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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) New York 2015

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Jeff Ubben

Jeff Ubben

Director: Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Willis Group Holdings

Colleen Brown

Colleen Brown

Director: TrueBlue

Denny Strigl

Denny Strigl

Director: Anadigics, Nokia, PNC Financial Services Group


ODX® continues to be the gold standard for director education. Completely off-the-record, our annual New York meeting is limited to sitting public company directors who will gather to discuss critical boardroom concerns. This year, topics include how investors are looking at your board, what directors need to know about big data and analytics, enhancing board - CEO relations, optimizing investment in risk oversight and compliance, and an update on Dodd Frank 2.0.

To view photos of our 2015 event, please click here.

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Speakers (21)

Jeff Ubben

Jeff Ubben

Jeff Ubben Founder, CEO and the Chief Investment Officer, ValueAct Capital
Director: Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Willis Group Holdings

Jeffrey W. Ubben is a Founder, Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of ValueAct Capital. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Mr Ubben was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years. He is former chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and a former director of Acxiom, Catalina Marketing, Gartner Group, Insurance Auto Auctions, Mentor Corporation, Omnicare, Misys, Per-Se Technologies, Sara Lee and several other public and private companies. In addition, Mr Ubben serves as chairman of the national board of the Posse Foundation, is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and is also on the board of the American Conservatory Theater. He has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Colleen Brown

Colleen Brown

Chairman, American Apparel
Director: TrueBlue

Colleen Brown currently advises media, technology and information companies and serves as Chairman of American Apparel. She also serves on the board of TrueBlue, privately held Port Blakely, and DataSphere, a venture-backed technology company. Ms Brown was previously President and CEO of Fisher Communications, where she led the turnaround of this NASDAQ-listed company and completed its successful sale in 2013. She was inducted into the Gamco Management Hall of Fame in 2014 for outstanding contributions in enhancing shareholder value. Ms Brown previously served on the boards of Career Builder and Classified Ventures. Her community activities include the Washington Roundtable and United Way of King County. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Denny Strigl

Denny Strigl

Retired President and COO, Verizon Communications
Director: Anadigics, Nokia, PNC Financial Services Group

Dennis F. Strigl was President and COO of Verizon Communications from 2007 to 2009 and was formerly President and CEO of Verizon Wireless since its formation in 2000. Previously, Mr Strigl served as President and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile, Group President and CEO of the Global Wireless Group of Bell Atlantic, VP of Operations and COO of Bell Atlantic New Jersey and served on its Board of Directors. He also served as President and CEO of Applied Data Research. Mr Strigl holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a doctorate in Humane Letters from Canisius College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a part-time lecturer at Princeton University.

Ed Garden

Ed Garden

Chief Investment Officer and founding partner, Trian Partners
Director: BNY Mellon, Pentair, Wendy's

Ed Garden is chief investment Officer and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management. He, along with Nelson Peltz and Peter May, founded Trian in 2005. Trian invests in under-performing and undervalued public companies and looks to work constructively with the management and boards to create lasting shareholder value. As CIO, Mr Garden oversees all aspects of Trian’s portfolio management, idea generation, analyses and due diligence activities. In addition to serving on the boards of Wendy’s and BNY Mellon, Mr Garden attends and participates at meetings of the board of Pentair and its compensation committee in a non-voting capacity until shareholders approve a resolution at its 2016 annual shareholders meeting to increase the size of the board by one director, a vacancy Mr Garden is to fill. He served as a director of Family Dollar Stores from  2011 to July 2015. In 2014, Mr. Garden was named to CNBC’s Next List composed of 100 next generation trailblazers expected to change the face of business over the next 25 years. Previously, Mr Garden served as vice chairman and a director of Triarc Companies, where he was also head of corporate development. Prior to joining Triarc, he was a managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he had served as a senior investment banker and BT Alex Brown, where he was co-head of equity capital markets. Mr Garden holds a BA in Economics from Harvard College.

Jenne  Britell

Jenne Britell

Chairman, United Rentals
Director: Crown Holdings, Quest Diagnostics

Jenne Britell was chairman and CEO of Structured Ventures, advisors to US and multinational companies, from 2001 to 2009. From 1996 to 2000, Dr Britell was a senior executive of GE Capital, most recently serving as EVP of Global Consumer Finance and president of Global Commercial and Mortgage Banking. From 1998 to  1999, she was president and CEO of GE Capital, Central and Eastern Europe, based in Vienna. Previously, she held significant management positions with Dime Bancorp, HomePower, Citicorp and Republic New York. Earlier, she was the founding chairman and CEO of the Polish-American Mortgage Bank in Warsaw. Dr Britell was previously a director of the US-Russia Investment Fund and the US-Russia Foundation for Entrepreneurship and the Rule of Law. She also served as a director of West Pharmaceutical Services, Aames Investment and Lincoln National. Dr Britell was named the 2011 Director of the Year by NACD and one of six outstanding directors for 2011 by the Outstanding Directors Exchange, a division of the Financial Times. In early 2012, Dr Britell was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Charlynn  Goins

Charlynn Goins

Former Chair, New York City Health and Hospitals
Director: Fannie Mae (until 9/2015)

Charlynn Goins served as Chair of the New York Community Trust from 2009 to 2014, and she remains on its Board as Chairperson Emerita. Ms Goins previously served as a director of Fannie May from 2008 to September 30, 2015. She was a director of AXA Financial from 2006 to 2012. Ms Goins chaired the Board of Directors of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, from 2004 to 2008. She also served on the Board of Trustees of The Mainstay Funds, New York Life Insurance Company’s retail family of funds, from 2001 to 2006 and on the Board of Directors of The Community’s Bank from 2001 to 2004. Ms Goins was SVP of Prudential Financial (formerly Prudential Securities) from 1990 to 1997. She was previously with  Integrated Resources and the law firm of Proskauer Rose. Ms Goins earned an AB from Barnard College and a JD from Columbia University Law School.

Roger Kimmel

Roger Kimmel

Chairman, Endo International
Director: PG&E

Roger Kimmel has been vice chairman of Rothschild since 2001. Previously, he was a partner of the law firm Latham & Watkins for more than five years. Mr Kimmel was a director of Schiff Nutrition International until 2012, and was Chairman Endo Health Solutions until 2014. He has been chairman of the board of Trustees of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation since 2009.

Mollie Carter

Mollie Carter

Chairman and CEO, Sunflower Bank
Director: Archer Daniels Midland, Westar Energy

Mollie Hale Carter is president, CEO and chairman of Sunflower Bank, a retail and commercial bank with more than $1.5 billion in assets and locations in more than 20 communities throughout Colorado and Kansas. She joined the bank in 2005. Since 1997, she also has been VP of Star A, a private investment firm specializing in agricultural interests. Previously, she was a senior investment officer at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. Ms Carter serves on the board of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Joe Vassalluzzo

Joe Vassalluzzo

Chairman, Federal Realty Investment Trust; Director: Office Depot

Joseph S. Vassalluzzo served as Vice Chairman of Staples from 2000 to 2005, with responsibility for overseeing domestic and international growth in its retail and commercial operations. During his 16 years with the company, he held various positions with Staples and Staples Realty & Development. Mr Vassalluzzo previously served in executive positions at American Stores, Acme Supermarkets, Mobil Corp. and Amerada Hess. He serves as Non-Management Director of Commerce Bank, National AssociatioN and was lead director of Life Time Fitness from 2006 until its sale in June 2015. Mr Vassalluzzo holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University.

Michael Patsalos-Fox

Michael Patsalos-Fox

CEO, Stroz Friedberg
Director: Cognizant Technology Solutions

Michael Patsalos-Fox has served as CEO of Stroz Friedberg, a global investigation and cyber security firm, since November 2013. He was previously a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he most recently served as a member of McKinsey’s operating committee and leader of McKinsey’s new business growth opportunities around data, analytics, and software. Mr Patsalos-Fox held various other positions with the firm since 1981, including Managing Partner of the New York and New Jersey offices. He also served on McKinsey’s board of directors from 1998 to 2010. From 2003 to 2009, Mr Patsalos-Fox also served as Chairman of the Americas for McKinsey. He received a BS from  University of Sydney and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Cheryl   Mayberry McKissack

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack

COO and President of JPC Digital, Johnson Publishing Company
Director: Deluxe, PrivateBancorp

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack is the Chief Operating Officer and President of JPC Digital for Johnson Publishing Company, best known for its flagship publication, Ebony. Prior to joining JPC in 2014, Ms Mayberry McKissack was the Founder, President and CEO of Nia Enterprises, a Chicago­ based online research, marketing and digital consulting firm. Prior to this, Ms Mayberry McKissack enjoyed a successful 23-year corporate career in operations and technology, including serving as the Worldwide SVP and General Manager at Open Port Technology and VP for the Americas and founding member of the Network Systems Division at 3Com (formerly US Robotics). During her tenure at US Robotics, she was a key member of the leadership team that purchased the leading personal digital assistant company at the time: Palm, Inc. The acquisition was a key driver in the subsequent sale of US Robotics to 3Com for over $8 billion,  one of the largest tech company transactions of the late 1990s. Ms Mayberry McKissack started her technology career at IBM where she enjoyed 14 years in sales, marketing and management positions.

Erin  Nealy Cox

Erin Nealy Cox

Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg

Erin Nealy Cox is one of five executive managing directors that serve on Stroz Friedberg’s executive leadership committee. She is also in charge of the firm’s global Incident Response practice, leading a vast team of first responders, threat intelligence analysts and malware specialists. Ms Nealy Cox regularly advises a full portfolio of corporate clients, providing consulting and technical expertise in the areas of cybercrime investigations, data breach response, digital forensics, and electronic discovery processing. She led an internal incident response team as independent forensic experts in the Heartland Payment Systems breach— still the largest disclosed payment card information data breach. More recently, Ms Nealy Cox has marshalled the firm’s highly-skilled incident response teams to assist clients including Neiman Marcus Group, Target, Genesco, Aldo, and Wyndham Worldwide. She also advises Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of Fortune 500 companies on leading security practices within the context of today’s cyber risks.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Ms Nealy Cox was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the the Northern District of Texas for nearly ten years. While there, she served as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator for four years and was appointed to a nation-wide working group responsible for coordinating and prosecuting complex cyber-crime cases across the United States. In her role as a federal prosecutor, she was responsible for prosecuting all types of federal crimes, including white collar fraud, public corruption, intellectual property theft, child exploitation, narcotic offenses, and cyber-based crimes. She also argued several criminal appellate cases before the Fifth and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Francois Nader

Francois Nader

Former CEO, NPS Pharmaceuticals
Chairman, Acceleron Pharma Director: Advanced Accelerator Applications

Francois Nader, MD, was President and CEO of NPS Pharmaceuticals from 2008 to 2015, when the company was acquired by Shire for $5.3 Billion. During his tenure as CEO Dr. Nader transformed NPS Pharma into a leading global biotechnology company focused on delivering innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases. He was recognized as the Ernst and Young National Life Science Entrepreneur of the Year® in 2013. Previously, Dr Nader was a venture partner at Care Capital and served on the North America Leadership Team of Aventis and its predecessor companies holding positions including SVP, integrated healthcare markets and North America medical and regulatory affairs. Previously, he led the global commercial operations at the Pasteur Vaccines division of Rhone-Poulenc. He currently serves on the board of Clementia Pharmaceuticals, a private company. Dr Nader earned his French Doctorate in Medicine from St. Joseph University in Lebanon and his Physician Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Peter Tombros

Peter Tombros

Former Chairman: NPS Pharma; Director: Cambrex

Outstanding Director 2015
Since 2005, Peter Tombros has served as professor and executive in residence in the Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of VivoQuest, a private biopharmaceutical company. From 1994 to 2001, Mr Tombros served as president, CEO, and director of Enzon Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Enzon, Mr Tombros spent 25 years with Pfizer in positions including VP of marketing, SVP and general manager of the Roerig Pharmaceuticals Division, EVP and director of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Division, VP of corporate strategic planning and VP, Corporate Officer, Pfizer Inc. Mr Tombros received BS and MS degrees from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Graduate School of Business. More recently, he chaired Penn State's $2.2 billion capital campaign. Prior public board service includes Alpharma, Pharmanet Development Group and Dendrite International.

Rakhi Kumar

Rakhi Kumar

Managing Director and Head of Corporate Governance, State Street Global Advisors

Rakhi Kumar is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Governance at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).  She is responsible for developing and implementing SSgA's global proxy voting policies across all investment portfolios and managing issuer engagement.  Rakhi has strengthened SSGA’s stewardship program by incorporating a risk based approach; developing and implementing a new environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) and portfolio performance screening tools; identifying stewardship priorities that drive SSGA’s stewardship efforts; and increasing integration with investment teams across SSGA’s global investment centers.

Ms Kumar is a member of SSgA's Senior Leadership Team, SSGA’s Global Proxy Review Committee, a co-chair of SSgA’s ESG Working Group, and a member of the State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Working Group and SSGA’s Diversity Initiative. 

Ms Kumar earned her MBA from Yale University and her Bachelors of Commerce from Bombay University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1997. In 2014, she was named as one of the ten people who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year by the Global Proxy Watch, a newsletter of international corporate governance and shareowner value. 

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson

Retired Chairman and CEO, Dow Corning
Director: Chemical Financial, Eastman Chemical

Outstanding Director 2015
Gary Anderson joined Dow Corning, a diversified company specializing in the development, manufacture and marketing of silicones and related silicon-based products, in 1967 and served in various executive capacities for over 25 years, including Chairman, President and CEO. Mr Anderson retired as Chairman at the end of 2005. He has been a director of Chemical Bank since 2001, serving as the board's first lead independent director from 2006 to 2011. Mr Anderson joined the Eastman Chemical board in 2007 and served as its first lead independent director from 2011 to 2014. 

Lloyd Segal

Lloyd Segal

Managing Partner, Persistence Capital Partners
Director: Diagnos

Lloyd Segal joined Persistence Capital Partners in 2010 after a career as a successful healthcare entrepreneur and corporate leader. He is responsible for all aspects of PCP’s investments from sourcing, evaluating and executing on investment opportunities to managing existing investments. Lloyd is currently the lead Partner on PCP’s investment in Manna Research, Canada’s leading local site investigator group. In 2013, Mr Segal was honored as a Financial Times’ Outstanding Director for his role as an independent director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. He served as CEO of Thallion Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company sold to Bellus Health in 2013; as founding CEO of Caprion Pharmaceuticals, a proteomics laboratory services company; and CEO of Advanced Bioconcept, an early innovator in the development and sale of novel discovery tools for life science research. Mr Segal began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey. He currently serves on the board of the GBC American Fund and on the Advisory Council of the School of Science at Brandeis University. He holds a BA in politics from Brandeis University and an MBA (Hons.) from Harvard Business School. 

James Lam

James Lam

President, James Lam & Associates
Director: E*Trade

James Lam is president of James Lam & Associates, a risk management consulting firm that works with corporate directors and executives of large, complex organizations. In 2012, he was appointed to the E*TRADE Financial board and was named chair of the risk oversight committee and a member of the audit committee. Mr Lam is widely noted as the first-ever chief risk officer and an early advocate of enterprise risk management. Previously, he served as a partner at Oliver Wyman, founder and president of ERisk, chief risk officer at Fidelity Investments, and chief risk officer at GE Capital Market Services. He is the author of Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls, which has been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean. In 1997, he received the inaugural Risk Manager of the Year Award from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. For three years (2005, 2006 and 2008), Treasury & Risk Management magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance. Mr Lam graduated summa cum laude with a BBA from Baruch College and earned an MBA with honors from UCLA. In 2004, he was appointed senior research fellow at Peking University, he has lectured at Harvard Business School as the subject of a case study, and he has taught graduate courses in risk management and advanced derivatives at Babson College and Hult International Business School.

Sandy Lyons

Sandy Lyons

CEO and Partner, The River Group
Director: International Wire Group

Sandy Lyons is CEO of The River Group, a boutique leadership advisory and consulting firm. He has 25 years experience in line executive roles, including over 10 years in the role of CEO for multi-billion dollar global enterprises including Draka Holding NV, Corning Cable Systems and Siecor. Mr Lyons holds an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy. 

Paymon  Aliabadi

Paymon Aliabadi

EVP and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Exelon

As Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Paymon Aliabadi is responsible for all aspects of risk management for Exelon, its affiliates and subsidiaries. Before joining Exelon in 2013, Mr Aliabadi served as Principal and Managing Director of Gleam Capital Management, a start-up investment firm focused on energy resources and infrastructure. Previously, he served as Principal & Managing Director of Gunvor Global Energy, a division of Gunvor International, a private oil trading firm in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Gunvor, Mr Aliabadi was CEO of Essent Trading, the largest energy company in The Netherlands, where he transformed the group from a regional gas and power portfolio manager to a global energy trading market leader. Previously, Aliabadi served as VP of Commodities for Sempra Energy Solutions, where he led and managed the trading and portfolio management activities of the firm's energy portfolio in North America. Previously, he held various positions with PG&E including Director of Enterprise Risk, Director of Energy Trading, Transmission Operations Superintendent and Division Gas Engineer.

Cindy Fornelli

Cindy Fornelli

Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality

Cindy Fornelli is executive director of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a position she has held since the CAQ was established in 2007. She currently serves on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s financial accounting standards advisory council and the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society’s board of trustees, class of 2014. She previously served on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 2010 Blue Ribbon Commission on the Audit Committee and 2009 Blue Ribbon Commission on Risk Governance. Prior to joining the CAQ, Ms Fornelli was the regulatory and conflicts management executive at Bank of America and the deputy director, Division of Investment Management of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2014, Ms Fornelli was honored for the sixth time by Directorship magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance. Accounting Today has named her one of the 100 most influential people in accounting for eight consecutive years. Ms Fornelli is a graduate of Purdue University and received her JD at George Washington University.


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Why Attend?

  • Completely off the record
  • FT-ODX is the only conference for directors only
  • No powerpoints - purely interactive
  • No one sells, no one lectures
  • Small group size fosters interaction

Agenda - 28th Oct

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Lunch Buffet
  • 12:15pm

    Heather Wolf
    ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live

  • 12:30pm
    Interview: Your Board Through the Eyes of an Investor

    Director tenure, board succession, ESG risk management, and executive compensation are among the issues that active owners like SSgA look at with great care. Hear how the firm wants to engage with directors and ask questions that matter most to your boards.

    Rakhi Kumar
    Head of Corporate Governance, State Street Global Advisors

    Cindy Fornelli(Interviewer)
    Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality

  • 1:30pm
    What Boards Should Be Asking About Data Analytics

    Most companies that have made large capital investments in mining and analyzing "big data" confess to only hit-or-miss success. It’s time to move beyond what is possible into specific aspirations for the business and the full cost to properly integrate data and implement analytic tools. This session will help directors ensure focus on clear priorities and ROI expectations of data analytics.

    Dixon Doll
    Co-founder and Partner Emeritus, DCM Ventures
    Director: DirecTV (until 8/15)

    Christer Johnson
    Principal, Analytics Advisory Services, EY

    Cheryl Mayberry McKissack
    COO and President JPC Digital, Johnson Publishing
    Director: Deluxe, PrivateBancorp

    Ruby Sharma(Moderator)
    Principal, Center for Board Matters, EY

  • 2:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:00pm
    Ensuring Long-term Value Creation: A Board Imperative

    Corporate America has developed the collective bad habit of living from quarter to quarter, threatening the long-term value and viability of public enterprises. Explore how boards are combating short-termism with the development and communication of plans for innovation and growth.

    Mollie Carter
    Chairman and CEO, Sunflower Bank
    Director: Archer Daniels Midland, Westar Energy

    Peter Tombros
    Professor and Executive in Residence, Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program, Pennsylvania State University
    Former Chairman: NPS Pharma
    Director: Cambrex
    Outstanding Director 2015

    Joe Vassalluzzo
    Chairman, Federal Realty Investment Trust
    Director: Lifetime Fitness, Office Depot

    Richard De Rose (Moderator)
    Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

  • 4:00pm
    Champagne Roundtables

    Dissecting Dodd Frank 2.0 - disclosure, clawbacks, pay ratios, et al                                            
    Irv Becker, National Practice Leader for Board Solutions, Hay Group

    The Progressive Board's Approach to Assessment - leading practices that enhance board effectiveness
    Ann Yerger, Executive Director, Center for Board Matters, EY

    A New Era for Audit Committees - how the increased focus of policymakers affects you
    Cindy Fornelli, Center for Audit Quality

    Dealing with State Sponsored Cyber Crime – the new Russian threat
    Erin Nealy Cox, Executive Managing Director and Eli Jellenc, Director of Threat Intell, Stroz Friedberg

  • 5:15pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00pm
    Outstanding Directors Awards Dinner
  • 8:30pm
    End of Day One

Agenda - 29th Oct

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
  • 8:10am
    Strengthening the Board - CEO Partnership

    Unclear and conflicting expectations between CEOs and their boards can have business impacts that are just as damaging as badly designed pay packages or poorly executed succession plans. This panel will share methods for establishing and refreshing rules of engagement, including roles and responsibilities, performance metrics and evaluations, and communications.

    Gary Anderson
    Retired Chairman and CEO, Dow Corning
    Director: Chemical Financial, Eastman Chemical
    Outstanding Director 2015

    Sandy Lyons
    CEO and Partner, The River Group
    Director: InternationalWireGroup

    Francois Nader
    Former CEO, NPS Pharmaceuticals
    Chairman, Acceleron Pharma
    Director: Baxalta

    Christine Rivers(Moderator)
    VP Board Solutions, Hay Group

  • 9:30am
    Networking Break
  • 9:50am
    Beyond the Skills Matrix: Traits of High Performing Boards

    Is your board one of the company’s strategic weapons? Does every board meeting have genuine “take home value” for management? Discuss ways to unleash the power of diverse skills and backgrounds around the table so that your board is truly helping to solve problems, develop key initiatives, and sustain growth.   

    Colleen Brown
    Chairman, American Apparel
    Director: TrueBlue

    Charlynn Goins
    Former Chairman, New York City Health and Hospitals 
    Director: Fannie Mae (until 9/2015) 

    Denny Strigl
    Retired President and COO, Verizon Communications
    Director: Anadigics, PNC Financial Services Group

    Andrea Plotnick(Moderator)
    National Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Hay Group

  • 11:00am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    1. The Dreaded Data Breach
    What every director should know about leading cyber security practices, data breach response, cyber crime investigations, digital forensics, and electronic discovery processing.

    Erin Nealy Cox
    Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg

    Michael Patsalos-Fox
    CEO, Stroz Friedberg
    Director: Cognizant

    2. Lessons Learned From Failed M&A
    Whether due to price, value, or ability to close, a failed transaction can have a negative effect on share price, customers, employees, funding sources, and future M&A prospects. Hear how board - management interactions can make or break a company's efforts to comsumate a deal.

    Jenne Britell
    Chairman, United Rentals
    Director: Crown Holdings, Quest Diagnostics
    Outstanding Director 2011

    Jonathan Gottsegen 
    SVP, GC and Corporate Secretary, United Rentals

    Roger Kimmel
    Vice Chairman, Rothschild
    Chairman, Endo International
    Director: PG&E

    Ariel Deckelbaum 
    Partner, Paul Weiss

    3. Maximizing ROI in Risk, Compliance and Audit

    Even companies with massive budgets to throw at oversight functions don’t always get satisfactory results. Hear about ways companies are enhancing the effectiveness of their ERM, corporate compliance, and internal audit programs while rationalizing costs.

    Paymon Aliabadi
    EVP and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Exelon

    Matt Feldman
    President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

    James Lam
    President, James Lam & Associates
    Director: E*Trade

  • 12:15pm
    Networking Lunch and Book Signing*: Hosted by Workiva

    * Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls by James Lam

  • 1:00pm
    The Active Investor Perspective on How Boards Should Engage

    The board's reaction when approached is increasingly at the center of an activist hedge fund’s decision to target a company. Two of the world’s leading active investors share their thoughts on interacting with boards about tactical recommendations, corporate strategy, and leadership.  

    Ed Garden
    Chief Investment Officer and founding partner, Trian Partners
    Director: BNY Mellon, Wendy's, (Pentair)

    Jeff Ubben
    Founder, CEO and the Chief Investment Officer, ValueAct Capital
    Director: Willis Group Holdings, (21st Century Fox)

    Jeff Kochian (Moderator)
    Partner, Akin Gump

    Lloyd Segal (Moderator)
    Managing Partner, Persistence Capital Partners
    Director: Diagnos, GBC American Fund
    Outstanding Director 2013

  • 2:20pm
    Closing Remarks and Conference Close

Who Attends?

Attendance is limited to sitting board directors of publicly traded companies who are eager to learn about best practices in the boardroom. There is a cost to attend this event. Recommended fields of study include: management, economics and finance. 

FT-ODX puts you in a room full of your boardroom peers where everyone is comfortable speaking candidly about the most pressing governance issues of the day. Our panels are led by winners of the prestigious Outstanding Directors award, sitting CEOs, and other experienced board members, who share practical solutions and create an open forum for dialogue. No one sells, no one lectures, and there are no slide presentations. Instead, every FT-ODX session is fueled by questions from an intimate audience and all discussions are off-the-record. This unique format creates the power of FT-ODX.

Hear Firsthand from Outstanding Director Chris Lynch about the FT-ODX Experience




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  • Access to an exclusive invite-only audience of directors of publicly-traded companies
  • Face-to-face networking opportunities throughout conference sessions and at meals and breaks
  • Prestigious speakers - Sitting board chairs, CEOs and independent directors make up the bulk of the speaker roster, supplemented by prominent experts in key governance fields
  • Relevant programming - ODX agendas are packed with the issues that keep directors up at night. The speakers bring real world experiences and insights and speak candidly in our off-the-record setting
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions.  We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 21 offices globally. Our firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments.

We were founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, with the guiding vision that commitment, excellence and integrity would drive the success of the firm.  We incorporated those qualities into the firm’s core values as we grew into an international full-service firm positioned at the intersection of commerce, policy and the law.  Our goal in every engagement is to provide client service that not only meets but anticipates our clients’ needs and exceeds their expectations.  From reputational defense of headline-makers to up-, down- and midstream energy investments, from precedential class action dismissals to critical corporate governance and compliance counsel, we serve clients across a wide range of industries, regions and practices. Our lawyers, many with years of experience in the boardroom, on the bench and in the halls of government, collaborate across borders and practices to provide seamless, cost-effective, comprehensive counsel.

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ fosters high-quality performance by public company auditors; convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues that require action and intervention; and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. In carrying out these objectives, the CAQ provides numerous resources—such as alerts, reports, and webcasts—for auditors and others in financial reporting. Supported by a membership of US accounting firms registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the CAQ is led by a Governing Board comprised of chief executives from leading public company auditing firms and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as independent representatives from key communities: academics, audit committees, and investors.

Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. We develop talent, organize people to be more effective and motivate them to perform at their best. Our focus is on making change happen and helping people and organizations realize their potential.

Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of our commitment to client success across our advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $5 billion, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, according to Thomson Reuters.

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected and regulated business world. We are trusted advisers—a collection of the brightest minds in the fields of cybersecurity—who are leading experts in digital forensics, incident response, and security science; investigation; eDiscovery; and due diligence. We work proactively to minimize risk, and respond in real time to contain issues and crisis situations when the inevitable occurs. Our multi-disciplinary teams tackle the most complex, time-sensitive, and far-reaching issues and guide businesses through the maze of complexities found at the intersection of law, technology, investigations, compliance and security science. The skills, backgrounds, and integrity of our people, combined with our industry-leading proprietary incident response and digital forensics tools, are a powerful force when getting it right matters most. At Stroz Friedberg, we are united by a common goal — to maximize the health of an organization, ensuring its longevity, protection and resilience.

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Workiva (NYSE:WK) created Wdesk, a cloud-based productivity platform for enterprises to collect, link, report and analyze business data with control and accountability. Thousands of organizations, including over 65% of the 500 largest U.S. corporations by total revenue, use Wdesk. The platform’s proprietary word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate enterprise risk, improve productivity and give users confidence to make decisions with real-time data. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit


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Outstanding Directors Awards Program

Since its inception in 1998, the FT-ODX Outstanding Directors Program has honored more than 100 independent directors from across corporate America. Outstanding Directors are identified by their boardroom peers for the key role they have played during a crisis, a business transformation or a turnaround. They are selected after consulting with members of the Outstanding Directors Advisory Board - sitting directors and CEOs from a cross-section of U.S. industry - and completing extensive research into their companies and careers.

The stories of our winners show independent corporate governance at its best. Our mission is to shed light on this rarely reported positive side, and to provide a platform for sharing best practices and lessons learned.

The program operates under the rubric of The FT Outstanding Directors Exchange - the umbrella organization for the Outstanding Directors Awards and the FT-ODX conference series in corporate governance.


Outstanding Directors Award Winners



Gary E. Anderson
Retired Chairman and CEO, Dow Corning
Director: Chemical Financial, Eastman Chemical

As Eastman Chemical’s first lead independent director, Gary Anderson used his vast experience as a retired chemical industry CEO to support a stunning corporate transformation that included strategic divestures, a game-changing acquisition, and a smooth CEO succession. Bio


Elizabeth E. Tallett
Healthcare Industry Consultant
Director: Anthem, Meredith, Principal Financial Group, Qiagen
As lead director at Principal Financial Group, Liz Tallett rose to the many challenges presented by the financial crisis, guiding her board down a complicated, stressful, and ultimately successful path to a strong recovery. Bio


Peter G. Tombros
Professor and Executive in Residence, Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program, Pennsylvania State University
Chairman: NPS Pharmaceuticals
Director: Cambrex
As non-executive chairman of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Peter Tombros played a decisive role in pulling the company out of a death spiral, tirelessly supporting a compelling but challenging new business model for NPS and the new leaders who made it happen. Bio


William J. Flynn
CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide
Director: Republic Services
An admired leader on the Republic Services board, Bill Flynn has helped unify the post-merger board, overhauled executive compensation, expanded oversight of talent development, and promoted strategic business expansion. Bio
Franklin W. Hobbs
Former CEO, Houlihan Lokey and Dillon Read
Chairman: Ally Financial
Director: Lord Abbett, Molson Coors
In his role as non-executive chairman of Ally Financial, Fritz Hobbs has overseen the survival and turnaround of the fi nancial services giant formerly known as GMAC, drawing on tremendous creativity, grace, and grit to get the job done. Bio
Lawrence W. Kellner
Retired Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines
Chairman: Sabre Holdings
Director: Boeing, Chubb, Marriott International
As lead director at Marriott International, Larry Kellner has played a vital behind-the-scenes role in a stellar transition to the company’s fi rst non-family chief executive. Bio
Edward E. Lucente
Retired Chairman and CEO, QMS
Retired Director: ModusLink Global Solutions
While serving as an independent director at ModusLink, Ed Lucente stepped up to run the company in a leadership vacuum, successfully steering operations, restoring staff and customer confi dence, and recruiting a new CEO. Bio
Joyce M. Roché
Retired CEO, Girls, Inc.
Director: AT&T, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Macy’s, Tupperware Brands
A prized director on all of her boards, Joyce Roché’s domain expertise and personal commitment have helped fuel Tupperware’s development of motivational pay programs, diverse global talent and a tremendous growth trajectory. Bio


Christopher S. Lynch
Chris Lynch has played a pivotal role in the historic recovery of AIG, where he chairs the audit committee, and of Freddie Mac, where he chaired the audit committee before assuming the role of non-executive chairman Bio 

Lloyd M. Segal
After successfully helping to resolve bitter proxy battles at Canada's Biovail, Lloyd Segal helped steer it through complicated cross-border merger to create Valeant Pharmaceuticals, to the benefit of all stakeholders. Bio 

Lydia W. Thomas
At Cabot Corp., Lydia Thomas pioneered the annual sustainability report - now an industry model - and has guided the company's world-leading safety, health, environment and risk efforts. Bio 

Anthony J. Topazi
Anthony Topazi master-minded Hancock Holdings' strategic acquisition of Whitney National Bank, which has more than doubled Hancock's size and created a southern banking powerhouse. Bio

Jeffrey N. Watanabe
As chairman of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Jeff Watanabe engineered transformative changes in board structure, executive teams and governance practices, resulting in record performance and strong progress toward a lofty renewable energy commitment. Bio


W. Frank Blount
As lead director since KBR's spin-off from Halliburton, Blount has helped stabilize the company by resolving critical business, legal and leadership issues. Bio

David W. Dorman
As Chairman, Dorman led Motorola through a successful break up, safeguarding shareholder value despite tremendous economic, strategic and governance obstacles. Bio

Donald L. Lucas
In addition to setting the standard for financial integrity at Oracle for nearly two decades, Lucas has inspired directors and management at the many other Silicon Valley companies where he has served on the board. Bio

Laban P. Jackson, Jr.
Jackson has taken the role of audit chair to new heights at JPMorgan Chase, establishing relationships with key regulators worldwide and successfully navigating the financial crises' many challenges. Bio

James V. Napier
Napier's keen strategic insights and thought leadership have guided a stellar business transformation at Wabtec, where he has also helped to instill a strong pay-for-performance culture. Bio


William F. Andrews
For guiding Corrections Corporation of America back from the brink of bankruptcy and mentoring a new CEO through financial re-engineering and major operational improvements. Bio

Glen A. Barton
For being the catalyst for strategic refocusing at Newmont Mining,guiding a board restructuring,compensation overhaul and leadership transition. Bio

Jenne K. Britell, PHD
For uniting and revitalizing the United Rentals board behind a new CEO and corporate strategy, positioning the organization to thrive in the wake of a failed private equity buyout.Bio

Michael R. Eisenson
For leadership in the Penske Automotive Group boardroom, initially as a private equity director and now as an invaluable audit chair, financial counselor and independent voice for investors. Bio

Jerry Greenwald
For being a guiding force throughout Aetna's financial and strategic turnaround, providing counsel on investments in new capabilities, products and growth markets in the healthcare industry. Bio

Bonnie G. Hill
For decisive action in the face of Home Depot stockholder outrage, directly and openly working with investors, transforming the board and inspiring shareholder-friendly governance. Bio


Dennis H. Chookaszian
For continually pushing CME Group ahead of the curve on complex audit, risk and financial issues, which are critical to its highly transparent business. Bio

Isaiah Harris, Jr.
For driving a redefinition of Cigna's culture by championing new executive compensation that is truly tied to performance. Bio

Robert L. Joss
For vigilant leadership as credit committee chairman at Wells Fargo, where he pushed the bank toward credit quality even when contrary to market trends. Bio

John W. Rogers, Jr.
For his invaluable guidance, investor insights, management mentoring and an unflagging commitment to diversity. Bio

Philip G. Satre
For his imprint on strategic planning and a complete governance overhaul as NV Energy's first non-executive chairman. Bio

Jane E. Shaw
For her modeling of what a world class director of a complex global company like Intel should be: savvy, meticulous, dedicated and tough. Bio


Robert D. Biggs
For stepping in to lead scandal-plagued DPL back to a position of financial soundness and respect. Bio

H. Raymond Bingham
For decisive action and leadership in cleaning up options back-dating at KLA-Tencor. Bio

William V. Campbell
For the masterful molding of a winning board, culture and strategy at Intuit. Bio

Ursula O. Fairbairn
For championing initiatives that have raised the performance bar at VF, contributing to a business transformation and record results. Bio

Jerre L. Stead
For the pivotal role in strategic decision-making at so many young technology companies and for stepping up to run IHS, taking it to stunning heights. Bio

Douglas A. Warner III
For brokering the hotly contentious, then widely praised, sale of Anheuser-Busch, culminating years of contributions to the board. Bio


Robert D. Beyer
for the laser-sharp analytical focus he brings to the Kroger boardroom. Bio

August A. Busch III
for the strategic vision and execution savvy that have contributed to AT&T's success. Bio

Stephen E. Frank
for the masterful chairmanship of Washington Mutual's audit committee during a period of intense change. Bio

Steven F. Goldstone
for successfully guiding ConAgra and American Standard through major business restructurings. Bio

Harvey Golub
for leadership resulting in a major business turnaround at Campbell Soup. Bio

Judith R. Haberkorn
for stepping up to the plate to help post-bankruptcy MCI regain viability and respectability. Bio

William R. Holland
For building success into Goodrich's spin-off of Enpro. Bio

Elizabeth Kennan
For modeling the role of lead director at Northeast Utilities, particularly during troubled times. Bio

Charles R. Lee
For the motivating and transparent CEO compensation plan he championed at DirecTV. Bio

Douglas H. McCorkindale
For strength and judgment in guiding Continental Airlines to an industry leadership position. Bio

Bernard G. Rethore
For ensuring the sale of Maytag earned the highest possible return for shareholders. Bio


A. George (Skip) Battle
For leading the PeopleSoft board through a tumultuous Oracle buyout Bio

Lawrence A. Bossidy
For leading the charge to turnaround Merck Bio

John R. Hall
For driving the decision to hire Jamie Dimon as CEO at Bank One Bio

Judith Richards Hope
For thought leadership that has kept General Mills ahead of the curve Bio

Valerie B. Jarrett
For orchestrating a winning comp plan at post bankruptcy USG Bio

Edward A. Kangas
For getting scandal-racked Tenet Healthcare back on course Bio

David T. Kollat
For applying his retail expertise to improve returns at Big Lots and Wolverine Worldwide Bio

John A. (Jack) Krol
For cleaning up governance at Tyco Bio

William T. Monahan
For expertise in helping spin-offs Mosaic and Novelis survive and thrive Bio

Michael T. Tokarz
For seeing billions of dollars of value through the break-up of Walter Industries Bio


Jacqueline K. Barton Bio
Worley H Clark, Jr. Bio
Charles M. Lillis Bio
William R. Loomis, Jr. Bio
Robert W. Matschullat Bio
Mackey J. McDonald Bio
Louis Simpson Bio
Harold 'Hap' A. Wagner Bio


William Bradley Bio
Jill Ker Conway Bio
Enrique Hernandez, Jr. Bio
Norman S. Matthews Bio
Joseph Neubauer Bio
Andrall E. Pearson Bio
John J. Phelan, Jr. Bio
Walter Scott, Jr. Bio
A.Thomas Young Bio


Teresa Beck 
Peter C. Browning Bio
John L. Clendenin Bio
James F. Hardymon Bio
Frank C. Herringer Bio
Andrew J. McKenna Bio
Sandra O. Moose Bio
Josh S. Weston Bio


Barbara T. AlexandeBio
Norman R. Augustine Bio
William G. Bowen Bio
Michael S. Brown Bio
Barbara Hackman Franklin Bio
Robert J. Jenkins 
Claudine B. Malone Bio


Reginald K. Brack Bio
J. Michael Cook Bio
Scott Cook Bio
John C. Danforth Bio
Michael A. Miles Bio
Allen Murray Bio
William D. Ruckelshaus Bio
Raymond S. Troubh Bio
Martin D. Walker Bio


Robert Campbell Bio
Jack Creighton Bio
Richard W. Hanselman Bio
Paul Hazen Bio
W. R. Howell Bio
Ann McLaughlin Korologos Bio
Kenneth G. Langone Bio
Richard D. Parsons Bio
Rozanne Ridgway Bio
Arnold Weber


Edward A. Brennan Bio
Martin Feldstein Bio
Stanley Gault Bio
Ralph Gomory Bio
Gordon Gund Bio
Helene Kaplan Bio
Lynn Martin Bio
Michael Rose Bio
Franklin Thomas Bio
A. Kenneth West Bio


Michael J. Boskin Bio
Donald J. Carty Bio
Carl Hahn Bio
Carla A. Hills Bio
Donald S. Perkins Bio
C. William Pollard Bio
Arthur Rock Bio
Henry B. Schacht Bio
Harold T. Shapiro Bio
Patricia Stonesifer Bio


Silas S. Cathcart
Hanna H. Fray
Gerald Grinstein
Roderick M. Hills
Ellen R. Marram
David T. McLaughlin
Paul H. O'Neill
John M. Richman
Benjamin M. Rosen
Patrick G. Ryan


Awards Selection Process


To be eligible for the Outstanding Directors award, individuals must be an independent director of at least one publicly traded U.S. company. Nominations can originate from any source (e.g., Chairman, CEO, Corporate Secretary, fellow director) but must be seconded by at least one independent director who sits on a board with the candidate.

Nominations submitted from January through August will be considered in the same year. Those received from September through December will be held for consideration the following year.

Given the large number of nominations received each year, only those nominators whose candidates are finalists will hear directly from the Outstanding Directors Program. Thank you for your understanding.

Vetting and Selection of Winners

The Outstanding Directors program is ultimately responsible for naming each annual class of Outstanding Directors. We choose the award winners after consulting with members of our Advisory Board and completing our own extensive research into the candidates' companies and careers.
We look for:

  • Contributions that have "moved the needle" for the companies served.
  • Stories that demonstrate an effort well above and beyond the call of duty during critical periods.
  • Individuals who are admired by fellow directors for courage, integrity and consensus building skills.

If you know someone who fits this description, please contact Heather Wolf at



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