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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange)

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Dan Hesse

Dan Hesse

Director: Akamai Technologies, PNC Financial Services Group

Ilene Gordon

Ilene Gordon

Director: International Paper, Lockheed Martin

Sir Peter Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield

Chairman: NXP Semiconductors; Director: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Mentor Graphics (until 2017)


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.

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • Reimagining capitalism: Balancing purpose vs. profit on the road to a sustainable future
  • Competing on culture: Combating inertia and making proactive big bets
  • Finding and supporting a transformational CEO
  • Ensuring effective digital oversight at the board level
  • Comparing and contrasting governance practices and experiences around the world
fallback Add to my Calendar 11/12/2019 11:30:0011/13/2019 12:20:00trueFT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange)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.Topics to be discussed include: Reimagining capitalism: Balancing purpose vs. profit on the road to a sustainable futureCompeting on culture: Combating inertia and making proactive big betsFinding and supporting a transformational CEOEnsuring effective digital oversight at the board levelComparing and contrasting governance practices and experiences around the worldFT-ODX-(Outstanding-Directors-Exchange)95de0e036f9348a763f495306b71fe69MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (13)

Dan Hesse

Dan Hesse

Former CEO, Sprint Corporation
Director: Akamai Technologies, PNC Financial Services Group

Dan Hesse currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), where he serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) where he chairs the Technology Subcommittee. Mr Hesse served as President and CEO of Sprint Corporation from December 2007 to August 2014. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, and he spent 23 years at AT&T, where from 1997 - 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States' largest wireless carrier. He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT, where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize. He holds a Carnegie Mellon University/NACD CERT certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. In addition to receiving Corporate Responsibility magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, he has been named "Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology" by LAPTOP magazine (Steve Jobs was #2), Wireless Industry "Person of the Year" by RCR magazine, "Executive of the Year" by Wireless Business and Technology magazine, "CEO of the Year" by the National Eagle Leadership Institute, “Kansas City’s Best CEO” in a readership poll by Ingram’s Magazine, one of the five "Best Turnaround CEO's of All Time" by Fierce Wireless, one of "10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies" by Entrepreneur magazine, and he has twice received Wireless Week magazine's Leadership Award. Glassdoor regularly named Hesse one of America’s highest rated CEO's by employees. He serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and on the board of directors of the JUST Capital Foundation. The 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index recognized Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in overall customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the previous six years. During Mr Hesse’s years at Sprint, the company was recognized 20 times by J.D. Power and Associates for excellence in customer service. For his last two full calendar years as CEO, Sprint’s Total Shareholder Return, assuming reinvested dividends, ranked #1 among all S&P 500 companies (Netflix was #2).

Ilene Gordon

Ilene Gordon

Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Ingredion
Director: International Paper, Lockheed Martin

Ilene Gordon served as chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion from 2009 through 2017 and as executive chairman January through July 2018. Ms Gordon joined Ingredion in 2009 from Rio Tinto Alcan, where as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging she led a $6.5 billion global packaging business based in Paris, France. Over her 10-year tenure with Alcan and Pechiney, which was acquired by Alcan in 2003, she held various leadership positions, starting as senior vice president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging. Previously, Ms Gordon spent 17 years in executive roles of increasing responsibility at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco. Before that she worked at Signode, a global packaging company specialized in materials handling, and at the Boston Consulting Group. Ms Gordon is a vice chair of The Conference Board and on the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago. She is listed among Forbes Global Game Changers and was one of FORTUNE’s Most Power Women for a number of years: five consecutive years on the US list and two years on the global list. In 2018 Ms Gordon received the Executive Leader Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2017 she received: The Civic Federation Lyman J. Gage Award for outstanding civic contribution; the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership; the Committee of 200 Corporate Innovator Luminary Award; and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, distribution and manufacturing category. Additionally, she received the Committee for Economic Development Leadership in Diversity Award in 2016 and the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award. Ms Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science from MIT and a Master of Science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In the past, Ms Gordon was the first female director of five different public companies: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers, Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics. 

Sir Peter Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield

Former CEO, BT Group
Chairman: NXP Semiconductors; Director: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Mentor Graphics (until 2017)

Sir Peter Bonfield has more than 50 years of experience in the international technology business. He is Chairman of Netherlands-based NXP, a world leading semiconductor company and Director and Chair of Audit at TSMC in Taiwan. He is Chairman of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University, Board Director East West Institute, USA, Board Mentor CMi UK, Member of Longreach Group Advisory Board and Senior Advisor to Alix Partners. His former appointments include CEO of BT Group, Chairman and CEO of ICL plc and Deputy CEO of STC plc. He has served on the boards of 12 international technology companies including Sony and Ericsson. Knighted in 1996 and awarded the CBE in 1989, he has received honorary doctorates from 11 universities. Voted one of the top 25 managers of 1996 by Businessweek and awarded the prestigious Order of the Lion of Finland in 1995, he is also an honorary citizen of Dallas, Texas. Sir Peter is an elected Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Curtis Crawford

Curtis Crawford

Founder, President and CEO, XCEO
Director: Chemours, ON Semiconductor, Xylem

Curtis Crawford is Founder and CEO of XCEO. He is the author of Corporate Rise: The X Principles of Extreme Personal Leadership, Compliance & Conviction: The Evolution of Enlightened Corporate Governance and his latest title, Manager’s Guide to Mentoring. Dr Crawford has served as Chairman of the board of ON Semiconductor; Chairman, President and CEO of Zilog; President, CEO and Director of Onix Microsystems, and Chairman of the board of ISTAT. He earned his BA in Business Administration and Computer Sciences and an MA degree from Governors State University. He earned his MBA from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management from Capella University. In 2011, Dr Crawford was awarded the B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award from the NACD. In 2016, he was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame for his leadership of the High Definition Television (HDTV) Grand Alliance.

Steve Cross

Steve Cross

Managing Director
FW Cook
Dina Dublon

Dina Dublon

Former EVP and CFO, JPMorgan Chase
Director: PepsiCo, T Rowe Price Group

Dina Dublon is a board member of PepsiCo and T Rowe Price Group. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Co-Chair of the Columbia Cancer Research Center (HICC) Advisory Council. She served on the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank (2013-2018) and on the boards of Accenture (2002-2017) and Microsoft (2005-2014) and was on the faculty of Harvard Business School (2011-2012). She was Co-Chair of the Women’s Refugee Commission and on the board of The Global Fund for Women. Ms Dublon was until the end of 2004 EVP and CFO of JPMorgan Chase, responsible for global financial management and related operations, strategy and acquisitions, corporate treasury, tax and investor relations. She played a key role in negotiations and merger integration of Chemical Bank with Manufacturers Hanover, Chase, JPMorgan and Bank One. Prior to joining the bank, Ms Dublon worked at the Harvard Business School and at Bank Hapoalim in Israel. She was on the Fortune list of the 50 most powerful women in business for several years and has been honored as a “Woman Who Makes a Difference” by many organizations. Born in Brazil, Ms Dublon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master’s degree from the Business School at Carnegie Mellon University. She is married and has two adult children.

David Garfield

David Garfield

Managing Director and Americas Business Unit Leader

David Garfield is managing director of AlixPartners LLP. He consults with board members and senior executives to develop winning strategies and drive step-change improvements in operating and financial performance. He has more than 28 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. At AlixPartners, he serves as the global leader of the firm’s Consumer Products Practice, and the co-leader of the firm’s Performance Improvement Practice for North America. Prior to AlixPartners, he served as a director and president of Encore. 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. Mr Garfield holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he now serves as a guest-lecturer.

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson

John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University
Director: Amgen, Idexx Laboratories

Rebecca Henderson is one of 24 University Professors at Harvard, a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an expert on innovation and organizational change, and her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose and innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. She teaches “Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems”, a course that has grown from 28 students to over 300, and is under contract for a book that is tentatively titled Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire. Ms Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen and of Idexx Laboratories.

Catherine Ide

Catherine Ide

Senior Managing Director of Professional Practice and Member Services
Center for Audit Quality
Steve Lipin

Steve Lipin

Chairman and CEO
Gladstone Place Partners

Steve Lipin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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.

Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

Vice Chairman

Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman, is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee, Enterprise Risk Committee and Global Operating Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, she headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms Novick oversees the firm's efforts globally for public policy and for investment stewardship. Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, she was a Vice President leading the Portfolio Products Team in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. From 1982 to 1985, she was with Morgan Stanley. Ms Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. She serves as a Trustee of Cornell University and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute. She is also a member of MSCI’s Editorial Advisory Board, Center for Financial Stability Advisory Board, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Board and UJA-Federation of New York’s Finance Committee. She previously served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994 - 2012) and coached in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (1999 - 2015). Ms Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in Economics from Cornell University.

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal
Director: Hitachi

Louise Pentland is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Before joining PayPal, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of 400+ lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an IP P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, the Nokia legal team she managed was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times in 2011. She has served as a member of Hitachi’s Board of Directors since 2015 and was named to the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in May 2016. She also served on the Board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, from 2012 to 2014, and played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft. Ms Pentland is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar, and Registered In-House Counsel of the California bar.

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. Sheholds a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. 


Chair and Moderators (3)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US Business Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US business editor of the Financial Times, leading its reporting and analysis of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, unending technological change and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of corporate reporters, while writing news, analysis and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core corporate audience.

Until January 2018, Andrew was the FT’s US news editor and an FT assistant editor, directing its coverage of and for the Americas and helping steer its strategic evolution from a print focus to a digital newsroom with growing impact in video, audio, social media, newsletter and data journalism.

From 2005 to 2013, he was the FT’s global media editor, leading its coverage of sectors ranging from the music and movie businesses to digital media and marketing.

In 21 years with the FT in New York and London, Andrew has been deputy news editor, edited its management features section, covered mergers and acquisitions and US consumer industries, and written for the influential Lex column.

A graduate of Cambridge University, he started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London and won the Newsbios “30 under 30” award for young financial journalists in 2000 and 2001. He often moderates FT Live events and other conferences and appears on television, radio, FT videos and FT podcasts.

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Managing Editor, Agenda, a Financial Times company

Melissa Anderson has been managing editor at Agenda since early 2018. She previously served as the publication’s associate editor and senior reporter, covering legal and regulatory issues for corporate boards. Before joining Agenda, she was the editor of The Glass Hammer, a career publication for women in financial services. She has an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU and a BA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary.

Agenda - 12th Nov

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Buffet Lunch
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:10pm
    Flash Points on the Investor Agenda

    This dialogue discusses the hot-button issues investors were focused on in 2019 and looks ahead to how companies and boards can be proactive in preparing for the upcoming proxy season.

    Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

    In conversation with: David Garfield, Managing Director and Americas Business Unit Leader, AlixPartners

  • 1:00pm
    New Complexities and Considerations for M&A

    M&A considerations in the boardroom have become far more complex of late as regulators and investors alike are examining deals through the lens of an evolving backdrop. In addition to the financials, boards must also think through the cultural and social implications of any M&A transactions. The proliferation and growing importance of data and technology in today's business environment also brings deals into uncharted territory where a single misstep could expose the company to unanticipated and emerging risks. Experienced panelists share how they are adapting their approach to M&A strategy and due diligence. 

    In conversation with: George Casey, Global Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling

  • 1:50pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:10pm
    Competing on Culture and Talent

    In today’s brisk and ever-evolving business environment, boards are increasingly concerned with corporate culture as both a competitive advantage as well as a risk. The stakes are high, and most agree on the necessity of providing oversight of the company culture set by management at the board level, but the manner in which a board provides effective governance often varies widely. Decoding organizational DNA can involve conversations around talent, trust, data, and diversity. This dialogue explores ways boards can be more proactive in monitoring culture and setting the right tone at the top.

    Curtis Crawford, Founder, President and CEO, XCEO
    Director: Chemours, ON Semiconductor, Xylem
    Outstanding Director 2019

    In conversation with: Eva Sage-Gavin, Senior Managing Director, Accenture

  • 3:00pm
    What is the Board’s Role With Respect to CAMs?

    What can be learned from the first auditor reporting of “critical audit matters” (CAMs) this summer? Hear how boards and audit committees prepared and how to keep the entire board engaged throughout the process.

    In conversation with: Catherine Ide, Senior Managing Director of Professional Practice and Member Services, Center for Audit Quality

  • 3:40pm
    Reimagining Capitalism: Balancing Purpose vs. Profit on the Road to a Sustainable Future

    A decade after the financial crisis, a new worldview appears to be emerging, led by a chorus of voices calling for businesses, their boards, and executives to take on greater responsibility and leadership in tackling some of society’s most pressing issues. This is turn is introducing the need for boards to consider how a firm’s stance on environmental and social issues, and more importantly its action or inaction, contributes to both the actual bottom line, as well as impacts the creation of long-term, sustainable value. This dialogue explores the thoughtful approach firms in various industries are taking.    

    Dina Dublon, Former EVP and CFO, JPMorgan Chase
    Director: PepsiCo, T Rowe Price Group

    Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University
    Director: Amgen, Idexx Laboratories
    Outstanding Director 2019  

    In conversation with: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Champagne Roundtables
  • 5:45pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 6:30pm
    Outstanding Directors Awards Dinner
  • 9:00pm
    End of Day 1

Agenda - 13th Nov

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
    Reflections on Leadership: Culture, Responsibility and a New Way Forward

    Dan Hesse, Former CEO, Sprint Corporation
    Director: Akamai TechnologiesPNC Financial Services Group

    In conversation with: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:10am
    Finding and Supporting a Transformational CEO

    In today’s cutthroat business environment, companies and CEOs alike are struggling to execute high stakes turnarounds that are critical for survival. Boards must take ownership not only for having the right strategy, but also finding the right CEO to execute it. Equally important is knowing how to support the CEO, particularly when operating in industries that are strongly resistant to change. This dialogue explores what the best transformational leaders do, how to identify the right candidates, and how to set them up for success.

    Ilene Gordon, Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Ingredion
    Director: International Paper Co, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Dan Hesse, Former CEO, Sprint Corporation
    Director: Akamai TechnologiesPNC Financial Services Group

  • 9:20am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Topics to be finalized)

    1. New Models for Corporate Governance 

    The world has evolved in many ways over the past century, and yet boards continue to operate with agendas and processes that have not radically changed in many decades. The governance model for major public companies is under stress, and investors, boards and regulators are beginning to dialogue about a pragmatic way forward. Join this discussion to hear and share what changes have helped boards cope with increased workloads and expectations, as well as explore some of the new models for governance that have been proposed. 

    Chris Pinney, CEO, High Meadows Institute    

    2. Trust as a Currency: Tackling Thorny Issues Around Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity
    Companies across industries have begun to signal the strategic importance of data as they aggressively invest in predictive analytics modeling, artificial intelligence and alternative data sources. As a result, issues around access to and ownership of data, data breaches, and cybersecurity concerns are increasingly coming up on boardroom agendas. What should Risk, Technology and Compliance committees be doing to stay ahead of the regulatory and investor interest in this area?    

  • 10:20am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:30am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Topics to be finalized)

    1. Issues Facing Comp Committees as They Finalize 2020 Plans 

    Compensation risks and complexities show no signs of abating. Hear about critical regulatory trends, compulsory pay ratio reporting, and how companies are handling pay equity issues.

    Steve Cross, Managing Director, FW Cook

    2. Managing Corporate Reputational Risks in the Digital Era 

    As social media continues its search for the next flash point, the popular adage attributed to Ben Franklin would seem to hold: If you fail to plan – you are planning to fail. High stakes events garnering immediate widespread attention require fast and effective mobilization of many parties, including the board. Learn from those who have been in the spotlight what prudent steps to take in advance in order to safeguard corporate reputation.

  • 11:30am
    Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance

    This dialogue reflects on the experiences of international directors, comparing and contrasting corporate governance trends around the world. In what areas are we beginning to see more convergence? Where are there differences? What can US boards learn from the experience of their counterparts abroad, and vice versa?

    Sir Peter Bonfield CBE, Former CEO, BT Group
    Chairman: NXP Semiconductors
    Director: Mentor Graphics(until 2017), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co
    Outstanding Director 2019

    Mayree Clark, Founder and Managing Partner, Eachwin Capital
    Director: Deutsche BankAlly Financial, The Taubman Company

    Louise Pentland, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal
    Director: Hitachi

    In conversation with: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times


  • 12:20pm
    Closing Remarks

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.

Recent boards in attendance include:

Ally Financial · AXIS Capital Holdings · Barnes Group · Catalent · Citigroup · Citizens Financial Group · CMS Energy Corporation · Crane Co. · CVS Health · Deluxe Corporation · Edge Therapeutics · Exelon Corporation · Express · First Data Corporation · Freddie Mac · General Mills · HSBC Holdings · Hubbell Incorporated · Ingersoll-Rand · Kaman Corporation · Lear Corporation · Marsh & McLennan Companies · Masonite International Corporation · ON Semiconductor · Pearson · Public Service Enterprise Group · PVH Corp. · R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. · RenaissanceRe Holdings · Teva Pharmaceutical · The Hershey Co. · The Progressive Corporation · TrueCar · United States Steel Corporation · WestRock Co· Wintrust Financial Corporation · WPP · Xylem


2019 Outstanding Directors

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Sir Peter L. Bonfield CBE

Former CEO, BT Group
Chairman: NXP Semiconductors, Director: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Mentor Graphics (until 2017)

Sir Peter Bonfield is the very definition of a global director, whose many achievements include helping create tremendous value in the growth and sale of Mentor Graphics and safeguarding tremendous value at NXP Semiconductor since its spin-out from Philips in 2006.



Curtis J. Crawford, PhD

Founder, President and CEO, XCEO
Director: The Chemours Company, ON Semiconductor, Xylem

A pro’s pro in the boardroom, Curtis Crawford has provided valuable institutional memory and strategic fortitude to ITT spin-out Xylem and Dupont spin-out Chemours, as well as long-term leadership at ON Semiconductor.


Rebecca M. Henderson, PhD

John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University
Director: Amgen, Idexx Laboratories

Rebecca Henderson has provided critical strategic, organizational and governance insights at Idexx Laboratories during its meteoric growth from a little known player in veterinary care to its leading and growing position today.


To view our past Outstanding Director winners, click here.


Partners (4)

Accenture is a leading global 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 477,000 people serving clients in 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.

The High Meadows Institute is a Boston-based think tank and policy institute. The Institute’s mission is to explore ways to increase the contribution of business leadership in addressing the complex environmental and societal challenges of the 21st century.  We envision a move to a more collaborative governance model where business plays a greater role in working with governments and civil society to build a sustainable global economy and society. 

The Institute was founded in 2013 by a small group of senior business leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors and works in close partnership with thought leaders, academic and business leadership organizations and other partners to drive change.  The Institute conducts research, and currently leads and supports programs in three areas: Building a sustainable financial system, responding to the changing role of business in society and governing a global economy and society. Our team in Boston works with our board of directors and a global team of advisors and experts to deliver on our objectives.

Associate Partners (3)

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ fosters high-quality performance by public company auditors; convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues that require action and intervention; and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. In carrying out these objectives, the CAQ provides numerous resources—such as alerts, reports, and webcasts—for auditors and others in financial reporting. Supported by a membership of US accounting firms registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the CAQ is led by a Governing Board comprised of chief executives from leading public company auditing firms and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as independent representatives from key communities: academics, audit committees, and investors.

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 principle 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 their business strategy and successfully link executive pay to 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.  To learn more about us or to join our mail list, visit us on the web at

Gladstone Place Partners is a New York-based strategic and financial communications firm serving clients in the U.S. and across the globe.

Our diverse and experienced team advises companies, CEOs, boards and chief communications officers on evolving strategic communication needs. Our firm 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.

Our focus is on four key areas: financial communications, which includes mergers and acquisitions, activist defense, IPOs, investor relations and material financial disclosures; corporate reputation and strategic positioning; issues management, including crisis and litigation communications; and corporate governance communications. 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.

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

For more information on future opportunities to partner with ODX, please contact:

Laurence James

Simon Carkeek
+1 917-551-5049



Stewart Hotel
371 Seventh Ave (between W 30th and W 31th Sts)
New York 10001

United States of America



We have arranged special rates at the Stewart Hotel for the nights of 11, 12, and 13 November.

  • $239 (Studio suite with kitchen, one Queen or King bed)

These rates are subject to taxes. Please book online to secure your reservation. 

Rooms and rates are subject to availability. Additional nights are available on request and will be charged at the best available rate at the time of booking.



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Refund Policy

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.