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: Nordstrom, Verizon Communications
Director: Autodesk, HP, Zendesk
Chairman, Reckitt Benckiser and Williams-Sonoma
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Goldstein served as SVP and CFO of protection division of Allstate Insurance Company from 2011 to 2014. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a consultant to the financial services industry and pursued community bank acquisitions with The GRG Group. He served as managing director and CFO for Madison Dearborn Partners from 2007 to 2009. From 1998 to 2007, Mr Goldstein served in a number of executive and finance positions for LaSalle Bank , including chairman, CEO and president of ABN AMRO Mortgage Group from 2005 to 2007 and as CFO of LaSalle Bank from 2002 to 2004. He also worked for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in a variety of positions from 1988 to 1998, including SVP and head of risk management and financial planning and analysis of Novus Financial from 1997 to 1998 and as VP and head of finance, risk management, model development and investor relations at SPS Transaction Services, from 1995 to 1997. Mr Goldstein is a former director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and various Allstate subsidiaries. He currently serves as a director of Columbia Acorn Funds and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agenda - 8th Jun
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
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 affecting real change to the mandate and makeup of US boards and their relationship with all stakeholders.
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
1:20pmThe Human Capital Arms Race – Are You Winning?
Understand what it takes in the boardroom and the c-suite to retain high performers, groom next generation leaders and ensure alignment between company strategy and culture
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
3:40pmFireside Chat: The Art and Science of CEO Succession
Insights into past, present and future passings of the torch, and how to be successful even when the starting point is less than ideal
- 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:
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 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.
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.
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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.
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Outstanding Directors Awards Program
Since its inception in 1998, the FT-ODX Outstanding Directors Program has honored more than 100 independent directors from across corporate America. Outstanding Directors are identified by their boardroom peers for the key role they have played during a crisis, a business transformation or a turnaround. They are selected after consulting with members of the Outstanding Directors Advisory Board - sitting directors and CEOs from a cross-section of U.S. industry - and completing extensive research into their companies and careers.
The stories of our winners show independent corporate governance at its best. Our mission is to shed light on this rarely reported positive side, and to provide a platform for sharing best practices and lessons learned.
The program operates under the rubric of The FT Outstanding Directors Exchange - the umbrella organization for the Outstanding Directors Awards and the FT-ODX conference series in corporate governance.
Awards Selection Process
To be eligible for the Outstanding Directors award, individuals must be an independent director of at least one publicly traded U.S. company. Nominations can originate from any source (e.g., Chairman, CEO, Corporate Secretary, fellow director) but must be seconded by at least one independent director who sits on a board with the candidate.
Nominations submitted from January through August will be considered in the same year. Those received from September through December will be held for consideration the following year.
Given the large number of nominations received each year, only those nominators whose candidates are finalists will hear directly from the Outstanding Directors Program. Thank you for your understanding.
Vetting and Selection of Winners
The Outstanding Directors program is ultimately responsible for naming each annual class of Outstanding Directors. We choose the award winners after consulting with members of our Advisory Board and completing our own extensive research into the candidates' companies and careers.
We look for:
- Contributions that have "moved the needle" for the companies served.
- Stories that demonstrate an effort well above and beyond the call of duty during critical periods.
- Individuals who are admired by fellow directors for courage, integrity and consensus building skills.
If you know someone who fits this description, please contact Heather Wolf at Heather.Wolf@ft.com.
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.