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OUTSTANDING DIRECTORS AWARD WINNERS
Charles A. Davis
Founder and CEO, Stone Point Capital
Chuck Davis has provided inestimable strategic leadership to the companies he serves, only equalled by the mentoring and guidance he has shown fellow board members and executives to bolster diverse leadership teams.
John A. Luke, Jr
Former Chairman and CEO, MeadWestvaco
John Luke has made the often perilous transition from chairman and CEO to independent chair of the newly formed WestRock board in rare style, supporting a model merger integration, a new management team and the interests of all shareholders.
Heidi G. Miller
Chairman, HSBC North America Holdings
Heidi Miller has brought vast financial services expertise and tremendous dedication to her board work, helping First Data establish itself as a newly public company and HSBC to execute a global restructuring and turnaround of its US business.
Richard J. Swift
Retired Chairman and CEO, Foster Wheeler
A highly valued director on all of his boards, Dick Swift’s masterful pilotage as Ingersoll-Rand’s lead director has seen the company through a major turnaround, the resolution of activist tensions and the unlocking of substantial shareholder value.
Adrian D.P. Bellamy
Chairman, Total Wine and More
Adrian Bellamy has repeatedly and successfully guided the personality-charged journey from entrepreneurial leadership to the next generation of public company governance at iconic companies in the US and Europe. Bio.
Erskine B. Bowles
Senior Advisor, BDT Capital Partners
President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
Director: Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern
With his unique blend of finance, government and academic experience, Erskine Bowles has provided invaluable and timely guidance to boards in diverse industries while helping to enhance the regulatory environment. Bio.
William D. Parrett
Retired CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Director: Blackstone Group, Eastman Kodak, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UBS
Bill Parrett has taken on diverse and complex directorships and quickly made an indelible mark, most notably by seeing Kodak through bankruptcy reorganization and chairing the UBS audit committee during turbulent times. Bio.
Lee M. Thomas
Retired Chairman and CEO, Rayonier
Director: Airgas (until 2016), Dupont, Regal Entertainment Group
Lee Thomas used his keen regulatory and business expertise to help thwart takeover attempts at Airgas and Dupont, rolling up his sleeves when called upon to get tough jobs done and top results for all stakeholders. Bio.
Marna C. Whittington
Retired CEO, Allianz Global Investors Capital
Director: Macy's, Oaktree Capital, Phillips 66
Marna Whittington has stepped up to provide strong independent leadership at Macy's during a time of structural change in the retail industry, intense competitive pressure, and challenges from activist investors. Bio.
Edward W. Barnholt
Director: Adobe Systems, eBay
A veteran chief executive and director, Ned Barnholt’s valuable experience and personal touch helped guide PayPal’s split from eBay to the satisfaction of its many stakeholders. Bio
Patricia F. Russo
Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director: Alcoa, GM, KKR, Merck
Pat Russo has taken on some of the toughest directorships in America, leading game-changing initiatives and helping resolve pivotal issues in times of acute need, particularly at GM and HP. Bio
Gary E. Anderson
Retired Chairman and CEO, Dow Corning
Director: Chemical Financial, Eastman Chemical
As Eastman Chemical’s first lead independent director, Gary Anderson used his vast experience as a retired chemical industry CEO to support a stunning corporate transformation that included strategic divestures, a game-changing acquisition, and a smooth CEO succession. Bio
Elizabeth E. Tallett
Healthcare Industry Consultant
Director: Anthem, Meredith, Principal Financial Group, Qiagen
As lead director at Principal Financial Group, Liz Tallett rose to the many challenges presented by the financial crisis, guiding her board down a complicated, stressful, and ultimately successful path to a strong recovery. Bio
Peter G. Tombros
Professor and Executive in Residence, Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program, Pennsylvania State University
Chairman: NPS Pharmaceuticals
As non-executive chairman of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Peter Tombros played a decisive role in pulling the company out of a death spiral, tirelessly supporting a compelling but challenging new business model for NPS and the new leaders who made it happen. Bio
William J. Flynn
An admired leader on the Republic Services board, Bill Flynn has helped unify the post-merger board, overhauled executive compensation, expanded oversight of talent development, and promoted strategic business expansion. Bio
Franklin W. Hobbs
In his role as non-executive chairman of Ally Financial, Fritz Hobbs has overseen the survival and turnaround of the fi nancial services giant formerly known as GMAC, drawing on tremendous creativity, grace, and grit to get the job done. Bio
Lawrence W. Kellner
As lead director at Marriott International, Larry Kellner has played a vital behind-the-scenes role in a stellar transition to the company’s fi rst non-family chief executive. Bio
Edward E. Lucente
While serving as an independent director at ModusLink, Ed Lucente stepped up to run the company in a leadership vacuum, successfully steering operations, restoring staff and customer confi dence, and recruiting a new CEO. Bio
Joyce M. Roché
A prized director on all of her boards, Joyce Roché’s domain expertise and personal commitment have helped fuel Tupperware’s development of motivational pay programs, diverse global talent and a tremendous growth trajectory. Bio
Christopher S. Lynch
Chris Lynch has played a pivotal role in the historic recovery of AIG, where he chairs the audit committee, and of Freddie Mac, where he chaired the audit committee before assuming the role of non-executive chairman Bio
Lloyd M. Segal
After successfully helping to resolve bitter proxy battles at Canada's Biovail, Lloyd Segal helped steer it through complicated cross-border merger to create Valeant Pharmaceuticals, to the benefit of all stakeholders. Bio
Lydia W. Thomas
At Cabot Corp., Lydia Thomas pioneered the annual sustainability report - now an industry model - and has guided the company's world-leading safety, health, environment and risk efforts. Bio
Anthony J. Topazi
Anthony Topazi master-minded Hancock Holdings' strategic acquisition of Whitney National Bank, which has more than doubled Hancock's size and created a southern banking powerhouse. Bio
Jeffrey N. Watanabe
As chairman of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Jeff Watanabe engineered transformative changes in board structure, executive teams and governance practices, resulting in record performance and strong progress toward a lofty renewable energy commitment. Bio
W. Frank Blount
As lead director since KBR's spin-off from Halliburton, Blount has helped stabilize the company by resolving critical business, legal and leadership issues. Bio
David W. Dorman
As Chairman, Dorman led Motorola through a successful break up, safeguarding shareholder value despite tremendous economic, strategic and governance obstacles. Bio
Donald L. Lucas
In addition to setting the standard for financial integrity at Oracle for nearly two decades, Lucas has inspired directors and management at the many other Silicon Valley companies where he has served on the board. Bio
Laban P. Jackson, Jr.
Jackson has taken the role of audit chair to new heights at JPMorgan Chase, establishing relationships with key regulators worldwide and successfully navigating the financial crises' many challenges. Bio
James V. Napier
Napier's keen strategic insights and thought leadership have guided a stellar business transformation at Wabtec, where he has also helped to instill a strong pay-for-performance culture. Bio
William F. Andrews
For guiding Corrections Corporation of America back from the brink of bankruptcy and mentoring a new CEO through financial re-engineering and major operational improvements. Bio
Glen A. Barton
For being the catalyst for strategic refocusing at Newmont Mining,guiding a board restructuring,compensation overhaul and leadership transition. Bio
Jenne K. Britell, PHD
For uniting and revitalizing the United Rentals board behind a new CEO and corporate strategy, positioning the organization to thrive in the wake of a failed private equity buyout.Bio
Michael R. Eisenson
For leadership in the Penske Automotive Group boardroom, initially as a private equity director and now as an invaluable audit chair, financial counselor and independent voice for investors. Bio
For being a guiding force throughout Aetna's financial and strategic turnaround, providing counsel on investments in new capabilities, products and growth markets in the healthcare industry. Bio
Bonnie G. Hill
For decisive action in the face of Home Depot stockholder outrage, directly and openly working with investors, transforming the board and inspiring shareholder-friendly governance. Bio
Dennis H. Chookaszian
For continually pushing CME Group ahead of the curve on complex audit, risk and financial issues, which are critical to its highly transparent business. Bio
Isaiah Harris, Jr.
For driving a redefinition of Cigna's culture by championing new executive compensation that is truly tied to performance. Bio
Robert L. Joss
For vigilant leadership as credit committee chairman at Wells Fargo, where he pushed the bank toward credit quality even when contrary to market trends. Bio
John W. Rogers, Jr.
For his invaluable guidance, investor insights, management mentoring and an unflagging commitment to diversity. Bio
Philip G. Satre
For his imprint on strategic planning and a complete governance overhaul as NV Energy's first non-executive chairman. Bio
Jane E. Shaw
For her modeling of what a world class director of a complex global company like Intel should be: savvy, meticulous, dedicated and tough. Bio
Robert D. Biggs
For stepping in to lead scandal-plagued DPL back to a position of financial soundness and respect. Bio
H. Raymond Bingham
For decisive action and leadership in cleaning up options back-dating at KLA-Tencor. Bio
William V. Campbell
For the masterful molding of a winning board, culture and strategy at Intuit. Bio
Ursula O. Fairbairn
For championing initiatives that have raised the performance bar at VF, contributing to a business transformation and record results. Bio
Jerre L. Stead
For the pivotal role in strategic decision-making at so many young technology companies and for stepping up to run IHS, taking it to stunning heights. Bio
Douglas A. Warner III
For brokering the hotly contentious, then widely praised, sale of Anheuser-Busch, culminating years of contributions to the board. Bio
Robert D. Beyer
for the laser-sharp analytical focus he brings to the Kroger boardroom. Bio
August A. Busch III
for the strategic vision and execution savvy that have contributed to AT&T's success. Bio
Stephen E. Frank
for the masterful chairmanship of Washington Mutual's audit committee during a period of intense change. Bio
Steven F. Goldstone
for successfully guiding ConAgra and American Standard through major business restructurings. Bio
for leadership resulting in a major business turnaround at Campbell Soup. Bio
Judith R. Haberkorn
for stepping up to the plate to help post-bankruptcy MCI regain viability and respectability. Bio
William R. Holland
For building success into Goodrich's spin-off of Enpro. Bio
For modeling the role of lead director at Northeast Utilities, particularly during troubled times. Bio
Charles R. Lee
For the motivating and transparent CEO compensation plan he championed at DirecTV. Bio
Douglas H. McCorkindale
For strength and judgment in guiding Continental Airlines to an industry leadership position. Bio
Bernard G. Rethore
For ensuring the sale of Maytag earned the highest possible return for shareholders. Bio
A. George (Skip) Battle
For leading the PeopleSoft board through a tumultuous Oracle buyout Bio
Lawrence A. Bossidy
For leading the charge to turnaround Merck Bio
John R. Hall
For driving the decision to hire Jamie Dimon as CEO at Bank One Bio
Judith Richards Hope
For thought leadership that has kept General Mills ahead of the curve Bio
Valerie B. Jarrett
For orchestrating a winning comp plan at post bankruptcy USG Bio
Edward A. Kangas
For getting scandal-racked Tenet Healthcare back on course Bio
David T. Kollat
For applying his retail expertise to improve returns at Big Lots and Wolverine Worldwide Bio
John A. (Jack) Krol
For cleaning up governance at Tyco Bio
William T. Monahan
For expertise in helping spin-offs Mosaic and Novelis survive and thrive Bio
Michael T. Tokarz
For seeing billions of dollars of value through the break-up of Walter Industries Bio
Silas S. Cathcart
Hanna H. Fray
Roderick M. Hills
Ellen R. Marram
David T. McLaughlin
Paul H. O'Neill
John M. Richman
Benjamin M. Rosen
Patrick G. Ryan
Outstanding Directors Awards Program
Since its inception in 1998, the FT-ODX Outstanding Directors Program has recognized more than 140 independent directors from across corporate America. Outstanding Directors award recipients are identified by their boardroom peers for the key role they have played during a critical time period, such as a crisis, business transformation or turnaround. Winners are selected after consulting with members of the Outstanding Directors Advisory Board – respected connected directors from a cross-section of industries and geographies – and completing extensive research into their companies and careers.
The stories of our winners show independent corporate governance at its best. Our mission is to shed light on exemplary board leadership, and to provide a platform for sharing successful practices and lessons learned.
The program operates in concert with the FT Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) conference series, where our award winners are joined by other independent directors to learn from and share stories with each other in confidential settings.
Past ODX Speakers (11)
Mary Jo White
Mary Jo White is a litigation partner in the New York office of Debevoise and senior chair of the firm. Her practice focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2017, Ms White served for nearly four years as chair of the SEC, one of the Commission’s longest-serving chairs. Previously, Ms White was chair of Debevoise’s Litigation department. She served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002, the only woman to hold the top position in the more than 200-year history of that office. Ms White also served as the first chair of Attorney General Janet Reno’s Advisory Committee. She served as the First Assistant US Attorney and Acting US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993. From 1983 to 1990, Ms White was a litigation partner at Debevoise. From 1978 to 1981, she served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division. Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Debevoise from 1976 to 1978. Ms White also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel, US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She previously served as director of The Nasdaq Stock Exchange and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms White graduated from William & Mary, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA, The New School for Social Research with an MA, and Columbia Law School with a JD, where she was an officer of the Law Review.
Carl Bass was president and CEO of Autodesk from 2006 until February 2017. He joined Autodesk in 1993 and subsequently held the titles of interim CFO, COO and SVP of the Design Solutions Group, EVP Emerging Business and Chief Strategy Officer. From 1999 to 2001, Mr Bass served as president and CEO of Buzzsaw.com, a spin-off from Autodesk. He served on the board of McAfee until it was acquired by Intel in 2011 and E2open until it was acquired by Insight Venture Partners in 2014.
Erskine Bowles served as president of University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2010. He has also been a senior advisor and non-executive vice chairman of BDT Capital Partners, a private investment firm, since 2012. From February to December 2010, Mr Bowles served as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Previously, he was managing director and senior advisor for Carousel Capital and a partner of Forstmann Little. Mr Bowles began his career in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley and subsequently helped found and ultimately served as chairman and CEO of Bowles Hollowell Connor, an investment banking firm. He also was a founder of Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital firm. Mr Bowles served as White House chief of staff from 1996 to 1998 and deputy White House chief of staff from 1994 to 1995. He was a director of General Motors from 2005 to 2009, Cousins Properties from 2003 to 2012, and Belk from 2011 to 2015. Mr Bowles holds a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia University.
Shellye Archambeau is CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, compliance (GRC) and quality management software company. With proven global business expertise combined with public policy passion, Ms Archambeau is also a director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a nationally recognized organization focused on fostering a cooperative effort between business and government officials to address major public policy issues affecting Silicon Valley. Prior to joining MetricStream, Ms Archambeau held senior management positions with Loudcloud (now Opsware), NorthPoint Communications (a DSL communications services provider, which was later sold to AT&T), Blockbuster.com and IBM. She holds a BS from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Ms Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider. She served on the board of Arbitron from 2005 until the company was acquired by Nielsen in 2013.
Peter Henry is the dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he is also the WR Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance. He joined NYU Stern from Stanford University in 2010. Dean Henry serves as a member of the board of directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. An expert on the global economy, he led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and the Presidential Transition Team’s review of international lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Dean Henry is best known for a series of publications that overturn conventional wisdom on the topics of debt relief, international capital flows, and the role of institutions in economic growth. Dean Henry received his PhD in economics from MIT and bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition.
Deb Henretta worked for Procter & Gamble from 1985 until her retirement in 2015. In 2005, she was appointed president of P&G’s business in ASEAN, Australia and India. She was appointed group president, P&G Asia in 2007, group president of P&G Global Beauty Sector in 2013, and group president of P&G E-Business in 2015. Ms Henretta was a member of Singapore’s Economic Development Board from 2007 to 2013 and was selected to serve on the organization’s Economic Strategies Committee between 2009 and 2011. In 2008, she received a US State Department appointment to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Business Advisory Council. In 2011, Ms Henretta was appointed chair of this 21-economy council, becoming the first woman to hold the position. In that role, she advised top government officials, including President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bill Parrett was a senior partner of and served as CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu until his retirement in 2007. He co-founded the Global Financial Services Industry practice of Deloitte and served as its first Chairman. Currently, Mr Parrett is chairman of the United States Council for International Business and on the executive committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Way of America, a trustee of Carnegie Hall, and a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. Mr Parrett also serves as a trustee of The Catholic University of America and of St. Francis College.
Lee Thomas served as chairman of Rayonier from 2007 until his retirement in 2012. He also served as Rayonier's CEO from 2007 to 2011. From 1993 to 2005, Mr Thomas held senior executive positions at Georgia Pacific, including president and COO. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Law Companies Environmental Group and has held numerous federal and state government positions, including positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the Governor of South Carolina. Mr Thomas served as a director for Airgas from 1998 until the company's sale in 2016. He also served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta until 2011.
Laura Unger was a special advisor at Promontory Financial Group for four years and before that spent six years as JP Morgan’s independent consultant for the Global Analyst Conflict Settlement. Ms Unger’s 14-year government tenure included serving as the 78th member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (including six months as Acting Chairman), Securities Counsel to the United States Senate Banking Committee and as an attorney with the SEC’s Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In addition to her public directorships, Ms Unger serves on the boards of two private company subsidiaries of Nomura Holding America.
Marna Whittington was CEO of Allianz Global Investors Capital from 2001 until her retirement in 2012. From 2002 to 2011, Dr Whittington was COO of Allianz Global Investors, the parent company of Allianz Global Investors Capital. Prior to that, she was managing director and COO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Dr Whittington started in the investment management industry in 1992, joining Philadelphia-based Miller Anderson & Sherrerd. Previously, she was EVP and CFO of the University of Pennsylvania, and earlier, Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware. Dr Whittington holds an MS and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, both in quantitative methods, and a BA in mathematics from the University of Delaware.
Adrian Bellamy has served as chairman of Reckitt-Benckiser since 2003 and Williams-Sonoma since 2010. Mr Bellamy was on the board of The Body Shop International from 1997 to 2008, serving as executive chairman from 2002 to 2008. From 1995 to 2004, he served as chairman of the supervisory board of Gucci. Other previous directorships include The Gap, Robert Mondavi, South African Breweries and Starbucks. He served as chairman and CEO of DFS Group from 1983 to 1995 and CEO of Edgars Store from 1977 to 1983. He currently chairs the board of privately owned Total Wine & More and Action Holding BV. Mr Bellamy earned his BS and MBA from the University of South Africa.
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