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Alexander M. Cutler served as chairman, CEO and president at Eaton from 2000 until retiring in May 2016. He served as COO of the company from 1995 to 2000. Prior roles at Eaton include EVP and COO, controls, EVP of operations, president of the industrial group and president of the controls group. He joined Cutler-Hammer, later acquired by Eaton, in 1975 as a financial analyst. He served as a director of Axcelis Technologies from 2000 to 2006. Mr Cutler holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Pat Russo became chairman of HP Enterprise when HP split into two public companies in November 2015. Ms Russo was CEO of Alcatel Lucent from 2006 to 2008. She served as chairman of Lucent Technologies from 2003 to 2006 and as its CEO and president from 2002 to 2006. Ms Russo was president and COO of Eastman Kodak from 2001 until she rejoined Lucent as CEO in 2002. She also served as chairman of Avaya from 2000 to 2002. Previously, Ms Russo held various executive positions at AT&T. She was a director at Schering-Plough prior to its merger with Merck in 2009. In addition to her public directorships, Ms Russo is chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
Alan Wilson joined McCormick in 1993, ultimately serving as president and CEO until 2015 when he became executive chairman. Prior to joining McCormick, Mr Wilson worked for Procter & Gamble, where he held progressively responsible positions in product supply, procurement and manufacturing. He currently serves on the boards of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Greater Baltimore Committee, and National Association of Manufacturers. He also chairs the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and serves on the University of Tennessee’s Business School Advisory Board. Mr Wilson graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he attended on an ROTC scholarship and, following college, served as a US Army Captain with tours in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.
Catherine A. Allen is chairman and CEO of The Sante Fe Group, a consulting group founded in 1996, specializing in the management of strategic financial services and critical infrastructure projects and in providing advisory services to executive officers and boards of directors. From 1997 to 2007, she was the founding CEO of BITS, a sister organization to the Financial Services Roundtable, which worked closely with executives of the nation’s largest financial institutions on strategic issues, including payments strategies, risk management, emerging technologies, e-commerce, vendor risk, privacy, cyber security, counter terrorism, and security. At BITS, Ms Allen also worked closely with the regulatory community and testified on Capitol Hill often on these issues. From 1989 to 1996, she held several executive positions at Citicorp in the retail, bankcard and corporate technology divisions and represented Citicorp in creating and chairing the Smart Card Forum, a multi-industry standards group. Prior to Citicorp, she was an executive in electronic publishing at Dun and Bradstreet. Ms Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and an ABD in International Business from George Washington University.
Bill Anderson is a senior managing director and global head of Evercore’s activism/raid defense business and strategic shareholder advisory practice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Anderson was a partner in the M&A group at Goldman Sachs. He is the leading advisor to companies facing hostile activity, including defending over 200 companies against activism or hostile takeovers, including many of the largest proxy fights and raid defenses in the US, Europe and Asia across all industries. He advises companies worldwide in connection with mergers and acquisitions, special committee situations, corporate governance issues, cross-border transactions, contested shareholder situations and preparing for hostile activity. Earlier in his career, Mr Anderson was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, was a certified public accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and served as a captain in the US Army Reserves. He earned a BS/BA in accounting and history, magna cum laude and a JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Tony Anderson retired as vice chair and Midwest area managing partner of Ernst & Young in 2012 after a 35-year career with the firm. In that capacity, Mr Anderson oversaw a practice of 3,500 audit, tax, and transaction professionals serving clients through the Midwest. He also served for six years in the Los Angeles area as managing partner of EY’s Pacific Southwest region and was a member of EY Americas Executive Board. Mr Anderson was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 2008 to 2010. He is the current chairman of the board of the Perspectives Charter School and a member of the boards of Chicago Urban League, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Regional Transportation Authority and World Business Chicago. During his years in Los Angeles, Mr Anderson served as chairman of Town Hall Los Angeles, the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, and the California Science Center. He is a member of the American, California, and Illinois Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
John Cahill was appointed vice chairman of The Kraft Heinz Company in 2015. He served as chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods Group from 2014 to 2015 and as Kraft’s non-executive chairman from March 2014 until his appointment as chairman and CEO in December 2014. Previously, Mr Cahill served as Kraft’s executive chairman. He joined Mondelēz International, Kraft’s former parent, in 2012 as executive chairman designate, North American Grocery, and served in that capacity until the spin-off of Kraft. Prior to that, he served as an industrial partner at Ripplewood Holdings from 2008 to 2011. Mr Cahill spent nine years with The Pepsi Bottling Group, most recently as chairman and CEO from 2003 to 2006 and executive chairman until 2007. He previously spent nine years with PepsiCo in a variety of leadership positions.
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.
Peter Georgescu joined Young & Rubicam as a trainee in their research department in 1963. Thirty-seven years later he retired as chairman and CEO of Y&R, when the company was at the pinnacle of the advertising and related communications industry. Mr Georgescu was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and received several Honorary Doctorate of Humanity degrees. He has served on eight public company boards and continues as a Vice Chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital and several other nor-for-profit organizations. In 2006 Mr Georgescu published his first book “The Source of Success.” He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford Business School. He previously served as a director at Levi Strauss, GeekNet, International Flavors and Fragrances, Toys 'R Us, and Briggs & Stratton.
Tom Goldstein served as SVP and CFO of protection division of Allstate Insurance Company from 2011 to 2014. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a consultant to the financial services industry and pursued community bank acquisitions with The GRG Group. He served as managing director and CFO for Madison Dearborn Partners from 2007 to 2009. From 1998 to 2007, Mr Goldstein served in a number of executive and finance positions for LaSalle Bank , including chairman, CEO and president of ABN AMRO Mortgage Group from 2005 to 2007 and as CFO of LaSalle Bank from 2002 to 2004. He also worked for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in a variety of positions from 1988 to 1998, including SVP and head of risk management and financial planning and analysis of Novus Financial from 1997 to 1998 and as VP and head of finance, risk management, model development and investor relations at SPS Transaction Services, from 1995 to 1997. Mr Goldstein is a former director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and various Allstate subsidiaries. He currently serves as a director of Columbia Acorn Funds and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ilene Gordon has been chairman, CEO and president of Ingredion (formerly Corn Products International) since 2009. She served as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Alcan from 2006 to 2009. Ms Gordon was Alcan's SVP of Packaging and president of Food Packaging Americas from 2004 to 2006. She served as president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging from 1999 to 2004. Previously, she spent 17 years with Tenneco. Ms Gordon previously served as a director of Arthur J. Gallagher and United Stationers.
Harvey Kelly is a managing director and global financial advisory services leader with AlixPartners in New York. He joined the firm in 2003. Previously, Mr Kelly was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has represented boards of directors, investors, creditors, and federal court in financial investigations and led engagements on behalf of Comverse Technology, Cardinal Health, HealthSouth, WorldCom, Adelphia, and Xerox, among others. In connection with internal reviews, legal proceedings, and regulatory investigations, he has consulted with clients on transactional integrity, US SEC reporting implications, restatement of previously issued financial information, and loss recovery efforts. Mr Kelly also has investigated financial reporting errors and fraud, potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, alleged violations of the False Claims Act, Ponzi schemes, misuse of corporate assets, and related party transactions. He has overseen investigations in 30 countries.
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- Ken Langone is the founder and CEO of Invemed Associates. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, which he attended at night while working on Wall Street. He is a cofounder of the Home Depot and was lead director from the time Home Depot was founded in 1978 until 2008. He also serves on the boards of Unifi, Inc., Micell Technologies, Relationship Sciences, and Juice Press. Past corporate board memberships include ChoicePoint, Geeknet, General Electric, and YUM Brands. In addition, he serves on the boards of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Ronald McDonald House of NY, the Medal of Honor Foundation, the Horatio Alger Society Foundation, and the Harlem Children’s Zone and its charter school, the Promise Academy.
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.
Deanna Oppenheimer is founder of CameoWorks, a global retail and financial services advisory firm that advises Bain & Company, E*TRADE, BECU, as well as several technology companies. From 2005 to 2011, Ms Oppenheimer was at Barclays, where she transformed the global retail and business banking divisions. Initially, her position was chief executive of UK retail and business banking, with 30,000 employees serving 15 million customers. In 2009, she became vice chair of global retail banking, sharing best practices across Europe and Africa. In 2010, she added the role of chief executive of Europe retail and business banking, helping to stabilize the business lines during the Euro crisis. Customer satisfaction improved from last-to first-place among Uk banks under her leadership.
From 1985 to 2005, Ms Oppenheimer was at Washington Mutual, first as marketing director and later as president of consumer banking, where she helped transform the lender from a regional to a national player. Managing more than 2000 branches, many in supermarkets across the US, she pioneered customer-friendly initiatives such as in-branch coffee shops, children's play areas and free-form work stations.
Honors for Ms Oppenheimer include the 2016 Lifetime Achievement award by the UK Inspiring Leadership Trust and induction into the Junior Achievement/Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame. In 2010 she was voted American Banker magazine’s Second Most Powerful Woman in Banking and in 2007 she was named Britain's Business Communicator of the Year. She previously served as a director at Catellus and Plum Creek Timber.
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.
Aulana Peters is a retired partner of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She joined the firm as an associate in 1973 and was named a partner in 1980. Ms Peters continued in the practice of law until 1984, when she accepted an appointment as commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1988, after serving four years as commissioner, Ms Peters returned to the private practice of law, from which she retired in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, she was a member of the Public Oversight Board Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Until recently, Ms Peters served as a director of Deere & Company, Northrop Grumman and 3M. She previously served on the boards of Merrill Lynch and the NYSE.
Judith Sprieser served as managing director of Warrenton Advisors LLC from 2005 to 2015. She founded Transora, a technology software and services company, in 2000 and served as its CEO until 2005. Previously, she was EVP of Sara Lee, serving as CEO of the Food Group and prior to that as CFO. Ms Sprieser was previously a member of the boards of Experian, Royal Ahold, Adecco, CBS and Jimmy Choo. She is currently a member of the NACD Committee for Audit Committee Chairs and trustee of Northwestern University. Ms Sprieser earned a BA and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Andrew Hill is an Associate Editor and Management Editor of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, a blog and in-depth articles on global business, strategy and management. Mr Hill was City Editor of the FT and Editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from 2006 to 2010. Since joining the FT in 1988, he has also worked as Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. Mr Hill is the author of Leadership In The Headlines (2016). He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in English.
Agenda - 2nd Nov
11:30amRegistration and Light Buffet Lunch
Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times
12:15pmYou’ve Been Breached – Mock Cyber Attack
A realistic simulation that will help directors better understand the anatomy of a cyber breach, including the dynamic between management and the board during a crisis situation
Michael Patsalos-Fox, CEO, Stroz Friedberg
Director: Cognizant Technology Solutions
1:05pmUnleashing the Full Power of the Board
How to choose the right directors and then harness their collective horsepower to create competitive advantage for the company.
John Cahill, Vice Chairman, Kraft Heinz
Director: American Airlines, Colgate-Palmolive
Deanna Oppenheimer, Founder, CameoWorks
Director: AXA, Tesco, Worldpay
2:10pmShareholder Activism: The Defender’s Point of View
Bill Anderson, Senior MD and Global Head of Activism/Raid Defense and Strategic Shareholder Advisory, Evercore Partners
Sandy Cutler, Retired Chairman and CEO, Eaton
Director: Dupont, Keycorp
Dick Donnelly, Chairman, Oshkosh
Alan Wilson, Executive Chairman, McCormick
Director: T Rowe Price, WestRock
3:30pmSustainability Revisited: From Compliance to Integration
On the heels of a record-breaking proxy year for environmental proposals across industry sectors, some companies are weaving environmental and social considerations explicitly into governance practices. We’ll hear how and why
Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality
Aulana Peters, Director, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Retired Director: 3M, Deere, Northrup Grumman
4:15pmTransforming Crisis Into Opportunity
Unforeseen events - both company-specific and macro-economic - present short-term challenges but also opportunities to create value and improve business performance. This session will focus on ways boards can prioritize risk within the context of corporate strategy and leverage risk management to not only weather a crisis, but identify opportunities.
Cathy Allen, Chairman and CEO, The Santa Fe Group
Director: El Paso Electric, Synovus Financial
Judy Sprieser, Former Executive Director, Sara Lee
Director: Allstate Insurance, Intercontinental Exchange, Reckitt Benckiser
Harvey Kelly, Managing Director, AlixPartners
6:30pmOutstanding Directors Awards Dinner
Pat Russo, Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck
8:30pmEnd of Day One
Agenda - 3rd Nov
8:10amFireside Chat: Lessons from the Boardroom
Pat Russo, Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck
9:10amBalancing Risk and Growth
Beyond just risk mitigation, hear how boards are approaching the oversight of difficult trade-offs (and capital allocation) among strategic initiatives, M&A and enterprise risk.
Tony Anderson, Retired Vice Chair and Midwest Area Managing Partner, EY
Director: AAR, Avery Dennison, Exelon
Tom Goldstein, Retired Financial Services Executive
Director: Freddie Mac, Kemper
Ilene Gordon, Chairman and CEO, Ingredion
Director: International Paper, Lockheed Martin
10:10amConcurrent Breakout Sessions
1) It’s a Hostile World: Takeover Defense and Hostile Deals
Lessons from case studies on hostile bids including poison pill strategies, effective charter and bylaw provisions and responses to bidders targeting your company.
Former CEO, NPS Pharmaceuticals
Chairman, Acceleron Pharma
2) Stress-testing Compensation Plans
How to create more simple pay policies and plans to allow outcomes to be understood by investors, boards and executives.
11:30amWhy Directors Should Care About Income Inequality
No longer just a fringe political issue, business leaders are starting to calculate the costs to their companies of rising inequality and stagnant mobility and taking steps to mitigate them.
Ken Langone, Co-founder, Home Depot, Founder and CEO, Invemed
Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam
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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 and other experienced board members, who share professional experiences and insights and create an open forum for dialogue. No one sells, no one lectures, and there are no slide presentations. Instead, every 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.
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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
A veteran chief executive and director, Ned Barnholt’s valuable experience and personal touch helped guide PayPal’s split from eBay to the satisfaction of its many stakeholders. Bio
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Silas S. Cathcart
Hanna H. Fray
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 Heather.Wolf@ft.com.