Staff Report

Retired marketing executive and branding expert Lois S. Brown has joined the board of directors of Solvang Theaterfest.

“Such a wonderful opportunity it is for Solvang Festival Theater to have Lois aboard,” said board chairman Chris Nielsen. “Her experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to the board of directors.”

Brown’s career and that of her husband, Sonny Brown, took them from California to Germany to Texas before she retired in Santa Ynez in 2008.

Among her many positions were general manager of marketing for the Ore-Ida Division of H.J. Heinz Co.; director of marketing at the Golden Grain Division of Quaker Oats Co.; and vice president for marketing at Austin Logistics.

Brown also worked as brand strategist for a New York City consulting firm engaged by Fortune 50 packaged-goods and software clients.

She holds an MBA degree in marketing from UC Berkeley.

She is a member of the Santa Ynez Valley Women’s Hiking Group and enjoys painting, writing, and international travel.

For more information about Solvang Theaterfest, the nonprofit corporation that owns and operates the Solvang Festival Theater, call 805-686-1789.