Joy Covey (8) was appointed to our Board of Directors effective February 10, 2003. Since April 2000, Ms. Covey has been an independent investor and consultant.
Ms. Covey has been an independent investor and consultant. Ms. Covey was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Amazon.com from December 1996 to September 1999 and occupied other senior management positions at Amazon.com from September 1999 until April 2000.
Prior to joining Amazon.com, Ms. Covey occupied various senior management positions with Avid Technology, Inc. from 1995 to 1996 and was Chief Financial Officer of Digidesign, a manufacturer of computer-based digital audio production systems, from 1991 to 1995. Prior to Digidesign, Ms. Covey worked in mergers and acquisitions with Wasserstein, Perella & Co. and as a certified public accountant with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young).
She entered California State at Fresno at age 17, graduated in two years, and then took the exam to become a certified public accountant at age 19—notching the second-highest score in the nation without studying. She later earned a joint business and law degree from Harvard.
Covey tired of frenetic Internet life and left Amazon voluntarily in 2000, She spent her time raising her son, Tyler, and showing that high-powered corporate women can indeed lead a rich life beyond a business career: She got her pilot's license, threw herself back into extreme sports--Alpine rock climbing, Utah skiing, kiteboarding--and deployed her Amazon wealth into environmental and other causes. She served as Treasurer of the Natural Resources Defense Council and on Harvard's Advisory Board.more » « less