Board Snapshot


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Independent Director Tenure

Independent Director Tenure Board Snapshot chart


Gender Board Snapshot chart

Reflects the current Director nominees and continuing Directors as of March 11, 2019 record date and excludes Dr. Ed Williams who passed away in 2018 and John Mecom, who decided to not seek another term as a Board member.


With extensive experience in leadership positions and a proven record of success, our Board is qualified to oversee the Company’s strategy and management. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee continually reviews and recommends enhancements to the Board’s leadership structure as evidenced by the nominations of Jakki Haussler and Sara Martinez Tucker in 2018 and Ellen Ochoa in 2015.


Each Director brings a particular range of skills and expertise to the deliberations of the SCI Board, which facilitates constructive and challenging debate around the boardroom table (see page 11 of the 2019 Proxy Statement for overview).


The calendar of Board and Committee meetings is established to support the Board’s focus on strategic and long-term matters, while ensuring the discharge of its monitoring and oversight role effectively through high quality discussions and briefings.

Director Age

Since 2012, we have added four new directors.

▼ Average age decline four years
▼Average tenure declined nine years

Meeting Attendance

During 2018, our Board had a 99% meeting combined attendance record. Please see page 25 of the 2019 Proxy Statement for more information about our Board meetings and Director attendance.

Personal Qualities

Our Directors bring innate personal qualities to the SCI boardroom that enable our Board to function effectively. Personal qualities exhibited in the boardroom include self-awareness, respect, integrity, independence, and the capacity to function effectively in challenging situations.

Director Nominees

* See Director Bios on pages 18 to 21 of the 2019 Proxy Statement, which includes other public Boards for each Director.

**Although the members of our Board each embody a broad range of backgrounds, experience and expertise, we have highlighted only the top three areas of expertise for each member.

Alan R. Buckwalter
Former Chairman and CEO, Chase Bank of Texas

Chair of: Compensation Committee

Member of: Audit Committee, Executive Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 72

Director Since: 2003

Other Public Boards*: None

Skills**: Financial, Investments/Financial Services, Business Development/M&A

Jakki L. Haussler
Founder and CEO, Opus Capital Management

Member of: Audit Committee, Investment Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 61

Director Since: 2018

Other Public Boards*: 2

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Investments/Financial Services, Business Development/M&A

Victor L. Lund
Executive Chairman of the Board, Teradata

Chair of: Audit Committee

Member of: Executive Committee, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 71

Director Since: 2000

Other Public Boards*: 1

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Financial, Technology or e-Commerce

Ellen Ochoa
Former Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

Member of: Compensation Committee, Investment Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 60

Director Since: 2015

Other Public Boards*: None

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Technology or e-Commerce, Government/Legal

Continuing Directors

Anthony L. Coelho, Lead Independent Director
Former Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives

Member of: Compensation Committee, Executive Committee, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 76

Director Since: 1991

Other Public Boards*: 2

Skills**: Financial, Investments/Financial Services, Government/Legal

Clifton H. Morris, Jr.
Chairman and CEO of JBC Funding, a corporate lending and investment firm

Member of: Audit Committee, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 83

Director Since: 1990

Other Public Boards*: None

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Industry, Financial

Thomas L. Ryan
Chairman and CEO, Service Corporation International

Chair of: Executive Committee

Independent: NO

Age: 53

Director Since: 2004

Other Public Boards*: 2

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Real Estate, Business Development/M&A

Sara Martinez Tucker
Former Chief Executive Officer, National Math + Science Initiative, a non-profit organization to improve student performance in STEM subjects

Member of: Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 63

Director Since: 2018

Other Public Boards*: 3

Skills**: CEO Experience/Senior Leadership, Technology or e-Commerce, Government/Legal

W. Blair Waltrip
Independent consultant, family and trust investments, and former senior executive of the Company

Chair of: Investment Committee

Independent: NO

Age: 64

Director Since: 1986

Other Public Boards*: None

Skills**: Industry, Investments/Financial Services, Business Development/M&A

Marcus A. Watts
President, The Friedkin Group, an umbrella company overseeing various business interests that are principally automotive related

Chair of: Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Member of: Compensation Committee, Executive Committee

Independent: YES

Age: 60

Director Since: 2012

Other Public Boards*: 1

Skills**: Marketing/Brand Management, Business Development/M&A, Government/Legal

Overview of Director Skills and Experience

We value the following skills and experiences within our Board of Directors to create a balance of diverse viewpoints and expertise:

CEO Experience/Senior Leadership 

We believe Directors who have held significant leadership positions over an extended period, especially CEO positions, possess extraordinary leadership qualities and demonstrate a practical understanding of organizations, processes, strategy, and risk management, and know how to drive change and growth.

Marketing/Brand Management

We employ a multi-brand strategy and also rely heavily on marketing our products and services on a pre-need basis. Directors with marketing experience and/or brand management experience can provide expertise and guidance as we seek to expand brand awareness, enhance our reputation, and increase pre-need sales.


Service Corporation International uses a broad set of financial metrics to measure its performance, and accurate financial reporting and robust auditing are critical to our success. We have added a number of Directors who qualify as Audit Committee financial experts, and we expect all of our Directors to have an understanding of finance, financial reporting processes, and internal controls.


The funeral and cemetery industry is unique and Directors with prior industry experience can help to shape and develop all aspects of the Company’s strategy.

Investments/Financial Services

Knowledge of financial markets, investment activities, and trust and insurance operations assists our Directors in understanding, advising on, and overseeing our investment strategies.

Real Estate 

We own a significant amount of real estate. Directors with experience in real estate can provide insight into our tiered product/pricing strategy for our cemeteries as well as advice on best uses of our real estate.

Technology or e-Commerce

Directors with education or experience in relevant technology are useful for understanding our efforts to enhance the customer experience as well as improve our internal processes and operations.

Business Development/Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

We seek to grow through acquisitions and development of new business operations. Directors with a background in business development and M&A provide insight into developing and implementing strategies for growing our business.


We operate in a heavily regulated industry. Directors who have a background in law or have served in government positions provide experience and insights that assist us in legal and regulatory compliance and help us work constructively with governmental and regulatory organizations in the areas we operate.