Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has earned a spot on Eniware LLC's Board of Directors, the company announced Thursday.
Steele, who also serves as a political analyst on MSNBC, will join the board at the Washington, D.C.-based company, which is dedicated to the sterilization of medical instruments in the developing world and disaster and war zones.
"Michael Steele is a visionary and iconic leader. He has blazed many trails in his career, and Eniware looks forward to benefiting from his wisdom and expertise," said James Bernstein, MD, CEO of Eniware, in a press release. "Michael’s guidance will be an invaluable asset in Eniware's quest to make safe surgery a reality for the 60 percent of the world’s population without electricity."
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The announcement continued:
"Michael Steele was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 2003, becoming the first African-American elected to state-wide office and again with his subsequent chairmanship in the Republican National Committee in 2009. Under Michael's leadership, the RNC broke all prior fundraising records and in 2010 the Republican Party picked up the greatest number of seats in the House of Representatives since 1938."
"In 2012, Mr. Steele co-founded Purple Nation Solutions, Inc., a public relations and strategic communications firm, with former White House Counsel Lanny Davis, and Emmy award-winning media & communications professional Eleanor McManus."
"Eniware is an extraordinary company with an urgent mission," said Steele. "I feel fortunate to join such a vital and necessary enterprise. Eniware's portable sterilization technology will make a tremendous impact on lives around the globe."
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Georgetown Law Center, Steele is a regular commentator and political analyst for MSNBC and has served as a contributor on Fox News Channel. He has appeared on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," and his writings on law, business and politics have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and Politico.com.
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Co-Founded in 2011 by Bernstein and Huma Malik, Eniware's patented technology is designed to provide portable, power-free and affordable sterilization of medical instruments in low-resource settings such as the developing world, disaster zones, and in combat arenas. Currently, no such technology exists and millions have suffered from preventable surgical site infections.
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