Lucasfilm’s Micheline Chau Joins Board of California HealthCare Foundation

Former Childrens Hospital Los Angeles CEO Bill Noce to become chair


The California HealthCare Foundation has elected Micheline Chau, president and chief operating officer of San Francisco-based Lucasfilm Ltd., to a three-year term on its board of directors. The board also announced that Walter W. “Bill” Noce, Jr., chair of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, will serve as board chair.

“With her film industry background and operational expertise, Micheline adds a new dimension to the experience on the Foundation’s board,” said CHCF President and CEO Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A.

In her role with Lucasfilm, Chau oversees one of the world’s leading film and entertainment companies and its iconic global franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Star Wars, the six-film saga that celebrated its 30th anniversary last week, is the largest entertainment franchise in history. The fourth Indiana Jones film is in production and will be released in May 2008.

In addition to Lucasfilm’s motion picture and television productions, Chau guides the activities of multiple Oscar-winning Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, the entertainment industry’s leading visual-effects and audio post-production facilities; LucasArts Entertainment, which develops and publishes entertainment software for computer and console platforms worldwide; Lucas Online, creator of the newly relaunched Starwars.com; Lucasfilm Animation, which is creating animated feature and television productions; and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm’s entertainment properties.

Chau began her Lucasfilm career in 1991 as chief financial officer and was named to her current position in 2003. Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Chau served as chief financial/administrative officer for Bell Atlantic Healthcare Systems. She also has held management positions in the retail, restaurant, venture capital, and financial services industries.

A native of Singapore, Chau received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and a master’s of business administration from Stanford University.

Noce Becomes Chair

New board chair Noce, former president and CEO of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, has been a CHCF board member since 2004. Prior to joining Childrens, he worked for the St. Joseph’s Health System of Orange, Calif., in several executive capacities. Noce has served on numerous California health care committees and boards including the California Workforce Investment Board. He is a frequent contributor to national and international discussions on access to quality health care for children.

“We are grateful to have Bill as chair,” said Smith. “His knowledge, expertise, and passion about improving health care in California and the nation help the Foundation to be more effective in the work we do.”

Noce succeeds A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc., executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, San Francisco, who has completed a term as chair and remains on the board.

Brandford Completes Final Term

Chau replaces Napoleon Brandford III, who completed a final three-year term on the CHCF board.

“The whole organization is grateful for Napoleon’s ten years of invaluable contributions to the success of CHCF,” Smith said. “He has been instrumental in helping the Foundation ‘get its legs,’ and has continued to play an integral role in guiding our efforts to improve health care in California.”


About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.