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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) New York

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Erskine Bowles

Erskine Bowles

Director: Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White

Former Chair, SEC

Peter Henry

Peter Henry

Director: Citigroup, GE

Overview

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.

Topics to be discussed at our November 2017 forum include:

  • Risk Oversight Revisited: What, Who, How
  • Making Good Boards Great
  • Finding and Onboarding First Time Directors
  • Independent Board Leadership in the Spotlight
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Speakers (19)

Erskine Bowles

Erskine Bowles

President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
Director: Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern

Erskine Bowles served as president of University of North Carolina from  2006 to 2010. He has also been a senior advisor and non-executive vice chairman of BDT Capital Partners, a private investment firm, since 2012. From February to December 2010, Mr Bowles served as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Previously, he was managing director and senior advisor for Carousel Capital and a partner of Forstmann Little. Mr Bowles began his career in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley and subsequently helped found and ultimately served as chairman and CEO of Bowles Hollowell Connor, an investment banking firm. He also was a founder of Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital firm. Mr Bowles served as White House chief of staff from 1996 to 1998 and deputy White House chief of staff from 1994 to 1995. He was a director of General Motors  from 2005 to 2009, Cousins Properties from 2003 to 2012, and Belk from 2011 to 2015. Mr Bowles holds a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia University.

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White

Senior Chair, Debevoise & Plimpton
Former Chair, SEC

Mary Jo White is a litigation partner in the New York office of Debevoise and senior chair of the firm. Her practice focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2017, Ms White served for nearly four years as chair of the SEC, one of the Commission’s longest-serving chairs. Previously, Ms White was chair of Debevoise’s Litigation department. She served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002, the only woman to hold the top position in the more than 200-year history of that office. Ms White also served as the first chair of Attorney General Janet Reno’s Advisory Committee. She served as the First Assistant US Attorney and Acting US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993. From 1983 to 1990, Ms White was a litigation partner at Debevoise. From 1978 to 1981, she served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division. Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Debevoise from 1976 to 1978. Ms White also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel, US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She previously served as director of The Nasdaq Stock Exchange and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms White graduated from William & Mary, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA, The New School for Social Research with an MA, and Columbia Law School with a JD, where she was an officer of the Law Review.

Peter Henry

Peter Henry

Dean, Stern School of Business, New York University
Director: Citigroup, GE

Peter Henry is the dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he is also the WR Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance. He joined NYU Stern from Stanford University in 2010. Dean Henry serves as a member of the board of directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. An expert on the global economy, he led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and the Presidential Transition Team’s review of international lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Dean Henry is best known for a series of publications that overturn conventional wisdom on the topics of debt relief, international capital flows, and the role of institutions in economic growth. Dean Henry received his PhD in economics from MIT and bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition. 

Chuck Boesenberg

Chuck Boesenberg

Chairman, CallidusCloud
Director: Boingo Wireless

Chuck Boesenberg has served as a director of CallidusCloud since 2006 and as chairman since 2007. From 2002 to 2006, he was chairman and CEO of NetIQ, a provider of integrated systems and security management solutions. Previously, Mr Boesenberg held executive positions at IBM and Apple and served as president and CEO of Central Point Software, Magellan Navigation and Integrated Systems. He was previously a director at , Silicon Graphics International, Websense, Keynote Systems, Ancestry.com, Interwoven, Symantec, Macromedia and Maxtor. Mr Boesenberg holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and a MS in Business Administration from Boston University.

Deb Henretta

Deb Henretta

Retired Group President of Global E-Business, Procter & Gamble
Director: Corning, Meritage Homes, NiSource, Staples

Deb Henretta worked for Procter & Gamble from 1985 until her retirement in 2015. In 2005, she was appointed president of P&G’s business in ASEAN, Australia and India. She was appointed group president, P&G Asia in 2007, group president of P&G Global Beauty Sector in 2013, and group president of P&G E-Business in 2015. Ms Henretta was a member of Singapore’s Economic Development Board from 2007 to 2013 and was selected to serve on the organization’s Economic Strategies Committee between 2009 and 2011. In 2008, she received a US State Department appointment to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Business Advisory Council. In 2011, Ms Henretta was appointed chair of this 21-economy council, becoming the first woman to hold the position. In that role, she advised top government officials, including President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Cathy Minehan

Cathy Minehan

Managing Director, Arlington Advisory Partners; Retired Dean, Simmons College School of Management
Director: Bright Horizons, Visa

Cathy Minehan is managing director of Arlington Advisory Partners in Boston. She was dean of Simmons College School of Management at from 2011 to 2016. She previously served for 13 years as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She served 39 years in the Federal Reserve System and was also on the Federal Open Market Committee and Financial Services Policy Committee. Ms Minehan is a current member of MITRE’s board having also served from 2009 to 2012 and was previously a director of Becton Dickinson and Mass Mutual. She chairs the board of the Massachusetts General Hospital. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ms Minehan earned an MBA from New York University and an undergraduate degree from University of Rochester.

Zach Oleksiuk

Zach Oleksiuk

Head of the Americas
BlackRock

Zach Oleksiuk is head of the Americas for BlackRock Investment Stewardship, where he leads a team responsible for the evaluation of governance at portfolio companies. The team bridges BlackRock's various portfolio management groups, engaging with companies to build multual understanding regarding governance expectations, performance and risk mitigation; developing corporate governance and proxy voting policies; and voting proxies using BlackRock's internally developed policies. He joined BlackRock in 2006. Mr Oleksiuk is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, where he chaired the corporate governance committee. He serves on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Standing Advisory Group (2015-2017) and the Council of Institutional Investors Advisory Council. Previously, Mr. Oleksiuk spent five years with Institutional Shareholder Services. He earned an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.

Dinesh Paliwal

Dinesh Paliwal

CEO, Harman International Industries
Director: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Raytheon

Dinesh Paliwal served as chairman, president and CEO of Harman International Industries from 2008 until the company's March 2017 acquisition by Samsung Electronics, where he continues to serve as CEO and director of the standalone Harman subsidiary. Mr Paliwal served as a member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB from 2001 to 2007. He also served as president of Global Markets and Technology of ABB from 2006 to 2007, as chairman and CEO of ABB North America from 2004 to 2007, and as president and CEO of ABB Automation Technologies Division from 2002 to 2005. Mr Paliwal is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable and the US India Business CEO Forum.

Rakhi Kumar

Rakhi Kumar

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

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

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

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

Bill Parrett

Bill Parrett

Retired CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Director: Blackstone, Kodak, Thermo Fisher, UBS

Bill Parrett was a senior partner of and served as CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu until his retirement in 2007. He co-founded the Global Financial Services Industry practice of Deloitte and served as its first Chairman. Currently, Mr Parrett is chairman of the United States Council for International Business and on the executive committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Way of America, a trustee of Carnegie Hall, and a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. Mr Parrett also serves as a trustee of The Catholic University of America and of St. Francis College.

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Retired Chairman and CEO, Rayonier
Director: Dupont, Regal Entertainment

Lee Thomas served as chairman of Rayonier from 2007 until his retirement in 2012. He also served as Rayonier's CEO from 2007 to 2011. From 1993 to 2005, Mr Thomas held senior executive positions at Georgia Pacific, including president and COO. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Law Companies Environmental Group and has held numerous federal and state government positions, including positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the Governor of South Carolina. Mr Thomas served as a director for Airgas from 1998 until the company's sale in 2016. He also served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta until 2011.

Tiger Tyagarajan

Tiger Tyagarajan

President & CEO
Genpact

Tiger is credited as one of the pioneers who transformed Genpact (formerly GE Capital International Services) into a high-end business process and technology management company. Today, Genpact is an acknowledged leader and serves its global customers from 50+ operations centers in 17 countries with over 51,000 employees. The company manages over 3,000 processes for more than 500 clients worldwide, across banking & finance, capital markets, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, retail, transportation and business-services sectors. Genpact is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘G’. Tiger began his career with the Unilever Group in India where he spent 7 years in Sales and Marketing and then 3 years with Citibank’s Consumer Financial Services businesses in Business, Sales, Operations and Credit .He joined GE Capital in 1994 as Head of Risk in India and went on to become CEO for GE Capital's Global Consumer Finance & Auto Financial Services operations in India. In 1999 he became CEO of GE Capital International Services, significantly expanding its service offerings and operations. In 2002, he transferred within GE to the Global Commercial Lending Businesses in the US as Global Head of Six Sigma and Global Operations. Tiger rejoined Genpact in February 2005 as Executive Vice President, Sales, Mktg and M&A, was promoted as the Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and became the President & CEO in June 2011. Tiger has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and an MBA, majoring in Finance and Marketing, from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Laura Unger

Laura Unger

Former SEC Commissioner
Director: CA Technologies, CIT, Navient

Laura Unger was a special advisor at Promontory Financial Group for four years and before that spent six years as JP Morgan’s independent consultant for the Global Analyst Conflict Settlement. Ms Unger’s 14-year government tenure included serving as the 78th member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (including six months as Acting Chairman), Securities Counsel to the United States Senate Banking Committee and as an attorney with the SEC’s Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In addition to her public directorships, Ms Unger serves on the boards of two private company subsidiaries of Nomura Holding America.

Marna Whittington

Marna Whittington

Retired CEO, Allianz Global Investors Capital
Director: Macy's, Oaktree Capital Management, Phillips 66

Marna Whittington was CEO of Allianz Global Investors Capital from 2001 until her retirement in 2012. From 2002 to 2011, Dr Whittington was COO of Allianz Global Investors, the parent company of Allianz Global Investors Capital. Prior to that, she was managing director and COO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Dr Whittington started in the investment management industry in 1992, joining Philadelphia-based Miller Anderson & Sherrerd. Previously, she was EVP and CFO of the University of Pennsylvania, and earlier, Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware. Dr Whittington holds an MS and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, both in quantitative methods, and a BA in mathematics from the University of Delaware.

Phyllis Wise

Phyllis Wise

CEO, Colorado Longitudinal Study
Director: Nike, First Busey

PHYLLIS M. WISE

Dr Wise served as chancellor of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2011 to 2015. She joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1976, was appointed associate professor in 1982, and professor in 1987. Dr Wise was appointed a professor and chair of the department of physiology at the University of Kentucky in 1993, and was appointed dean of the division of biological sciences and distinguished professor of neurobiology at the University of California-Davis in 2002. In 2005, she was appointed provost and VP for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, and served as Provost and EVP from 2007 to 2010, and interim president until 2011. During her tenure, she led the establishment of the College of the Environment, the mission of which is to provide solutions to developing a sustainable healthy environment through research and teaching. Dr Wise has a doctorate in zoology from University of Michigan and an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the boards of RAND Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ariel Deckelbaum

Ariel Deckelbaum

Partner
Paul Weiss

Ariel Deckelbaum is a deputy chair of Paul Weiss’s Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice is diverse with extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and activist defense. In each of his practice areas, he helps clients develop and protect their long-term interests and investment strategies. Mr Deckelbaum’s representative matters include advising Time Warner Cable in its merger with Charter Communications and EXOR in its acquisition of PartnerRe. His clients include Time Warner Cable, Viacom, Mitsubishi, Grupo Salinas, EXOR, Fortress Investments, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals and Red Robin. Recently, Mr Deckelbaum advised Jeffrey Katzenberg in connection with the merger of Dreamworks Animation with Comcast. In 2016, he was named by BTI Consulting Group as a “Client Service All-Star,” an award that identifies “rare, exceptional attorneys standing out above all others serving the most influential legal decision makers.”

David Garfield

David Garfield

Managing Director
AlixPartners

David Garfield is managing director of AlixPartners, where he serves as global leader of the firm’s Consumer Products Practice, and the co-leader of the firm’s Performance Improvement Practice for North America. He consults with board members and senior executives to develop winning strategies and drive step-change improvements in operating and financial performance. Previously, Mr Garfield served as a director and president of Encore and a partner and practice leader for Price Waterhouse. Mr Garfield has been cited by CEO magazine as a leading investment thinker, and is frequently quoted in leading business periodicals on the topic of shareholder value. He has won the Turnaround Management Association’s Annual Turnaround of the Year Award. Mr Garfield holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he now serves as a guest-lecturer in the Executive MBA Program, and a BA magna cum laude from Williams College.

Bennett Stewart

Bennett Stewart

Chairman and CEO
EVA Dimensions

Bennett Stewart is chairman and CEO of EVA Dimensions, and is an expert in shareholder value, performance management, and incentive compensation.  He is the author of The Quest for Value (Harper Business, 1991), which formally launched EVA, and Best-Practice EVA (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), which presents significant enhancements.  In recent years Mr Stewart was instrumental in developing a predictive stock rating model called PRVit, which is now the foundation of an EVA-based equity research service with global coverage of over 12,000 equities. Mr Stewart holds a BSE from Princeton University and an MBA from University of Chicago. He chairs the audit and finance committee of ITC Holdings and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

Dennis Whalen

Dennis Whalen

Executive Director, Board Leadership Center
KPMG

Dennis Whalen leads the KPMG Board Leadership Center, which supports directors in their board service roles through an array of events, peer exchanges, in-boardroom briefings, and thought leadership. In that role, he oversees the Center’s various programs, including KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute, Board Peer Exchange, collaboration with the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation and other board diversity initiatives. Mr Whalen is a frequent speaker and writer on board governance issues, including board composition & succession, diversity, culture, investor interests and the corporation’s role in society, as well as issues of special interest to audit committees, including risk, financial reporting and controls, and audit quality.

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Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management Editor
Financial Times

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 - 1st Nov

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Light Buffet Lunch
  • 12:00pm
    Welcome
  • 12:10pm
    Discussion with Former SEC Chair Mary Jo White

    Insights into rule-making and revisions, investigations, disclosure and other significant board considerations in today's regulatory environment

  • 12:50pm
    Risk Oversight Revisited: What, Who, How

    How boards are handling risk oversight responsibilities across the enterprise in light of new threats, technology and outside pressures

  • 1:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:00pm
    The Board as Catalyst for Performance Improvement

    The never-ending quest for profitable growth requires management’s full engagement but it is less clear how boards can – or should – contribute at an operational level. Hear from those who advocate an active role, particularly in times of great change.

  • 2:50pm
    The Changing Face of Shareholder Engagement

    Understanding the shifting investor landscape, including institutional investor priorities, long investor - activist relations, the renewed focus on large cap targets and burgeoning international activism

  • 3:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    Fireside Chat: The Role of the Corporation in Society

    Many investors, employees and communities are expressing strong expectations of companies about environmental, social and governance stewardship. Hear how these challenges are being addressed in the boardroom.

  • 4:40pm
    Champagne Roundtables

    Topics to be determined

    Take part in a robust discussion on a topic of interest to you led by a subject matter expert

  • 5:45pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 6:30pm
    Outstanding Directors Awards Dinner
  • 9:00pm
    End of Day 1

Agenda - 2nd Nov

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
    Do You Have CEO-Ready Successors on Your Bench?

    How the board evaluates top talent alignment to corporate strategy, the CEO’s role in succession, and how things can change despite best laid plans

  • 9:10am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    1. EVA as a Better Alternative to TSR and ROI for Understanding Financial Health
      A look at the best ways to measure performance, allocate capital, set goals, price acquisitions, meter bonus pay and maximize shareholder value 
    2. Proxy Season Recap
      Distilling the lessons from 2017 on compensation metrics, disclosure and shareholder support
    3. Mentoring as a Board Responsibility
      How effectively does your company use the talent in the boardroom to develop key managers and coach new directors?
  • 10:10am
    Networking Break
  • 10:30am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    1. Comparing Key Governance Trends Here and Abroad
      As more US directors are being approached for foreign directorships, we explore governance practices and the regulatory framework in key international regions
    2. Paying Yourself in an Era of Increased Scrutiny
      Trends in board pay and comp practices that are both fair to independent directors and acceptable to governance watch dogs
    3. Audit Committee Composition in Light of Increasing Responsibilities 
      Some boards assign new members to the AC as a training ground, whether they are financial experts or not. Others prefer all AC members have financial expertise. What's the right solution and how do you get there?
  • 11:35am
    Finding and Onboarding First Time Directors

    Hear from veteran board members and newbies about the making the leap of faith and putting safety nets in place for first time public directors

  • 12:30pm
    Closing Remarks

Downloadable Agenda

To download a PDF version of the agenda, please click here.

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Why Attend?

  • Topics and speakers provide timely input on today’s top boardroom challenges  
  • The intimate directors-only setting encourages candid discussion among peers during off the record sessions
  • There are no slide presentations, speeches or lectures 
  • It is a rare chance to network with sitting corporate directors from across Corporate America
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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.

ABOUT FT-ODX: 
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.

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

 

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ODX Membership

For a single annual fee of $10,000, member boards will receive the following benefits:

  • 3 Conference Passes for ODX New York or ODX Palo Alto (individually priced at $6,500 and $4,500 respectively)
  • A PDF copy of the Delegate Booklet from both events, inclusive of attendee information and contact details
  • An executive summary report from both events to share with the whole board
  • Priority choice of Champagne Roundtable at each event

To learn more about our ODX Membership, please contact Elisabeth Ricoleau at elisabeth.ricoleau@ft.com or +1 917-551-5067.

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Boards Represented

  • 82% of Fortune 100 companies and 44% of Fortune 1000 companies have sent at least one director to ODX
  • Target audience is comprised of active board directors from major US public corporations
  • Boards often send multiple directors, who report great value in hearing the same information and debating its relevance for their companies

Attendees in 2015-2016 represented over 250 boards including:

JetBlue Airways

Priceline Group

Tesco

Electronic Arts

Quest Diagnostics

Wal-Mart

General Motors

Sprint Nextel

Western Union

Western Union

Starwood Hotels

Boeing Company

Boeing Company

Clorox

PNC

Eastman Chemicals

Valeant Pharma

Home Depot

Endo International

Wendy's Companies

PG&E

Lowes

Best Buy

eBay

Metlife

Westar Energy

Office Depot

Michael Kors

Xerox Corporation

3M

Monster

American Apparel

JPMorgan Chase

NPS Pharma

Campbell Soup

IBM

Teradata

Priceline Group

Tesco

Tesco

Quest Diagnostics

Wal-Mart

Walmart

Sprint Nextel

Western Union

Western Union

Starwood Hotels

Boeing Company

Boeing Company

Sate Auto Financial

PNC

Crown Holdings

Trillium Therapeutics

Premier Farnell

Eastman Chemicals

Valeant Pharma

Home Depot

Endo International

Wendy's Companies

PG&E

Lowes

WESCO International

Acceleron Pharma

Metlife

Westar Energy

Office Depot

Michael Kors

Xerox Corporation

3M

Monster

American Apparel

NVIDIA

NPS Pharma

American Electric Power

IBM

AB Volvo

Carnival Group

Kraft Heinz

Time Warner Cable

Clorox

Lockheed Martin

Campbell Soup

Colgate-Palmolive

Marketo

AIG

Delphi Automotive LLP

Marsh & McLennan

CVS

Electronic Arts

McDonald's

Netgear

Exelon

Merck

The Gap

First Data

Morgan Stanley

BNY Mellon

Freddie Mac

eBay

Allstate

GE

NCR

American Airlines

General Motors

Oppenheimer 

AXA Group

Hertz Global 

Paramount Group

Best Buy

HP Enterprise

Pentair

Blackstone Group

JetBlue Airways

Rackspace Hosting

CarMax

Jones Lang LaSalle

Reckitt Benckiser

Teradata

JPMorgan Chase

Spectra Energy

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Why sponsor?

  • Access to an exclusive invite-only audience of directors of publicly-traded companies
  • Face-to-face networking opportunities throughout conference sessions and at meals and breaks
  • Prestigious speakers - Sitting board chairs, CEOs and independent directors make up the bulk of the speaker roster, supplemented by prominent experts in key governance fields
  • Relevant programming - ODX agendas are packed with the issues that keep directors up at night. The speakers bring real world experiences and insights and speak candidly in our off-the-record setting
  • Highest level of exposure, branding & visibility - Branding on marketing collateral that appear in the Financial Times, Agenda and during the event
  • ROI - The majority of directors attending serve on two or more public boards providing access to 50+ boards

For more information on future opportunities to partner with ODX, please contact:
Simon Carkeek
simon.carkeek@ft.com
+1 917-551-5049

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Partners (4)

In today’s fast paced global market timing is everything. That means more change with more urgency. To meet these challenges we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector insight and operational experience. Our clients include senior management and boards of leading companies, private equity and other investment firms, law firms and others who appreciate the candor, dedication and focus of our teams. We are committed to protecting, growing and transforming businesses where and when they need it most. 

Compensation Advisory Partners, LLC, an independent executive compensation consulting firm provides a full range of assistance with all executive compensation needs. We work with boards of directors and management teams to develop effective compensation programs, aligned with strong corporate governance standards.

Human capital is an organization’s most important asset, one of the few sustainable competitive advantages available to businesses today. Every organization’s leadership team needs to be aligned with its business strategy, key objectives and stakeholders. The executive compensation program, particularly the incentive elements, plays an important part in establishing and reinforcing this alignment.

Our seven partners combined have extensive experience consulting to Boards of Directors and management on the full range of executive compensation issues. Our client experience ranges from some of the largest Fortune 100 multi-nationals to smaller start-ups.

In addition to working with Boards and management, our partners have testified before the SEC, Congress and the IRS on regulatory issues related to executive compensation. Our partners have authored books and articles in executive compensation and frequently speak at conferences around the world. Our partners teach professional certification classes for WorldatWork, lecture on compensation at educational institutions and serve as a liaison to several industry groups.

Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been helping board chairs and board members navigate the changing best practices and standards of corporate governance and boardroom leadership. At a time when board composition is scrutinized more than ever before, we work with nominating committees to fill vacancies and manage the tenure cycle so that the board stays in step with evolving issues like innovation, cybersecurity and new business models. Our board effectiveness reviews provide a structured process that helps boards uncover and address roadblocks to high performance and to recommit board members to corporate governance excellence. And our global team of over 400 consultants in 69 offices and 41 countries partners with boards to build corporate management teams with the experience and agility to foster innovation and stay ahead of market disruptions. All of these activities are informed by ongoing research into the changing face of leadership in the midst of ongoing complexity and volatility.

KPMG Board Leadership Center champions outstanding governance to help drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Through an array of programs and perspectives—including KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and more—the Center engages with directors and business leaders to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement. Drawing on insights from KPMG professionals and governance experts worldwide, the Center delivers practical thought leadership—on risk and strategy, talent and technology, globalization and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, and more—all through a board lens.

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Orrick is passionate about innovation and shaping the long-term success of our clients. We advise public companies globally on all aspects of their business, with a focus on the technology, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Leading strategic acquirers and private equity funds turn to us for guidance and support on their most important deals – from cross-border combinations to serial platform acquisitions. We’ve advised on some of the most successful M&A exits, and consistently place among the most active firms for M&A globally. We are equally focused on partnering with our in-house colleagues to advise on regulatory compliance and risk management strategies.

With 1,100 lawyers based in 25+ offices and 12 countries worldwide, we are organized in one unified, true partnership. Our global presence allows us to meet the needs of our clients wherever they do business.

Financial Times named us the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in 2016 – recognizing both the creativity of our legal solutions and the innovation we bring to efficient service delivery. And, for the past two years, Fortune has selected Orrick as us one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. This focus on being a great workplace enables us to attract and retain the high-quality talent required to deliver outstanding service and field consistent teams that know our clients’ business.

Founded and run by Bennett Stewart, one of the pioneers in developing the corporate applications of economic profit under the banner of EVA (for economic value added), EVA Dimensions provides software, data and training and support services that automates a new and improved version of the EVA model originally developed at the Stern Stewart consulting firm.  EVA Dimensions helps corporate teams to use EVA and a new set of EVA ratios and analysis tools to measure, value, and improve corporate performance, to price and consummate winning acquisitions, and to develop EVA-based performance indices for incentive plans that encourage managers to think and act like owners, by paying them like the owners.  The company’s clients range from Fortune 50 firms like Pepsico and Dow Chemical, which are now embracing the best-practices in EVA, to middle market and private family-owned firms.  A separate wing of EVA Dimensions provides EVA-based equity research to help institutional investors make better investing decisions.  The firm’s intellectual capital is codified in a recent book authored by Stewart, titled Best-Practice EVA (John Wiley & Sons, March 2013).  EVA Dimensions also maintains a 12,000 company global file on key EVA metrics as reference points for benchmarking performance, setting targets, spotlighting key trends, assessing expectations, and metering incentive pay.  The firm is based in Locust Valley, NY, near Manhattan.

With eight offices around the globe, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 900 lawyers who counsel blue-chip companies and their boards on successfully navigating their most significant legal challenges and best protecting shareholder interests. Our lawyers serve as trusted advisors to corporations and their directors on the full range of public company legal matters from M&A and corporate governance to investigations and disputes.

We have played a leading role in many of the most high-profile, multibillion-dollar deals of the day, bringing a commercial, results-oriented perspective to our matters that involves not only spotting issues but, more importantly, presenting solutions. Our lawyers are among the most sought after advisors in connection with boardroom matters, including bet the company litigation, government investigations and activist defense. As cybersecurity and data breach concerns move to the fore, we also have extensive experience advising boards on best practices, risk mitigation strategies and evolving board obligations.

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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.

Venue

Lotte New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Avenue
New York 10022

United States of America

Tel: +1 212-888-7000

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Hotel Accommodations

For your convenience, we have reserved rooms at the Lotte New York Palace at the preferred group rate of $475.00 plus tax per night. This conference rate is available through October 13, 2017.

To make a room reservation at the Lotte New York Palace, please call 1-800-697-2522 and reference "FT-ODX" or click here.

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Outstanding Directors Award 2017 Winners

2017 WINNERS

Adrian Bellamy

 Adrian D.P. Bellamy

 Chairman, Reckitt-Benckiser
 Chairman, Williams-Sonoma
 Chairman, Total Wine and More  

 Adrian Bellamy has repeatedly and successfully guided the personality-charged journey from entrepreneurial leadership to the next generation of  public company governance at iconic companies in the US and Europe.                                                             

Bowles, Erskine

 Erskine B. Bowles

 Senior Advisor, BDT Capital Partners
 President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
 Director: Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern

 With his unique blend of finance, government and academic experience, Erskine Bowles has provided invaluable and timely guidance to boards in  diverse industries while helping to enhance the regulatory environment.

Parrett, Bill

 William D. Parrett

 Retired CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
 Director: Blackstone Group, Eastman Kodak, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UBS

 Bill Parrett has taken on diverse and complex directorships and quickly made an indelible mark, most notably by seeing Kodak through bankruptcy  reorganization and chairing the UBS audit committee during turbulent times.

Thomas, Lee

 Lee M. Thomas

 Retired Chairman and CEO, Rayonier
 Director: Airgas (until 2016), Dupont, Regal Entertainment Group

 Lee Thomas used his keen regulatory and business expertise to help thwart takeover attempts at Airgas and Dupont, rolling up his sleeves when  called upon to get tough jobs done and top results for all stakeholders.

Whittington, Marna

 Marna C. Whittington

 Retired CEO, Allianz Global Investors Capital
 Director: Macy's, Oaktree Capital, Phillips 66

 Marna Whittington has stepped up to provide strong independent leadership at Macy's during a time of structural change in the retail industry,  intense competitive pressure, and challenges from activist investors.

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Awards

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 from a cross-section of industries and geographies - 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 successful 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's ODX conference series in corporate governance.

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Awards Selection Process

Nominations

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.

Nomination

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.

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Contact us

Laurence James
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Simon Carkeek
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Elisabeth Ricoleau
Delegate Acquisition Representative
Financial Times
Meredith Vachon
Media Partner & Press Inquiries
Financial Times

Refund Policy

Please note our ODX cancellation policy:

Individual Tickets: To receive a refund, minus a $750 registration fee, we must receive written notification of any cancellation no later than 45 calendar days before the event. Participants who cancel after this date forfeit the entire program fee. You may designate a substitute participant with the approval of the program director.

Membership Tickets: For ODX Memberships, tickets are nonrefundable. However, substitutions and transfers can be done, pending the approval of the program director.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.

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