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Former U.S. secretary joins ChargePoint board of directors

She was the first Asian-Pacific woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and is the longest-serving U.S. cabinet secretary since World War II.

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Electric vehicle charging network provider ChargePoint Holdings, Inc. has announced the appointment of Elaine L. Chao to its board of directors. Secretary Chao has had a career as a national and global leader in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

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She has been confirmed to two Cabinet positions by the United States Senate on a strong bipartisan basis, the company says. She served as both 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor and the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. She was the first Asian-Pacific woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and is the longest-serving U.S. cabinet secretary since World War II.

Beyond her government service, Secretary Chao has held many corporate and board of director leadership positions in such organizations as News Corp., Ingersoll Rand, Protective Life, Wells Fargo and Dole Food Company. Secretary Chao was also President and CEO of United Way America, Director of the Peace Corps, and a banker with Citicorp and Bank of America. She is currently on the boards of Kroger Co., Hyliion Holdings Corp. and Embark Technology, Inc.

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She earned her master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School after receiving her undergraduate degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is also the recipient of 37 honorary doctorate degrees.

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