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FT-ODX (Outstanding Directors Exchange)

New York |  - 
Speakers include:
Sol Barer

Sol Barer

Chairman: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Aevi Genomic Medicine, Lead Director: ContraFect

Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez

Retired Lead Director: Chubb Limited (until 2020), Eastman Chemical (until 2020)

Marge Magner

Marge Magner

Director: Ally Financial, Accenture (until 2020)


The world now finds itself in an unprecedented business environment as companies of every size and in every industry react to a global pandemic. The board’s role and responsibilities remain unchanged, but directors will need to adapt in order to serve their companies’ interests during this time of disruption, dislocation and transition. Winners of the prestigious Outstanding Directors award and other experienced board members lead panels and share their professional experiences and insights on how boards can help ensure resilience and continuity during times of stress. 

FT-ODX continues to be the gold standard for director education. Completely off-the-record, these interactive events convene sitting public company directors to discuss timely and strategic boardroom matters in a setting where everyone is comfortable speaking candidly about the most pressing governance issues of the day. 

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“The topics at ODX were thoughtfully selected for their high relevance to directors right now."
Christopher Lynch,  AIG, Tenet Healthcare

“Excellent perspective from presenters and diverse opinions in the room.”
Andrea Saia,  Align Technologies, LivaNova

"The group discussion format resulted in a high level of engagement and a good exchange of ideas and experiences."
Kelvin Westbrook,  Archer Daniels Midland, Camden Property Trust, The Mosaic Company, T-Mobile


2020 Honorees (4)

Sol Barer

Sol Barer

Managing Partner, SJ Barer Consulting and Co-Founder, Former Chairman and CEO, Celgene Corporation
Chairman: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Aevi Genomic Medicine, Lead Director: ContraFect
Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez

Retired Vice Chairman and CFO, USX Corporation
Retired Lead Director: Chubb Limited (until 2020), Eastman Chemical (until 2020)

Robert M. Hernandez was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is a 1966 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Economics and Mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1968 Mr Hernandez received an MBA degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, where he finished first in his class. Mr Hernandez joined United States Steel Corporation in 1968 and proceeded through a series of financial and operational positions as the company transformed itself into a major energy company with the acquisitions of Marathon Oil Company and Texas Oil & Gas Corporation, along the way renaming itself USX Corporation. At various times Mr Hernandez was treasurer, comptroller, president & chief operating officer – diversified group, and chief financial officer, concluding his career in 2001 as vice chairman and chief financial officer. Mr Hernandez was lead director of Chubb Limited (formerly ACE Ltd) and lead director of Eastman Chemical Company until earlier this year. Mr Hernandez also until its acquisition in 2015 by Alcoa was chairman of the board of RTI International Metals, Inc., and chairman of the board of the BlackRock Open End Equity & Bond Mutual Funds until 2019. Mr Hernandez was also a director of TE Connectivity, Ltd from 2007 until 2012 and a director of the BlackRock Multi Asset Mutual Fund Boards in 2019. During his various tenures, Mr Hernandez was a valued colleague and champion for board diversity whose many achievements
include leading multiple boards, helping architect ACE’s transition to a public company, later playing a key board role in ACE’s transformative acquisition of Chubb in 2016, and helping create remarkable shareholder value at Chubb, Eastman Chemical and RTI. Mr Hernandez also serves on the boards of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, The Frick Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Marge Magner

Marge Magner

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

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

Lawrence Weinbach

Lawrence Weinbach

Retired Managing Partner and CEO, Andersen Worldwide and Retired Chairman and CEO, Unisys
Chairman: Discover Financial Services

Chair and Moderators (2)

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.

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 - 20th Oct

  • 11:30am
    Registration and Buffet Lunch
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:10pm
    Recalibrating for the Future

    Ramifications of the pandemic and resulting economic shutdown are being analyzed across industries, and it has become increasingly clear that many of the drastic measures taken by firms to ensure business continuity during the crisis may become part of a new normal. There is still much uncertainty to contend with – both from a medical and a political standpoint – but there is also opportunity to swiftly tackle challenges and adapt in a way that will strengthen firms’ resilience. Experienced directors share perspective gained during the crisis and concrete decisions that boards are making to ensure their firm’s viability and sustainability going forward.

  • 1:00pm
    Risk Oversight: Competing Priorities and a Growing Minefield

    How might the board’s risk governance and oversight efforts evolve as the risk landscape becomes more complex? Many non-financial company boards delegate responsibility to an Audit committee; however, the entire board is increasingly being asked to discuss risks in the context of strategic planning, and in crisis situations it is even more critical for all directors to grasp how pervasive certain risk exposures may be. This dialogue explores the steps boards are taking to instill more robust enterprise risk management practices in order to better assess, monitor and respond to new and emerging risks. 

  • 1:50pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:10pm
    Completing Mergers and Acquisitions Impacted by Crises

    Whether buying or selling, boards attempting to close a deal in 2020 are confronting a changed environment that is complicated by the fact that it is extremely difficult to predict how long the current crisis will continue to have a material impact on global markets. The M&A world has endured through past crises and there is much that can be learned from previous litigation and deal outcomes.  Experienced deal-makers discuss the key factors that should be driving decision-making during a crisis: how to re-negotiate deal terms, whether/how to walk away, and new considerations specific to the current crisis that should be added to the due diligence process. 

  • 3:00pm
    Non-Financial Reporting Disclosures

    All eyes are on the SEC as the debate around management discussion and analysis heats up. For investors, the pandemic has underscored the need for disclosures to touch upon areas such as supply chain, market demand, and staffing needs. Investors are also clamoring for climate disclosure requirements and calling for greater coordination among the more than 230 corporate sustainability standards initiatives that currently exist. This keynote considers the impact for public companies and provides insight on where we are headed.

  • 3:40pm
    Human Resilience and the Future of Work

    The crisis has in many cases accelerated the shift to new ways of working and operating, from companies going fully digital and relying on automation technologies to firms creating a more agile workforce that can surge on demand or be reassigned internally, or in some cases matched to open roles at other companies. Of course top of mind is figuring out how to bring employees back to work safely and determining changes that will need to be made to accommodate the new normal. The relationship between companies and their people is becoming more complex, and boards have an opportunity to guide this transformation. How are directors handling the current crisis’ impact on human capital, and what key questions should they be asking to ensure their workforce will be able to thrive in the future? 

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

Agenda - 21st Oct

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast
  • 8:00am
    A Chairman’s Perspective on Mentorship

    Mentorship of the CEO is one tool the board can utilize and is often cited as instrumental to a company’s success during transitions. The art of mentorship during a crisis is particularly critical, and boards need to know how and when to apply pressure during a situation that is already under stress. This conversation explores the nuances and complexities of effective mentorship.   

  • 8:30am
    CEO Succession: Responding to Unexpected Circumstances

    Even when boards have devoted sufficient time for a planned succession, surprises can still come up that necessitate changes at the top. When succession planning must be accelerated, what are the actions and steps that become most critical for a smooth and successful transition? 

  • 9:20am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    Fit for Purpose: Board Structure and Composition for the Next Decade
    What are the implications for board structure and composition in an environment where boards are now being asked to provide oversight and leadership in a wide range of areas, from cybersecurity and issues around privacy to stakeholder management, diversity and inclusion, and the impact of climate change? As investors increase pressure through calls for greater director accountability, boards must also be mindful of concerns around diversity and overboarding as they seek to find the right candidates. Experienced nominating & governance committee members discuss key director recruitment trends and strategies for the next decade ahead. 

    Turbocharging Innovation During a Crisis 
    Firms have quickly moved into survival mode, securing access to credit, managing supply chain disruptions, cutting costs, and in some cases embracing new business models. The need to innovate and adapt is clear, as is the need to do more with less. What is less clear is the manner in which a board should provide effective governance over these innovation activities, particularly during a crisis when directors are inundated with other pressing matters. Experts explore tangible ways boards can continue to move the innovation agenda forward.  

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

    Reevaluating Executive Compensation In Unprecedented Times
    Many firms across industries have had to make quick adjustments to executive compensation as the full extent of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis became clearer. Compensation committees are considering a variety of measures to adjust CEO pay accordingly, and investors are watching closely. Experienced comp chairs discuss strategies for adapting pay plans, goals and incentives in light of today’s rapidly changing environment.    

    Ensuring Effective Digital Oversight at the Board Level
    As digital transformation accelerates and companies move to remote work, it is more important than ever that boards have the expertise to provide effective oversight. Management is often eager to overhaul systems and adopt emerging technologies, and boards will want to be engaged to understand the company’s plan for the future and ensure both individual and systemic vulnerabilities are accounted for. Specifically, what are boards doing to become comfortable with their firm’s cybersecurity readiness?

  • 11:30am
    Closing Keynote
  • 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 · EY · First Data Corporation · Freddie Mac · General Mills · HSBC Holdings · HubbellIncorporated · Ingersoll-Rand · Kaman Corporation · Lear Corporation · Marsh & McLennan Companies · Masonite International Corporation · ON Semiconductor · PayPal · 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


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


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Supporting Publication (1)

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

Partners (2)

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.

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

Media Partners (2)

Since 2012, Activist Insight has provided its diverse range of clients with the most comprehensive information on shareholder activism worldwide. Regularly quoted in the major financial press, Activist Insight is the trusted source for data in this evolving space.

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.


We have reserved a room block at the Loews Regency Hotel, at 540 Park Avenue at 61st street, around the corner from the Metropolitan Club. 

A limited block of Superior King rooms are held at the group rate of $439 plus tax. Please make your reservation by phone (1-800-233-2356) or online (ODX booking link), by Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.



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

Director Education Package: For Director Education Package, tickets are nonrefundable. However, substitutions and transfers can be done, pending the approval of the program director.

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