ODX® continues to be the gold standard for director education. Completely off-the-record, our annual Palo Alto meeting is limited to sitting public company directors who will gather to discuss strategic boardroom issues.
FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) Palo Alto
Director: Delta Air Lines, Kraft Heinz, McDonald's
Director: Autodesk, HP, Zendesk
Director: Deere, OGE Energy, Wintrust Financial
Jeanne Jackson served as Nike's president, Product and Merchandising from 2013 to 2016 and president, Direct to Consumer from 2009 to 2013. She joined the Nike executive team in 2009 after serving on the company's board for eight years. Ms Jackson founded and served as CEO of MSP Capital, a private investment company, from 2002 to 2009 and as CEO of Walmart.com from 2000 to 2002. Ms Jackson previously served in various leadership positions at Gap, Victoria's Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, Federated Department Stores and The Walt Disney Company. She has previously served on the boards of Harrah's Entertainment, Motorola Mobility Holdings, Nike, Nordstrom and Williams-Sonoma. Ms Jackson received a bachelor's degree from University of Colorado and an MBA from Harvard University.
Carl Bass was president and CEO of Autodesk from 2006 until February 2017. He joined Autodesk in 1993 and subsequently held the titles of interim CFO, COO and SVP of the Design Solutions Group, EVP Emerging Business and Chief Strategy Officer. From 1999 to 2001, Mr Bass served as president and CEO of Buzzsaw.com, a spin-off from Autodesk. He served on the board of McAfee until it was acquired by Intel in 2011 and E2open until it was acquired by Insight Venture Partners in 2014.
Sheila Talton has been president and Chief Executive Officer of Gray Matter Analytics since 2013. Previously, she served as president and CEO of SGT Ltd.; Vice President of Cisco Systems; Area Vice President, Consumer Products, Electronic Data Systems; and president, Global Business Process Innovations Services, Electronic Data Systems. Ms Talton serves on the boards of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Chicago Urban League. She received a BS from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Laura Alber was appointed CEO in 2010 having joined Williams-Sonoma in 1995 as a senior buyer for the Pottery Barn brand. Since that time, she has held numerous brand management and executive leadership roles, including president, Williams-Sonoma; president, Pottery Barn Brands; EVP, Pottery Barn Merchandising; and SVP, Pottery Barn Catalog and Pottery Barn Kids Retail. Ms Alber has led the company's global expansion as well as its rapid growth and profitability in eCommerce by combining lifestyle brand merchandising with powerful, data driven analytics. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Shellye Archambeau is CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, compliance (GRC) and quality management software company. With proven global business expertise combined with public policy passion, Ms Archambeau is also a director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a nationally recognized organization focused on fostering a cooperative effort between business and government officials to address major public policy issues affecting Silicon Valley. Prior to joining MetricStream, Ms Archambeau held senior management positions with Loudcloud (now Opsware), NorthPoint Communications (a DSL communications services provider, which was later sold to AT&T), Blockbuster.com and IBM. She holds a BS from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Ms Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider. She served on the board of Arbitron from 2005 until the company was acquired by Nielsen in 2013.
Adrian Bellamy has served as chairman of Reckitt-Benckiser since 2003 and Williams-Sonoma since 2010. Mr Bellamy was on the board of The Body Shop International from 1997 to 2008, serving as executive chairman from 2002 to 2008. From 1995 to 2004, he served as chairman of the supervisory board of Gucci. Other previous directorships include The Gap, Robert Mondavi, South African Breweries and Starbucks. He served as chairman and CEO of DFS Group from 1983 to 1995 and CEO of Edgars Store from 1977 to 1983. He currently chairs the board of privately owned Total Wine & More and Action Holding BV. Mr Bellamy earned his BS and MBA from the University of South Africa.
Kim Jabal is CFO and oversees the customer support and human resources functions at Weebly, a privately-held small business software company. Prior to joining Weebly in November 2015, she served as CFO of Kong Technologies (formerly Path) and as VP of Finance at Lytro, both early-stage technology companies. She served in various capacities at Google from 2003 to 2011, including as director of engineering finance, director of investor relations and director of online sales finance. Prior to Google, Ms Jabal spent two years at Goldman Sachs in technology investment banking and eight years with Accenture working in information technology.
Katie Mitic is the founder and CEO of Sitch (previously Three Koi Labs), a mobile services start-up formed in 2012. From 2010 to 2012, Ms Mitic served as director of Platform & Mobile Marketing at Facebook. From 2009 to 2010, she was SVP, Product Marketing at Palm. From 2008 to 2009, Ms Mitic was an executive-in-residence at Elevation Partners, a private equity firm focused on the media and entertainment industries. From 2006 to 2008, she was COO of Skyrider, a developer of online peer-to-peer networking solutions. Ms. Mitic holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the board of Special Olympics International.
James White retired from his role as chairman, president and CEO of Jamba, Inc. in 2016 after seven years in the role. Mr White previously served as SVP of consumer brands at Safeway from 2005 to 2008. Prior to Safeway, he was SVP of business development, North America at The Gillette Company and held several positions at Nestlé Purina, including VP, customer interface group. Mr White began his career at Coca-Cola. In addition to his public directorships, he serves as non-executive chairman of Daymon Worldwide. Mr White previously served as a director of Hillshire Brands and Keane. He holds a BS from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an MBA from Fontbonne University.
As a senior advisor with the KPMG's Board Leadership Center (BLC), Susan Angele is a frequent speaker, author and advisor on topics shaping corporate governance and board effectiveness, including boardroom talent and diversity, innovation, strategy and risk, technology, and crisis readiness. Ms Angele spearheads the board-readiness (Board Fit) and on-boarding programs for new and aspiring directors. She chaired the Thought Leadership Commission of WomenCorporateDirectors, serving as a primary author of the Commission's annual publications. Previously, Ms Angele spent 25 years in consumer products, including serving as global deputy GC and chief governance officer at The Hershey Company and chief counsel, US Snacks at Kraft/Nabisco (now Mondelez).
Jon Carter primarily serves Egon Zehnder's global technology and communications clients with a focus on the semiconductor, systems and networking segments. He helped establish the firm's presence in Silicon Valley as a founding member of the Palo Alto office. A trusted advisor to boards, Mr Carter specializes in director search, board effectiveness reviews, and CEO succession planning. Previously, Mr Carter was director of Europe for SuperMac, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of computer graphics peripherals. Previously, he was in London as a senior associate with Broadview, a leading technology investment bank. Mr Carter started his career with Scicon, a global provider of IT services and software, where he held a variety of engineering and project management roles. He earned an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stephen DeWitt joined Work Market in 2015 to lead the company in its next phase of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Work Market, he served as SVP and general manager at Hewlett Packard. During his time at Hewlett Packard, he held a series of executive roles, including regional leadership of the Americas, global business unit leadership for mobility, and corporate leadership for enterprise marketing. Previously, Mr DeWitt was CEO and chairman of Azul Systems, a pioneer in high end throughput computing and VP and general manager at Sun Microsystems, where he led Sun’s edge computing business, following its acquisition of Cobalt Networks, where he served as CEO and took the company public. Earlier in his career, Mr DeWitt served on the executive staff at Cisco Systems as VP and general manager of the Enterprise Network Management Business Unit and VP of Enterprise Marketing. During his 20’s, he was at Symantec, where responsibilities included oversight of worldwide marketing. Mr DeWitt began his career as a product manager at Corporate Software in Boston at the dawn of the PC industry. He holds a BS from Babson College.
Dan Laddin is a partner at Compensation Advisory Partners in New York, with approximately 20 years of experience consulting to management and compensation committees. He works with boards and management consulting in all areas of executive compensation, including annual and long-term incentive design, performance measurement, target-setting, regulatory/compliance as well as outside director compensation programs. Prior to joining CAP, Mr Laddin was a principal in Mercer’s Human Capital business. He is a CPA and worked as an auditor in KPMG's business assurance practice. Mr Laddin has authored several articles and is a regular speaker at leading industry forums as well as media outlets, including Agenda and CNBC.
Hannah Kuchler is a San Francisco Correspondent for the Financial Times, writing about technology with a particular focus on cyber security and social media. She enjoys telling the story of the Silicon Valley to the FT's broad international audience, wading through the complex world of cyber security to warn about the threats and attacks faced by companies and the new generation of start ups springing up to protect them. Ms Kuchler has worked for the FT for six years in the US, Europe and Asia, covering everything from Chinese Internet companies to British politics.
Agenda - 8th Jun
ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live
10:10amInterpreting the New Legislative and Policy Landscape
Just a few months into the new administration, we will review how monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies are shifting and discuss what it means for companies and boards
Founding Partner, Compensation Advisory Partners
EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Umpqua Holdings
11:00amRecrafting the Corporate Board for a New Reality
Board composition is under a microscope yet very slow to change in corporate America. Hear thoughts on making real changes to the mandate and makeup of US boards and their relationship with all stakeholders.
CEO, Gray Matters Analytics
Director: Deere, OGE Energy, Wintrust Financial
Retired Chairman and CEO, Jamba
Director: Callidus Software, DeVry Group, Panera Bread
Susan Angele (moderator)
Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
12:40pmInterview: The Transformation of Work in an On Demand World
Hear how technology and major shifts in the worker - employer relationship are rapidly reshaping the global workforce
CEO, Work Market
Hannah Kuchler (interviewer)
San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times
1:20pmManaging Risk, Even in Crisis
Insights into preparing for an attack, such as from a shareholder activist or a cyber intruder, and executing a comprehensive response from the boardroom
Director: Nordstrom, Verizon Communications
Ed Batts (moderator)
2:40pmInnovation as a Board Priority
As an independent director, how do you know if your company is innovating at an appropriate pace? Hear how those at the forefront are perpetually disrupting their business and organizational models to anticipate consumer needs
Retired CEO, Autodesk
Director: Autodesk, HP Inc, Zendesk
Co-Founder and CEO, Sitch
Director: eBay, Restoration Hardware
Jon Carter (moderator)
Partner, Egon Zehnder
3:40pmFireside Chat: The Art and Science of CEO Succession
Insights into board - management relations and how to be successful no matter what the starting point
Chairman, Reckitt Benckiser and Williams-Sonoma
2017 Outstanding Director
- FT-ODX is the only conference for directors only
- Completely off the record
- No powerpoints - purely interactive
- No one sells, no one lectures
- Small group size fosters interaction
Attendance is limited to sitting board directors of publicly traded companies who are eager to learn about best practices in the boardroom. There is a cost to attend this event. Recommended fields of study include: management, economics and finance.
FT-ODX puts you in a room full of your boardroom peers where everyone is comfortable speaking candidly about the most pressing governance issues of the day. Our panels are led by winners of the prestigious Outstanding Directors award, sitting CEOs, and other experienced board members, who share practical solutions and create an open forum for dialogue. No one sells, no one lectures, and there are no slide presentations. Instead, every FT-ODX session is fueled by questions from an intimate audience and all discussions are off-the-record. This unique format creates the power of FT-ODX.
Hear Firsthand from Outstanding Director Chris Lynch about the FT-ODX Experience
- 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:
Sate Auto Financial
American Electric Power
Time Warner Cable
Delphi Automotive LLP
Marsh & McLennan
Jones Lang LaSalle
- 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:
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 on short- and long-term succession planning and to manage the tenure cycle so that the board stays in step with important evolving issues like diversity, innovation, digital transformation and a constantly shifting competitive landscape. We help Chairs, Lead Directors and Nominating Committees conduct effectiveness reviews, providing a structured process that helps boards elevate their performance and maintain corporate governance excellence. Our work with boards is informed by in-depth expertise across all sectors and regions of the world, along with our 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.
Work Market’s mission is to advance technologies that reinvent the future of work. As the leading enterprise platform, Work Market helps businesses break down transformation barriers, and digitally transform how they send and manage work to their on-demand workforce without sacrificing quality or compliance. Today, Work Market enables businesses to send work every five seconds to thousands of highly skilled workers across North America.
Associate Partner (1)
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.
Supporting Publication (1)
Agenda, a Financial Times service, is the most influential source of intelligence for today's corporate directors. A world-class staff of senior reporters and editors report what's going on in other boardrooms. Agenda delivers that information directly to thousands of U.S. board directors both online and in print every week. 96% of the largest 100 companies have a director or officer with a subscription to Agenda.
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Outstanding Directors Awards Program
Since its inception in 1998, the FT-ODX Outstanding Directors Program has honored more than 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.
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 Heather.Wolf@ft.com.
Please note our ODX cancellation policy: 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.
Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.