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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange)

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Speakers include:
Roel Campos

Roel Campos

Director: Regional Management Corp

Cheemin Bo-Linn

Cheemin Bo-Linn

Director: BMC, Sphere 3D

Tracy McKibben

Tracy McKibben

Director: USAA, Ecolab, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Overview

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
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Speakers (38)

Roel Campos

Roel Campos

Former SEC Commissioner
Director: Regional Management Corp

Roel C. Campos is a partner with the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he practices in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance, and securities enforcement and serves as chair of the firm’s securities enforcement practice. Prior to that, he was a partner with Locke Lord LLP (2011 to 2016) and Cooley LLP (2007 to 2011). Prior to that, he received a presidential appointment and served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2002 to 2007. Prior to serving with the SEC, Mr Campos was a founding partner of a Houston-based radio broadcaster. Earlier in his career, he practiced corporate law and served as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, California. Mr Campos also previously served from 2013 to 2017 on the board of directors of WellCare Health Plans, Inc, a publicly-held entity that provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored healthcare programs. He is currently a director of privately-held Paulson International Ltd, private registered broker-dealer Liquidnet Holdings, Inc, and a member of the advisory board of Balyasny Asset Management LP, a registered investment advisory fund. Mr Campos also serves on the advisory board for the PCAOB, the board of Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy, and on various non-profit boards. From 2008 to 2013, Mr Campos served on the President’s citizen Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board. Mr Campos earned a BS degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. 

Cheemin Bo-Linn

Cheemin Bo-Linn

CEO and President, Peritus Partners
Director: BMC, Sphere 3D

Cheemin Bo-Linn is CEO and president of Peritus Partners Inc, an analytics platform and business/IT/marketing consultancy recognized for accelerating market valuation and profit growth. Previously, she was IBM vice president running a multi-billion dollar P&L, digital CMO/CRO for mobile and software companies, M&A partner in investment banking, and recruited to other finance, tech, e-commerce, consumer, and energy companies. Dr Bo-Linn was formerly a visiting professor in Digital Marketing and Technology at Columbia University, London School of Business, and the University of Hong Kong joint EMBA/MBA program. In 2019, NACD named her one of the “Top 50” public company directors and committee chair. She was also inducted into the “Hall of Fame for Women in Technology,” a program supported by the Administrations of Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama, named “Top CEOs in STEM,” and recipient of the “Tribute to Women - Most Influential in Silicon Valley” Award. Dr Bo-Linn has been an invited speaker to the United Nations, Dow Jones, British Chamber of Commerce and top tier global investment firms. She has a doctorate degree in Information Systems from the University of Houston and completed postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, She has been a member of six corporate boards across Canada, the US, and Europe and served as audit chair for two US public companies. 

Tracy McKibben

Tracy McKibben

Founder and CEO, MAC Energy Advisors
Director: USAA, Ecolab, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Tracy McKibben is an international energy and clean technology expert with over 20 years of experience in the energy sector. Ms McKibben advises multinational corporations and financial institutions on strategic investments and capital investment structuring in the alternative energy, renewable energy, clean technology, water and energy efficiency sectors. She began her finance career in 2007 at Citigroup Global Markets as managing director and head of environmental banking strategy. She was a member of Citigroup's alternative energy task force and carbon task force. Her public sector experience includes the US National Security Council as senior director of European affairs and director of European economic affairs and EU relations. She also worked at the US Department of Commerce as special counsel for international trade and investments, as well as director and executive secretariat in the office of the secretary of commerce. Prior to her work in the public sector, she practiced law at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She is on the board of the New York Power Authority (by appointment of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo). She previously served on the board of GlassBridge Enterprises and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her BA from West Virginia State University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Daniel Beltzman

Daniel Beltzman

Manager and General Partner, Birch Run Capital Advisors
Director: Regis Corporation

Daniel Beltzman is a manager and general partner of Birch Run Capital Advisors LP, an investment advisor headquartered in New York that he co‐founded in 2006. Birch Run manages significant assets primarily for high net worth investors. Mr Beltzman oversees Birch Run’s investment portfolio, including formulating investment strategies and generating new investment ideas. Birch Run invests in public and private debt and equity instruments and, where appropriate, looks to partner with management teams and boards to drive long‐term shareholder wealth creation. Mr Beltzman has devoted his career to developing expertise in capital allocation, business strategy and the assessment of corporate leadership, incentives and governance. Since 2012, Mr Beltzman has been a director on the board of Regis Corporation and currently serves on the nominating & corporate governance, technology, and compensation committees, the latter committee of which he also chairs. Mr Beltzman previously served as a director on the board of Ditech Holding Corporation for four years and chaired the nominating & corporate governance committee during his tenure. Mr Beltzman holds a BBA and MAcc from the University of Michigan.

Patrick Gaston

Patrick Gaston

President and CEO, PG Consulting
Chairman: Bed Bath & Beyond

Patrick Gaston is president and CEO of PG Consulting, a management consulting company that assists corporations and non-profits in building Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), strategic planning, private/public partnerships and philanthropic strategies. Previously, Mr Gaston was President of the Western Union Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Western Union Company. Prior to that, he served as a senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, where he provided strategic counsel and led broad outreach programs to increase awareness and support from major donors, corporations and foundations. Before that, he was president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America. Under his leadership, the corporation became one of the Fortune 500 companies to pioneer and implement a comprehensive Corporate Responsibility program. In 2009 and 2014, he was named as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine. He was also named Corporate Responsibility Magazine Foundation CEO of the year in 2010. Mr Gaston holds a BA in Management from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University. Additionally, he earned an International Certificate in Business from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Reims, France. 

Susan Skerritt

Susan Skerritt

Former Chairwoman, CEO and President, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
Director: Tanger Outlets, Royal Bank of Canada USA

Susan Skerritt was the chairwoman, CEO and president of Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas. In earlier roles at the bank, she led the transaction banking businesses of Deutsche Bank in North and South America, and under her leadership, these businesses grew over 40% and increased significantly their net contribution to global profitability. She also led the global correspondent banking business. Previously, Ms Skerritt was an executive member of the board of directors of Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. and served as an EVP in a variety of increasingly important roles in the cash management, trade finance, and securities servicing businesses. She successfully co-led the acquisition and integration of the JPMorgan Corporate Trust business, which more than doubled the size and global scope of the division. This M&A transaction capitalized on her earlier experience as a key member of the Dean Witter Discover team responsible for its IPO and spin-off from Sears, prior to DWD’s merger with Morgan Stanley. Early in her career, she worked for Ernst & Young and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms Skerritt was included in the American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking ranking for multiple years and has earned the NACD Board Leadership Fellow designation. She is also a senior advisor at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, guiding clients on regulatory, governance, and risk management matters. Ms Skerritt graduated from Kirkland (Hamilton) College with a BA in Economics and received her MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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).

Kristin Dolan

Kristin Dolan

Founder and CEO, 605
Director: AMC Networks, MSG Networks, The Madison Square Garden Company, Revlon, The Wendy’s Company

Kristin Dolan is founder and chief executive officer of 605, where she leads all day-to-day business operations including key client relationships, product development, sales, research, finance, legal and marketing. She founded 605 in 2016, bringing more than 30 years of media and entertainment experience to her role. She is also founder and managing partner of Dolan Family Ventures (DFV). Most recently, she served as chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation leading all aspects of the company’s cable operations and overseeing thousands of employees, including the company’s entire customer and field service workforce. She also oversaw Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s advertising sales division, which was widely recognized for its pioneering data strategy that paved the way for an audience-driven approach to television advertising, providing deep insights into viewership in the New York DMA (the nation’s most influential viewing market). Ms Dolan has also previously served on the Foundation Board for SUNY Albany and the National Board for Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). She received an MA in English literature from Long Island University, an MS in Publishing with a concentration in Marketing from Pace University and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

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.

Doug Braunstein

Doug Braunstein

Founder and Managing Partner, Hudson Executive Capital
Director: Cardtronics, Corindus Vascular Robotics, Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Doug Braunstein is founder and managing partner of Hudson Executive Capital. He has over 30 years of industry experience and held a variety of positions during his tenure at JPMorgan Chase & Co, which include vice chairman, CFO, and member of the company's Operating Committee. He was also head of JPMorgan's Americas Investment Banking, Global M&A, and Global Head of Industry Coverage. He served as a member of JPMorgan's Executive Committee and the Investment Bank Management Committee for over a decade. Mr Braunstein has been an advisor to numerous boards and management teams in the planning, structuring and implementation of the full range of corporate finance solutions. He has worked on over $1 trillion in transactions. He is a trustee of Cornell University and serves as chair of the Finance Committee and holds seats on both the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee. He also serves on Harvard Law School's Dean's Advisory Board and is a co-chair of Harvard College Fund Parent’s Executive Committee. Mr Braunstein received his BS from Cornell University in 1983 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 1986.

Mary Bush

Mary Bush

Chairman and Founder, Bush International
Director: Discover Financial Services, ManTech International, Marriott International, T. Rowe Price Group

In 1991, The Honorable Mary Bush founded Bush International, a global consulting firm which advises US companies and foreign governments on international financial markets and banking, and global business strategy. Ms Bush also serves as a senior managing director of Brock Capital Group. In 2007, she was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to the US Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession. From 1989 to 1991, Ms Bush served as managing director and head of the Federal Housing Finance Board, the oversight body for the nation's 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. Prior to 1989, she was the VP and head of international finance at Fannie Mae. From 1982 to 1984, Ms Bush served as US alternate executive director of the International Monetary Fund, a position appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. In that capacity, she worked with the US Treasury Department to formulate policy on IMF lending and global economic matters. She earned a BA from Fisk University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ms Bush previously served on the boards of United Airlines, Brady, Briggs & Stratton, MGIC Investment Corporation and the Pioneer Family of Mutual Funds.

Ray Cameron

Ray Cameron

Managing Director, Head of Investment Stewardship Americas
BlackRock

Ray A. Cameron is the head of BlackRock's Investment Stewardship team for the Americas region based in New York. In this role, he leads a team of specialists responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Through direct engagement with companies, the team encourages corporate governance practices that support sustainable financial performance over the long-term. Prior to joining BlackRock, he most recently managed the corporate access engagement practice at several investment banking firms, including Stifel and Cowen. In these capacities, he oversaw teams that established and enhanced constructive dialogue with hundreds of portfolio companies' boards and management teams. Mr Cameron started his Wall Street career at Morgan Stanley on the institutional equity sales desk. After spending several years as a generalist, he became a technology specialist. He is credited for creating and managing the first fully integrated corporate access team on Wall Street. His team included a diverse group of sector specialists who were responsible for driving engagements in their respective industries and enhancing relationships with corporate boards and management and with internal investment professionals within the firm. He was subsequently recruited to re-engineer the corporate access engagement practice at Lehman Brothers. There he successfully maintained the entire team through the Lehman bankruptcy filing and the eventual acquisition of equity assets by Barclays. Mr Cameron earned his MBA degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and his BBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

George Casey

George Casey

Global Managing Partner
Shearman & Sterling

George Casey is global managing partner and also serves as global head of mergers & acquisitions and head of the corporate business unit, while continuing his full-time practice. He has extensive experience in US domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-out sales, strategic investments and joint venture transactions. In addition, he regularly advises Boards of Directors and management on corporate governance and shareholder relations issues. Mr Casey combines a very diverse transactional experience with a deep understanding of clients’ businesses across the chemicals, healthcare, mining and metals, media, cable, technology and telecommunications industries. He regularly represents multinational corporate clients, including Anglo American, Dow Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline, LANXESS, Liberty Global, LyondellBasell, Nokia, Novartis and Thomson Reuters, as well as sovereign wealth funds. In 2016, The American Lawyer named him a “Dealmaker of the Year” and “Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker.” In addition to his work with clients, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions. He is also a regular lecturer on US M&A at L’école De Droit De La Sorbonne – Université Paris I.9

Nick Cerbone

Nick Cerbone

Lead Director: Chef’s Warehouse

Nick Cerbone has over 40 years of financial and accounting experience, which have all been spent at Ernst & Young. Most recently, he was a senior partner and consultant of the national office of Ernst & Young from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that position, he was a senior partner of transaction advisory services for Ernst & Young from 1990 to 2005, where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating, facilitating, and integrating business transactions involving global public and private entities in numerous diversified industries. Other positions held at Ernst & Young include cross-border market leader of the transaction advisory services department, a partner of the audit practice and managing partner of the Stamford, Connecticut office. Mr Cerbone is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr Cerbone holds a BBA degree, with a major in Accounting, from Iona College. 

Mayree Clark

Mayree Clark

Managing Partner, Eachwin Capital
Director: Ally Financial, Deutche Bank, Taubman Centers

Mayree Clark has served as managing partner of Eachwin Capital, LP since its founding in 2010. Prior to forming Eachwin, she was a partner and member of the executive committee of AEA Holdings, which represented the joint interests of Aetos Capital and AEA Investors. Previously, she was affiliated with Morgan Stanley for 24 years and spent two years as deputy to the chairman, president and CEO. She became global research director in 1994 and led that effort to preeminence until 2001, when she was asked to manage the firm's global private wealth management activities. She was non-executive chairman of MSCI from 2000 to 2005. Ms Clark was a director of the Stanford Management Company, which is responsible for the University's endowment, from 2007 to 2015. Ms Clark is currently a member of the corporate governance advisory committee of the Council of Institutional Investors. She is chair of the Tricycle Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and a BS from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she serves as a director of Regulatory Data Corp (owned by Vista Equity Partners). 

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.

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, Head of Houston Office
FW Cook

For over 25 years, Steve Cross has served as the outside advisor to the board of directors and executive management in the design and ongoing administration of executive compensation programs. He provides independent advice to clients on a full range of topics related to executive compensation such as: annual and long-term incentive plan design, equity compensation, severance arrangements, corporate governance, compensation strategy, competitive analysis, public disclosures, and foreign domicile related issues. He has served a wide range of clients that include publicly traded as well as privately held companies, ranging in size from small cap to Fortune 100. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of Cogent Compensation Partners, a boutique executive compensation consulting firm acquired by FW Cook in 2012. Prior to that, he was the market leader for Mercer's executive compensation practice in Houston. He also spent 10 years at KPMG where he was the partner in charge of the executive compensation consulting practice for the Southwest Region. Mr Cross has been a regular guest lecturer on the subject of compensation and corporate governance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Steve Culp

Steve Culp

Senior Managing Director
Accenture

Steve Culp is an Accenture Senior Managing Director – Financial Services, Management Consulting and the Accenture Finance & Risk practice. Based in Chicago, he has more than 25 years of experience working with clients across multiple geographies to define strategy and execute change programs across risk management and the broader finance function. His current responsibilities are focused on working with our client leadership teams to help them advance their business performance through innovative strategies, enabled by a combination of digital, process, people and technology. Mr Culp holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree at Kellogg in 1999.

Dina Dublon

Dina Dublon

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

Dina Dublon 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.

Erin Dwyer

Erin Dwyer

Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs
PCAOB

Erin Dwyer is the deputy director of external affairs at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), which oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports. Ms Dwyer serves as the liaison and direct point of contact to audit committees, investors, and preparers, promoting an ongoing dialogue about the activities of the PCAOB and soliciting views from key stakeholders. Prior to joining the PCAOB in 2019, Ms Dwyer’s twenty-year career includes various investment, policy, and stakeholder outreach roles including most recently as managing director of stakeholder engagement and communications at the Center for Audit Quality, where she led strategic initiatives to build and strengthen relationships with key capital markets participants and governance leaders. She also spent eight years as a sell-side analyst on Prudential Financial’s equity research team and as a senior vice president of client development at Cooley LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm. She earned her BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

David Garfield

David Garfield

Managing Director and Americas Region Leader
AlixPartners

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.

Cynthia Glassman

Cynthia Glassman

Former SEC Commissioner
Director: Discover Financial Services

Cynthia A. Glassman is a senior research scholar focusing on corporate governance in the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the GWU Business School and a member of the Dow Jones Special Committee, an independent body charged with safeguarding the editorial independence of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. Previously, President Bush appointed her to serve as under secretary for economic affairs at the US Department of Commerce from 2006 to 2009 and as an SEC commissioner from 2002 to 2006, including acting chair during the summer of 2005. She has spent over 40 years in the public and private sectors, including the Federal Reserve and consulting firms, focusing on financial services regulatory and public policy issues. She has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations. Dr Glassman received her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She was a supervisor in economics at the University of Cambridge, England, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

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. 

Jeff Gramm

Jeff Gramm

Portfolio Manager, Bandera Partners
Chairman: Tandy Leather Factory, Director: Rubicon Technology

Jeff Gramm manages Bandera Partners, a value-oriented hedge fund based in New York City. He teaches value investing at Columbia Business School and his book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Financial Times. Dear Chairman has been praised as "a terrific read" by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, "a revelation" by the Financial Times, "a grand story" by The Wall Street Journal, and “an engaging and informative book” by The New Yorker. Warren Buffett includes Dear Chairman in the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting bookstore. Charles Schwab wrote about the book,“It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or manager.”

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

Catherine Ide is the senior managing director of professional practice and member services at the Center for Audit Quality, where she leads and advances regulatory and policy strategies that promote the professional practice and audit quality agendas. Previously, she served as director of audit at the global law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. In that role, she helped create the firm’s internal audit and compliance function. While at Fragomen, she developed and launched their global practice review audit plan to over 46 offices worldwide. Prior to Fragomen, she was in the audit practice at PwC for over 15 years, most recently as a senior manager in PwC’s Chief Auditor Network, providing auditing advice and technical guidance on auditing standards, policies, and methodologies at the local engagement level, particularly related to areas of internal and external inspection findings. Ms Ide is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia, and she holds a BS in Accounting with special attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University.

Quentin Koffey

Quentin Koffey

Partner
Senator Investment Group

Quentin Koffey is a partner at Senator Investment Group. Prior to joining Senator in July 2019, he was a portfolio manager and head of strategic investments at the D. E. Shaw Group from 2017-2019 and a portfolio manager at Elliott Management from 2010-2017. While at D. E. Shaw and Elliott, Mr Koffey built a reputation of engaging constructively with public companies in strategic, operational, and corporate governance matters. Investments where Mr Koffey’s involvement has been publicly known have included Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Bunge Ltd, Cameron International Corp, CenterPoint Energy Inc, Hess Corp, Louisiana-Pacific Corp, Lowe’s Companies Inc, and Marathon Petroleum Corp. Mr Koffey holds a BA from Yale College, a JD from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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.

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.

Chris Pinney

Chris Pinney

Founding President
High Meadows Institute

Chris Pinney is founding president of the High Meadows Institute (HMI), which was established in 2013 by a group of business leaders to explore the role of business leadership in a social contract that can ensure continued economic and social progress in a global economy and society. Mr Pinney brings to the Institute over twenty-five years of experience working with C-suite executives nationally and internationally on this issue. As president of HMI, he has led the development of the Institute’s Future of Capital Markets project, which brings together leaders in financial markets in initiatives designed to develop and support a sustainable capital market system equal to the challenges and expectations of the 21st century. Prior to the Institute, Mr Pinney was president at the Alliance for Business Leadership, a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors and a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, where led the development of the Business and Society Leaders Forum. Previously he was director of research and policy and executive education at Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he worked with Global 500 companies on corporate strategy and sustainability. He was the architect of the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Management Framework and designed and taught a foundation course for the MBA program on corporate citizenship and business strategy. Prior to joining Boston College, he was director of the Imagine program, a Canadian initiative that brought together Canada’s leading CEOs and over 600 companies in an initiative to define an expanded role for business leadership in Canada based around a set of sustainable business principles and commitments. He also served as vice president at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. He has an extensive background in international and community development serving as vice president of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and chair of the Brussels-based International Council for Development Action. Mr Pinney has a BA with honors from McGill University and is an RSA Fellow.

Amy Rojik

Amy Rojik

National Assurance Partner, Governance and Communications
BDO

Amy Rojik has spent over 15 years with BDO as part of the National Assurance practice office. She founded and directs BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, designed for financial executives and those charged with governance of both public and private companies. Ms Rojik currently serves as BDO's policy lead to and participates on the Center for Audit Quality’s (CAQ) Advisory Committee and assists in CAQ initiatives, including audit committee communications and audit quality indicators. Ms Rojik has a combined 11 years of prior Big Four firm public accounting experience serving manufacturing and high technology companies as well as private companies, primarily in the wholesale distribution and biotechnology markets. Such experience included assisting clients with public debt offerings and acquisition transactions. She received an MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Union College.

Sandy Rowland

Sandy Rowland

EVP and CFO, HARMAN
Director: Oshkosh Corporation

Sandy Rowland is EVP and CFO of HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. She is responsible for all aspects of the finance function including controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, and internal controls and is a member of the Senior Leadership Committee (SLC). With more than 20 years of experience in financial management, she joined HARMAN in 2012 to lead investor relations. In 2013, she added corporate development to her responsibilities, which included strategy and mergers and acquisitions, and became CFO In 2015. Prior to joining HARMAN, she was a vice president in the corporate finance group at Eastman Kodak Co. She was also a manager in the audit and business advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she worked primarily with technology companies. Ms Rowland is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network, and she received her MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

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. 

Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth Saunders

Partner
Clermont Partners

Elizabeth Saunders is a partner of Clermont Partners, LLC, one of the only women-owned financial communications firms in the country. Ms Saunders has been a senior counselor in all aspects of shareholder relations for two decades. She has founded two consulting firms during her career and also acted as the Americas chairman of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting for several years. At Clermont Partners, she leads the firm’s ESG Strategy and Communications practice and serves as senior counsel for transformational investor relations assignments, pre- and post-merger communications, CEO transitions and activism defense for global leaders including Aramark, Coca-Cola, The Dow Chemical Company and Transocean. Ms Saunders has published numerous articles; lectured throughout the US on shareholder activism strategies; and been quoted in Board & Directors Magazine, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She was also named to the prestigious National Association of Corporate Director (NACD) “Directorship 100” and Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”; and has spoken to the NACD and Women Corporate Directors (WCD). In 2015, Ms Saunders also founded Commodore Intelligence, a platform for market intelligence investor profiles and insights into corporate access strategies on US investment in European equities. Earlier in her career, she was a co-founder of Ashton Partners, one of the top-15 independent IR firms in the US. FTI Consulting acquired Ashton Partners in 2008. Ms Saunders holds a law degree from DePaul University, with a concentration in Securities Law, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. She is on the board of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and a former member of the board of directors of the National Investor Relations Institute, and head of its Emerging Issues Committee.

Victoria Sivrais

Victoria Sivrais

Partner
Clermont Partners

Victoria Sivrais is a partner of Clermont Partners, LLC, one of the only women-led and 100% women-owned financial communications firms in the country. Ms Sivrais provides guidance to clients around critical communication issues, including best-practice financial communications and investor relations programs, ESG communications, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), crisis and issues management, and transformational corporate communication strategies. Prior to establishing Clermont Partners, she was a managing director and deputy lead of the Capital Markets practice of FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications segment and held a leadership position at Ashton Partners, before the firm was sold to FTI Consulting. Ms Sivrais is also an active member with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), its Chicago chapter and Senior Roundtable. She currently sits on the national board of directors of NIRI and chaired the 2018 Annual Conference. She has also served on the NIRI-Chicago chapter board of directors since 2011, most recently as chairman. Ms Sivrais has been published, quoted and spoken on steadfast and emerging areas that impact financial communications professionals, including shareholder activism, ESG-integrated investment, strategic investor engagement, and communicating transformational shifts in strategy, organically and through M&A. She was named to PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list in 2018 for her leadership in the crises and M&A communications field. Ms Sivrais graduated from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business with a BS degree in Computer Science.

Roxanne Taylor

Roxanne Taylor

Former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Accenture
Director: Pure Storage

Roxanne Taylor is an expert in digital transformation, global expansion, branding, and precision marketing. She is passionate about the power of technology to drive innovation that benefits businesses, the workforce and the next generation of innovators, particularly in promoting opportunities for women and minorities. Most recently she was the chief marketing and communications officer of Accenture, where she was instrumental in shaping Accenture as a global, market-leading brand, and executing the company’s digital-first and innovation-led business strategy. She reimagined Accenture’s global digital ecosystem, integrating content, mobile and social strategies to share the company’s vision of a connected business environment and to elevate awareness of the need for the world’s leading companies to embrace digital and prepare for AI and automation-driven changes. At Accenture, she led a global team of more than 1,300 marketing and communications professionals and served as a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Before joining Accenture in 1995, Ms Taylor held a variety of business, marketing, and corporate communications roles for Reuters, Citicorp/Quotron, Credit Suisse, and the Deak-Perera. Named as one of Forbes’ “World’s Most Influential CMOs,” she is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, The Committee of 200 and Women’s Forum of New York.

Edward Waitzer

Edward Waitzer

Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance
Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business

Edward Waitzer is a professor and the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and is director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He was chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1999 to 2006 and remains a senior partner whose practice focuses on complex business transactions. He also advises on a range of public policy and governance matters. He served (1993-1996) as chair of the Ontario Securities Commission and (until 1981) as vice president of The Toronto Stock Exchange. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of legal and public policy issues and serves or has served as director of a number of corporations, foundations, community organizations, editorial boards and advisory groups. He is a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and an inaugural fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. Mr Waitzer was a recipient of 2018 Corporate Knights Award of Distinction. He earned his LLB (1976) and LLM (1981) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is called to the Ontario (1978) and the New York (1985) Bars.

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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, he 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.

Mr Hill 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 2018, he 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, Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson 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
    Welcome

    Christina Ho, ODX Program Director, Financial Times Live

  • 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.

    Ray Cameron, Managing Director, Head of Investment Stewardship Americas, BlackRock

    Tracy McKibben, Founder and CEO, MAC Energy Advisors
    Director: USAAEcolab, Huntington Ingalls Industries

    Susan Skerritt, Former Chairwoman, President and CEO, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
    Director: Royal Bank of Canada USA, Tanger Outlet Stores

    In conversation with: David Garfield, Managing Director and Americas Region 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, social and at times political 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. 

    Doug L. Braunstein, Founder and Managing Partner, Hudson Executive Capital
    Director: Cardtronics, Corindus Vascular Robotics, Eagle Pharmaceuticals

    Nick C. Cerbone
    Lead Director: Chef’s Warehouse

    Sandy Rowland, EVP and CFO, HARMAN
    Director: Oshkosh Corporation

    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.

    Cheemin Bo-Linn, CEO and President, Peritus Partners
    Director: BMC Stock Holdings, Sphere 3D

    Rose Crane, Retired CEO, MELA Sciences
    Director: Catalent Pharma Solutions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Zealand Pharma

    Kristin Dolan, Founder and CEO, 605
    Director: AMC Networks, MSG Networks, The Madison Square Garden Company, The Wendy’s Company, Revlon

    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.

    Erin Dwyer, Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs, PCAOB

    Cynthia Glassman, Former SEC Commissioner
    Director: Discover Financial Services

    Amy Rojik, National Assurance Partner, Governance and Communications, BDO

    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  

    Beth Saunders, Partner, Clermont Partners

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

  • 4:30pm
    Champagne Roundtables

    (1)  Avoiding and Overcoming M&A Due Diligence Pitfalls

    George Casey, Global Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    (2)  Balancing Compliance Duties With Strategy: Three Key Changes to Enable Boards to Play a More Strategic Role 

    Chris Pinney, President and CEO, High Meadows Institute

    (3)  Surfing the Waves of Disruption: How Can Directors Help Their Companies Recognize and Capitalize on Disruptive Forces in Their Industries? 

    David Garfield, Managing Director & Americas Region Leader, AlixPartners

    (4) The Finance Function Is Driving Innovation and Talent is a Key Component: What Do Directors Need to Know?

    Steve Culp, Senior Managing Director, Financial Services and Management Consulting, Accenture

  • 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, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:30am
    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

    Steve Lipin, Chairman and CEO, Gladstone Place Partners

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

  • 9:20am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    1. Proactive Strategies for an Evolving Compensation Landscape 

    The role of Compensation Committees is expanding as more investors want accountability for metrics beyond shareholder value. These new areas of focus include companies’ risk culture, diversity and inclusion, pay equity and commitment to ESG. What are some key considerations when attempting to link executive compensation to these new objectives? Hear about critical regulatory trends and learn from experienced compensation committee chairs.

    Daniel Beltzman, Manager and General Partner, Birch Run Capital Advisors
    Director: Regis Corporation

    Steve Cross, Managing Director, FW Cook

    Rose Crane, Retired CEO, MELA Sciences
    Director: Catalent Pharma Solutions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Zealand Pharma

    Moderated by: Melissa Anderson, Managing Editor, Agenda

    2. The Agenda for New CEOs 

    This year alone has seen a raft of CEO departures and some foresee more coming as boards sense urgency in the markets to position for a downturn. CEO transitions have always been challenging, but today’s environment poses unique challenges for new CEOs and the board. What have boards done to get a new CEO up to speed quickly and focused on the key issues that will enhance shareholder value?    

    Patrick Gaston, CEO, PG Consulting
    Chairman: Bed Bath & Beyond

    Steve Lipin, Chairman and CEO, Gladstone Place Partners

    Roxanne Taylor, Former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Accenture
    Director: Pure Storage

    Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:30am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    1. Corporate Governance in a Stakeholder World

    As the shareholder versus stakeholder debate intensifies, how should boards respond? What are the implications of accountability to stakeholders? What is the board’s role in engagement and oversight of corporate strategy and corporate reporting? How are investors responding to this debate, and how will this impact their engagement with boards? Join this session to explore these issues and discuss practical approaches and tools that are emerging to help boards better align stakeholder interests with shareholder value creation. 

    Mary K. Bush, Chairman and Founder, Bush International
    Director: Discover Financial Services, ManTech International, Marriott International, T. Rowe Price Group

    Roel C. Campos, Former SEC Commissioner
    Director: Regional Management Corp

    Edward J. Waitzer, Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance, Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business

    Moderated by: Chris Pinney, President and CEO, High Meadows Institute

    2. Sharpening the Board’s Activist Mindset

    Nearly every company is vulnerable to an activist threat. While most boards have done the basics to prepare for an approach, an ever-changing capital markets landscape has provided new entry points for activists, as well as the need for boards to look critically at their preparedness plans. Join this discussion to hear directly from activist investors, as well as those who have experienced working with and fighting against activists in the past, and learn what other boards have done to strengthen their level of readiness.

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

    Jeff Gramm, Portfolio Manager, Bandera Partners
    Chairman: Tandy Leather Factory
    Director: Rubicon Technology

    Quentin Koffey, Partner, Senator Investment Group

    Moderated by: Victoria Sivrais, Partner, Clermont Partners

  • 11:40am
    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, Taubman Centers

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

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

     

  • 12:30pm
    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
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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Clermont Partners is one of the only 100% woman-owned, financial communications firms. The firm is rooted in investors relations, and specializes in ESG communications, in IR benchmarking, M&A and Shareholder Activism. Driven by extensive experience in broader financial communications, Clermont Partners excels at helping companies to maximize every communications opportunity that impacts equity valuation. Our firm is uniquely positioned to work with companies throughout its lifecycle to support it through strategic transactions to enhance valuation and mitigate risk in crises or activist situations. Boasting a senior-led team with a more than 100 years of combined experience, the team at Clermont Partners has done extensive work to arm companies with the tools necessary to prepare, communicate, and facilitate any potential activist engagement. As thought-leaders in ESG strategy, we partner with companies to create best-in-class messaging and disclosures to ensure issuers receive proper allocation within passive funds, while also capitalizing on opportunities to engage with ESG integrated portfolio managers.

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.

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.

Shearman & Sterling has a long and distinguished history of supporting our clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to developing economies. We represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters.  With a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and the industries they operate in, our work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

We have over 850 lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law.  Nearly half of our lawyers practice outside the United States.  Combining legal knowledge with industry expertise, our lawyers provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve their ambitions. 

Our Mergers & Acquisitions practice is ranked among the leading M&A advisors and is involved in some of the world’s largest and most complex transactions. With the scope of our transactional experience, the firm’s M&A group advises both corporations and financial sponsors and their respective financial advisors on transactions of all sizes and degrees of complexity.

We are committed to forging long-term relationships with our clients, providing them with genuine insight and practical advice, and supporting them as they navigate the
challenges of our 21st century global economy.

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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 www.fwcook.com.

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Agenda, a Financial Times service, is the most influential source of intelligence for today's corporate directors. A world-class staff of senior reporters and editors report what's going on in other boardrooms. Agenda delivers that information directly to thousands of U.S. board directors both online and in print every week. 96% of the largest 100 companies have a director or officer with a subscription to Agenda.

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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 Broadrooms.com today.

Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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
laurence.james@ft.com

Simon Carkeek
simon.carkeek@ft.com
+1 917-551-5049

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Venue

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

United States of America


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Accommodations

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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Contacts

Alex Predescu
Delegate Acquisition Representative and Delegate Booking Enquiries
Financial Times
Laurence James
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Simon Carkeek
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times

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.

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