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Visteon Elects Two to Board of Directors

Patricia Higgins and James Thornton have been elected to Visteon's board of directors. Higgins is former president and CEO of Switch and Data in Tampa, Fla., and an experienced telecommunications executive. Thornton is a senior executive vice president and director of diversity, recruitment and people services for MBNA America Bank, N.A. based in Wilmington, Del.

DEARBORN, MI — Patricia Higgins and James Thornton have been elected to Visteon’s board of directors.

Higgins is former president and CEO of Switch and Data in Tampa, Fla., and an experienced telecommunications executive. Thornton is a senior executive vice president and director of diversity, recruitment and people services for MBNA America Bank, N.A. based in Wilmington, Del.

Higgins left Switch and Data earlier this year after serving as president and CEO since September 2000. Before joining Switch and Data, she was chairman and CEO of The Research Board, a business unit of the Gartner Group, for which she also served as executive vice president since January 1999. Before that, she was corporate vice president and chief information officer for Alcoa Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa., following two years at Unisys Corp. as vice president and president, communications market business unit. She began her career with AT&T in 1977, eventually serving as vice president, international sales operations for Lucent. After that, she spent four years with NYNEX/Bell Atlantic as corporate vice president and group vice president for the company’s operations in the state of New York.

Thornton has held various leadership positions since joining MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, in 1997. Prior to assuming his current position this year, he was director of sports marketing, regional director – Mid-Atlantic Region from January 2001 to February 2004. Thornton subsequently became director of quality assurance for MBNA. Before joining MBNA, Thornton spent 28 years at Sears, Roebuck and Company, mainly in its automotive and tire groups. He was vice president and general manager of Sears Tire Group (1996-97), after holding the same position for Sears Automotive (1993-95). During his career at Sears Automotive he also served as national and regional business manager, regional and territorial operating manager, and as a store manager in various locations.

To learn more about Visteon, go to: www.visteon.com.

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