Carriage Services recently announced in a news release that its board of directors has elected Somer Webb as an independent director, effective immediately.

Webb, 44, will serve as the chair of the board’s Compensation Committee and as a member of the Board’s Audit and Corporate Governance committees. With her appointment, the board now consists of seven directors, five of whom are independent.

The news of her appointment comes amid a flurry of other developments at Carriage Services, including the naming of a new CEO, Carlos Quezada, and the news that it is considering strategic alternatives — “possibly including a sale, merger or other potential strategic or financial transaction, to maximize shareholder value,” according to the company.

“The addition of Somer Webb to Carriage’s board of directors is consistent with our commitment to listen to feedback from our shareholders and take steps to enhance our corporate governance,” said Carriage’s Executive Chairman Mel Payne. “Somer’s prior experience with a number of well-respected public companies in the consumer services space will be highly beneficial for our board and management team as we continue to focus on driving shareholder value.”

Webb has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, M&A, and driving organic growth through business intelligence insights. She currently serves as the chief financial officer of Solo Brands, a public company focused on outdoor and lifestyle products for consumers. She previously served as the chief financial officer of Worldwide Express, a technology driven third-party logistics company. She also has extensive executive experience at public companies including DaVita Inc., PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines, and Amazon. She earned a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Baylor University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“I’m looking forward to joining the board and learning more about Carriage’s unique culture and operating model and helping to identify additional ways to create value for shareholders,” Webb said. “My experience and skillset are well aligned with the company’s vision for the future.”

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