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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange) New York 2018

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Director: Axis Capital, Progressive, The Hershey Company

John Luke

John Luke

Director: Dominion Midstream Partners, FM Global, Timken, WestRock

Heidi Miller

Heidi Miller

Director: First Data, General Mills, HSBC


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.

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“The topics at ODX were thoughtfully selected for their high relevance to directors right now. It was a real ‘thinking man’s’ program.”
Christopher LynchFreddie Mac, AIG

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Speakers (28)

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Founder and CEO, Stone Point Capital
Director: Axis Capital, Progressive, The Hershey Company

Chuck Davis has served as chairman of the board of The Hershey Company since May 2018. He has been CEO of Stone Point Capital since 2005. From 1998 to 2005, Mr Davis 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 was also vice chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies from 1999 to 2004. Previously, 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

John Luke

Chairman, WestRock; Former Chairman and CEO, MeadWestvaco
Director: Dominion Midstream Partners, FM Global, Timken, WestRock

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 was a director of BNY Mellon from 2007 until April 2018, and a director of Bank of New York from 1996 to 2007. Mr Luke is 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, served 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.

Heidi Miller

Heidi Miller

Chairman, HSBC North America Holdings
Director: First Data, General Mills, HSBC

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

Dick Swift

Retired Chairman and CEO, Foster Wheeler
Director: CVS Health, Hubbell, Ingersoll-Rand, Kaman, PSEG

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.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Senior Managing Director
Evercore Partners

Bill Anderson is a senior managing director and global head of Evercore’s activism/raid defense business and strategic shareholder advisory practice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Anderson was a partner in the M&A group at Goldman Sachs. He is the leading advisor to companies facing hostile activity, including defending over 200 companies against activism or hostile takeovers, including many of the largest proxy fights and raid defenses in the US, Europe and Asia across all industries. He advises companies worldwide in connection with mergers and acquisitions, special committee situations, corporate governance issues, cross-border transactions, contested shareholder situations and preparing for hostile activity. Earlier in his career, Mr Anderson was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, was a certified public accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and served as a captain in the US Army Reserves. He earned a BS/BA in accounting and history, magna cum laude and a JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.  

Ed Batts

Ed Batts


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.

TIm Bernlohr

TIm Bernlohr

Chairman: Skyline Champion
Director: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, International Seaways, WestRock

Tim Bernlohr founded TJB Management Consulting in 2005. The firm specializes in providing project specific consulting services to businesses in transformation, including restructurings, wind downs, interim executive management, and strategic planning services. Since the inception, Mr Bernlohr has served over 100 public and private boards in a variety of capacities including chairman, lead director, strategic consultant, president, CEO, and trustee. Mr Bernlohr is the former president and CEO of RBX Industries. RBX was sold to multiple buyers in 2004 and 2005. Previously, he spent 16 years in the international and industry products division of Armstrong World Industries in a variety of management positions. Additionally, Mr Bernlohr serves as an independent director of the following private companies: Neenah Foundry, Omnimax International, Pinnacle Agricultural Enterprises, Hercules Offshore, The Manischewitz Company, and WIS International. Mr Bernlohr is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Bob Bostrom

Bob Bostrom

SVP and Special Counsel, Abercrombie & Fitch

Bob Bostrom has been SVP and special counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch since October 2018. He served as SVP, corporate secretary and general counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch from 2014 to September 2018. From 2012 to 2013, Mr Bostrom was co-chairman of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm. He served as co-head of Financial Institutions and Funds Sector and partner of Dentons US from 2011 to 2012. Prior to this, Mr Bostrom was EVP, corporate secretary and general counsel of The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) from 2006 to 2011. From 1996 to 2001, he served as managing partner of the New York office of Winston & Strawn, where he was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and head of the Financial Institutions Group. Prior to that, Mr Bostrom was EVP of Legal, Regulatory and Compliance and general counsel of National Westminster Bancorp (NatWest). He was previously a member of the board of NeuLion and Coutts International.

Rhonda Brauer

Rhonda Brauer

Former Director of Corporate Engagement, Office of NY City Comptroller

Rhonda Brauer was director of Corporate Engagement for the Bureau of Asset Management in the Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer until October 2018. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, with more than $190 billion in assets and a long history of active ownership. Ms Brauer is responsible for strategic priorities for the Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team, where she spearheads outreach to boards at the City pension fund’s portfolio companies, with an emphasis on improving board quality and diversity in order to create long-term sustainable growth for the pension funds. Recent initiatives include the Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0 launched in September 2017. Previously, Ms Brauer was secretary & corporate governance officer for The New York Times Company and as senior managing director for Corporate Governance at Georgeson, a proxy solicitation firm. She began her career with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as a cross-border transactional corporate lawyer in New York and Brussels. Ms Brauer was also a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board’s Governance Center, and served four years on the Board of Society for Corporate Governance. She is currently a member of the Council of Institutional Investors and the American Bar Association. Ms Brauer has an AB from Cornell University and a JD from Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington.

Rose Crane

Rose Crane

Retired CEO, Mela Sciences
Director: Catalent, Edge Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Zealand Pharma

Rose Crane retired in 2014 from MELA Sciences, where she served as president and CEO beginning in 2013. From 2011 to 2013, she was a partner and head of Commercialization at Appletree Partners. From 2008 to 2011, Ms Crane was CEO and president of Epocrates. From 2002 to 2008, she served in several senior executive positions at Johnson & Johnson, lastly as company group chairman, OTC and Nutritional Group. From 1982 to 2002, she was at Bristol-Myers Squibb, ending her tenure there as president, US Primary Care. Ms Crane received an MBA from Kent State University and a BA from State University of New York at Oswego. She previously served as a director of Unilife, Cipher Pharmaceuticals and Targanta Therapeutics.

Mike Delikat

Mike Delikat

Partner, Orrick

Michael Delikat, a partner in Orrick's New York office, serves as chair of the firm's Global Employment Law Practice, spanning the EU, Asia and the US. Under his leadership, the practice group has been named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for four consecutive years by The Recorder, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters. The practice group has also been chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360. Mr Delikat also is the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He has an active trial, arbitration and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. He has extensive experience with litigation arising from trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions, EEOC systemic investigations and litigations, wage-and-hour collective actions and other class actions based on gender and race, with particular expertise representing companies in the financial services industry.  

Dave  Dorman

Dave Dorman

Chairman: CVS Health
Director: Dell Technologies, PayPal Holdings

Dave Dorman has been the non-executive chairman of CVS Health since 2011. He has been the founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology Fund since 2013. Mr Dorman served as non-executive chairman of Motorola Solutions (formerly Motorola, Inc.) from 2008 through 2011, and served as lead director until his retirement from the Motorola Solutions board in 2015. From 2006 to 2008, Mr Dorman was a managing director and senior advisor with Warburg Pincus. From 2005 to 2006, he served as president and a director of AT&T, Inc (formerly SBC Communications). From 2002 to 2005, he was chairman and CEO of AT&T Corporation. Prior to this, he was president of AT&T Corporation from 2000 to 2002 and CEO of Concert Communications Services, a former global venture created by AT&T and British Telecommunications, from 1999 to 2000. Mr Dorman is as a trustee for Georgia Tech Foundation. He was a board member of Yum! Brands until 2017.

Jon Foster

Jon Foster

Managing Director, Current Capital Partners
Director: Berry Plastics, Five Point Holdings, Lear, Masonite

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 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.

David Garfield

David Garfield

Managing Director and Americas Region Leader

David Garfield works with board members and senior executives to develop winning strategies and drive major improvements in operating and financial performance. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive and a consultant, with a consistent record of achieving dramatic increases in cash flow, profitability, and shareholder value. He helps high-performing companies that want to extend their lead or tackle specific challenges (e.g., accelerate growth, expand margin, increase M&A synergy). And he helps companies with underperforming businesses that want to achieve a step-change in results. Recently, Mr Garfield worked with the board of directors and executive team of a global, multi-billion dollar public company to successfully address challenges posed by activist investors. Thus far, the company’s profit margins are up over 250 basis points, and the share price is up over 30% relative to its peer group average. Prior to AlixPartners, Mr Garfield served as president and a member of the board of directors of Encore Corporation. He also served as 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. He currently serves as a director of the Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mr Garfield holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he serves as a guest-lecturer, and a BA from Williams College.

Tony Guzzi

Tony Guzzi

Chairman and CEO, EMCOR Group
Lead Director: Hubbell

Tony Guzzi is chairman, president and CEO of EMCOR Group, a leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services. Prior to joining EMCOR in 2004, Mr Guzzi was president of the North American Distribution and Aftermarket Division of Carrier. Previously, he served as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company. Mr Guzzi is Ranger-qualified and served in the US Army as a Light Infantry Captain from 1986 to 1991. He graduated with a BS with highest distinction from The United States Military Academy at West Point and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction. Mr Guzzi helped found the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to the children and spouses of soldiers who perished in combat or training defending our country.

Duncan Hennes

Duncan Hennes

Co-founder and Managing Member, Atrevida Partners
Director: Citigroup, Renaissancere Holdings

Duncan Hennes is the managing member of Atrevida Partners. Prior to co-founding Atrevida in 2007, he co-founded Promontory Financial Group, an advisory firm focused on the financial services sector. Before this, Mr Hennes was CEO of Soros Fund Management and at Bankers Trust for 12 years, where positions included EVP in charge of the Sales, Trading and Derivatives, treasurer of Bankers Trust, member of the firm's Management, Asset Liability and Capital Commitment Committees, and member of the board of directors of BT Alex Brown. Mr Hennes also represented Bankers Trust on the board of Oversight Partners I, the consortium that took over Long Term Capital Management, where he was elected chairman. Mr Hennes was a CPA and audit manager with Arthur Andersen for eight years. He holds a BS and an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr Hennes is on the board of Standard & Poor’s and was previously a director of Syncora Holdings.

Sujeet Indap

Sujeet Indap

US Editor of LEX Column

Sujeet Indap joined the FT in 2013 and is currently US Editor of the LEX Column. He has several years of investment banking experience, most recently as a vice president at the M&A boutique firm Foros Group. Previously, Mr Indap was with with Lazard Frères and Merrill Lynch. He holds a BA in Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Erin Lantz

Erin Lantz

VP and GM, Mortgages, Zillow Group
Director: TrueCar

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.

Steve Lipin

Steve Lipin

Chairman and CEO
Gladstone Place Partners

Steve Lipin is chairman and CEO of Gladstone Place Partners. He is a trusted advisor in the field of strategic, financial and corporate governance communications. He has spent more than 30 years at the intersection of the corporate world, Wall Street and the media as a leading financial journalist at The Wall Street Journal and top communications strategist to C-suites, boards of directors and chief communications officers. Mr Lipin started Gladstone Place Partners in 2017 after 16 years at Brunswick Group, where he was US senior partner. He was instrumental in incorporating digital and social media into financial communications such as M&A and activist defense campaigns. He was ranked #16 on the New York Observer’s list of the 50 most powerful public relations executives in 2016 and has been included on PR Week’s Power List. At Gladstone Place Partners, he has worked on assignments such as The Walt Disney Company’s proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, corporate restructurings at GE, Andeavor’s sale to Marathon Petroleum, as well as other transactions and assignments. He has worked on many landmark M&A deals such as InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, AB InBev’s acquisitions of Grupo Modelo and of SAB Miller, Pfizer’s acquisition of Wyeth, the combination of Kraft and Heinz, Air Liquide’s purchase of Airgas, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood, Burger King’s combination with Tim Horton’s, American Airlines’ sale to US Airways and many others. He has also advised many companies on shareholder activist defense, including Heinz, PepsiCo, eBay, Yahoo!, Macy’s, AIG, Freeport-McMoRan and Arconic, among others.

Linda Lorimer

Linda Lorimer

Retired VP, Global and Strategic Initiatives, Yale University
Director: Pearson

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.

Marge Magner

Marge Magner

Founding Partner, Brysam Global Partners
Director: Ally Financial, Accenture (until 2020)

Marge Magner is a founding member and partner of Brysam Global Partners, a specialized private equity firm that invests in consumer financial services, since 2006. She was chairman and CEO of the Global Consumer Group at Citigroup, where she was responsible for the company’s operations serving customers through retail banking, credit cards and consumer finance. Ms Magner was named to the Fortune magazine
list of Most Powerful Women in Business from 2001 to 2004. In 2014, she won the NYSE Governance Services Inaugural Leadership Award for a non-executive chairman when she was chairman of Gannett (now TEGNA). Ms Magner holds a BS from Brooklyn College and an MSIA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Mylle Mangum

Mylle Mangum

CEO, IBT Enterprises and Chairman, Express
Director: Barnes Group, Express, Haverty Furniture Companies, PRGX Global

Mylle Mangum has served as CEO of IBT Enterprises since 2003 and chairman and CEO of IBT Holdings since 2007. Prior to that, Ms Mangum was CEO of True Marketing Services from 2002 to 2003 and CEO of MMS Incentives from 1999 to 2002. From 1997 to 1999, Ms Mangum served as president-Global Payment Systems and SVP-Expense Management and Strategic Planning for Carlson Wagonlit. From 1992 to 1997, she was EVP-Strategic Management for Holiday Inn Worldwide. Ms Mangum was previously employed with BellSouth as director-Corporate Planning and Development from 1986 to 1992, and president of BellSouth International from 1985 to 1986. Prior to that, she was with the General Electric. Ms Mangum previously served as a director of Collective Brands, Emageon, Matria Health, Scientific-Atlanta and Respironics.  

Rusty O'Kelley

Rusty O'Kelley

Managing Director
Russell Reynolds

Jack “Rusty” O’Kelley III is a senior member of the firm’s Board & CEO Advisory Group, and is the Global Leader of the Board Consulting and Effectiveness Practice. His areas of expertise are board effectiveness and governance, CEO succession planning and activism defense. He has also designed long-term CEO succession plans for Fortune 500 companies and large-scale family businesses. Mr O'Kelley joined Russell Reynolds Associates from a search and leadership firm where he led the Leadership Consulting Practice for the Americas. Previously, he was with Katzenbach Partners (now PwC). Mr O'Kelley began his career as a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell. His numerous white papers and articles include recently published pieces in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: “Looking Beyond the CEO,” “The Elegant Transition,” “Preparing for an Activist Before There is One,” and three “Global Trends in Corporate Governance.” Mr O'Kelley earned a BS from Hampton University and a JD from Yale Law School. He has served as a director for Seventy-Fifth Avenue Investments and Track Chicago 1 Investments, and has served on the boards of Bennett College and the Yale Law School Fund.

Dan Ryterband

Dan Ryterband

CEO, FW Cook

Dan Ryterband consults to organizations on all aspects of executive compensation strategy and design, including the related tax, accounting, and securities law implications, as well as matters of corporate governance. He has 30 years of consulting experience and his clients include US and overseas multinationals in a variety of industries, as well as smaller start-up organizations. Representative clients include Automatic Data Processing, Ameriprise Financial, Best Buy, Citigroup, Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive, Danaher, GE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Macy’s, Merck, Office Depot, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Sprint, Thomson Reuters, and Travelers. Mr Ryterband also works with smaller companies and private equity financed companies in a variety of industries. He has extensive experience working with compensation committees and participates in over 100 committee and/or board meetings annually.

Eva Sage-Gavin

Eva Sage-Gavin

Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Eva Sage-Gavin is senior managing director of Accenture’s Global Talent and Organization consulting practice. She leads the team that helps Accenture’s clients harness digital technologies and evolve their workforces to innovate, unlock new sources of value and “lead in the new.” She also plays a pivotal role in shaping the practice’s market strategy, including offerings and investments. Ms Sage-Gavin has previously served in human resource and C-suite leadership roles at Gap, PepsiCo, Disney Consumer Products, Sun Microsystems and Xerox. As a former senior advisor at Boston Consulting Group, she contributed to the firm's CEO Advisory Practice, directly coaching CEOs. She also served as a senior advisor to G100 companies, supporting CEOs, board directors and chief human resource officers. Ms Sage-Gavin was a director at Broadsoft prior to its acquisition by Cisco and is now co-chair of the Bay Area chapter of the Women Corporate Directors. She is also executive-in-residence at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a guest lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Ms Sage-Gavin was formerly vice chair of Skills for America's Future at the Aspen Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. 

Gaby  Sulzberger

Gaby Sulzberger

General Partner, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners
Director: Brixmor Property Group, MasterCard

Gaby Sulzberger is a General Partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a private equity fund, which she co-founded in 2005. From October 2011 to February 2013, she served as interim CEO of Johnson Products Company, a portfolio company of RC/Fontis that manufactures hair care products. From 2002 to 2005, Ms Sulzberger was CFO of the Villanueva Companies, a private holding company with diverse investment interests. She was on the board of Whole Foods Market from 2003 to 2017, serving as chairman from May to August 2017. Other prior directorships include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Stage Stores and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Ms Sulzberger received a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University.

Sally Susman

Sally Susman

EVP, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer
Director: WPP

Sally Susman is currently executive vice president, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company. Ms Susman also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group and plays a key role in shaping policy initiatives. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Ms Susman was EVP of Global Communications at Estée Lauder, where she directed global corporate affairs strategy and served as a member of the Executive Committee. Ms Susman held several senior corporate affairs posts at American Express, working in both London and the US. She started her career in government service focused on international trade issues and her positions included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the US Department of Commerce. She serves on the board of the International Rescue Committee. Ms Susman holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Phoebe Wood

Phoebe Wood

Former Vice Chair/CFO, Brown-Forman
Director: Invesco, Leggett & Platt, PPL, Pioneer Natural Resources

Phoebe Wood currently serves as principal of CompaniesWood Properties, a Louisville-based investment firm. She was CFO of Brown-Forman from 2001 to 2006 and vice chairman from 2006 to 2008. Ms Wood served as CFO and vice president at Propel from 2000 to 2001 and as a vice president of Finance, Planning and Control at ARCO Alaska from 1996 to 2000. From 1976, she served in various financial and administrative positions at Atlantic Richfield Company and several affiliates. Ms Wood is a trustee of the Gheens Foundation, Pitzer College and the American Printing House for the Blind.


Chair (1)

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

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, Ms Foroohar spent six 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

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Buffet Lunch
  • 12:00pm

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live

  • 12:10pm
    FT Swamp Notes "Live"

    Prominent FT journalists will exchange 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

    Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Proxy Season 2018 Recap

    Exchange your experiences and views on top boardroom issues, such as macro-economic and political concerns, succession planning and disclosure decisions, and how to engage with proxy advisors and investors. Experts will add their insights throughout the tabletop session.

    Ed Batts, Partner, Orrick

  • 1:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:00pm
    The 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 their approaches to evaluating assumptions, risks, potential competitive advantage and the company’s ability to execute.

    Chuck Davis, Founder and CEO, Stone Point Capital
    Chairman: The Hershey Company
    Director: Axis Capital, Progressive
    Outstanding Director 2018

    Jon Foster, Managing Director, Current Capital Partners
    Director: Berry Global Group, Five Point Holdings, Lear, Masonite

    David Garfield,  Managing Director, AlixPartners

    Sujeet Indap, US Lex Column Editor, Financial Times (moderator)

  • 2:50pm
    A View From the Chair: Stockholder vs. Stakeholder Primacy

    After decades of focus on maximizing shareholder value, boards are increasingly considering the interests of other stakeholders, such as employees, suppliers, customers and communities. Where is this leading and are corporations actually tying CSR to strategy?

    Dave Dorman, Chairman, CVS Health
    Director: Dell Technologies, PayPal Holdings
    Outstanding Director 2012

    Tony Guzzi, Chairman and CEO, EMCOR Group
    Lead Director: Hubbell

    Heidi Miller, Chairman, HSBCNorth America
    Director: First Data, General Mills, HSBC Holdings
    Outstanding Director 2018

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times (moderator)


  • 3:40pm
    Board Level Oversight of Workforce Transformation

    The future of work, including the challenge of re-skilling vast numbers of current employees, is fast approaching as AI and other technologies become reliable and scalable. Learn how companies have tackled large-scale human-machine collaboration projects, and how the board got involved from planning stages through successful execution.

    Tim Bernlohr, Founder and Managing Member, TJB Management Consulting
    Chairman: Skyline Champion
    Director: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, International Seaways, WestRock

    Marge Magner, Partner, Brysam Global Partners
    Retired Chair, Tegna
    Director: Accenture, Ally Financial

    Eva Sage-Gavin, Senior Managing Director, Accenture (moderator)

  • 4:30pm
    Champagne Roundtables

    Roundtable 1: What Boards Need to Understand About The Human Side of Cyber Security
    Kelly Bissell, Global Managing Director, Accenture Security

    Roundtable 2: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste – How to Capitalize on Activist Involvement
    David Garfield, Managing Director, AlixPartners

    Roundtable 3: The New Wave of Employment Claims: #MeToo, Gender Pay Equity and Post-employment Restrictions
    Mike Delikat, Partner, Orrick

    Roundtable 4: Overcoming Barriers to Robust CEO Succession Planning
    Justus O’Brien, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds

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

Agenda - 14th Nov

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
    Board Accountability for CEO Succession

    It is critical boards take ownership for having the right strategy, the right CEO to execute it, and a succession process that covers both emergencies and planned transitions. Hear what is most important to key constituents, including the sitting CEO, the talent bench, the board's independent leader and institutional investors.

    John Luke, Chairman, WestRock
    Director: BNY Mellon (until June 2018), Dominion Midstream Partners, FM Global, Timken, WestRock
    Outstanding Director 2018

    Mylle Mangum, Chairman and CEO, IBT Holdings
    Chairman: Express
    Director: Barnes Group, Haverty Furniture, PRGX Global

    Dean Stamoulis, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds (moderator)

  • 9:10am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    1. Self Evaluation: Can a Board Really Be Its Own Activist?

    Conducting regular robust board and director evaluations should result in better performance and timely board refreshment. But does it? 

    Rhonda Brauer, Former Director of Corporate Engagement, Office of NY City Comptroller

    Erin Lantz, VP and GM Mortgages, Zillow Group
    Director: TrueCar

    Sujeet Indap, US Lex Column Editor, Financial Times (moderator)

    2. Serving on International Boards

    American directors 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.

    Rose Crane, former CEO, Mela Sciences (now Strata Skin Sciences)
    Director: Catalent, Edge Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Zealand Pharma

    Linda Lorimer, Retired VP, Global and Strategic Initiatives,  Yale University
    Director: Pearson
    Former Presiding Director, McGraw-Hill Companies

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live (moderator)

  • 10:10am
    Networking Break
  • 10:30am
    Concurrent 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.

    Duncan Hennes, Co-founder and Managing Member, Atrevida Group
    Director: Citigroup, Renaissancere

    Dan Ryterband, CEO, FW Cook

    Phoebe Wood, Former Vice Chair and CFO, Brown-Forman
    Director: Invesco, Leggett & Platt, PPL, Pioneer Natural Resources

    Melissa Anderson, Managing Editor, Agenda - a Financial Times company (moderator)

    2. Crisis Planning and Execution at Its Best
    High stakes events such as large-scale M&A, activist attacks and all manner of crisis require fast and effective mobilization of many parties, including the board. Learn from those who have been on the firing line about the best and the worst moves they made.

    Bob Bostrom, SVP and Special Counsel, Abercrombie & Fitch 

    Steve Lipin, CEO, Gladstone Place Partners

    Sally Susman, EVP, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer
    Director: WPP

    Sujeet Indap, US Lex Column Editor, Financial Times (moderator)

  • 11:40am
    Who's Remaking Your Board?

    Board "refreshment" is happening in many forms across corporate America, from planned and orderly to abrupt and barely contested. Hear how historic levels of shareholder activism, the burgeoning role of passive investors, and your boards' actions are redefining investor relations before our eyes.

    Bill Anderson, Senior Managing Director, Evercore   

    Gaby Sulzberger, General Partner, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners
    Director: Brixmor Property Group

    Dick Swift, Retired Chairman and CEO, Foster Wheeler
    Director: CVS Health, Hubbell, Ingersoll-Rand, Kaman, PSEG
    Outstanding Director 2018

    Heather Wolf, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live (moderator)

  • 12:30pm
    Closing Remarks

Downloadable Agenda

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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

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.

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

Davis, Chuck

 Charles A. Davis

 Founder and CEO, Stone Point Capital
 Director: Axis Capital, Progressive, The Hershey Company

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.     

Luke, John

 John A. Luke,  Jr  

 Former Chairman and CEO, MeadWestvaco
 Chairman: WestRock
 Director: Dominion Energy Midstream Partners, FM Global, Timken

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.

Miller, Heidi

 Heidi G. Miller

 Chairman, HSBC North America Holdings
 Director: First Data, General Mills, HSBC

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
 Director: CVS Health, Hubbell, Ingersoll-Rand, Kaman, PSEG

 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.


Partners (4)

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 459,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. 

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses respond quickly and decisively to their most critical challenges – from urgent performance improvement to complex restructuring, from risk mitigation to accelerated transformation. These are the moments when everything is on the line – a sudden shift in the market, an unexpected performance decline, a time-sensitive deal, a fork-in-the-road decision. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients until the job is done, and only measure our success in terms of the results we deliver. We partner with you to make the right decisions and take the right actions. And we are right by your side. When it really matters.

Orrick provides legal solutions for visionary companies in the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 25+ markets globally, we help our clients grow and disrupt, we protect them, and we help them win. We’re also transforming the delivery of legal services. That’s why Financial Times has named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America three years in a row. Through Orrick Labs, we’re developing new legal technologies. Through our corporate venture investment fund, we’re partnering with exciting legal tech company founders. Through Orrick Analytics, we’re applying AI and other tools to solve clients’ problems. And through creative staffing at our Global Operations Center, we’re streamlining legal processes. We do all of this by engaging the very top talent, earning us a place on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list four years in a row.

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. Our 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today's challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations – our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues.

Associate Partners (3)

Evercore’s Advisory business provides differentiated strategic and tactical advice as well as unparalleled execution both public and private companies across a broad range of industry sectors and geographies. Evercore is the leading independent M&A advisor and the #1 activist and raid defense advisor in the world. Evercore's team has advised companies involved in the largest and most high-profile activist challenges and hostile defense assignments in recent years. Our extensive experience, insights into activist tactics, expertise in helping companies with shareholder communications and innovative defense strategies have been instrumental in helping clients prepare for, avoid, and, if required, defend against activist investors and hostile takeover attempts. In public company situations, Evercore’s strategic shareholder advice is an integral part of our M&A practice and is a decisive edge for clients seeking to obtain shareholder support for their transactions.

FW Cook is an independent executive compensation consulting firm that provides objective advice to boards and management of the world’s leading companies. Our firm’s primary objective is to add value to the executive pay programs and processes of our clients. Our consultants collaborate with clients to solve complex problems and design programs that support business strategy and successfully link executive pay to performance and changes in shareholder value. Founded in 1973, we serve public, private, and tax-exempt organizations across a broad spectrum of industries. With the largest market share of board engagements among our competitors, we currently serve over 750 clients. FW Cook’s offices are located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Boston. 

Gladstone Place Partners is a New York-based strategic and financial communications firm serving clients in the U.S. and across the globe. GPP advises clients on financial communications, issues management, and corporate governance communications.

Their diverse and experienced team advises companies, CEOs, boards and chief communications officers on evolving strategic communication needs. GPP consists of individuals with a broad range of backgrounds, including highly regarded business leaders, finance professionals, communications professionals and senior journalists with years of experience at places like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Reuters. We are at the nexus of the corporate world, financial markets and media. We take great care in having the right skillsets and expertise applied to each assignment. We understand the complexity of today’s communications environment, which is why we have social and digital capabilities embedded in our DNA.

We are passionate about our clients and are right there with them in the trenches. We believe a well devised communications strategy can help companies achieve their strategic objectives and effectively
engage with internal and external stakeholders.

Gladstone Place Partners strives to build long-term, trusted relationships by delivering the highest quality work, paired with uncompromising ethics, integrity and judgment.

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.

Supporting Partner (1)

Broadrooms is an informational resource for women who serve, or want to serve, on corporate boards. Board diversity benefits the bottom line, yet less than 20% of corporate directors are women. Broadrooms was founded to provide executive women the tools they need to serve on boards. Gerri Elliott, the founder of Broadrooms, has championed diversity throughout a long career in corporate leadership and knows firsthand the challenge of finding information and best practices for serving on public boards. The world would be a better place if more women served on boards. Please share in our vision at today.

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

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