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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) Palo Alto 2015

Palo Alto |
Speakers include:
Dave DeWalt

Dave DeWalt


Michelle Edkins

Michelle Edkins


Larry Zimpleman

Larry Zimpleman

Principal Financial Group


Completely off-the-record, ODX® events are limited to sitting public board directors. Our 2015 West Coast meeting will tackle critical boardroom issues including CEO performance and succession management, board composition and refreshment, the expanding role of investors in the boardroom, cyber risk oversight, and how to come out of crisis as a stronger board.

To view photos from the conference, click here.

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Speakers (18)

Dave DeWalt

Dave DeWalt

Chairman and CEO

Dave DeWalt has served as FireEye Chief Executive Officer since November 2012 and as Board Chairman since May 2012. Before joining FireEye, Mr DeWalt was President, CEO, and Director of McAfee from 2007 to 2011, when McAfee was acquired by Intel. Before McAfee, he held various positions at EMC Corporation (a company specializing in information infrastructure technology) and Documentum. Mr DeWalt previously served on the boards of Polycom and Jive Software. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Delaware.

Michelle Edkins

Michelle Edkins

Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Stewardship

Michelle Edkins is a managing director at BlackRock and global head of the firm’s Investment Stewardship team of over 30 specialists. Ms Edkins is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. She also serves on the firm’s Global Operating, Human Capital and Government Relations Steering Committees. An active participant in the public corporate governance debate, Ms Edkins was named in the NACD Directorship 100 Governance Professionals list the past six years. She is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program and a former chair of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. She currently serves on a number of industry initiatives to enhance governance and sustainable business practices including the US chapter of the 30% Club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Investor Advisory Group and the CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. An economist by training, Ms Edkins has also worked in the UK in a number of investment stewardship-related roles and in government roles in her native New Zealand.

Larry Zimpleman

Larry Zimpleman

Chairman and CEO
Principal Financial Group

Larry D. Zimpleman became CEO of Principal Financial Group in 2008 and took on his current role of Chairman and CEO in 2009. Mr Zimpleman joined the company in 1971 as an actuarial intern. From 1976 to 2006 he served in various management and leadership positions at the officer level, mostly in the US retirement business. He was named President and COO of the Principal Financial Group in 2006. Mr Zimpleman serves as chair of the Financial Services Roundtable and is an active member of the Business Roundtable. He is a member of the American Council of Life Insurers Board of Directors. He is a member of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Drake University, chair of the Iowa Business Council, and is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum.

George Parker

George Parker

Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford GSB
Director: Colony Financial, First Republic Bank, Threshold Pharmaceuticals

Professor George Parker is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance and Management, Emeritus, and previously served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the MBA Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He received the Robert T. Davis Award for Faculty Lifetime Achievement at the Graduate School of Business and the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Stanford MBA Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 1973, Professor Parker was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia University. He previously served as a director of Continental Airlines, Affinity Group International, BGI/iShares Mutual Funds, Tejon Ranch, Netgear, and Converium Holding AG. Professor Parker received a BA from Haverford College and an MBA and a PhD from Stanford University.

Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

Founding Principal
Third Creek Advisors

Adam Epstein is an advisor to the boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors. He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences and is a key contributor to Nasdaq’s new Amplify small-cap content initiative. Mr Epstein is also a distinguished National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow and faculty member the small-cap contributing editor for Directorship magazine, and author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (New York: McGraw Hill, 2012). Previously, Mr Epstein co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, where the special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Before this, Mr Epstein held senior operating roles with Enable Capital, Surge Components,,, and Achilles’ Wheels. He started his career as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, after having been a law clerk at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Prior to its sale to Toshiba, Mr Epstein was Chairman of OCZ Technology Group, a leading global provider of solid-state drive storage and computer components.

Shona Brown

Shona Brown

Googler Emeritus, Google
Director: Pepsico

Shona Brown has served as a senior advisor to Google since 2013. Before assuming this role, Dr Brown served as SVP, of Google Inc. from 2011 to 2012. She was Google Inc.’s SVP, Business Operations from 2006 to 2011 and VP, Business Operations from 2003 through 2006, in both roles leading internal business operations and people operations. From 1995 to 2003, Dr Brown was at McKinsey and Company, where she had been a partner since 2000. She is a director of the following not-for-profit organizations: The Bridgespan Group; The Exploratorium; The Nature Conservancy; and Code for America.

Liz Tallett

Liz Tallett

Healthcare Industry Consultant
Director: Anthem, Meredith, Principal Financial Group, Qiagen

Outstanding Director 2015
Liz Tallett was Principal of Hunter Partners, a management company for early to mid stage pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, from 2002 to February 2015. She continues to consult to early stage pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. She has more than 35 years' experience in the biopharmaceutical and consumer industries. Her senior management experience includes roles as President and CEO of Transcell Technologies, President of Centocor Pharmaceuticals, Member of the Parke-Davis Executive Committee, and Director of Worldwide Strategic Planning for Warner-Lambert. Ms Tallett graduated from Nottingham University, England with dual Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Economics. She was previously a director of Coventry Health Care, Varian, IntegraMed America, Varian SemiConductor Equipment Associates, and Immunicon. Ms Tallett was a founding Board member of the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey and is a Trustee of Solebury School in Pennsylvania.

Charles Elson

Charles Elson

Edgar S. Woolard, Jr Chair in Corporate Governance, University of Delaware
Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance; Director: Bob Evans Farms, HealthSouth

Charles Elson holds the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance and has served as the director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware since 2000. Mr Elson has served on the NACD Commissions on director compensation, executive compensation and the role of the compensation committee, director professionalism, CEO succession, audit committees, governance committee, strategic planning, director evaluation, risk governance, role of lead director, and board diversity. He was a member of the NACD best practices council on coping with fraud and other illegal activity. He served on that organizations advisory council. In addition, Mr Elson serves as vice chairman of the American Bar Associations Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of the American Bar Associations Committee on Corporate Laws. Mr Elson has been Of Counsel to the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP from 1995 to the present. In the past five years, he has also served as a director of Alderwoods Group and AutoZone.

Patrick Hynes

Patrick Hynes

Executive Director of Advanced Security Center

Patrick Hynes is an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young, where he leads EY’s Advanced Security Center services for the west region of the US. The ASC team is dedicated to providing attack and penetration and incident response services for EY clients. With more than 19 years of information security and forensic investigation experience, Mr Hynes has been integral in the development of EY’s proactive APT assessment methodology which has been successful at multiple clients in identifying command and control malware not previously detected by company’s anti-virus and DLP technologies.  Patrick also helped co-develop and teach EY’s popular “eXtreme Hacking – Defending your Site” class and was a contributing author to a book titled, “Responding to Targeted Cyberattacks.” Mr Hynes also co-developed EY’s Forensic Imaging methodology program which was successfully used to image over 2,000 computers in less than 6 days in response to an FDA off label marketing compliance investigation.  He is a member of USC Information Technology Program Forensics Advisory Board and holds memberships in the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Information Systems Security Association, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Mary Cranston

Mary Cranston

Retired Senior Partner and Immediate Past Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Director: Juniper Networks, Visa
Chuck Sonsteby

Chuck Sonsteby

CFO and CAO, The Michaels Companies
Director: Darden Restaurants

Chuck Sonsteby has been Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of The Michaels Companies and Michaels Stores since October 2010. Mr Sonsteby served as an Interim CEO of Michaels Stores from May 2012 to March 2013. He served as CFO and EVP at Brinker International from 2001 to 2010 and also served as its Principal Accounting Officer. He joined Brinker in 1990 and held roles in accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations. Mr Sonsteby serves as a Member of Portfolio Advisory Board at Texas Women Ventures. He served as a Director of Zale Corporation from 2006 to 2011. Mr Sonsteby holds a Bachelors degree in accounting from University of Kentucky.

Stephanie Tilenius

Stephanie Tilenius

CEO and Founder, Vida Health
Director: Coach, Seagate Technology

Stephanie Tilenius founded Vida Health, a next continuous care platform and health marketplace for both consumers and businesses, in 2014. She served as Executive-in-residence at  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2012 and works primarily with late-stage KPCB portfolio companies, with an emphasis on companies in the Digital Growth Fund. Previously, Ms Tilenius was VP of global commerce and payments at Google. Before that, she was at eBay for nine years and in her last role was senior VP of and global product and helped lead the eBay Marketplace turnaround. She also ran eBay Motors and eBay Asia Pacific and Latin America. As general manager and VP of PayPal Merchant Services she helped grow the company and platform from a less than $10 million business into a multibillion-dollar business over a period of four years. Ms Tilenius also co-founded She currently chairs the CA Harvard Business School Research Center and is an advisor to and She holds a BA and an MA from Brandeis University, as well as an MBA from Harvard.

Beatriz Infante

Beatriz Infante

CEO, BusinessExcelleration
Director: Emulex, Liquidity Services, Sonus Networks

Beatriz Infante is an investor and an advisor to a Silicon Valley business incubator for mobile software companies, where she advises companies on how to integrate cloud, digital media and social media. Ms Infante has been CEO at four tech companies, including publicly listed Aspect Communications. Before those roles, she spent four years at Oracle, where she oversaw all emerging technologies and ran the $1.7 billion open systems business unit. Previously, she worked at several tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard, where she was an architect for software to automate the design of semiconductors. Ms Infante holds a BSEE from Princeton University and an MS from the California Institute of Technology.

Ruby Sharma

Ruby Sharma

Principal, Center For Board Matters

Ruby Sharma engages with and assists corporate boards and audit committees on a broad range of governance topics including composition and structure, self-assessments, charter formation and agendas. She provides guidance to EY teams in the development of custom training and materials used to help new board members or those new to the audit committee. Additionally she provides one-on-one training for directors and helps them identify networks and resources that can assist them in their role. Ms Sharma also works closely with Tapestry Networks and its nine networks of audit committee chairs across the country. She consults on content and participates in most meetings. Ms Sharma is a trustee of the Princeton HealthCare System and is chair of its audit committee. She currently serves on Asia Society’s Business Council and in 2011, the Asian American Business Development Center recognized Ms Sharma as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.

Tom Murnane

Tom Murnane

Principal, ARC Business Advisors
Director: Pacific Sunwear, The Pantry (retired)

Since 2005, Tom Murnane has been a Principal and co-owner of ARC Business Advisors, a boutique consultancy that provides strategic and operational advice to retailers and their suppliers, as well as mergers and acquisitions due diligence support to both strategic and financial investors on transactions in the retail sector. Until his retirement in 2002, Mr Murnane was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He began his career at PwC in 1980, and during his tenure there, he directed the firm's Retail Strategy Consulting Practice, later its Overall Strategy Consulting Practice for the US East Region, and most recently served as Global Director of Marketing and Brand Management for PwC Consulting. From 2003 to 2008, Mr Murnane also served on the board of Captaris and currently is a director of Blain Supply, a privately held company and Goodwill Southern California. He was recently appointed to the Alumni Advisory Council of Ohio State University and serves on the Dean's Alumni Advisory Committee for College of Arts and Sciences at OSU. 

Kris Duggan

Kris Duggan

CEO and Co-founder

Kris Duggan has served as CEO of BetterWorks since co-founding the company in 2013. BetterWorks is an open and collaborative platform for easily setting, measuring and cross-functionally aligning goals. Rooted in the Objectives and KeyResults (OKRs) method for goal setting, it uses Goal Science™ principles to inspire employees to reach their full potential with better clarity, direction and visibility on work that matters. Prior to BetterWorks, Mr Duggan was the founding CEO of Badgeville, which provides gamification and social engagement solutions to help companies influence and measure user behavior. He led Badgeville from its bootstrap phase in 2010 to become one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in under three years, raising $40M across three rounds of funding. Mr Duggan remains a director at Badgeville and is an advisor for Alchemist Accelerator, Palantir, Addepar, and RelateIQ. He is also an adjunct professor at Singularity University. Previously, he held sales leadership roles at Socialtext and WebEx.

Cindie Jamison

Cindie Jamison

Retired CFO, AquaSpy
Chairman: Tractor Supply Company; Director: B&G Foods, Darden Restaurants, Office Depot

Cindie Jamison is lead director on the board of Tractor Supply, where she has been a board member since 2002. Since 2004, she has served as a director of B&G Foods. She also chairs the board of directors at Caribe Media, a private company based in the Dominican Republic. Ms Jamison was recently elected to serve on the Office Depot board, as well. Prior to her full-time board service, she served as a partner with Tatum from June 1999 through May 2009, as manager of the CFO services practice and as a member of the operating committee. She has been the CFO or COO of several publicly and privately held companies, including eMac, a joint venture between McDonald’s and KKR, and Cosi, the casual dining chain. From 2009 until her retirement in 2012, she served as CFO of AquaSpy, an Australian environmentally responsible irrigation company.

Richard Waters

Richard Waters

West Coast Editor
Financial Times

Richard Waters is the West Coast Managing Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Richard was based in the FT’s New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT’s first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. Richard previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent. Before working for the FT, Richard worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd’s Bank International. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google’s IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal.


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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 - 9th Jun

  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
    Welcome Remarks

    Heather Wolf
    ODX Program Director, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Small Cap Board Insights That All Directors Can Learn From

    Small cap companies come in all flavors. Some may have shoestring budgets and first time public company C-suites, while others are flush with cash but are struggling to move beyond one successful product. The session will address how small cap companies - and perhaps companies of all sizes - benefit from strategic director engagement.

    Owen Walker
    Managing Editor, Agenda

    Adam Epstein
    Founding Principal, Third Creek Advisors

    Beatriz Infante
    CEO, BusinessExcelleration
    Director: Emulex, Liquidity Services, Sonus Networks

    Stephanie Tilenius
    CEO and Founder, Vida Health
    Director: Coach, Seagate Technology

  • 11:15am
    Dissident Directors in Your Boardroom

    Hear about choosing to stand for election on an activist’s slate and differences in board engagement and effectiveness when activist directors are in the room.

    Richard Waters
    West Coast Editor, Financial Times 

    Charles Elson
    Edgar S. Woolard, Jr Chair in Corporate Governance, University of Delaware Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
    Director: Bob Evans Farms, HealthSouth

    Cindie Jamison
    Retired CFO, AquaSpy
    Chairman: Tractor Supply Company
    Director: B&G Foods, Darden Restaurants, Office Depot

    Chuck Sonsteby
    CFO, The Michaels Companies
    Director: Darden Restaurants

  • 12:15pm
    Luncheon Keynote Interview: Your Board Through the Eyes of an Investor

    Michelle Edkins
    Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Governance, BlackRock

    Amanda Gerut(interviewer)
    Senior Reporter, Agenda 

  • 1:15pm
    Networking Break
  • 1:30pm
    Fireside Chat: Here Come the Millennials

    In five years, nearly 50% of the global workforce will be from the millennial generation, building to some 75% by 2025. Hear why this matters to directors including implications for management, innovation and sustainability.

    Shona Brown
    Googler Emeritus, Google
    Director: Pepsico

    Kris Duggan
    CEO and Co-Founder, BetterWorks

  • 2:15pm
    Cyber Security Oversight for the Long Run

    Directors need to approach cyber risk oversight as a never-ending, ever-evolving board duty. Learn what companies are doing to monitor and minimize cyber security risk while, at the same time, preparing for an inevitable attack.

    Ruby Sharma  
    Principal, Center for Board Matters, EY 

    Mary Cranston
    Retired Chairman, Pillsbury Winthrop
    Director: Juniper Networks, Visa

    Dave DeWalt
    Chairman and CEO, FireEye
    Director: Delta Air Lines, Five9

    Patrick Hynes
    Executive Director of Advanced Security Center, EY

  • 3:15pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Managing the CEO Lifecycle: Performance, Assessment and Succession

    A critical responsibility of the board is to engender peak performance from the sitting CEO while ensuring the bench of future leaders is being developed. This session will address key elements of supporting and assessing your CEO that include a clear path to future-focused CEO succession.  

    Christine Rivers
    Vice President, Hay Group

    Tom Murnane
    Principal, ARC Business Advisors
    Director: Pacific Sunwear, The Pantry (retired)

    George Parker
    Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford University
    Director: Colony Financial, First Republic Bank, Threshold Pharmaceuticals

  • 4:30pm
    Champagne Roundtables

    Proxy Access: How Director Views and Board Practices Are Evolving
    Jamie Smith, Assistant Director, Center for Board Matters, EY

    Latest Developments in Compensation 
    Brian Holmen, West Region Practice Leader, Board Solutions, Hay Group

  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 6:15pm
    Keynote Interview and Awards Dinner

    Lessons from a Crisis: Management - Board Relations That Work

    After a near-death experience and a difficult recovery, Principal Financial, its management, and the board are better and stronger than ever. The company's chairman and lead director will describe how they pulled together during the darkest days and share the lessons learned that they continue apply today.   

    Liz Tallett
    Healthcare Industry Consultant
    Director: Anthem, Meredith, Principal Financial Group, Qiagen
    Outstanding Director 2015

    Larry Zimpleman
    Chairman and CEO, Principal Financial Group

    Heather Wolf 
    ODX Program Director, Financial Times

  • 8:30pm
    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




Boards Represented

ACE Limited
Applied Materials
B&G Foods
Big Lots
Bob Evans Farms
California Water Service Group
Colony Financial
ConAgra Foods
Darden Restaurants
Delta Air Lines
Eastman Chemical
Farmer Bros.
First Republic Bank
Information Services Group
International Game Technology

Juniper Networks 
Liquidity Services 
Liquidmetal Technologies 
Office Depot 
ON Semiconductor 
Principal Financial Group
Qiagen N.V.
Sabine Oil & Gas
Seagate Technology
Sonus Networks 
The Interpublic Group
Threshold Pharmaceuticals 
Tower International 
Tractor Supply 
Zimmer Holdings


Why Sponsor?

  • Access to an exclusive invite-only audience of Directors of publicly-traded companies
  • Multiple face-to-face networking opportunities during the conference
  • Prestigious speakers - ODX 2014 included SEC's New Commissioner Michael Piwowar, highly touted as an economist as well as a regulatory expert
  • Cutting edge programming - ODX incorporates real world experiences and practices from Public Board Directors into its programming
  • Complimentary passes - Opportunity to invite up to five clients to attend at no cost (each must sit on at least one listed-company board)
  • Highest level of exposure, branding & visibility - Branding on marketing collateral that appear in the Financial Times, Agenda and during the event
  • Social networking - During the "Outstanding Directors Awards Dinner" partners are given two seats at the table of your choice, for members of your firm to network with Directors in a relaxed casual setting 
  • ROI - The majority of our Directors serve on two to three boards providing you with access to 50+ boards

For more information on future opportunities to partner with ODX, please contact:
Laurence James
+44 7423 629927


Exclusive Global Sponsor (1)

Effective corporate governance is an important element in building a better working world. EY’s Center for Board Matters is committed to bringing together and engaging with boards, audit committee members and investors to exchange ideas and insights. Using our professional competencies, relationships and proprietary corporate governance database, we are able to identify trends and emerging governance issues. This allows us to deliver timely and balanced insights, data-rich content and practical tools and analysis to boards, audit committees, institutional investors and others interested in governance topics. Additional information about the EY Center for Board Matters can be found at

Partners (2)

BetterWorks provides an open, collaborative platform to set, measure and cross-functionally align goals. Rooted in Objectives and Key Results (OKR) method, BetterWorks uses Goal Science™ thinking to provide powerful insights about how work gets done and helps people reach their full potential at work. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with an office in New York, and is privately held and funded by venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Formation 8. BetterWorks has an elite team with talent from industry innovators including Palantir, Yammer, Box, Adobe, Cisco and Salesforce. To learn more about BetterWorks, visit

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.

Supporting Organization (1)

Agenda, a Financial Times service, is the most influential source of intelligence for today's corporate directors. A world-class staff of senior reporters and editors report what's going on in other boardrooms. Agenda delivers that information directly to thousands of U.S. board directors both online and in print every week. 96% of the largest 100 companies have a director or officer with a subscription to Agenda.


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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 Awards 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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