible for evaluating and approving commercial and residential real estate business development applications for financing and tax abatement for for-profit and non-profit companies. During her tenure on the PIDC, Ms. Tuppeny approved over 500 real estate development applications including the funding for the Wistar Institute’s biotech and cancer research facility, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a 1.2 million square foot distribution center for Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia expansion and the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. Ms. Tuppeny has served on the boards of directors and advisory committees for the Arthur Ashe Foundation, Avenue of the Arts, Drexel Medical School, Philadelphia Hospitality Cabinet, Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Penn Relays and the Police Athletic League. Ms. Tuppeny was the recipient of the national Stevie Award as the nation’s top woman entrepreneur in 2004 and was named as a “Top Woman in Philadelphia Business” in 1996, one of the “Top 50 Women in Pennsylvania” in 2004 and as the “Businessperson of the Year” in 2003 by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Tuppeny has taught at New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications.