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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) New York 2016

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Pat  Russo

Pat Russo

Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Director: AAR, Avery Dennison, Exelon, Marsh & McLennan

Deanna Oppenheimer

Deanna Oppenheimer

Director: AXA, Tesco, Whitbread, Worldpay


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.


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Pat  Russo

Pat Russo

Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck

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. 

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Retired Vice Chair and Midwest Area Managing Partner, EY
Director: AAR, Avery Dennison, Exelon, Marsh & McLennan

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.​

Deanna Oppenheimer

Deanna Oppenheimer

Founder, CameoWorks
Director: AXA, Tesco, Whitbread, Worldpay

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 joins the board of Whitbread in January 2017 and previously served as a director at Catellus and Plum Creek Timber.  

Catherine Allen

Catherine Allen

Chairman and CEO, The Santa Fe Group
Director: El Paso Electric, Synovus Financial

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

Bill Anderson

Senior Managing Director
Evercore Partners

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.  

John Cahill

John Cahill

Vice Chairman, Kraft Heinz
Director: American Airlines, Colgate-Palmolive

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.

Richard Donnelly

Richard Donnelly

President, Donnelly Associates
Chairman: Oshkosh

Dick Donnelly currently serves as non-executive chairman of Oshkosh and president of Donnelly Associates, where he is an advisor to boards on the non-executive chairman position. Mr Donnelly spent 38 years at General Motors before retiring in 1999, holding positions including president of GM Europe, CEO of GM Powertrain, and director of manufacturing at GM Japan. In 2000 he joined Ripplewood Holdings as an industrial partner, where he authored and implemented the firm’s “Global Automotive Supply Strategy,” achieving  annual revenue of $4 billion. At Ripplewood he chaired the board of Honsel International Technologies (Belgium), Honsel Supervisory Board (Germany) and Niles Ltd. (Japan). Mr Donnelly is a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and previously served as a director of Detroit Diesel, Isuzu Motors, Brown & Sharpe and Capstone Turbine. Mr Donnelly was awarded the NYSE “2016 Non Executive Chairman of the Year”. In 2013 he was named “Public Company Director of the Year” by the National Directors Institute. He recently formed a consulting practice dedicated to guiding firms regarding NEC structures, relationships and processes. Mr Donnelly is a graduate electrical engineer from Kettering Univ, earned an MBA from the State University of NY at Buffalo, and attended advanced management courses at the Harvard Graduate Business School.

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.

Peter Georgescu

Peter Georgescu

Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam

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.

Ilene Gordon

Ilene Gordon

Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Ingredion
Director: International Paper, Lockheed Martin

Ilene Gordon served as chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion from 2009 through 2017 and as executive chairman January through July 2018. Ms Gordon joined Ingredion in 2009 from Rio Tinto Alcan, where as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging she led a $6.5 billion global packaging business based in Paris, France. Over her 10-year tenure with Alcan and Pechiney, which was acquired by Alcan in 2003, she held various leadership positions, starting as senior vice president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging. Previously, Ms Gordon spent 17 years in executive roles of increasing responsibility at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco. Before that she worked at Signode, a global packaging company specialized in materials handling, and at the Boston Consulting Group. Ms Gordon is a vice chair of The Conference Board and on the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago. She is listed among Forbes Global Game Changers and was one of FORTUNE’s Most Power Women for a number of years: five consecutive years on the US list and two years on the global list. In 2018 Ms Gordon received the Executive Leader Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2017 she received: The Civic Federation Lyman J. Gage Award for outstanding civic contribution; the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership; the Committee of 200 Corporate Innovator Luminary Award; and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, distribution and manufacturing category. Additionally, she received the Committee for Economic Development Leadership in Diversity Award in 2016 and the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award. Ms Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science from MIT and a Master of Science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In the past, Ms Gordon was the first female director of five different public companies: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers, Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics. 

Harvey Kelly

Harvey Kelly

Managing Director

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.

Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Director: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Morgan Stanley

Klaus Kleinfeld joined Alcoa in 2007 as president and COO and seven months later assumed CEO responsibilities. He has served on Alcoa’s board since 2003. Previously, Mr Kleinfeld had a 20-year career with Siemens, ultimately serving as CEO of Siemens AG starting in 2005. In 2009, he was appointed chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council , which is dedicated to promoting trade and investment between the two countries. In 2013, Mr Kleinfeld joined the U.S.-China Business Council board and is honored to be a member of the Chinese Premier’s Global CEO Advisory Council. He is a member of the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Economic Forum USA. Mr Kleinfeld holds a PhD in strategic management and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Goettingen and University of Wuerzburg.

Ken Langone

Ken Langone

Co-founder, Home Depot
Founder and CEO, Invemed
  • 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.
Linda Fayne Levinson

Linda Fayne Levinson

Chairman, Hertz Global Holdings
Director: Ingram Micro, Jacobs Engineering, NCR, Western Union

Linda Fayne Levinson has been an adviser to CVC since 2011. She was previously a partner at GRP Partners from 1997 to 2004, where she nurtured early-stage investments in ecommerce, technology, and financial services companies through periods of aggressive growth to profitability and, in several instances, through public offerings. She joined that firm after serving as the founder and president of Fayne Levinson Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational development. Previously, she was a senior executive at Creative Artists Agency, where she had a key role in the restructuring of MGM, and, as a partner at Wings Partners, she was part of the group that took Northwest Airlines private. She also was an SVP at American Express Travel Related Services, where she was general manager of its leisure travel agency and tour business. Ms Levinson spent nine years at McKinsey, where she was the first woman partner. Prior public company directorships include Genentech, Overture Services, Administaff,, Egghead Software, and Cybersource. Ms Levinson is a trustee of Barnard College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Russian studies. She earned a master's degree in Russian literature from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stern School at New York University.

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.

Samir Nangea

Samir Nangea


Samir Nangea is EY's Americas Financial Services Advisory Risk Leader with responsibility for serving clients across the risk agenda in the banking/capital markets, insurance, and wealth and asset management sectors. He leads a diverse team of more than 1,800 professionals based in cities across the Americas, including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco and Sao Paulo. Practice areas include financial services risk management, internal audit, actuarial services, IT risk and their aligned technology, data and analytics service teams. Prior to joining EY, Mr Nangea was an associate at JP Morgan and an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has an MIM from Thunderbird, BBA and BA from the University of Oklahoma. 

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.

Aulana Peters

Aulana Peters

Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Retired Director: 3M, Deere, Northrup Grumman

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. 

Judy Sprieser

Judy Sprieser

Former Executive Director, Sara Lee
Director: Allstate Insurance, Intercontinental Exchange, Reckitt Benckiser

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.

Ed Stroz

Ed Stroz

Founder and Executive Chairman
Stroz Friedberg

Ed Stroz is the founder and executive chairman of Stroz Friedberg, a global leader in investigations, intelligence and risk management. He regularly advises boards on improving their cyber resilience posture and also provides hands on strategic consulting in investigations, intelligence and due diligence, plus cyber and physical security. Before starting the firm, Mr Stroz was a special agent with the FBI, where he formed the computer crime squad in New York. Trained as a CPA, he has extensive experience in investigations of white collar crime including bank fraud and securities fraud, and has testified in court numerous times as an expert witness. Mr Stroz is a trustee of Fordham University, his alma mater, and serves as an advisor to the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School. He sits on the board of the Crime Commission of New York City, an independent non-profit organization focused on criminal justice and public safety policies and practices, and is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He also served on the NY State Courts System E-Discovery Working Group, established to provide ongoing support and expertise to the New York State Judiciary in the area of eDiscovery.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

Executive Chairman and Retired CEO, McCormick
Director: T Rowe Price, WestRock

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.


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Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Agenda - 2nd Nov

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Light Buffet Lunch
  • 12:00pm

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live 

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    You’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

    Ed Stroz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Stroz Friedberg

  • 1:05pm
    Unleashing 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, Whitbread, Worldpay

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:20pm
    Shareholder Activism: The Defender’s Point of View

    Bill Anderson, Senior MD and Global Head of Activism/Raid Defense and Strategic Shareholder Advisory, Evercore Partners

    Dick Donnelly, President, Donnelly Associates
    Chairman: Oshkosh

    Alan Wilson, Executive Chairman, McCormick
    Director: T Rowe Price, WestRock

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live 

  • 3:20pm
    Sustainability 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

    Aulana Peters, Director, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
    Retired Director: 3M, Deere, Northrup Grumman

    Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality

  • 4:10pm
    Transforming 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.

    Catherine 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

  • 5:00pm
    Champagne Roundtables (choose one)

    1. The Board as a Catalyst for Performance Improvement (hosted by AlixPartners)  

    2. Audit Committee Issues from Non GAAP Measures to New Rev Rec Rules and More (hosted by Center for Audit Quality

    3. The Board's Growing Role in Talent Oversight (hosted by EY)

    4. What Directors Should Know About Third Party Cyber Risk (hosted by Stroz Friedberg)

  • 6:00pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 6:30pm
    Outstanding Directors Awards Dinner

    2016 honoree
    Pat Russo, Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck

    Presented by 
    Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, GM

  • 8:30pm
    End of Day One

Agenda - 3rd Nov

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
  • 8:10am
    Fireside Chat: Lessons from the Boardroom

    Insights on surviving tough business cycles and making hard decisions when called for. 

    Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
    Director: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Morgan Stanley

    Pat Russo, Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:00am
    Balancing 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, Marsh & McLennan 

    Tom Goldstein, Retired Financial Services Executive
    Director: Freddie Mac, Kemper

    Ilene Gordon, Chairman and CEO, Ingredion
    Director: International Paper, Lockheed Martin

    Samir Nangea, Principal, EY

  • 10:00am
    Networking Break
  • 10:20am
    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.

    Ariel Deckelbaum, PartnerPaul Weiss

    Linda Fayne Levinson, Chairman, Hertz Global Holdings
    Director: Ingram Micro, Jacobs Engineering, NCR, Western Union

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

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live 

  • 11:20am
    Why 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.

    Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam

    Ken Langone, Co-founder, Home Depot, Founder and CEO, Invemed

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Closing Remarks

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  • ODX is the only conference for directors only
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  • No powerpoint presentations, speeches or lectures  
  • No one is selling; everyone is sharing insights 
  • Small group size fosters peer-to-peer interaction

Who Attends?

Attendance is limited to sitting directors of publicly traded companies eager to take part in candid exchanges with boardroom peers on the seminal topics of the day. It fulfills board requirements for continuing director education and serves as an important networking forum.

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 130 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


Barnholt, Edward

Ned Barnholt
Chairman: KLA-Tencor
Director: Adobe Systems, eBay

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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Pat Russo
Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck

Pat Russo has taken on some
of the toughest directorships in America, leading game-changing initiatives and helping resolve pivotal issues in times of acute need, particularly at GM and HP.  Bio                                                                                                                                                         


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
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

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. Click here to submit a nomination.

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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