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Joint Venture board adds three new members

SJ Airport, Team San Jose and Accenture executives elected at quarterly meeting

March 21, 2014 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today elected three new members at its quarterly meeting in Sunnyvale – Kim Becker Aguirre, aviation director of Mineta San Jose International Airport, Karolyn Kirchgesler, CEO of Team San Jose, and Daniel Boxwell, managing director of Accenture.

Aguirre, an 18-year airport veteran, took over the helm last September. Kirchgesler has more than 25 years of travel industry experience, most recently in Saint Paul, Minn., and Boxwell is a managing director in Accenture’s Health and Public Service Practice.

Most recently Aguirre served as COO and was assistant director of aviation at the airport from 2008 to 2011. Her career in aviation management includes operations and environmental positions in Burbank and New Jersey.

Aguirre holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in business administration/aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

Kirchgesler was most recently president and CEO of Visit St. Paul/RiverCentre Convention Center Authority for the past nine years. Prior to that she served as the CEO of the Greater New Haven CVB for seven years in New Haven Conn.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Moorhead State University.

Boxwell has been designing and building complex custom human services applications using Java and JEE technology for the past 10-plus years. He is currently a development manager and solution architect working on large-scale, health and public service projects for the State of California. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, local and regional government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community. Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, build the smart energy network of the future, strengthen climate protection, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

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Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit

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