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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) Palo Alto 2017
Director: Autodesk, HP, Zendesk
Chairman, Reckitt Benckiser and Williams-Sonoma
Director: Delta Air Lines, Kraft Heinz, McDonald's
FT-ODX Palo Alto Photos
“The topics at ODX were thoughtfully selected for their high relevance to directors right now. It was a real ‘thinking man’s’ program.”
- Christopher Lynch, Freddie Mac, AIG
“Excellent perspective from presenters and diverse opinions in the room.”
- Andrea Saia, Coca-Cola Enterprises
"The group discussion format resulted in a high level of engagement and a good exchange of ideas and experiences."
- Kelvin Westbrook, Archer Daniels Midland
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.
Jeanne Jackson has been president, special advisor to the CEO at Nike since 2016. She was Nike's president, Product and Merchandising from 2013 to 2016 and president, Direct to Consumer from 2009 to 2013. Ms Jackson joined the Nike executive team in 2009 after serving on the company's board for eight years. She 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. Prior to this, she served in various leadership positions at Gap, Victoria's Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, Federated Department Stores and The Walt Disney Company. Ms Jackson previously served on the boards of Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesar's), Motorola Mobility Holdings, Nordstrom, CRS, West Marine, Williams-Sonoma and the United States Navy Exchange. She holds a bachelor's degree from University of Colorado and an MBA from Harvard University.
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.
Kapila Anand served as an audit and later advisory partner at KPMG from 1989 until her retirement in 2016. Ms Anand joined KPMG in 1979 and served in a variety of roles in addition to her role as a partner, including national partner-in-charge, Public Policy Business Initiatives (from 2008 to 2013) and segment leader for the Travel, Leisure, and Hospitality industry and member of the Global Real Estate Steering Committee (each from 2013 to 2016). Ms Anand has served on KMPG boards in the US and Americas, the board of the Franciscan Ministries, and has chaired both the KPMG Foundation and the Chicago Network. She is currently lead director for the Women Corporate Directors Education and Development Foundation and serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center and the US Fund for UNICEF.
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).
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.
Ed Batts leads Orrick’s global M&A and Private Equity practice group, which includes more than 50 partners across the world dedicated exclusively to M&A/PE transactions. He is resident in the firm’s Silicon Valley office and regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and cyber security. Mr Batts is a military officer veteran, who was deployed to Yemen and twice to Iraq. He is an active participant in Orrick’s veterans programs, including the firm’s annual Veterans' Legal Career Fair in Washington, DC.
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.
Amanda Gerut has been a senior reporter with Agenda since 2010, covering succession planning, talent development, nominations and governance, and director pay. From 2005 to 2010, she served as managing editor of BoardIQ, another Financial Times service, where she covered issues of interest to independent directors of mutual funds. Ms Gerut was previously a reporter for The Star-Ledger and The Herald News, both in New Jersey. She serves as an advisory board member and contributing writer for CleanTechIQ a start-up publication that covers alternative energy and clean technologies. Ms Gerut holds a BA in journalism and politics from New York University.
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.
Hannah Kuchler is US Pharma and Biotech Correspondent for the Financial Times, with a particular focus on how technology is transforming healthcare. She is based in San Francisco. For five years, Ms Kuchler served as FT’s San Francisco Correspondent where she covered Silicon Valley and technology with a focus on social media and cyber security. Ms Kuchler was previously a London-based UK news reporter for the FT, covering British politics and general UK news. Prior to this, she worked on the FT’s newsdesk, as Asia Correspondent for FT Tilt in Hong Kong, and covered US markets in New York. Before joining the FT in 2009, Ms Kuchler was the Editor of The Oxford Student and won the Guardian’s Student Reporter of the Year award in 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford.
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.
Since joining in 2010, Erin Lantz has built one of Zillow Group’s fastest growing and most profitable businesses, despite operating in a highly regulated environment and in an industry slow to adopt innovative consumer technology. Previously, Ms Lantz was SVP at Bank of America, where she led the Direct-to-Consumer purchase home loan business. Before entering the mortgage industry, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group. She holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Harvard Business School and formerly served on the board of Washington Federal.
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.
Matthew Scott is managing editor of Agenda, a Financial Times service providing news and intelligence for corporate directors. Previously, he was editor of Corporate Secretary, a governance, risk management and compliance magazine and website. Over his career, Mr Scott has served as a reporter for AOL Daily Finance and Crain’s Financial Week, as well as managing editor and personal finance editor at Black Enterprise. A Rutgers University graduate, he is a recipient of a University of Michigan Knight Wallace Fellowship. He is also a former president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
John Schultz has been the EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hewlett Packard Enterprise since 2015. He held the same role at Hewlett Packard prior to the company’s separation into two companies—Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Mr Schultz joined HP in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Investigations and Global Functions. Previously, he was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan Lewis focusing on complex litigation, including defending consumer class-action, fiduciary liability and technology-related commercial litigation. He also worked at Drinker Biddle & Reath for 14 years, where he specialized in commercial and product liability litigation. Mr Schultz holds a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
In 2015, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy founded a new social enterprise platform — theBoardlist, a premium talent marketplace aimed at connecting highly endorsed women leaders with board opportunities in the tech industry. She also founded and served as CEO of video commerce pioneer Joyus from 2011 to 2016. She served as CEO of leading fashion platform Polyvore, and as president of APAC and LATAM at Google. From 2003 to 2009, Ms Singh Cassidy built Google’s fastest growing region into a multi-billion business spanning 18 offices and 103 countries. From 1999 to 2003 she served as founder and SVP of Business Development of Yodlee, the leading data platform for personal consumer financial applications. Before this, Ms Singh Cassidy served an an early employee at Amazon.com and Analyst with Merrill Lynch and British Sky Broadcasting. She previously served on the board of J. Crew Group and as an advisor to Twitter.
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 and chairman of the Directors Academy. 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.
Heather Wolf is responsible for programming of Financial Times conferences and events aimed at corporate board directors and the c-suite. Since 2004, she has headed up the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) awards program and conference series, working with advisory boards, FT journalists and sponsors to develop compelling content, engage inspiring speakers and facilitate value-added programs. Ms Wolf previously spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career in sales and marketing at Aon. Ms Wolf holds a BA from Tulane University and a masters of international management from Thunderbird. She is currently serving her third term on the Greenport Union Free School District board of education.
Agenda - 8th Jun
ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live
10:05amInterpreting Today's Governance Landscape
Just a few months into the new administration, we will review how regulatory policies and enforcement attitudes 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
Matthew Scott (moderator)
Managing Editor, Agenda
10:50amRecrafting 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.
Retired Partner, KPMG
Director: Extended Stay America
VP and GM, Mortgages, Zillow Group
Director: TrueCar, Washington Federal
CEO, Gray Matters Analytics
Director: Deere, OGE Energy, Wintrust Financial
Susan Angele (moderator)
Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
11:50amThe Diversity Pipeline
Insights into finding, developing and placing candidates who are diverse, relevant and board-ready
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Director: Ericsson, TripAdvisor
Retired Chairman and CEO, Jamba
Director: CallidusCloud, DeVry Group, Panera Bread
Amanda Gerut (moderator)
Senior Reporter, Agenda
12:30pmLuncheon Interview: 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
1:40pmManaging Risk, Even in Crisis
Insights into preparing for inevitable attacks, such as from a shareholder activist or a cyber intruder, and executing a comprehensive response from the boardroom
Director: Nordstrom, Verizon Communications
President, Senior Strategic Advisor, Nike
Director: Delta Air Lines, Heinz Kraft, McDonald's
Ed Batts (moderator)
2:50pmInnovation 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
3:50pmFireside Chat: The Art and Science of Chairing a Board
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
4:35pmChampagne Roundtables (select one)
• Board Effectiveness Reviews: What boards can learn from looking in the mirror
(Hosted by Egon Zehnder Partner Jon Carter)
• The Role of the Corporation in Society: ESG issues and their influence on strategy, operations and investor relations
(Hosted by KPMG Board Leadership Center Senior Advisor Stephen Brown)
• How Top Global Brands Are Digitally Transforming Their Workforces
(Hosted by Work Market CEO Stephen DeWitt)
• Legal Round-up: Insights into government priorities and enforcement
(Hosted by Orrick Partner Melinda Haag)
Honoring Adrian Bellamy, 2017 FT Outstanding Director
- 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
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 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.
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.
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.
FT-ODX has reserved rooms at the preferred rate of $520 plus tax per night at the Four Seasons. Book by Monday, May 22.
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Outstanding Directors Award 2017 Winners
Adrian D.P. Bellamy
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.
Erskine B. Bowles
Senior Advisor, BDT Capital Partners
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.
William G. Parrett
Retired CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
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.
Lee M. Thomas
Retired Chairman and CEO, Rayonier
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.
Marna C. Whittington
Retired CEO, Allianz Global Investors Capital
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.
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:
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.