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 strategic boardroom issues.
FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) New York
Director: Axis Capital, Progressive, The Hershey Company
Director: BNY Mellon, Dominion Midstream Partners, Timken, WestRock
Director: First Data, General Mills, HSBC
“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
Since 2005, Chuck Davis has been CEO of Stone Point Capital. From 1998 to 2005, he was with MMC Capital, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, serving as the CEO from 1999 to 2005 and chairman from 2002 to 2005. He also served as vice chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies from 1999 to 2004. Prior to joining MMC Capital in 1998, Mr Davis spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs, where, among other positions, he served as head of Investment Banking Services worldwide, head of the Financial Services Industry Group, a general partner, a senior director and a limited partner.
John Luke has served as non-executive chairman of WestRock since 2015 when it was formed by the merger of Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco. Mr Luke previously served as chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco from 2002 to 2015. He is a director of FM Global and a former director and chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Forest & Paper Association. He is a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, serves on the boards of the US China and India Business Councils and is a former member of the President’s Export Council. Mr Luke served as an officer with the US Air Force in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. He earned a BA from Lawrence University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Prior to retiring in 2012, Heidi Miller was president of JPMorgan International, a division of JPMorgan Chase. Before that she served as CEO of JPMorgan Chase’s Treasury and Security Services, leading 35,000 people in 50 countries. Ms Miller also served as EVP and CFO for Bank One and was CFO at the Travelers Group and later at Citigroup. She is a trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, a director for Conservation International and a trustee at Princeton University. She was featured in American Banker's Most Powerful Women ranking from 2003-2010 and was No. 1 on the banking list from 2007-2009. In 2008, she topped Crain's list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York”. Ms Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a doctorate from Yale University.
Dick Swift served as chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler from 1994 to 2001. He served as COO from 1992 to 1994, having spent a total of 29 years with the company. Mr Swift also served as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2002 until his retirement from the organization in 2006. He earned a BS from the United States Military Academy, an MS from Purdue University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jon Foster is managing director of Current Capital Partners, a private equity investing and management services firm. From 2007 to 2008, was managing director and co-head of Diversified Industrials and Services at Wachovia Securities. From 2005 to 2007, Mr Foster served as EVP — Finance and Business Development of Revolution. From 2002 until 2004, Mr Foster was a managing director of The Cypress Group and from 2001 to 2002, he served as a senior managing director and head of Industrial Products and Services Mergers & Acquisitions at Bear Stearns. From 1999 to 2000, Mr Foster served as EVP Vice President, COO and CFO of Toysrus.com. Previously, he was with Lazard, primarily in mergers and acquisitions, for 10 years. Mr Foster was previously a member of the board of Chemtura, Sabine Oil & Gas and Smurfit-Stone Container. He has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
Linda Koch Lorimer spent almost 40 years serving higher education. She retired from Yale in spring 2016 after 34 years at the university where she served in an array of senior positions including vice president for Global & Strategic Initiatives. She oversaw the development of Yale’s burgeoning online education division and the expansion of Yale international programmes and centres. During her tenure, she was responsible for many administrative services, ranging from Yale’s public communications and alumni relations to sustainability, human resources, and the university press. Previously, Linda was president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and chair of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She also served on the boards of several public companies, including as presiding director of the McGraw-Hill companies. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.
Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Agenda - 13th Nov
11:30amRegistration and Buffet Lunch
Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live
12:10pmFT Swamp Notes "Live"
In the tradition of their twice weekly newsletter, Rana and Ed will exchanges opinions on the top economic and political issues of the day, including the results of the prior week's midterm elections and what they are likely to mean for corporate America. They are hungry for your questions and views, as well.
Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times
Edward Luce, Washington Commentator, Financial Times
12:50pmProxy Season 2018 Recap
Exchange your experiences and views on top issues, such as trends in withhold votes, shareholder proposals, compensation matters, and the role the proxy advisors played. Experts will add their insights throughout the session.
2:15pmThe Board's Critical Role in a Frothy M&A Market
With slim margins between success and failure, directors should not back away from their responsibility to take a long-term view of a deal’s potential value. Experienced panelists share experiences evaluating assumptions, risks, potential competitive advantage and the company’s ability to execute.
3:05pmCorporate Social Responsibility 3.0: Are We Seeing Real Impact?
Younger generations are more focused on working for and buying from companies with “purpose” than their baby boomer parents and grandparents. But what does that really mean and are corporations effectively directing their CSR resources?
3:45pmServing on International Boards
Americans are increasingly being asked to join foreign boards, which can be interesting, mind-broadening and rewarding when expectations are aligned. Hear how to make sure they are.
Topics to be determined
6:30pmOutstanding Directors Awards Dinner
9:00pmEnd of Day 1
Agenda - 14th Nov
8:00amWorking with Activists on Your Board
Whether gained through proxy contests or settlements, activists occupy seats in many US boardrooms. Hear about proactive approaches to making them assets rather than disruptors.
9:10amConcurrent Breakout Sessions
1. How New Tax Laws Affect Public Corporations
Understanding the major implications and decisions resulting from new tax legislation including investment decisions, executive pay and more.
2. Conducting Board Evaluations with Teeth
Term and age limits aren’t needed if directors join and leave boards according to the skill sets and combinations needed in a given period. But how?
10:30amConcurrent Breakout Sessions
1. Issues Facing Comp Committees as They Finalize 2019 Plans
Compensation risks and complexities show no signs of abating. Hear about critical regulatory trends, the first year of compulsory pay ratio reporting, and how companies are handling pay equity issues.
2. Audit Committee Composition and Execution in the Face of Increased Responsibilities
Financial reporting, compliance, and the internal control environment will continue to be put to the test in 2019. Hear how ACs are thinking about membership, exercising judgment about what does and does not belong on the committee’s agenda and answering the call for professional skepticism.
11:30amThe Future of CEO Succession
In a perpetually disruptive environment, it is critical the board be confident it has the right strategy, the right CEO and the right successors. Hear how these deliberations and decisions are changing as business cycles are accelerating.
- 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 directors of publicly traded companies eager to take part in candid exchanges with boardroom peers on the seminal topics of the day. It fulfills board requirements for continuing director education and serves as an important networking forum.
FT-ODX puts you in a room full of your boardroom peers where everyone is comfortable speaking candidly about the most pressing governance issues of the day. Our panels are led by winners of the prestigious Outstanding Directors award and other experienced board members, who share professional experiences and insights and create an open forum for dialogue. No one sells, no one lectures, and there are no slide presentations. Instead, every session is fueled by questions from an intimate audience and all discussions are off-the-record. This unique format creates the power of FT-ODX.
Hear Firsthand from Outstanding Director Chris Lynch about the FT-ODX Experience
2018 Outstanding Directors
Charles A. Davis
Founder and CEO, Stone Point Capital
Chuck Davis has provided inestimable strategic leadership to the companies he serves, only equalled by the mentoring and guidance he has shown fellow board members and executives to bolster diverse leadership teams.
John A. Luke, Jr
Retired Chairman and CEO, Meadwestvaco
John Luke has made the often perilous transition from chairman and CEO to independent chair of the newly formed WestRock board in rare style, supporting a model merger integration, a new management team and the interests of all shareholders.
Heidi G. Miller
Retired President, JPMorgan International
Heidi Miller has brought vast financial services expertise and tremendous dedication to her board work, helping First Data establish itself as a newly public company and HSBC to execute a global restructuring and turnaround of its US business.
Richard J. Swift
Retired Chairman and CEO, Foster Wheeler
A highly valued director on all of his boards, Dick Swift’s masterful pilotage as Ingersoll-Rand’s lead director has seen the company through a major turnaround, the resolution of activist tensions and the unlocking of substantial shareholder value.
To view our past Outstanding Director winners, click here.
Nominate an Outstanding Director
FT-ODX is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Directors Awards 2019.
Do you have a fellow director you admire for courage, integrity, and consensus building? Has someone in your boardroom gone beyond the call of duty, helping to "move the needle" for the company you serve? If so, click here to complete a short form nominating a director for consideration.
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- 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
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