Speakers


Chris Allingham
Senior Corporate Paralegal & Assistant Secretary
TwentyEighty

Chris Allingham is the Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance and currently works at TwentyEighty, Inc. as the Senior Corporate Paralegal and assistant corporate Secretary. Chris sits on the boards of all their subsidiaries worldwide and, where allowed under local law, is the corporate secretary. He is also responsible for the stock plan administration for the company. Previously, Chris was the Director, Legal Services for Webroot, Inc. where he was in charge of corporate governance and stock administration. Prior to that Chris worked for Latham and Watkins and Cooley LLP for a combined 12 years where he worked on a range of projects for corporate formations, mergers & acquisitions, financings and IPOs to healthcare litigation and superfund prosecutions. Chris has a J.D. Degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, is a member of the California Bar Association and has received his Certified Equity Professional designation from the Leavey School of Business - Santa Clara University. 



Aida Alvarez
Director
Hewlet Packard Inc.

The Honorable Aida Alvarez has been an award-winning journalist, a successful investment banker, and a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She currently serves on the boards of Oportun, Zoosk and Hewlett Packard, Inc., and was also on the boards of Pacificare Health Systems, MUFG Union Bank, and Walmart. Alvarez chairs the Latino Community Foundation, is a Smithsonian American Art Museum Commissioner, and a Governor on the Board of the San Francisco Symphony. Prior to her service in Washington DC, she was an investment banker at Bear Stearns and First Boston.  While a journalist Alvarez won a Front Page Award, an Emmy nomination and an Associated Press Award for journalistic excellence.  A Harvard graduate, Alvarez served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and holds honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities.  


Joseph B. Amsbury, Jr.
Securities Counsel and Assistant Secretary
United Parcel Service, Inc.

Jake Amsbary is Securities Counsel and Assistant Secretary at United Parcel Service, Inc., where he has responsibility for a broad range of treasury, corporate governance, securities and corporate finance matters, including securities offerings, insider trading compliance, executive compensation and SEC reporting. Mr. Amsbary is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, where he serves on the Securities Law Committee and chairs the Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Amsbary graduated from Washington & Lee University, and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University.


Frank Aquila
Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell

Frank Aquila is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s general practice group. He has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been engaged in many high profile matters that include activism, cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests and unsolicited bids. Mr. Aquila also regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance, crisis management and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy.

The breadth of his practice has resulted in his being recognized as one of a handful of lawyers ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1 (their top tier), as an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year,” as a recipient of the Atlas Award as “Global M&A Lawyer of the Year” and as a three-time Law360 MVP. For his work in corporate governance, Mr. Aquila has been regularly named by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to their “Directorship 100” – one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and inside the boardroom. Best Lawyers in America has named Mr. Aquila as its 2017 Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” In 2014 Global M&A Network recognized him as one of the top 50 lawyers in the world.

Annell R. Bay

Ms. Bay has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industries. 

In 2014, Ms. Bay was appointed an independent director to the board of Apache Corporation in Houston, Texas. In 2015, she joined the board of Hunting PLC in London, United Kingdom.  In 2016, she joined the board of Verisk Analytics in Jersey City, New Jersey. For Apache, she is chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and serves on the Management Development and Compensation Committee.  For Hunting she serves on the Audit, Remuneration and Nominating Committees.  For Verisk Analytics she serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. 

Ms. Bay has extensive experience in exploration of conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs and in exploration portfolio risk management. She most recently served as vice president of global exploration for Marathon Oil Corporation, from June 2008 until her retirement in April 2014.  She was previously vice president of Americas exploration for Shell Exploration and Production Company and vice president of worldwide exploration at Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corporation. Earlier, Ms. Bay held positions in operations and applied research at Chevron, Sohio, and Oryx Energy. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a master’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Ms. Bay serves on the advisory boards for the Jackson School of Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, the American Association of Petroleum Geology, and the Houston Education Center for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. In 2012, she was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The following year, she received the BioHouston energy award for Women in Science.

Lydia I. Beebe
Senior Of Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Lydia Beebe is a public company director and corporate governance expert.  She is a director of Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), a Class A railroad company, and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.  Ms. Beebe also serves on the board of directors of Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ:  AMTX), a renewable fuels company.  She chairs the company's Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee and serves on its Audit Committee.  Prior to its acquisition, she served on the board of directors of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. (NYSE:  HCC), a specialty insurance company, where she chaired HCC’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.  Ms. Beebe has been Senior Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 2015.  Prior to joining the firm, she served for two decades as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron Corporation.  Ms. Beebe is currently co-chair of the Stanford Institutional Investors Forum at Stanford Law School and is a past chairman of the Society for Corporate Governance, the Corporate Practices Committee, the National Conference Committee and the Northern California Chapter.  She currently serves as chairman of the board of the Northern California Chapter of the NACD and advisory board member of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. 


Aaron Bertinetti
SVP, Research & Engagement
Glass Lewis & Co., LLC

Aaron Bertinetti is responsible for Glass Lewis’ research and engagement activities across all markets globally. He leads a staff of more than 200 across six global locations that annually publishes research on approximately 25,000 meetings and engages with more than 3,000 companies. Mr. Bertinetti joined Glass Lewis in 2008 via the Australian subsidiary, CGI Glass Lewis, where he was a key contributor to the expansion of the research operation and Australian client base, ultimately serving as General Manager of CGI Glass Lewis for 2 years. In 2015 he was promoted to head the global research and engagement effort, relocating to San Francisco. He is an angel investor in dozens of technology-focused startups, non-executive chairman of private gaming company Surprise Attack Pty. Ltd. and an advisor to the private equity-crowdfunding & startup accelerator Capital Pitch Pty Ltd. He has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Future Directors Institute.


Preet Bharara

Mr. Bharara is an American lawyer who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, nominated to the position on May 15, 2009 by President Barack Obama. During his tenure, Mr. Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors,” according to The New York Times. In 2012, Mr. Bharara was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and appeared on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” 

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. He supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled a high volume of cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. During Mr. Bharara’s tenure, the office continued the tradition of being at the forefront of prosecuting financial misconduct, including securities fraud. His office held to account several of the world’s largest corporations for their misconduct—defrauding consumers, causing environmental damage, and for violating U.S. sanctions abroad. 

Under Mr. Bharara’s supervision, the office also brought a series of significant and systemically revelatory public corruption cases against members of New York City and State governments: New York State Senators and Assemblymen, New York City Councilmen, the Former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, and the Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly. 

On April 1, 2017, Mr. Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. 

Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.  Previously, Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. 

Rolin Bissell

With over 30 years of experience, Rolin Bissell’s practice focuses on assisting companies, their boards, and significant investors with counseling and litigation concerning major transactions, financial distress situations, and other forms of corporate crisis and trauma. His work includes:

  • litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court concerning mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, directors and officers liability, and executive compensation issues;
  • counseling directors, officers, special committees and stockholders on issues of merger and acquisition law, corporate and director liability, and other corporate governance issues;
  • disputes concerning transactions with and governance of master limited partnerships, limited liability company and partnership agreements;
  • counseling and litigation concerning the restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and refinancing of distressed companies; and
  • disputes involving complex contractual agreements such as merger agreements, asset purchase agreements, bond indentures and joint venture agreements.

He speaks and writes frequently on corporation law and related topics.  

Jared Brandman
Securities Counsel
The Coca-Cola Company

Jared Brandman is Securities Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His responsibilities include providing legal counsel on matters of corporate governance, securities regulation, public company disclosure and securities law compliance, planning for the Board of Directors, Board committee and shareowner meetings, shareowner engagement and monitoring regulatory and legislative developments. Mr. Brandman regularly speaks on securities law, corporate governance and related topics. Prior to joining Coca-Cola in 2010, Mr. Brandman was in private practice at law firms in Atlanta, New York and London. 

Mr. Brandman is an active member in the Society for Corporate Governance, serving as Secretary of the Education Committee, a member of the Securities Law Committee and Corporate Practices Committee, and the immediate past President of the Southeastern Chapter. He is a member of the Corporate & Securities Law Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Brandman serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and serves on the Board of Directors of the GLOBE Academy Foundation, Inc. and the Truancy Intervention Project. He received a B.A. from University of Michigan and his law degree from Emory University School of Law.


Brian V. Breheny
Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance

Mr. Breheny heads Skadden’s SEC Reporting and Compliance practice.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and securities matters and advises numerous clients on a full range of SEC reporting, compliance and corporate governance matters, including advising clients on compliance with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC’s tender offer rules and regulations and the federal proxy rules.

Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Mr. Breheny held a number of leadership positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He began as chief of the SEC’s Office of Mergers and Acquisitions in July 2003, and in November 2007 he became deputy director, legal and regulatory policy.

Mr. Breheny serves as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and repeatedly has been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as part of its Directorship 100, an annual list that identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community. Mr. Breheny also has served as an adjunct securities law faculty member at the Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University School of Law.  Current he serves as co-chair of Skadden’s global Diversity Committee.

In 2017, Mr. Breheny was named as a BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group.  He also has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Aaron Briggs
Executive Counsel, Corporate, Securities & Finance
General Electric

Mr. Briggs serves as Executive Counsel, Corporate, Securities & Finance, for General Electric. In this role, he is responsible for corporate governance, securities law and corporate finance. 

Before joining GE in 2012, Mr. Briggs practiced law in the Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice groups.

Mr. Briggs received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2007), where he was a Kosmerl Scholar and a member of the Chicago Journal of International Law.  He received his undergraduate degree, with high honors, from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 2004). 

Mr. Briggs was named “Governance Professional of the Year” in 2016 by Corporate Secretary Magazine.  He is a frequent speaker on securities/disclosure, governance and compensation-related matters and is a member of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York and the Society for Corporate Governance, where he serves on the National Conference Planning Committee as well as the Securities Law and Corporate Practices Committees. 

Maureen Bujno
Managing Director, Center for Board Effectiveness
Deloitte LLP

Maureen Bujno is a managing director in the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte LLP. As a subject matter resource on a variety of corporate governance topics, Ms. Bujno works closely with boards, committees and executives on governance challenges, rule developments and leading practices. She addresses timely topics such as emerging board governance topics, the board’s role in risk oversight, strategic risks assessment, boardroom agenda items, and audit committee leading practices.

Ms. Bujno is the governance liaison to several Deloitte clients, and provides education for boards and audit committees. She leads client board labs for new board and audit committee members, as well as transitioning board members taking on board or committee leadership roles. In 2016, Ms. Bujno was recognized by NACD Directorship magazine as one of the top 100 influential professionals in corporate governance and in the boardroom.  Ms. Bujno has over 26 years of business experience with Deloitte including work with the Mergers and Acquisitions Services group and the Audit practice.

Ms. Bujno is former President and ex-officio member of the Fairfield University Alumni Association and board of directors. She is also a former member of the board of directors of the YMCA, West Side, New York City. Ms. Bujno is a CPA in New York and a member of the AICPA. 

Glenn Booraem
Principal & Head of Investment Stewardship
Vanguard

Glenn Booraem is the head of Investment Stewardship and a principal at Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management firms. Vanguard manages more than US$4 trillion on behalf of its 20 million clients worldwide.

Mr. Booraem joined Vanguard in 1989, and has led its investment stewardship efforts since 2001.  He has also served as the controller and treasurer for each of the Vanguard funds.  In addition to engaging with the Vanguard funds’ portfolio companies and serving as a frequent speaker on corporate governance matters, Mr. Booraem also represents Vanguard and its investors through a number of initiatives:

  • Investor Stewardship Group
  • Investor Advisory Group for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • Investor Advisory Board for CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative
  • National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic Asset Board (2016)
  • Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) Protocol (2013) 
  • Advisory Board on Corporate/Investor Engagement for The Conference Board Governance Center (2013) 
  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Commission on Corporate Governance (2010)
  • NYSE Proxy Working Group (2006) 

Mr. Booraem has been named to the NACD Directorship 100 list each year since 2010, as one of the most influential people in corporate governance. He is a graduate of Temple University and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

 

Melissa K. Caen
Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Southern Company

Melissa K. Caen is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for The Southern Company.  She is responsible for securities, finance and corporate governance legal matters.  Prior to joining Southern Company in 2006, Ms. Caen was a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP and also practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Ms. Caen is a member of the Georgia and Illinois Bars.  She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with degrees in mathematics and anthropology.  She received a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  Ms. Caen is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

Loretta Cangialosi
Senior Vice President and Controller
Pfizer Inc.

Loretta Cangialosi is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience and is currently Senior Vice President and Controller of Pfizer Inc.

She oversees accounting guidance, policies and training, external and internal financial reporting, consolidations, internal controls over financial reporting and lends her expertise to various business development activities and transformational projects.  She has overseen three major acquisitions and subsequent integration efforts into Pfizer.

She is a member of many leadership, sponsor and steering committee groups within Pfizer and is actively involved in providing strategic direction for Finance, information technology systems, compliance activities, and business development activities.  She ensures Pfizer’s voice is included in the shaping of new accounting and reporting standards and regulations including meeting with the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as members of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Ms. Cangialosi was a Senior Manager with KPMG in it New York Audit Group.

Ms. Cangialosi currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Financial Executives International Committee on Corporate Reporting and is a former member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group which advises that Board on auditing standards and independent auditor topics.

 

Michele ("Shelly") Carlin
Executive Vice President
HR Policy Association and its Center on Executive Compensation

Ms. Carlin is Executive Vice President of HR Policy Association and its Center On Executive Compensation. She joined the Association in August 2014 from Motorola Solutions where she was Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications. During her tenure at Motorola, Ms. Carlin led the HR function through a period of substantial change from the spin-off of its consumer cell phone business to a major transformation of how HR services are delivered. She also implemented the CEO Leadership Forum, a business-driven learning program for the company’s top 20 high potential executives.

Prior to serving as the head of HR, Ms. Carlin served as Corporate Vice President, Global Rewards and prior to joining Motorola in 2008, she was Vice President of Compensation, Benefits and HR Technology for the Campbell Soup Company. Ms. Carlin’s earlier positions included Vice President, HR Rewards and Operations for TIAA-CREF; Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and Senior Vice President of executive compensation and corporate unit reporting for Bcom3 Group, Inc.

Ms. Carlin currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Skills for Chicagoland's Future, an initiative to match local employers with qualified unemployed job seekers in the Chicago metro area.  She earned a BA and MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and was an Academic All-American in softball and a member of UCLA’s 1982 National Championship team. 

Cathy Cartieri
Compliance Manager
Verbatim

Cathy Cartieri is a Compliance Manager at Verbatim, a subsidiary of the international law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.  Verbatim specializes solely in providing global subsidiary compliance solutions, including the implementation and management of related software platforms, to multinational organizations and rapidly growing private companies expanding cross-border.  Prior to joining Verbatim, Ms. Cartieri spent nine years in the financial services industry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She started her career at PNC Financial Services as a corporate banker in the Western PA region, and spent four years advising corporate business clients on how to manage their cash flow and lending.  Ms. Cartieri joined The Bank of New York Mellon in 2010, where she spent five years helping clients manage risk, compliance, and government regulations while simultaneously attending Duquesne University’s JD/MBA Evening Program.  During her five years at BNY Mellon, Ms. Cartieri managed the compliance team responsible for U.S. pension funds, international banks, investment managers, and insurance companies in the APAC, EMEA, and LATAM regions.  She also managed the international compliance team in Wroclaw, Poland.  Ms. Cartieri has extensive legal experience with SEC, DOL, DOJ, and OCC regulations, as well as ERISA law.  She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Amanda Carty
Chief Marketing Officer
Diligent Corporation

Amanda Carty serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Diligent Corporation. Her responsibilities include driving global marketing strategies, including product marketing, corporate communications and other essential go-to-market efforts.

Ms. Carty previously served as VP of Marketing for Thomson Reuters’ tax and accounting division, where she was instrumental in launching its high-return Taxologist initiative, honoring and empowering tax professionals who embrace technology, innovate and challenge the status quo in their fields. She has also held other strategic marketing positions during her nearly decade-long tenure at the firm. Most recently Ms. Carty was recognized as a finalist for Female Executive of the Year – Business Services and Woman of the Year – Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations for the 2016 Stevie Awards Women in Business.

 Ms. Carty holds a MBA in International Marketing from the New York Institute of Technology.



Donald Cassidy
Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy
Georgeson

Mr. Cassidy joined Georgeson in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy.  

Prior to joining Georgeson, Mr. Cassidy spent 21 years with Fidelity and brings significant global experience in legal, compliance, and corporate governance matters.  Early in his career, he served as Director of Investment Proxy Research for Fidelity in Boston, leading corporate governance policy and the voting process for the company’s US-based funds and institutional client portfolios.  He subsequently spent twelve years in the United Kingdom with Fidelity International (FIL), first as Director of the Global Institutional Business group and then as Director of FIL’s Corporate Governance Research group.  Most recently, he was Head of the Legal Department for FIL Limited in Bermuda.

Mr. Cassidy received his J.D. in 1994 from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member of the Minnesota Law Review; he has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1994.  He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Chris Cernich
Founding Partner
Strategic Governance Advisors

Chris Cernich is a founding partner of Strategic Governance Advisors, which helps corporate leaders secure shareholder support for a company’s strategic objectives – especially in situations where building long-term value may impact short-term financial performance. He holds an MBA in finance, and a PhD in literature, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

From 2010 through 2016, Cernich led the international team analyzing more than 250 proxy fights at the world’s largest proxy advisor, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), whose 1,400 clients manage more than $20 trillion in assets. Prior to ISS, he worked in finance and corporate strategy roles for the Ford Motor Company. Cernich has been a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Harvard’s Program on Corporate Governance, Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics, Berkeley’s Center for Law, Business and the Economy, the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, and various law firms and investment banks. 


Anne T. Chapman
Vice President, Investment Operations
Capital Research and Management Company

Anne Chapman is a vice president of Capital Research and Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Group.  She joined Capital in 1989, and currently manages the firm’s proxy voting efforts, overseeing the Governance and Proxy team which numbers 20 associates globally. She works extensively with investment analysts and portfolio counselors on broad-based and company-specific corporate governance, compensation, and social and environmental issues. Anne also participates in the formation of Capital’s proxy voting policies, as well as the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies.

Anne received a BS in business from the University of Redlands. She is a member of The Society for Corporate Governance and the Council of Institutional Investors. She participates in numerous industry working groups including the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee and the National Association of Corporate Directors’ institutional investor advisory group and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance topics. She serves on the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region board and is Vice Chair of the Executive Advisory Board for the University of Redlands School of Business. Anne is based in Los Angeles.

Douglas K. Chia
Executive Director
The Conference Board Governance Center

Douglas K. Chia is Executive Director of The Conference Board Governance Center.  He joined The Conference Board in February 2016.

Mr. Chia previously served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Johnson & Johnson.  Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2005, he served as Assistant General Counsel, Corporate of Tyco International, and practiced law at the global firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, both in New York and Hong Kong.

Mr. Chia has held a number of central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society, President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and member of the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Commission.  He is currently a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association and a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Among other recognitions, Mr. Chia has been named Corporate Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary magazine, Distinguished Corporate Secretary by Corporate Board Member magazine, one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury & Risk magazine, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance and the Boardroom by NACD Directorship magazine.

Mr. Chia is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Georgetown University Law Center.  He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children.

Ning Chiu
Counsel
Davis Polk

Ms. Chiu is counsel in Davis Polk’s Capital Markets Group, with an emphasis on corporate governance and SEC regulations for public companies. She regularly advises major companies on board-related issues, including director independence, board and committee structure, securities law compliance, board leadership structures, proxy disclosure, shareholder proposals, shareholder relationships and the impact of proxy advisory services. Her practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance matters.  

Ms. Chiu contributes regularly with insights on emerging topics for Davis Polk’s Governance Briefings, and has also written articles and commentary in other publications. She is a frequent speaker on governance issues, including at events sponsored by the ABA, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and the NASPP. She has also represented both issuers and underwriters on a number of significant securities transactions, including one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history and advising newly public companies

 

David Chun
CEO and Founder
Equilar

David Chun has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most respected and trusted names in the corporate governance industry. Mr. Chun has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He often speaks publicly on corporate governance and board diversity matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Corporate Board Member, The HR Policy Association, NACD Directorship, NASDAQ, NYSE Governance Services, the Society for Corporate Governance and Stanford’s Directors’ College. Prior to founding Equilar, Mr. Chun was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom billing software developer that was subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies. Mr. Chun is an advisory board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship, a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a director of the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). He earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Pamela Coe
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary
Liberty Media Corporation

Pamela Coe serves as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary for Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation, Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. and Liberty Broadband Corporation.  Ms. Coe manages a wide variety of legal and compliance matters for the Liberty companies including: corporate secretary and corporate governance matters; securities law compliance; HR, executive compensation, and employee benefits matters; records management, e-discovery, and litigation readiness issues; proxy statement and stockholder meeting preparations; and post-closing integration issues related to acquired companies. Ms. Coe has served on the Board of Directors of Expedia, Inc. since 2012 and has served on its Compensation Committee since that time.

Prior to joining Liberty, Ms. Coe served as Senior Counsel – Finance in the legal department of Liberty’s predecessor parent company, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI).  Prior to her tenure at TCI, Ms. Coe was a partner in a large San Francisco-based law firm, specializing in corporate, securities, and banking law.  She is a graduate of the UCLA law school and received a BS in Finance from Arizona State.


Eileen R. Cohen
Managing Director
JP Morgan Asset Management

Eileen Cohen is currently Managing Director for JP Morgan Asset Management, a position she has held since 2001. At JP Morgan she is Chair of the North America Governance Committee and leads the firm’s corporate engagement activities.  Ms. Cohen is also a Senior Client Portfolio Manager and a proven expert in investment consulting, portfolio management and financial communications. Prior to her present position, Ms. Cohen worked for Invesco, formerly Chancellor Capital where she was a partner and held various roles including Portfolio Manager, Head of Asset Allocation and Head of Client Services.  In her earlier professional career, she was a partner at Buck Consulting, an actuarial and investment consulting firm and held manufacturing and finance positions at International Paper Co. 

Additionally, Ms. Cohen serves as a mentor in the Executive On Campus program at Baruch College, where she was received the Alumni Allegiance Award.  She is a board member of The National Grid Foundation, serving as Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a past member of the advisory council of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board). She is currently serving as a member of the EEI ESG/Sustainability Investor Group.

Ms. Cohen has authored numerous articles on investing and is a frequent speaker on Environmental, Social and Governance issues. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of corporate governance at Baruch College.

Ms. Cohen completed her BA in economics at Queens College and continued on to Baruch to earn an MBA in finance and economics. 


Yafit Cohn
Counsel
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Ms. Cohn is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Public Company Advisory Practice.  Her practice focuses on advising public companies on issues pertaining to securities law and corporate governance. 

Ms. Cohn regularly assists corporate management and boards of directors and their committees on a wide range of matters, including SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, shareholder proposals, the impact of proxy advisory firms, and responses to formal and informal SEC inquiries. Her recent clients have included Accenture, Ingersoll-Rand, L-3 Communications, PPL Corporation, The Travelers Companies, Inc. and Willis Towers Watson.

Ms. Cohn is also a frequent commenter in the press and often speaks about topics of interest to public companies, including at events sponsored by the Society for Corporate Governance, the ABA Business Law Section’s Corporate Governance Committee, and the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee.  She has also authored articles in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, Law360 and Practical Law.

Ms. Cohn received her J.D. in 2004 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2001 from Columbia College. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005.

 

Jacqueline Q. Condron
Senior Operations & Research Analyst, Proxy Voting & Governance Committee
BNY Mellon

Ms. Condron is a Senior Operations & Research Analyst for the Proxy Voting & Governance Committee at BNY Mellon in Boston, Massachusetts, since February 2013.  She graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University in 2007 and a J.D. with a concentration in corporate law from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, she spent a short time working in the governance department at Fidelity Worldwide Investment in London, England. Previous professional experience includes positions at State Street Corporation, NSTAR Electric & Gas Corporation, and the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

 

Joan Conley
Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Nasdaq, Inc.

Joan Conley is Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq, Inc., responsible for the Nasdaq Global Corporate Governance Program and Global EthicsProgram. Ms. Conley is Managing Director of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation.

Ms. Conley is a frequent panelist and writer on current and evolving public company corporate governance issues. Ms. Conley is also a member of the Harvard Corporate Governance Forum Advisory Council and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2001, Ms. Conley was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the NASD (now FINRA) from 1994 – 2001 and Director of Human Resources from 1986 – 1994. Prior to her tenure at NASD (FINRA) Ms. Conley was a Research Associate/ Writer at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C. and Business Analyst at an advertising agency in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Conley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts/Science with a double major in Economics and Communications from Dominican University and a Master’s of Science, with honors, in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Conley studied Economics at the London School of Economics and the University of London.

Ms. Conley serves on the Board and Audit Committees of non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Hernando Cortina
Senior Analyst
JUST Capital

Hernando Cortina is a Senior Analyst with JUST Capital, focused on developing JUST Capital’s ranking methodology and investable indices.  He also researches the financial and market implications of just corporate behavior. Prior to joining JUST Capital, Mr. Cortina was a portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a macro analyst with Lyncean Capital, and a global strategist and equity index trader with Morgan Stanley. He started his career in Latin America equity research at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Cortina earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from MIT and an M.A. in Mathematical Finance from Columbia University. He was also awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Lyell Dampeer
Corporate Vice President
Broadridge Financial Solutions

Lyell Dampeer is a Corporate Vice President at Broadridge Financial Solutions and is the President of the US Investor Communications Solutions business.  He is responsible for the U. S. regulatory communication services and for the issuer solutions services.  Prior to the appointment to his current role in 2012, Mr. Dampeer served as the head of the U. S. regulatory communications services including post-sale fulfillment from 2009.  Mr. Dampeer joined ADP’s Brokerage Services Group in 2000 as Vice President, Client Services.  Prior to that, he held a variety of senior management positions at companies providing outsourcing services.

 

Carrie Darling
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Yahoo! Inc.

Carrie Darling is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Yahoo.  Her responsibilities include corporate governance, securities regulation, domestic and global corporate, executive compensation, communications, investor relations, and treasury matters. Prior to Yahoo, Ms. Darling worked for Callaway Golf Company, CareFusion Corporation (which she helped spin-off from Cardinal Health) and served as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. for over four years in the division of Corporation Finance. Ms. Darling received her LL.M. from Georgetown Law and her law degree from the University of San Francisco. Before law school, she worked as a CPA. Ms. Darling currently serves on the Advisory Board of TheCorporateCounsel.net.

Raj B. Dave
Vice President, Corporate Law and Assistant Secretary
Owens Corning

Raj B. Dave is Vice President, Corporate Law and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors.  In this capacity, he provides legal advice on corporate law, securities and governance matters and manages the global intellectual property law group.

Prior to joining Owens Corning in 2013, Mr. Dave served as Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel at Aricent Group, a KKR portfolio company in the technology services space, where he was the chief corporate lawyer, providing advice on corporate finance matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  In addition, he led the global ethics and compliance program.  Previously, Mr. Dave served as Vice President, Managing Attorney and Assistant Secretary at Assurant, an S&P 500 financial services company.  During his tenure at Assurant, he led the Securities practice group within the law department, served as Assistant Secretary to the Board and advised the company on its successful $2 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.  Mr. Dave began his career as an associate attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm in New York City.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.

Mr. Dave earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was awarded the Dean’s Certificate for leadership and public service.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Evelyn Dilsaver
Health Equity (HQY) - Audit Chair; Tempur Sealy (TPX) - Audit Chair, Member of Nominating and Governance Committee; Blue Shield - Chair of Compensation, Member of Nominating, Governance and Audit Committee; Senior Operations & Research Analyst, Proxy Voting & Governance Committee; Protiviti - Advisory Board; Bailard Real Estate Fund; Women Corporate Directors - Vice Chair Advisory Board

A CPA at Ernst, Evelyn spent the first 17 years of her career in the audit and finance function as Controller for a bank and for Charles Schwab and as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer for U.S. Trust, a wealth management firm.  She was given the opportunity to hone her skills in marketing, business development, strategy, M&A and product development, culminating in the role of EVP of Charles Schwab, member of the Management Committee and President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management, responsible for over $200 Billion in assets and over $1 Billion in revenue.

Recognized in the community for her leadership, she has received San Francisco Business Times “100 Most Influential Woman” award, 2003-2009, and SF Business Times “Outstanding Director”, 2014.  In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Cal State University East Bay.

Evelyn has served on several public and private boards and currently serves as Audit or Compensation Committee Chair on public company boards Tempur Sealy (TPX) and Health Equity (HQY); large private companies Blue Shield of CA, global consulting firm Protiviti, a private REIT and leadership roles in several non-profit boards, including as Vice-Chair of The Commonwealth Club and the Blue Shield Foundation, Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors Advisory Board and board member of the NACD NorCal chapter. She formerly served on the boards of Long Drugs, Tamalpais Bancorp, Aeropostale (teen specialty clothing) and High Mark Funds.  She is a graduate of CSU East Bay and the Stanford Senior Executive Program.

 

Sarah Dods
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Salesforce.com Inc.

Sarah Dods is Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Salesforce, a public technology company in San Francisco, California where she has been a member of the legal leadership team since February 2014.  Ms. Dods manages legal support for the board of directors and oversees two legal teams – SEC/governance and procurement.  Before joining Salesforce, Ms. Dods was senior counsel on the corporate & securities team at Amazon.com, Inc. in Seattle, Washington.  Ms. Dods began her career at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, Washington, and holds a J.D. from the University of Washington and a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University. 

Shelley J. Dropkin
Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance
Citigroup Inc.

Shelley Dropkin is the Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance, and a Managing Director, of Citigroup Inc. She supports the activities of Citi’s Board of Directors and its standing committees, coordinates Citi’s and the Board of Directors’ engagement with shareholders on corporate governance matters, oversees governance practices for subsidiaries, and works with Citi’s Board of Directors to shape Citi’s governance practices. Ms. Dropkin also serves as General Counsel of the Citi Foundation. Ms. Dropkin has been with Citi since 1993 during which time she also served as Assistant General Counsel and Senior Counsel.

Ms. Dropkin is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, having joined the NYLPI Board in 2006, and serves on its Executive Committee. She serves on the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice having been appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in 2012. Ms. Dropkin is the Chair of the Society and Chair of its Executive Steering Committee. She is a member of the Society’s Securities Law, Policy Advisory, and Nominating and Governance Committees.

Ms. Dropkin received a J.D. from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and a B.S. from Cornell University. She is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C

Kari H. Endries
Assistant Secretary and Managing Counsel
Chevron Corporation
         

Kari H. Endries is Assistant Secretary and Managing Counsel of Chevron Corporation, focusing on corporate governance, subsidiary management, delegation of authority, the Executive Committee, and the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors.  She joined Chevron in 2005 after Chevron's acquisition of Unocal Corporation, in which she was also an Assistant Secretary and corporate attorney.

Ms. Endries was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Corporate Governance from 2011 – 2015 and was President of its Northern California Chapter from 2009 – 2010, and is currently a member of that chapter’s advisory committee.  She was Chair of the 2012 Western Essentials and Regional Conference of the Society and is a frequent speaker on corporate law and governance topics.

Ms. Endries earned a B.A. in journalism and English from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law.  She is a member of the California, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Bars as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Andrew S. Fastow

Despite today’s more regulated and enlightened business environment, we continue to witness “Enron-esque” failures of corporate governance.  Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions and will discuss what questions corporate directors, management, attorneys, and accountants should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them. 

Mr. Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corp. from 1998 – 2001.  In 2004, he pled guilty to two counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison.  He completed his sentence in 2011, and now lives with his family in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Fastow currently provides litigation support at a law firm, and he consults with Directors, attorneys, and hedge funds on how best to identify potentially critical finance, accounting, compensation, and cultural issues.

Mr. Fastow received a BA in Economics and Chinese from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Prior to joining Enron, he was a Senior Director in the Asset Securitization Group at Continental Bank N.A.

Since his release from prison, Mr. Fastow has been a guest lecturer at universities and corporations, and at conferences for management, corporate directors, attorneys, accountants, and certified fraud examiners. Mr. Fastow was recently keynote speaker at the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education Conference, the FBI’s Advanced Financial Crimes Seminar, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, the American Accounting Association Annual Conference, and the Financial Times’ Outstanding Directors Conference.


Robin Ferracone
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Farient Advisors

Robin Ferracone is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farient Advisors (Farient), a corporate governance and executive compensation advisory firm. From March 2005 to March 2007, Ms. Ferracone was President of the Human Capital business of Mercer, a business which includes talent and compensation consulting, software, and data services globally.  Prior to that, she was Chairman of the U.S. West Region for Mercer’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, market leader and Worldwide Partner at Mercer, and President and Chairman of SCA Consulting, a firm she co-founded in 1985 and sold to Mercer in 2001.

With over 30 years of consulting experience, Ms. Ferracone has advised clients in the areas of business and talent strategies, executive compensation, organization, value management, and performance measurement.  She is the author of the book entitled, “Fair Pay Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay.”  Ms. Ferracone currently serves on the Board of Directors of Trupanion, a public company, and the Board of Trustees of Oaktree Capital Funds and recently served as the Vice-Chairman for the Board of Trustees of Duke University.  She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors, The Committee of 200, and the World Presidents’ Organization.  For the past six years, Ms. Ferracone has been named to the NACD Directorship 100, the prestigious list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.  


Virginia K. Fogg
General Counsel
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Virginia Fogg is General Counsel of Norfolk Southern Corporation, where she has served in various legal positions for 30 years. She concentrates primarily in governance, securities and transactional work. She serves as the Chair-Elect for the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and previously served on its Board of Directors, chaired its Policy Advisory Committee and served as the 2016 National Conference Chair. She received her B.S. degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from William and Mary.


Adrienne Fowler
Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP

Adrienne Fowler is a partner with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, where she practices privacy and data security law.  She advocates before various regulators (including the FTC, FCC, FDA, and HHS) in privacy-and-cybersecurity-related regulatory proceedings and agency investigations.  She also provides clients with practical advice on privacy and data security compliance, including helping clients in establishing appropriate and workable privacy and security procedures and in responding to data security incidents.  Ms. Fowler also represents clients in privacy-related federal litigation.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Fowler was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch.  She currently serves as co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Privacy and Data Security Committee, and is a certified privacy professional (CIPP/US). Ms. Fowler received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review.


Mary A. Francis
Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer
Chevron Corporation

Mary A. Francis is corporate secretary and chief governance officer for Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since 2015. She provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and senior management on corporate governance matters, manages the company’s corporate governance function and serves on the Law Function Executive Committee. She also serves as secretary to the Board, the Executive Committee, and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee.

Previously Ms. Francis served as Chevron’s deputy corporate secretary since 2014. Prior positions include: 2012, chief corporate counsel, Corporation Law Department; 2009, general counsel, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company; 2007, managing counsel, Chevron Pipe Line Company and Chevron Shipping Company; 2005, lead senior counsel, Chevron Shipping Company.

Ms. Francis serves on the board of directors of the Chevron Employees Political Action Committee. She also serves on the governing board of the San Francisco Symphony, on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Greater Bay Area, and on the board of trustees of the William & Mary Law School Foundation.

Ms. Francis joined Chevron in 2002 as senior trademark counsel in the Corporation Law Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1986, a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary in 1990, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006.


Noel Friedman
Manager for ESG Ratings
MSCI, Inc.

Noel Friedman is the Manager for ESG Ratings at MSCI, Inc., where he manages product and business development as well as the overall strategy for the business.  He also manages all ESG products for the Americas.  Prior to joining MSCI, Mr. Friedman was the Global Head of Business Development for RiskMetrics ESG Analytics and Managing Director for Research Products at KLD Research & Analytics.

Since joining MSCI via KLD in 1998, Mr. Friedman served first as a research analyst and created KLD’s Client Services department, serving as its first manager. Mr. Friedman also co-founded KLD’s Research Products group, initially as a Product Manager.  He led the development of KLD Compliance into the industry standard for managing social restrictions in the separately managed accounts industry, which at the time of KLD’s acquisition, was the second largest and fastest growing research product at KLD.

Mr. Friedman is currently a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society's (BSAS) Private Wealth Committee and the BSAS Sustainable Investment Conference committee.  He was formerly a member of the BSAS Equity committee.

Mr. Friedman is also a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Education and Conference Committees and formerly served as a member and co-chair of the steering committee of the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN).

Mr. Friedman has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and has successfully completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program.


Michael I. Garland
Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

Mr. Garland is Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Mr. Garland and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Funds' active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies, engaging portfolio companies on their environmental, social and governance policies and practices, and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and strengthen shareowner rights. He serves on the Council of Institutional Investors' Board of Directors and the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee, and is Comptroller Stringer's designated representative to the CERES board of directors.


Stacey Geer
Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary
Primerica

Stacey Geer has been the Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Primerica, Inc. since May 2015.  She joined Primerica in February 2010 as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary and was promoted to Corporate Secretary in February 2014.  Primerica, which completed its initial public offering in April 2010, was previously a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc.  Ms. Geer was Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. from April 2007 to February 2011 and, before that, she was the Chief Securities Counsel of BellSouth Corporation from July 2001 to March 2007.  Prior to Joining BellSouth, Ms. Geer was a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Geer formerly served as the Chair of the Small and Mid-Cap Companies Committee of the Society for Corporate Governance, and is the former Treasurer and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society.  She also serves as a member of the Membership Committee and the Securities Law Committee.  She was a finalist for Corporate Secretary Magazine’s 2011 Governance Professional of the Year award and has twice been named by Inside Counsel to their R-3 100 list of women most likely to be ready to be a General Counsel within three years.  She has served as a member of Broadridge’s Independent Steering Committee since February 2012.  Ms. Geer obtained her J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1992.  She received a B.S.E. from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.


Stephen Giove
Partner
Shearman & Sterling

Stephen Giove is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets Group, and a current member and co-founder of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group.  He is an experienced securities and corporate lawyer with considerable knowledge of finance, accounting, internal controls and investor and public relations matters.  His practice is principally focused on counseling corporate clients with respect to strategic, governance, financing and public company matters.

Mr. Giove joined the firm in 1987, became a partner in 1993, was the firm’s hiring partner from 1997–1999, was the co-head of its US Capital Markets Group from 2003-2007, was a member of the firm’s Global Business Development Committee from 2008-2010 and was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group from 2007-2013.


Vicky Gregg
Director
Quest Diagnostics, Acadia Healthcare, Landmark Healthcare, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga

Vicky Gregg served as the Chief Executive Officer of Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee from 2003 through December 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Gregg occupied several senior leadership positions in the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer State Health Plan, the company’s Medicaid HMO.

Before joining BlueCross, Ms. Gregg worked for Humana, a national, publicly-traded health plan where, as market vice president, she oversaw operations, strategic development, acquisition, and health plan service-area expansion. She served on several national boards including America’s Health Insurance Plans where she served as Chairman 2010-2011, the BlueCross BlueShield Association, the National Institute for Healthcare Management (Chair 2012), and the Healthcare Leadership Council.  Ms. Gregg previously served as Chairman of Trizetto, a portfolio company of Apax in the health information technology space, now a subsidiary of Cognizant and Team Health, now a portfolio company of Blackstone.

Ms. Gregg currently serves on the Boards of Quest Diagnostics, Acadia Healthcare, Landmark Healthcare, and the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga.  She is also a Founding Partner of Guidon Partners where she is engaged in investing and advising healthcare companies looking to achieve accelerated growth and profitability. 


Holly J. Gregory
Partner and Co-Chair
Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice
Sidley Austin LLP

Holly J. Gregory, Partner and Co-Chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice, counsels clients on the full range of governance issues and is frequently called on to advise boards and management teams on highly sensitive confidential matters, including shareholder activism and special committee investigations.

Ms. Gregory played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation. She also drafted the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance. She chairs the American Bar Association’s Corporate Governance Committee and chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009.

In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, she has lectured extensively on governance topics, including at events in Europe and Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). The author of numerous articles on governance topics, she writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal. Ms. Gregory is a Founding Trustee and fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel. She has been named to the NACD Directorship 100 – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance – every year since its inception ten years ago. 



Joseph Grundfest
William A. Franke Professor of Law and Business
Stanford Law School

Mr. Grundfest, a former Commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, is the William A. Franke Professor of Law and Business at Stanford Law School. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale and Stanford Law Reviews. The National Law Review recognizes him as among the 100 most influential attorneys in the nation, and Directorship lists him as among the 100 most influential persons in corporate governance. Professor Grundfest is also founder and do-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College and co-Director of the Rock Center on Corporate Governance. He is a director and co-founder of Financial Engines Inc. and a director of KKR, LLC, both publicly traded companies.


Janine Guillot
Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
 

Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she works with investors to support demand for standardized disclosure of material sustainability factors. Ms. Guillot has more than 25 years of experience in operating, strategy, risk management and finance roles in financial services, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Incapture LP, an early stage enterprise technology and asset management business. Prior to joining Incapture, Janine served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS). She was responsible for CalPERS investment office business and operational management, CalPERS Affiliate funds, and CalPERS defined contribution plans. Ms. Guillot also oversaw the CalPERS corporate governance program, including integration of sustainability and governance factors into investment decision-making. Janine has also held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors and Bank of America, including serving as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses.

Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and she is a member of the board of Directors of Equilibrium Capital and Community Initiatives and serves on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.


Keir Gumbs
Partner, Corporate and Securities Practice
Covington & Burling LLP

Keir Gumbs is a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Keir started his career at the SEC, where he served for six years - first as a staff attorney, later as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and finally as counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos.

Keir is recognized as a leading authority on securities regulation and corporate governance who represents a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.  


Angie M. Hankins
Senior Director of Strategy
Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC)

Angie Hankins is the Senior Director of Strategy for the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC) in Menlo Park, California, and is the Corporate Secretary for its investment fund, Samsung Oak Holdings, Inc.  She is responsible for corporate governance, intellectual property and strategy for SSIC.  Ms. Hankins also provides advice on and negotiates technology transactions and investments in early stage companies and disruptive technology.  Prior to joining SSIC, Ms. Hankins was an Intellectual Property partner in the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP where her practice focused on patent litigation, client counseling, and patent prosecution.

Ms. Hankins has a Juris Doctorate from University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelors of Engineering in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.  She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and registered in-house counsel in the state of California; and admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal District Courts of New Jersey, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


Rick E. Hansen
Assistant Corporate Secretary & Lead Securities Counsel
General Motors Corporation

Rick E. Hansen joined General Motors Corporation as Assistant Corporate Secretary and Lead Securities Counsel on March 1, 2016.  Prior to joining GM, Mr. Hansen was Assistant Corporate Secretary and Managing Counsel, Corporate Governance, at Chevron Corporation.  His responsibilities included board and board committee support, corporate governance; securities regulation compliance and disclosure; and general corporate law matters.  Prior to joining Chevron, he served as Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon.com, Inc. and Coinstar, Inc.  Before moving in-house, he was an associate in the Corporate Finance group at Perkins Coie LLP.  Rick holds a Master of Laws (L.L.M, 2012), with distinction, in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center and a Juris Doctor (J.D., 2000), summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law.  He also serves as Chair of the Society for Corporate Governance national Securities Law Committee. 


Sophie Hager Hume
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Starbucks Coffee Company

Ms. Hager Hume has served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, Washington, since 2009, and is a member of the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs leadership team.  She manages Starbucks Board services and oversees two legal teams:  Corporate and Securities and Real Estate.  She has primary responsibility for Board services, corporate securities, corporate finance, corporate governance, general corporate matters and domestic subsidiary maintenance.   Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Hume was First Vice President and Assistant Secretary at Washington Mutual Bank, Seattle, Washington, for 10 years and was responsible for securities and corporate law and corporate governance.

Ms. Hume was also a corporate securities attorney at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), Seattle, and Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop), New York.

She is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Society for Corporate Governance and Association of Corporate Counsel.   She is a board member and secretary of the NW Children’s Fund, a nonprofit focused on child welfare.

Ms. Hume graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member and comments editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.


Keith F. Higgins
Chair, Securities & Governance Practice 
Ropes & Gray LLP

Keith F. Higgins is Chair of the Securities & Governance Practice at Ropes & Gray LLP.  From June 2013 to January 2017, he served as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Higgins practiced law for 30 years at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, where he advised public companies, underwriters and institutional investors on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and corporate governance.  


William H. Hinman
Director, Division of Corporation Finance
United States Securities and Exchange Commission

William H. Hinman was named Director of the Division of Corporation Finance in May 2017. The Division seeks to ensure that investors are provided with material information in order to make informed investment decisions, provides interpretive assistance to companies with respect to SEC rules, and makes recommendations to the Commission regarding new and existing rules. 

Before serving at the Commission, Mr. Hinman was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he practiced in the corporate finance group. He has advised issuers and underwriters in capital raising transactions and corporate acquisitions in a wide range of industries, including technology, e-commerce, and the life-sciences. 

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher in 2000, Mr. Hinman was the managing partner of Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University with honors in 1977 and his J.D. in 1980 from Cornell University Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Cornell Law Review. He is a member of the Bar Association of the State of California and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Hinman also is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Kathleen Hogenson
President, CEO and Founder 
Zone Oil & Gas

Kathleen Hogenson, is an executive leader, independent director, entrepreneur and skilled engineer in the oil and gas industry.  She is President, CEO and founder of Zone Oil & Gas, a firm which provides upstream advisory services to create value through drilling, technology, optimization, M&A and restructuring. 

Ms. Hogenson is an independent director for Verisk Analytics, an S&P 500 data analytics company and First Quantum Minerals, a Vancouver based mining and metals firm.  She was previously a director for Samsung USA and Petrofac Ltd, a FTSE 250 corporation with a concentration of oil field services in the Middle East.  

Ms. Hogenson’s executive career includes the start up and sale of Zone Energy which grew oil production through M&A, drilling and enhanced oil operations.  She was President & CEO of Santos USA.  In her thirties, she was Global Vice President of Technology and Global Reserve Chief at Unocal and Engineering Manager in a billion dollar heavy oil build out in Ecuador.

Ms. Hogenson regularly contributes to numerous technical societies, WCD, NACD, women’s global leadership and Young Presidents’ Organization (Gold).  She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and remains an enthusiastic supporter.  She and her husband reside in Houston, TX.


Wesley Hom
Former IBM Vice President & Managing Director
Co-Developer, Advanced Leadership Program at Stanford University
Ascent Vice President of External Affairs & National Board Member

Mr. Hom was a global executive at the IBM corporation.  He has held several senior executive positions throughout Asia, Europe and the US.  He has been responsible for multiple large profit and loss businesses, global sales and operations, venture capital group organization, and business development assignments for emerging markets.

Mr. Hom was also the first Pan-Asian American to be appointed Executive Assistant in IBM’s corporate office serving the Chairman, CEO, and President.

He also chaired IBM's Asian Diversity group. Today, he advises global corporations on business development, diversity, and leadership development. He is also the founder and executive advisor to Stanford University's Advance Leadership Program. He is a graduate and holds multiple degrees from NYU's Stern School of Business.


William L. Horton Jr.
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Verizon Communications

William L. Horton, Jr. is senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Verizon Communications. He is responsible for the corporate secretary function and for providing legal support to Verizon’s strategic transactions and capital markets activities, ensuring the company’s compliance with federal and state corporate and securities laws, as well as providing corporate governance services to the corporation.

As the chief governance officer of Verizon, Mr. Horton coordinates and facilitates meetings of the Board of Directors, develops governance policy, coordinates stakeholder outreach and relations, and leads the annual meeting of shareholders.  As lead securities counsel for the corporation, Mr. Horton provides legal counsel with respect Verizon’s investor relations activities, including compliance with Regulation FD, and its external reporting obligations, including the drafting of the company’s periodic reports and proxy statement.  He is also responsible for providing legal support to Verizon’s Business Development and Treasury teams, as they structure, negotiate and execute mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, equity issuances and repurchases, debt issuances, exchanges and redemptions, asset backed securities transactions and other financing transactions.


Miranda Hubbs
Director
Agrium Inc.

Miranda Hubbs is currently a Corporate Director of Agrium Inc. and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Spectra Energy Corporation.

She serves on the Board of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and is a member of the Canadian Red Cross National Audit and Finance Committee as well as a founding member and past National Co-Chair of the Canadian Red Cross Tiffany Circle—Women Leading Through Philanthropy.  Ms. Hubbs holds a BSc from Western University and an MBA from Shulich School of Business at York University.  She is a CFA charterholder and a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow.

Until its sale to Sun Life Financial in 2011, Ms. Hubbs was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of McLean Budden, one of Canada's largest institutional asset managers.  Previous to McLean Budden, she was an energy research analyst and investment banker with Gordon Capital, a large Canadian brokerage firm.  

Ms. Hubbs has been recognized by Brendan Wood International as one of the TopGun Investment Minds in Oil and Gas in Canada and one of the Top 50 Portfolio Managers in Canada.

Christina M. Ibrahim
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Weatherford International plc

Christina M. Ibrahim was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Weatherford in May 2015. Ms. Ibrahim has over 20 years of legal experience primarily in the oilfield services industry. Prior to her appointment at Weatherford, Ms. Ibrahim held a number of senior leadership positions in the legal department of Halliburton Company, including Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Commercial Counsel, with additional responsibility for the global Procurement, Employment and Real Estate practice groups and oversight of the mergers and acquisitions, securities, regulatory and governance functions. Ms. Ibrahim also served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for WellDynamics, a Halliburton and Shell joint venture company. Prior to joining Halliburton, Ms. Ibrahim was a litigation attorney with the law firm Wickliff & Hall, PC.

Ms. Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the Texas State Bar, Texas General Counsel Forum, American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Women’s Energy Network and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. 

 

Elizabeth (Beth) Ising
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Elizabeth (Beth) Ising is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group. She also is a member of the firm’s Hostile M&A and Shareholder Activism team and Financial Institutions practice group.  She advises clients, including public companies and their boards of directors, on corporate governance, securities law and regulatory matters and executive compensation best practices and disclosures. 

Ms. Ising was named to Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016, which was based on independent client and peer surveys by Who’s Who Legal.  In addition, BTI Consulting named Ms. Ising to its 2016 BTI Client Service All-Stars list.   She is a member of the Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Securities Regulation Institute and previously was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by Yale School of Management’s Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.  Ms. Ising also is a frequent author and speaker on securities law and corporate governance issues. 

Ms. Ising graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2000.  Ms. Ising was also a published member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.  

 

Hope Jarkowski
Co-Head of Government Affairs
ICE

Hope Jarkowski is the Co-Head of Government Affairs for ICE, resident in the DC Office.  In this capacity, Ms. Jarkowski leads NYSE’s government relations matters before the SEC and Capitol Hill.  Hope began her career in the Office of the General Counsel at FINRA, where she worked on a variety of legal and policy issues.  She then transitioned to private securities law practice at a Fortune 100 law firm.  Hope left the private sector for public service at the SEC in 2010, just before the passage of Dodd-Frank.  As a senior lawyer in the Office of General Counsel, and later as Counsel to Commissioner Troy Paredes, Ms. Jarkowski provided counsel on the Commission's rulemaking and enforcement efforts and served as Commissioner Paredes' liaison to Commission senior SEC staff as well as external constituencies, including members of Congress.  Following her SEC service, Ms. Jarkowski joined the Senate Banking Committee as Senior Counsel for Securities for Ranking Member Mike Crapo. She joined ICE in April 2016.  

 

David Jedrzejek
Associate General Counsel, Finance and Governance and Chief Compliance Officer
Levi Strauss & Co.

David Jedrzejek is Associate General Counsel, Finance and Governance, and Chief Compliance Officer at Levi Strauss & Co.  His responsibilities include ethics and compliance, corporate finance, corporate governance, securities, executive compensation, public communication and disclosure, shareholder relations, and corporate transactions.  Prior to joining LS&Co., David was Associate General Counsel at Gap Inc., where he focused on corporate finance and securities.  Prior to Gap Inc., David practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).  David received his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara.

David A. Katz
Partner
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Mr. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, a senior professional fellow at New York University Center for Law and Business, and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Mr. Katz is a corporate attorney focusing on the areas of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international corporate merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been involved in a number of complex public and private offerings and corporate restructurings. He also counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management.

In 2004, Mr. Katz was chosen by The American Lawyer as one of the 45 highest performing members of the private bar under the age of 45; in 2005, 2012 and 2015, he was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year; in 2015, he was named by NACD Directorship as one of the 100 most influential players in corporate governance for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time overall; in 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year by Global M&A Network; in 2014 and each of the five prior years he has been named Who's Who Legal's Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, in 2014 was also named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and in 2015 he was named Who's Who Legal's Corporate Governance and M&A Lawyer of the Year; and in 2015 he was elected by The American College of Governance Counsel as an Inaugural Class Fellow.


Roy J. Katzovicz
Chairman
Saddle Point Group, LLC

Mr. Katzovicz is the Chairman of Saddle Point Group, LLC, a public and private equity investment firm.  Mr. Katzovicz previously served as a Partner, Investment Team Member and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. and practiced as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Prior to private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable William B. Chandler of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Mr. Katzovicz received his J.D. and B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Law & Economics and is a co-founder and current Chairman of the Alexander Hamilton Society. 

Thomas W. Kellerman
Partner
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Thomas W. Kellerman represents companies, investment banks, and venture capital funds, advising technology industry clients on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital and other private finance transactions, and corporate governance matters. Having practiced in London for four years, Mr. Kellerman has experience in cross-border transactions for technology companies. He represents issuers and underwriters in equity financing matters, and has handled more than 75 public offerings and advised on hundreds of venture capital and private placement transactions.

Katherine R. Kelly
Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Ms. Kelly is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.  She oversees the Corporate Governance and Securities practice group within the Law Department.  The group has responsibility for matters involving the Board of Directors, corporate governance, securities law and disclosure, executive compensation, stockholder services, subsidiary management, corporate financing transactions, and related matters.  Ms. Kelly joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in August 2005 in the Office of the Corporate Secretary.  She has led the Corporate Governance and Securities practice group since 2011 and, in 2015, she became Corporate Secretary.

Before joining BMS, Ms. Kelly was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  She is an active member of the Stockholder Relations Society and the Society for Corporate Governance for which she is currently the New York Chapter’s Vice President and Program Chair.

Ms. Kelly earned a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Curt A. Kramer
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Navistar International Corporation

Curt A. Kramer is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Prior to serving and SVP, GC and Secretary, Mr. Kramer served as the Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Navistar.  Prior to joining Navistar, Mr. Kramer spent seven years in private practice, primarily in Boston, Massachusetts and Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut.  Mr. Kramer received his B.B.A from the University of Miami, his J.D. from Quinnipiac University and his L.L.M. in Securities and Taxation from Georgetown University. 

 

Robert Lamm
Co-Chair, Securities and Corporate Governance Practice
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Bob Lamm has co-chaired the Securities and Corporate Governance practice at Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2014 and has been an Independent Senior Advisor to the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance since 2013.  From 2008 to 2013, Bob was assistant general counsel and assistant secretary of Pfizer. His previous experience includes service as vice president and secretary of W. R. Grace, senior vice president - corporate governance and secretary of CA Technologies, and managing director, secretary and associate general counsel of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. He also has extensive experience with small and midcap companies, as well as nonprofit entities.

Mr. Lamm is a long-term member of the Society. He has chaired its Securities Law Committee and served on its Corporate Practices, Finance and National Conference Committees, as a member of its board of directors, and as chair of its National Conference Committee.

Mr. Lamm has received the Society’s Bracebridge H. Young Distinguished Service Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Governance from Corporate Secretary magazine.

Mr. Lamm is a member of the Florida and New York Bars and the American Bar Association. He frequently speaks and writes on securities law, corporate governance and related topics. 

Karen Laos
Senior Manager - Program Delivery
Decker Communications

Karen Laos’ passion is developing leaders. She thrives on watching them overcome communication barriers and coaches on how to influence. Her background includes leadership roles at companies such as Gensler Architecture and Design, Gap, Inc. and Wells Fargo. At Decker, Ms. Laos oversees all program delivery, where she leads a team of trainers delivering communication programs around the world. She’s been with Decker for 11 years.

Originally from Minneapolis, Ms. Laos now lives in San Francisco, which she has called home for 20 years. She graduated from Lafayette College with a Psychology degree, which she puts to good use every day. She also loves to travel.

Carter Leuty
Vice President, Law
Target Corporation

Mr. Leuty is a vice president in the law department at Target Corporation. With respect to Target’s 2013 breach event, Mr. Leuty was responsible for the formulation and execution of all responsive legal strategies. Those responsibilities included directing the company’s responses to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, State Attorneys General, consumer class action litigation, financial institutions class action litigation, shareholder derivative class action litigation, and card brand claims. He also led the effort to effectively collaborate with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to the criminal investigation of the incident.


Kai Haakon E. Liekefett
Partner
Vinson & Elkins

Kai Liekefett is a Partner at Vinson & Elkins in New York and is the Head of V&E’s Shareholder Activism Response Team.  V&E has been ranked No. 1 for activism defense by Thomson Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, SharkRepellent and Activist Insight.  Mr. Liekefett is a corporate attorney with more than 15 years of experience practicing law in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  Chambers USA recently named him as one of the 6 leading takeover defense attorneys in the U.S.  Prior to joining V&E, Mr. Liekefett was with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Linklaters.  He holds a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) from Freiburg University, an Executive MBA (summa cum laude) from Münster Business School, and an LL.M. (James Kent Scholar) from Columbia Law School.  He obtained his J.D. equivalent in Germany. 


Paula Loop
Partner
PwC's Governance Insights Center

Paula Loop is a partner leading PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which aims to strengthen investor confidence and provide resources for directors and investors addressing new and traditional challenges.

She previously served as PwC’s New York Metro Regional Assurance Leader, where she led one of the firm’s largest assurance practices, overseeing audit quality, partner and resource deployment, and financial results.

Prior to this role she was the U.S. and Global Talent Leader leading PwC’s global strategy in recruiting, onboarding and talent management, among other firm leadership responsibilities. 

With a passion for giving back to the community, Paula currently serves on the board of the PwC Charitable Foundation.  Paula is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration.

 

Eric D. Lurie
Director, Strategic Accounts
Passageways, LLC

Eric D. Lurie serves as Director, Strategic Accounts for Passageways, LLC where he is responsible for the OnBoard’s continued growth in the Enterprise space. His career includes over 20 years of sales, product management and strategy consulting experience with top firms. Prior to earning an MBA from Purdue University, Mr. Lurie served as an Army Officer, earning the rank of Captain.

Margaret M. Madden
SVP and Corporate Secretary
Pfizer Inc.

Ms. Madden is Pfizer’s Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Counsel. Ms. Madden works closely with the CEO and Chairman of the Board, General Counsel and other senior leadership on SEC and NYSE matters, emerging trends and practices in corporate governance, board-related issues, global corporate financings/capital raising, M&A, pension fund and general corporate matters. Ms. Madden also has oversight of Shareholder Services, Pfizer’s many subsidiaries, the Corporate Policies and Procedures team, the Compensation and Benefits team, Global Privacy Office and the Enterprise Records & Information Management (“eRIM”) team. She is also responsible for the team that provides legal support to Pfizer’s DC office and nationwide lobbying efforts.

Ms. Madden has been employed at Pfizer since August 1, 2000 and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she held the position of Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Pfizer’s Employment Law, Privacy, and Government Litigation groups.  Prior to joining Pfizer, Ms. Madden was a partner at Epstein, Becker and Green, P.C. primarily focusing her practice in employment litigation.

Ms. Madden serves on the Board of Directors for The Benedictine School for Exceptional Children. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Corporate Source.

Ms. Madden received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

 

Russell Maher
President & Founder
QDiligence

Russell Maher is the creator of the QDiligence D&O Questionnaire and Board Assessment platform as well as being the President and Founder of the company.  He is responsible for all facets of operation at QDiligence but focuses primarily on business development, technology innovation, and data security.  Well-versed in current and pending data security standards and regulations, Mr. Russell’s mission is to ensure that QDiligence customers and respondents enjoy a secure, easy-to-use solution that is convenient and saves time.

Prior to founding QDiligence, Mr. Russell developed many groundbreaking legal technology solutions used globally for matter management, Brazilian consumer claims tracking, entity management, legal holds, IP management and corporate governance.  Recognized twice as an IBM Champion, Mr. Russell is a well-known technology expert and has delivered classroom training and platform speaking seminars on application development topics in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Bronwen L. Mantlo
Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
Eli Lilly and Company

Ms. Mantlo is the Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of Eli Lilly and Company. She has served as commercial transactions counsel, acting general counsel for Lilly’s animal health division, and as General Counsel of Lilly Canada. 

She also served as Assistant Corporate Secretary, managing securities law, corporate law, and matters relating to executive compensation.  She was named a member of the Six Sigma organization, where she developed strategies to create efficiencies across the legal division.

She received her law degree from Rutgers University, and her bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College.

Maura A. Markus
Independent Director
Broadridge Financial Solutions and Stifel Financial Corp.
  

Maura Markus has more than 25 years of experience leading businesses in the U.S. and Europe, helping build both Bank of the West and Citibank in senior executive and board roles. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Markus served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of the West. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Ms. Markus was a 22-year veteran of Citigroup, where she served as Executive Vice President, Head of International Retail Banking in Citi’s Global Consumer Group from 2007 to 2009. She also held a number of additional domestic and international management positions including President, Citibank North America, from 2000 to 2007, as well as Citi's European Sales and Marketing Director based in Brussels, Belgium, and as President of Citi's consumer business based in Athens, Greece. She has been named multiple times as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Ms. Markus has numerous community interests including serving as a Trustee of the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York, and a Director of Catholic Charities San Francisco, as well as a member of Year Up San Francisco's Bay Area Talent and Opportunity Board.

Granville Martin
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Society for Corporate Governance

Mr. Martin joined the Society for Corporate Governance as SVP and General Counsel in February 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Marting was a Managing Director of Sustainable Finance for JPMorgan Chase & Co. In that role, he managed environmental risk, analyzed the distributed energy resource trends transforming the utility sector, and advised on other energy and climate policies impacting the firm’s clients and businesses.  Granville also led JPMorgan Chase’s environmental due diligence effort on the oil and gas industry with a particular focus on clients engaged in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  

After graduating law school in 1996, Granville joined the Office of the Counsel to Governor George Pataki of New York working on environmental issues such as wastewater treatment, New York City watershed protection and green buildings.  He also worked on local government and mental health issues and negotiated with the State Legislature.  After leaving the Pataki Administration, Granville represented the Financial Services Forum prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2005.  Granville is based in New York City. 

Granville earned a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from University of San Francisco and is admitted to the bar in New York and California.  He is married with two children and lives in Stamford, CT after relocating from Washington D.C.     



Rebecca C. Martin
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Ms. Martin is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery with broad experience in investigations and litigations involving the False Claims Act and other civil health care and financial fraud matters. She is a 15-year veteran of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), where she most recently served as Co-Chief of the Civil Frauds Unit and health care fraud coordinator. Throughout her career, she has handled investigations, litigations and resolutions involving numerous federal agencies, including the SDNY, Department of Justice, HHS-OIG, NIH, Tricare, HUD-OIG, FHFA, Department of Defense, Department of Education, among others.


Thomas B. Mason
Chair of Legal Ethics and Malpractice Group
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Thomas B. Mason is the Chair of Legal Ethics and Malpractice Group at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. He represents lawyers and law firms in malpractice, disqualification, disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, partner admissions and departures, and law firm dissolutions. Mr. Mason also counsels and advises lawyers and law firms in all of the above areas so as to avoid problems or disputes before they arise. Mr. Mason was named Washington, D.C., Ethics and Responsibility Lawyer of the Year in 2014 and 2016 by Best Lawyers.

Mr. Mason served on the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee from 2006 to 2012, including three terms as Chair from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a member of the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee.

Mr. Mason speaks and writes frequently on ethics and malpractice matters. He has taught ethics and professional responsibility at the Georgetown University School of Law since 2008 and has taught on various subjects at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and American University’s Washington College of Law.


Aeisha Mastagni
Portfolio Manager, Corporate Governance
California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)
 

Aeisha Mastagni is a Portfolio Manager within the Corporate Governance Unit of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the nation’s largest teacher retirement fund.  She is responsible for working with a governance team to further CalSTRS’ mission to secure the financial future and sustain the trust of California’s educators.  Ms. Mastagni main areas of focus are the corporate engagement program, executive compensation, selecting and monitoring managers in the activist manager portfolio, and working with regulatory authorities on market-wide issues.

In 2012, Ms. Mastagni joined the Board of Directors at the Golden 1 Credit Union, one of the nation’s largest credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets and over 800,000 members.  In 2015, she joined the Board for the Council of Institutional Investors, whose mission is to be the leading voice for effective corporate governance.  In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Mastagni was named one of the “40 Under 40, Freshest Talent at the World’s Largest Asset Owners” by aiCIO Magazine.

Ms. Mastagni has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the California State University, Sacramento and has successfully completed level I of the CFA Program.  

Sofia Mata-Leclerc
Director
Brunswick Group

Sofia Mata-Leclerc advises clients on a range of corporate reputation issues, specializing in corporate positioning, profile-raising and crisis communications. Prior to Brunswick, Ms. Mata-Leclerc was a Director on Visa’s Public Affairs & Issues Management team, where she focused on enhancing and protecting Visa’s reputation as a leader in payment security. She managed communications around proactive initiatives as well as around breaches, privacy issues and product vulnerabilities/attacks. Before Visa, Ms. Mata-Leclerc was a Principal at Kekst and Company where she helped clients on a range of projects including M&A, bankruptcies and litigation.  Her experience has included the Alibaba IPO, Anheuser-Busch’s sale to InBev, Publicis’ acquisition of Razorfish, and Micron’s antitrust litigation with Rambus.


Brian C. Matt, CFA
Director of Global Strategy
Ipreo
 

Brian C. Matt, CFA, is Director of Global Strategy at Ipreo, a leading provider of market intelligence and technology to corporate issuers and investment banks around the world.  Mr. Matt is responsible for strategic partnerships and product initiatives for Ipreo’s global Corporate Business. Previously, he oversaw Ipreo’s Corporate Analytics team focusing on institutional investor targeting programs for IR programs across the globe, as well as situational analytics and transactional analysis for companies considering or undergoing strategic changes. Mr. Matt came to Ipreo through the acquisition of CapitalBridge in February 2008, where he served as a Vice President in a number of roles and was instrumental in designing CapitalBridge’s institutional targeting toolkit and methodology.  Prior to joining CapitalBridge in 2001, Mr. Matt served as an Analyst in the Research & Analysis division of TaylorRafferty, a global cross-border investor relations consultancy, and began his career in 1998 with The Carson Group (later acquired by Thomson Financial) where he served as a Senior Analyst responsible for the company’s global investor relations and investment-banking-focused data products.


Scarlett May
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Brinker International
 

Scarlett May is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Brinker International. In this role, she oversees the company’s legal affairs including government relations, risk management, licensing, contracts and compliance.  Prior to joining Brinker in Dec. 2014, Ms. May was with Ruby Tuesday where she held a similar position with the organization for 10 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for risk mitigation strategies to protect corporate capital and profitability and negotiating and closing transactions involving debt and equity, credit, franchising and real estate. Before Ruby Tuesday, Ms. May practiced law in Knoxville, Tennessee with Kramer, Rayson, Leake, Rodgers & Morgan, which was focused on employment law and general litigation. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable James H. Jarvis, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Ms. May holds a graduate degree in law from the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children as well as hiking, biking, swimming and gardening.


Jung-Kyu K. McCann
Principal Corporate and Governance Counsel
Apple Inc.
 

Jung-Kyu K. McCann is Principal Corporate and Governance Counsel at Apple Inc.  She is responsible for Apple’s corporate governance, capital markets, treasury, securities and other general corporate matters. She joined Apple in 2014, after more than 15 years at Shearman & Sterling in New York and Palo Alto.  At Shearman, she represented companies and financial institutions with a wide range of corporate matters, including corporate governance matters, disclosure and compliance obligations, financing strategies and complex securities offerings in the U.S. and worldwide. She received her J.D. from Fordham University and her B.A. from Cornell University.   


Edward McCarthy
Senior Vice President
D. F. King & Co., Inc.
 

Edward McCarthy is a Senior Vice President of D.F. King & Co., Inc. in the firm’s Extraordinary Events Group.  Mr. McCarthy has guided clients through a wide range of governance and takeover challenges, including contentious shareholder proposals, proxy contests, tender offers (solicited and unsolicited), and other corporate control matters.

Representing both issuers and activists, throughout his career Mr. McCarthy has advised on over 100 contested elections.  Over the past decade, Ed has been involved in a significant number of contested situations, including working with or against the following activist: Pershing Square Capital Management, Carl Icahn, Corvex Management, Mantle Ridge, Sarissa Capital Management, Sandell Asset Management, ValueAct Capital, Eminence Capital, Third Point, Land & Buildings, Elliott Associates, Starboard Value Fund, Greenlight Capital, JANA Partners, Sachem Head Capital Management, Trian Fund Management, Southeastern Asset Management, HG Vora Capital, Fairholme Capital, Neuberger Berman, SRS Investment, H Partners, Lone Star Value, Group 42/Brad Radoff, VIEX Capital Advisors, Barrington Capital, Iron Compass, Biglari Holdings, Crescendo Partners, FrontFour Capital, Becker Drapkin Management and Winthrop Realty.


Robert McCormick
Partner
CamberView Partners

Mr. McCormick is a Partner at CamberView Partners. 

Before joining CamberView, Mr. McCormick served as Chief Policy Officer of Glass Lewis where, for over a decade, he oversaw the analysis, voting recommendations and report writing on management and shareholder proposals on over 20,000 shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries. He also led the firm’s engagement efforts and was responsible for developing Glass Lewis’ proxy voting guidelines.

Prior to that role, Mr. McCormick was Director of Investment Proxy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts, holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion.

Mr. McCormick serves on the board of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and on the advisory board of the University of Delaware’s Weinberg Center on Corporate Governance. Mr. McCormick was named one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance by NACD and Directorship magazine six times from 2008-2015

He holds a Graduate Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University Extension School, a J.D. from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Providence College. 



Troy E. McHenry
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HCP, Inc.

Mr. McHenry is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of HCP (NYSE: HCP). He joined HCP in 2010, most recently as Senior Vice President - Legal and HR. Prior to HCP, Mr. McHenry served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at MGM Resorts International. Prior to that, he served as Associate General Counsel at Boyd Gaming Corporation. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, received his JD from the USC Gould School of Law, and received his MBT from the USC Marshall School of Business/Leventhal School of Accounting. Mr. McHenry also served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 



Sean X. McKessy
Partner
Phillips & Cohen LLP

As the former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower, Mr. McKessy provides singular insight and unparalleled knowledge of the SEC whistleblower program in his current work with whistleblowers as a partner at Phillips & Cohen LLP.

Mr. McKessy was the first Chief of the SEC whistleblower office and helped establish the SEC’s procedures and policies for handling whistleblower claims. During his five-year tenure, he played a key role in the SEC’s efforts to protect whistleblowers using Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions and to stop employment and severance contracts that discouraged whistleblowing. Compliance Week recently named him one of the 10 “Top Minds” in corporate governance, risk and compliance for 2017.

In a previous stint at the SEC, he was a senior counsel in the Enforcement Division. He later held corporate compliance positions as corporate secretary for Altria Group Inc. and AOL Inc. and as securities counsel for Caterpillar Inc.

Phillips & Cohen has the longest-standing and most successful practice devoted exclusively to representing whistleblowers under government reward programs, with more than $12.1 billion recovered for taxpayers and investors as a result of the firm’s cases. 


Amanda M. McMillian
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Ms. McMillian was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in September 2015. During her tenure at Anadarko, she also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Western Gas Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Anadarko and general partner of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES), a publicly traded midstream master limited partnership, from January 2008 to August 2012. Ms. McMillian has served in positions of increasing responsibility since joining Anadarko in December 2004, including most recently as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Anadarko, Ms. McMillian practiced corporate and securities law at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she represented a variety of clients in a wide range of transactional, corporate governance and securities matters.

Ms. McMillian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University and received both a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Duke University. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. She has been active in a number of organizations including the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, National Association of Corporate Directors and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University, immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, and a member of the Advisory Board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.


Kern McPherson
Senior Director, North American Research
Glass Lewis

Kern McPherson joined Glass Lewis in 2009 and leads the North American research teams covering corporate governance, executive compensation and environmental & social issues at over 6,500 companies traded in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. McPherson specializes in issuer and shareholder engagement, corporate governance analysis, research operations, and is an active participant in Glass Lewis’ policy and product development. Prior to joining Glass Lewis, Mr. McPherson served as a senior account manager and business analyst for large corporate retailers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and History of Art & Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Barry Medintz
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Rubicon Global

Barry Medintz is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rubicon Global, the world’s leading cloud-based provider of waste hauling and recycling services. Mr. Medintz is responsible for advising Rubicon’s Executive Team and Board of Directors on all legal and regulatory matters, focusing on M&A, Corporate Transactions, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, IP, Antitrust, Litigation and Labor & Employment.  Mr. Medintz was most recently the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Recall Holdings Ltd. (ASX:REC), a global Information Management company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and headquartered outside Atlanta.  Prior to Recall, Mr. Medintz was Senior Legal Counsel at Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) where he also served as a member of the company’s Records Management Committee, and Trademark Licensing Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO).  He began his legal career as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Perkins Coie LLP.  Mr. Medintz earned his undergraduate degree with distinction in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his law degree from The Emory University School of Law. 


Gina Merritt-Epps
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
South Jersey Industries

As senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for South Jersey Industries, Ms. Merritt-Epps provides general legal counsel to SJI and its subsidiaries and is responsible for corporate governance and the overall corporate secretary function. She is also responsible for Environmental Affairs.

Ms. Merritt-Epps is an alumna if Pennsylvania State University and holds a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.

Ms. Merritt-Epps is a member of the Society, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Executive Women of NJ, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She is also a member of the American Gas Association’s Legal Committee. Ms. Merritt-Epps is a founding member, and advisor, of SJI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She formerly served on the District I Ethics Committee for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the Board of Directors for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the New Jersey Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointment Committee for Atlantic County, and the Atlantic County Bar Association.

Ms. Merritt-Epps’ passion for giving back to the community is reflected in her service to a number of civic and community organizations. She is a charter member of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is a board member of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism and the Forum of Executive Women. Additionally, Ms. Merritt-Epps recently served as the New Jersey state director of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is the current national director of RSL Management.


Meredith Miller
Chief Corporate Governance Officer
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Meredith Miller is the Chief Corporate Governance Officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (“Trust”).  The Trust was established in 2010 as a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) to pay the medical benefits for 700,000 UAW retirees.  The Trust is the largest non-governmental provider of retiree health in the U.S. and has assets of $59 billion.  Ms. Miller oversees the Corporate Governance Program of the Trust for domestic and international equities, including proxy voting and corporate engagements on board governance issues such as diversity, executive pay, human capital management, and compliance.

Ms. Miller joined the Trust in 2010 after serving twelve years as Assistant Treasurer for Policy for the Connecticut State Treasurer.  She previously served in the Clinton Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, at the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (PWBA) which is responsible for the enforcement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  Ms. Miller also served as the Assistant Director of the Employee Benefits Department, AFL-CIO and previously as the Assistant Director of Research for Employee Benefits, Service Employees International Union.

Ms. Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College her Masters of Science from the London School of Economics.  She has served as a Trustee on the board of Hampshire College and as a Director on the board of the Council of Institutional Investors.  Currently, she is serving as Program-Co-Chair of the Detroit Society for Corporate Governance and is a member of the Washtenaw Community College Foundation’s Women’s Council.


Suzan (Sam) A. Miller
Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
Intel Corporation

Suzan (Sam) A. Miller is Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Deputy General Counsel of Intel Corporation and leads the Intel worldwide Corporate Legal Group, providing legal support for corporate governance, security law, corporate finance and treasury.  Ms. Miller's previous roles at Intel include Vice President of the Business Legal Group and General Counsel of Intel Capital.  Ms. Miller is an active advocate within Intel and externally for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the technology industry.  She is the executive sponsor for the Santa Clara Women at Intel Network, a member of Intel's Network of Executive Women Leaders, an executive sponsor of Intel’s Legal Diversity program, and is on the Boards of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Ms. Miller is also the executive sponsor for Intel’s Legal Pro Bono Programs and is on the Boards of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. She received her B.S. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Santa Clara University.


Sarah E. Mock
Senior Director, Legal Affairs - Corporate Governance, Securities and Finance
T-Mobile US, Inc.

Sarah Mock is Senior Director, Legal Affairs – Corporate Governance, Securities and Finance at T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS).  Ms. Mock advises on corporate governance and securities laws matters, including strategic transactions, financial reporting, investor communications and stock exchange compliance.  Ms. Mock supports the T-Mobile Board of Directors and its committees, including advising on executive compensation, equity plans and related party transactions.  Ms. Mock prepares and reviews the Company’s proxy statement and other public filings. 

Prior to joining T-Mobile in March 2013, Ms. Mock was with Univar Inc., Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Outerwall Inc. (NASDAQ: OUTR).  Previously Ms. Mock was an associate at Perkins Coie LLP in the Seattle office.  


Mohani Moharai
AVP, Stewardship and Corporate Governance Team
Nuveen

Mohani Maharaj serves as AVP on the Stewardship and Corporate Governance Team at Nuveen, the investment management business of TIAA. Ms. Mohani and her colleagues work to enhance the corporate governance and social responsibility practices of public companies held within Nuveen’s investment portfolio with the objective of increasing shareholder value and improving long term performance of targeted companies. Ms. Mohani also has developed both a breadth and depth of knowledge with respect to corporate governance issues in multiple international jurisdictions.


Andrew J. Moore
President
Computershare Investor Services LLC

Andrew Moore has been at the forefront of international governance and compliance technology markets for over twenty years. Over that time, Mr. Moore has been a recognized influencer in subsidiary governance, entity management software, board portals and other compliance technology matters in both North America and Europe.

As head of Computershare’s Governance Services (CGS) global divisions, Mr. Moore heads up the international teams responsible for maintaining the compliance technology solutions for over eight hundred global companies.  Computershare is the largest provider of subsidiary governance solutions in the market today.

Mr. Moore is based out of Computershare’s Jersey City offices.  Computershare is a publically held company, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:CPU).


Catherine Moreno
Partner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Catherine Moreno is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Moreno specializes in securities litigation and counseling, including the defense of companies and their directors and officers in class actions, derivative lawsuits, and M&A litigation. She also is experienced with internal investigations and in defending companies and individuals in SEC enforcement proceedings involving allegations of insider trading, securities fraud, and reporting violations. In addition, Ms. Moreno is experienced in a variety of commercial litigation matters and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues of securities fraud, accounting misstatements, and insider trading.


Dr. Dambisa Moyo
Board Member
Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.

Dambisa has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes, She is a board member of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies. She holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of three (3) New York Times Bestselling books:

     » Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa

     » How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and The Stark Choices Ahead

     » Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What it Means for the World

Dambisa was named to the list of Time 100 Most Influential people in the world; writes for the Financial Times, WSJ, Barron's, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to 80 countries. She runs marathons and practices yoga in her spare time.

Ronald O. Mueller
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Ronald Mueller joined the Washington, D.C. Office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1986 and works in the securities regulation and corporate governance area with an emphasis on proxy and disclosure issues, executive compensation, and corporate transactions.

Mr. Mueller was named by BTI Consulting Group as a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star for delivering “outstanding legal skills enveloped in a rare combination of practical business knowledge, extraordinary attention to client needs and noteworthy responsiveness.”  In 2017, Chambers USA recognized Mr. Mueller as a top Securities: Regulation attorney. He is listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of corporate governance law, corporate compliance law, and securities regulation.  In 2015, Mr. Mueller was also recognized in Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal.  Mr. Mueller is a past chair of the Subcommittee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association.  He is a frequent speaker and author on securities and corporate governance matters, including developments in proxy disclosures and proxy contests, the SEC's disclosure requirements, corporate governance developments, Section 16 rules, and executive compensation issues.

From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Mueller worked as legal counsel to Commissioner Edward H. Fleischman at the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).  While at the SEC, Mr. Mueller worked on many of the matters before the Commission, including executive compensation rules, enforcement matters and regulatory initiatives.

Mr. Mueller received his J.D., from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he was both a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1982.

Yumi Narita
Vice President
BlackRock Investment Stewardship

Ms. Narita is a Vice President on BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team. BlackRock’s stewardship program is focused on protecting and enhancing the economic value of the companies in which it invests on behalf of clients.  Ms. Narita is responsible for engaging with companies on ESG issues, contributing to corporate governance policy development, analyzing proxy statements and voting shareholder meetings, and supporting BlackRock’s global proxy voting operations.  Ms. Narita follows companies throughout North America and South America; in the United States and Canada, her governance focus is on companies operating in the food, restaurant, retail, automotive, airline and media industries.  She is also active in BlackRock’s ESG integration efforts. Her service with the firm dates back to 2004, including her years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. 

 Ms. Narita has presented on behalf of BlackRock on various corporate governance issues, including shareholder engagement and executive compensation for audiences including boards of directors, senior corporate executives and their advisors.

Ms. Narita is part of the ICGN Shareholder Rights Committee, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and Associação de Investidores no Mercado de Capitais (AMEC).  

Phil Neiswender
President and Chief Legal Officer
Center for Board Excellence

Phil Neiswender is the President and Chief Legal Officer of CBE and is also a member of the Board of Directors. He has been involved as an advisor and investor since CBE’s inception.  Mr. Neiswender has held several senior leadership positions at both public and private companies, including General Counsel and Corporate Secretary roles. Prior to joining CBE, Mr. Neiswender was Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President for Operations & Corporate Development at Xevo, Inc., Chief Operating Officer at Garagiste, Inc., and General Counsel, Vice President of Legal at BSQUARE Corporation.  He also held both legal and business roles at Getty Images, Inc. and was an attorney at Graham & James, LLP and Riddell Williams, PS, in Seattle, WA.  Mr. Neiswender also currently advises several early stage startups.  He obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Washington bar.

Lucy Nottingham
Director, Global Risk Center
Marsh & McLennan Companies

Ms. Nottingham is a US-based Director in Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center.  In this role, she develops and manages cross-sectoral risk-related research programs in collaboration with leading global companies, professional associations, think-tanks and academic institutions to develop risk management insights that can be applied in large global organizations.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Nottingham had 15 years of progressive experience in leading projects in multiple industries with a particular focus on designing, and implementing enterprise risk management processes and governance structures in Fortune 500 companies and large not-for-profit organizations.



Lee O'Dwyer, CFA
Equity Application Specialist
Bloomberg LLP

Mr. O’Dwyer is an Equity Application Specialist at Bloomberg L.P.  Drawing from fifteen years of experience in traditional and alternative investments, Mr. O’Dwyer helps Bloomberg clients gain maximum leverage of their terminal toward actionable strategies.

Discussing equity fundamental valuations, earnings & idea generation tools, ESG data, and portfolio analysis with top analysts and portfolio managers, Mr. O’Dwyer’s experience and communication style lets him calibrate around the varied needs and styles of clients, allowing him to interpret their comments and provide meaningful and useful support.

Originally from England, Mr. O’Dwyer is a member of the CFA® Institute and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation.

Zach Oleksiuk
Head of the Americas
BlackRock Investment Stewardship

Zach Oleksiuk is Head of the Americas for BlackRock Investment Stewardship. Mr. Oleksiuk has nearly 16 years' experience in corporate governance, including with BlackRock in various roles since 2006. He is an active thought leader in the corporate governance community and is a frequent speaker to audiences including corporate directors and executives, investors, regulators, and students.

At BlackRock, Mr. Oleksiuk leads a team responsible for analyzing corporate governance, including environmental and social factors (collectively, ESG); engaging with management or board members; proxy voting per BlackRock’s policies; and contributing to the development of market-level policies and practices that support long-term shareholder value creation.

Mr. Oleksiuk is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), where he has chaired the Corporate Governance Committee. He serves on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Standing Advisory Group (2015-2017) and chairs the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) Corporate Governance Advisory Council.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Oleksiuk spent five years with Institutional Shareholder Services, where he held various roles. Mr. Oleksiuk earned an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University.


William J. O'Shaughnessy, Jr.
Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Quest Diagnostics

William J. O’Shaughnessy, Jr. is Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, which he joined in 2007.  He is responsible for the Company’s corporate governance, securities, corporate finance, executive compensation and benefits matters, and oversees a team of professionals providing support for a broad range of issues including laboratory operations, anatomic pathology, procurement and other matters.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy is past President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York.  He is past president of the New York chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance, a past member of the Society’s national Board of Directors and served as the Society’s national Secretary for several years.  Currently, he serves as a member of the Society’s national Nominating and Governance Committee.  Since July 2014, he has been a member of the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee.  Mr. O’Shaughnessy is also a member of the American and New Jersey State Bar Associations.


Daniel K. Oh
SVP of Investor Engagement & Governance, Investor Relations
Barrick Gold Corporation

Daniel Oh is SVP of Investor Engagement & Governance, Investor Relations. Mr. Oh leads Barrick's Investor Relations team, and serves as a central point of contact for investor engagement on governance. He is responsible for building enduring partnerships with both new and existing shareholders, with a focus on heightened engagement and transparency, and advises management and the Board of Directors on matters of corporate governance.

Mr. Oh joined Barrick from BlackRock Inc., where he was Vice President, BlackRock Investment Stewardship. In this role, he was responsible for advising BlackRock investment managers on the corporate governance and sustainability practices of companies in the United States and Canada and led ongoing shareholder engagement with portfolio companies on behalf of BlackRock.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Oh worked at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) where he was responsible for the firm’s corporate governance activities. He previously worked at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he conducted proxy research for investment managers and later provided corporate governance and executive compensation advisory services to corporations. Mr. Oh was an equity research analyst for Bear Stearns Co. and Citigroup Asset Management covering the airlines, insurance, and leisure (hotels, casinos, and cruises) sectors.


Damon Oshita
Senior Analyst
Capital Research and Management Company

Damon Oshita is a Senior Analyst at Capital Research and Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Group. He joined Capital in 2004 and joined the Governance and Proxy Team in 2006. Mr. Oshita works primarily with investment analysts and portfolio managers to develop proxy voting decisions. He is also responsible for internal reporting and participates in the formation of voting guidelines as they relate to corporate governance, executive compensation, social, and environmental issues. Mr. Oshita earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at Irvine and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is based in San Francisco.


Ryan O'Toole
Senior Proxy Analyst
Fidelity Investments

Ryan O’Toole is a Senior Proxy Analyst in the Investment Proxy Research group at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions, and financial intermediaries. In this role, Mr. O’Toole is responsible for proxy voting policy development and portfolio company engagement, with an emphasis on executive compensation.

Mr. O’Toole has been employed at Fidelity since graduating college in 2007, and previously worked as a Senior Fund Accounting Analyst. He has been a part of the Investment Proxy Research group since 2010.

Mr. O’Toole earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bentley University.



Christoph Pereira
Vice President, Chief Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel and General Counsel Business Innovations
General Electric

Chris Pereira serves as General Electric Company's Vice President, Chief Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel and General Counsel Business Innovations. He oversees all legal matters for GE and its businesses relating to global securities law, corporate governance, corporate finance and corporate law. In addition, as General Counsel for Business Innovations, he oversees the Global Law & Policy teams for GE Current, GE Lighting, GE Ventures and GE Legal Shared Services. Under his leadership, GE has won numerous governance and disclosure awards and, in 2016, he received the Chairman’s Leadership Award for his innovation in financial reporting. Mr. Pereira joined GE in March of 2007.

Before joining GE in 2007, Mr. Pereira served as Vice President of Legal Affairs & Secretary at Exelixis, a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, California. He oversaw the company’s legal affairs and served as a member of the executive management committee. Prior to joining Exelixis, Mr. Pereira practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell from 1998 to 2004, where he specialized in securities law, mergers & acquisitions and venture capital. He was based in the firm’s New York and Palo Alto offices. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Pereira clerked at the Federal Courts in Austria.

Mr. Pereira is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches corporate law and corporate governance. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Corporate Governance, and previously served as a member of the NYSE Governance Council and as President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York.

Mr. Pereira earned his law degrees from the University of Vienna Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.


Eldyne S. Perrou
Senior Corporate Counsel
Bechtel Corporation

Eldyne Perrou is Senior Counsel in the Corporate Department of the Bechtel group of companies, based in San Francisco, California.  She is responsible for providing strategic and transactional advice with regard to corporate governance and shareholder matters, including legal support to the Corporate Secretarial Group for entity management, and has primary responsibility for all treasury, finance, and retirement plan issues.  Prior to joining Bechtel, Ms. Perrou was a senior bank finance associate with Shearman & Sterling in San Francisco, and a corporate associate with the English law firm Slaughter and May, in its offices in Brussels, London and Singapore.

Ms. Perrou has an M.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and is admitted to practice law in England and Wales, and in California.

 

Rebecca Perry
Director of Professional Services
Jordan Lawrence

Rebecca Perry is the Director of Professional Services at Jordan Lawrence, the leader in defensible risk assessments and solutions for cybersecurity, information privacy and data retention.

Rebecca has 20 years of experience advising in-house counsel, compliance and privacy professionals in these areas. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US/G) and frequent contributor and speaker in the legal and privacy communities.


Brad Peterson
Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President
NASDAQ OMX

Brad Peterson currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Chief Information Officer (CTO/CIO) for Nasdaq. He previously served as CIO and EVP for Schwab Technology Services (STS), responsible for Schwab’s technology innovation, development, infrastructure and operations.

In addition to leading Schwab’s technology enterprise, Mr. Peterson also had responsibility for Project Services (which covered the planning, coordination and financial management of all company-wide projects) and Offshore Services (leveraging third-party offshore capabilities whenever appropriate).

Mr. Peterson also served as CIO at eBay for five years. Prior to eBay, Mr. Peterson was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Epoch Securities after its merger with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He has also held senior executive positions at companies including Epoch Partners, Schwab, Pacific Bell Wireless and Pacific Telesis (now part of AT&T).

He earned his master's degree in management at MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in systems science and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

 

Arden T. Philips
Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel
United States Steel Corporation

Arden T. Phillips is Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel of United States Steel Corporation, a Fortune 250 company.  In this role, he is primarily responsible for the review of SEC disclosure, compliance with NYSE listing standards, coordinating meetings and other matters related to the board of directors, and implementing various best in class governance policies and practices.

Prior to United States Steel Corporation, Mr. Phillips worked for several years in roles of increasing responsibility at WGL Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded utility holding company headquartered in Washington, DC.  Prior to WGL Holdings, Inc., Mr. Phillips worked at private law firms where he drafted various corporate transactional documents and obtained experience with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and complex finance transactions such as equity offerings, syndicated credit facilities, medium-term note deals and commercial paper programs.

Mr. Phillips is a frequent speaker and writer on corporate governance issues and has been published in several periodicals.  He also is past chair of the Corporate and Securities Law Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel and currently serves on the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance.

Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law.  



Michael S. Piwowar
Commissioner
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Michael S. Piwowar was designated Acting Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Donald Trump on January 23, 2017. Dr. Piwowar was first appointed to the Commission by President Barack Obama and was sworn in on August 15, 2013.

Previously, Dr. Piwowar was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs under Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). He was the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. Dr. Piwowar also worked on a number of important SEC-related oversight issues under the jurisdiction of the Committee, such as securities, over-the-counter derivatives, investor protection, market structure, and capital formation.

During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Dr. Piwowar served in a one-year fixed-term position at the White House as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. While at the CEA, Dr. Piwowar also served as a staff economist for the Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Before joining the White House, Dr. Piwowar worked as a Principal at the Securities Litigation and Consulting Group (SLCG). At SLCG, he provided economic consulting to law firms involved in complex securities litigation and technical assistance on market structure, regulatory policy, and risk management issues to domestic and international securities regulators and market participants.

Dr. Piwowar’s first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis (now called the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis) as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University and as a senior financial economist. In those roles, he provided economic analyses and other technical support to the Commission and other SEC Divisions and Offices on a wide range of rulemaking, compliance, and enforcement matters.

Dr. Piwowar was an assistant professor of finance at Iowa State University where he focused his research on market microstructure and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate finance and investments. He published a number of articles in leading academic publications and received several teaching and research awards.

Dr. Piwowar received a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Veena Ramani
Program Director, Capital Market Systems
CERES

Veena Ramani is the program director of the Capital Market Systems program at Ceres. As part of her role, Ms. Ramani leads Ceres’ work on critical market levers that will help scale the transition to sustainable capital markets, including governance systems that companies should put in place at the corporate board level to allow for effective board sustainability oversight. She also oversees Ceres work on sustainability disclosure.

In October of 2015, Ms. Ramani authored the report, "View from the Top: How Corporate Boards Can Engage on Sustainability Performance," which identifies key strategies for effective board engagement that can produce tangible environmental and social impacts. 

From 2006 to 2015, Ms. Ramani managed the relationships with a wide portfolio of Ceres Company Network members, including the financial services sector and the electric power sector. She worked with boards and senior company management on opportunities to integrate sustainability into their business structures and decision making, including policy and program development, disclosures and stakeholder engagement processes.

Prior to Ceres, Ms. Ramani worked as a management consultant with CDM, an environmental consulting firm and spent three years with Integrative Strategies Forum. Before that, she practiced law in India.

Ms. Ramani received a Masters in Law degree from Washington University in St. Louis anda B.A. LL.B (Honors) degree from National Law School from India University, Bangalore.

Brandon J. Rees
Deputy Director, Office of Investment
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

Brandon Rees is the Deputy Director of the Office of Investment for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 labor unions who represent 12.5 million members. Union sponsored and Taft-Hartley pension and employee benefit plans hold approximately $667 billion in assets. The AFL-CIO Office of Investment promotes the interests of workers’ funds in the capital markets by leading corporate governance shareholder initiatives and advocating for legislative and regulatory reform. Mr. Rees also serves as the Activism Committee Co-Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, the Supervisory Committee Chair of the AFL-CIO Employees Federal Credit Union, and is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s standing advisory group. He received his B.A. in Economics and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.

 

Dr. Deborah Rubin
Senior Partner
RHR International

Dr. Deborah Rubin joined RHR International, an independent, global firm of management psychologists who understand the distinctive challenges and pressures that CEOs, board directors, and senior executives face, in 1996 and is a senior partner in the Philadelphia office. She specializes in Board effectiveness, CEO succession, and senior executive and senior team development. Deborah serves executives in a wide range of settings, from family-owned businesses to large multi-billion-dollar multinational corporations. She has worked in industries including retail, travel, high-tech, energy, food and food service, and manufacturing and mining.

Prior to joining RHR International, Dr. Rubin worked in the business sector for a number of years. Initially part of a management training program, she progressed to a variety of roles in manufacturing, recruiting, and sales before returning to school to obtain her graduate degree.

Deborah received her master’s degree and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology, and served on the national board of directors for Girls, Inc., a nonprofit organization that empowers girls to reach their full potential.

Linda E. Scott
Managing Director and Associate Corporate Secretary
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Linda Scott is a Managing Director and Associate Corporate Secretary at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she is responsible for outreach to shareholders on corporate governance policies and practices.  She engages with institutional investors, proxy advisory firms and governance thought leaders.  She advises the JPMorgan Chase Board on current and emerging governance issues; recommends governance matters for consideration, and facilitates communication between the Board of Directors and the activist investor community.  She is also responsible for all logistics for the Board of Directors meetings.

She has 20 years of experience in global corporate governance, proxy voting and engagement.  Previously, she was Managing Director of Governance for Owners, responsible for the firm’s stewardship service program.  The program operated from three international offices, providing proxy voting and engagement services on behalf of global investor clients.  

She has also served as Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and Director of Investor Affairs at the New York State Common Retirement Fund.  Ms. Scott is Chair of the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute and past Treasurer of the Council of Institutional Investors.  She is active in New York City civic affairs and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.  

Alap Shah
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Sentieo

Alap Shah co-founded Sentieo more than 5 years ago out of a personal need for a better investment research platform. He leverages nearly a decade of experience as a professional investor to help design and build tools to enhance the finance professional's workflow. Most recently Mr. Shah was an Analyst in Citadel's Global Equities business, where he covered global consumer equities. Prior to Sentieo he was an Analyst at Viking Global Investors, also focused on global consumer equities. Mr. Shah received a BA in Economics with honors from Harvard.

Anne Sheehan
Director of Corporate Governance
California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Anne Sheehan is the Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest teacher’s public pension fund in the USA, where she is responsible for overseeing all corporate governance activities for the fund including proxy voting, company engagements and managing over $4 billion placed with activists managers.  Prior to that, she served as Chief Deputy Director for Policy at the California Department of Finance. During her tenure at Finance, Ms. Sheehan served on both the CalSTRS and CalPERS Boards as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Post-Employment Benefits Commission.  Ms. Sheehan served as the Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors for two years, as well as having served two terms on the NASDAQ Listing Council. Ms. Sheehan is currently Vice Chair of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the 30 Percent Coalition. Ms. Sheehan was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine for the past six years. 

 

Alex Shukhman
Director, Legal Department
Lam Research Corporation

Alex Shukhman serves as a Director in the Legal Department of Lam Research Corporation, a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the global semiconductor industry.  In his role, he is responsible for matters involving the board of directors and its committees, corporate governance, securities disclosure and law, executive compensation, investor relations, finance and related matters.

Before joining Lam Research in 2012, Mr. Shukhman practiced law for seven years in the Los Angeles offices of Goodwin Procter LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s public company and section 16 committees, and Heller Ehrman LLP.  At both law firms he represented and counseled public companies regarding securities, corporate governance, corporate finance and M&A transactions.

Before entering into private practice, Mr. Shukhman started his career at the SEC, where he served from 2001 to 2005 – first as an attorney advisor who examined securities filings and no-action letters and then later as a reviewer in the Office of Natural Resources and Food and as part of the Shareholder Proposal Taskforce in the Division of Corporation Finance.  Mr. Shukhman was a recipient of the SEC’s Special Act Award.

Mr. Shukhman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He received his law degree, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was an executive editor of the Entertainment Law Review. He is a member of the California State and District of Columbia Bars. 

 


F. Daniel Siciliano
Faculty Director
Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University

Dan Siciliano is the faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. He was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the United States, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011.  In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software in 2015.

At Stanford, his teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and the two-part Stanford Venture Capital series. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.  For 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance. Siciliano is a co-founder of the WeRobot annual AI/Robotics conference and serves on the conference steering committee.  He is the co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College, board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange, Chairman of the American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and is an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors' Association.   

Professor Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate compliance, the legal and social impact of autonomous (robotic) systems, and corporate technology strategy and security.  He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of dozens of Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Life Technologies, Entergy and Applied Materials), is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, and Latin America, and currently serves as an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.  He lives in Los Altos, California.

Jamie D. Sneider
Partner
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Jaime D. Sneider is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in New York City. Mr. Sneider’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation for publicly traded and private companies, boards of directors, and executives. He has handled a wide variety of matters including securities cases, shareholder derivative litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, books and records requests, cyber security matters, and class action litigation. In addition to appearing in state and federal courts across the country, Mr. Sneider has successfully represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Federal Trade Commission. He has been recognized for the last two years as a New York Metro Rising Star.

Margriet Stavast
Responsible Investment Advisor
PGGM Investments

Margriet Stavast works as a Responsible Investment Advisor at PGGM Investments in Zeist, The Netherlands. Ms. Stavast has a Master Degree in both Anthropology and in Business Studies and is interested in corporate governance issues. Before she joined PGGM, she worked for De Nederlandsche Bank as governance specialist (board evaluations, suitability assessments and board effectiveness), and for the Dutch Monitoring Committee on the Dutch Corporate Governance Code. For this Committee, she conducted research on stewardship and institutional investors.

Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director
Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 recognizing the world’s most influential people. Recently, he was named in Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 26 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including the Carnegie Medal by the American Library Association for the best nonfiction book of 2014 and a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

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Douglas Stewart
Vice President, Securities Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Visa Inc.

Douglas Stewart is Vice President, Securities and Assistant Secretary at Visa, directing the company's securities and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Visa, Doug directed the corporate legal affairs of Dolby Labs, including primary responsibility for anticorruption, corporate governance, corporate law, employment law, export compliance, M&A, securities law, stock administration, and subsidiary matters. Prior to Dolby, Doug was Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Intel, responsible for securities, corporate governance, and compliance. Before joining Intel, Mr. Stewart was a corporate associate at Fenwick & West LLP, specializing in securities, M&A, and venture capital for clients such as Cisco Systems and Symantec Corporation. A member of the California Bar, Mr. Stewart graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science . He earned his J.D. and was a G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar at Boston University School of Law. 

Darla Stuckey
President & CEO
Society for Corporate Governance

Darla Stuckey is President & CEO of the Society for Corporate Governance ('Society'). Ms. Stuckey previously served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel, from March 2014 until December 2014. Prior to that time, she was Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy. She joined the Society in September 2009 and has been responsible for legal, policy, advocacy, research and communication efforts on the Society's behalf, and she serves as the staff liaison to the Policy Advisory Committee of the Society's Board. In her position, she has testified before the House Financial Services Committee on Dodd-Frank governance issues, and is a frequent speaker at both Society, and other, events.

Prior to joining the Society, she was the Senior Assistant Secretary at American Express Company. She also served its Nominating and Governance and Public Responsibility Committees, and the boards of its two wholly owned subsidiary banks. Before joining American Express, Ms. Stuckey was the Corporate Secretary at the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. from 2002-2004 (and the Assistant Secretary from 2000-2002). Ms. Stuckey began her career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where she practiced in the Securities Litigation Department for 10 years.

Ms. Stuckey has a BS from Oklahoma Christian College, a MA from University of Oklahoma and a JD from Brooklyn Law School and was a past director of the Society.

 

Jeffrey M. Taylor
Chief SEC & Corporate Governance Counsel and Assistant Secretary
American Water Works Company, Inc.

Jeffrey M. Taylor is the Chief SEC & Corporate Governance Counsel and Assistant Secretary of American Water Works Company, Inc., where he is responsible for American Water’s securities law, corporate law and corporate governance compliance.  Mr. Taylor also serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors and a legal business partner to the company’s accounting, communications, compensation, corporate secretary, finance, investor relations and treasury functions. For nearly 22 years, Mr. Taylor has represented domestic and foreign clients in securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital raising, corporate governance, executive compensation and business and corporate law matters, including six years’ experience working directly in the Corporate Secretary function.

Mr. Taylor is currently serving as Treasurer of the Society, and has served three terms as President of the Society’s Middle Atlantic Chapter and two terms as its Vice President and Program Chair.  Mr. Taylor has also been a chapter advisory committee member since 2008 and is an active member of the Society’s Securities Law Committee. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Mr. Taylor is a member of the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania bars, and is admitted to practice as in-house counsel in New Jersey.

Sarah Teslik
Of Counsel
Joele Frank

Sarah Teslik joined Joele Frank in 2016. A leading expert in corporate governance and investor relations, Ms. Teslik is a frequent speaker on subjects related to governance, compliance, IR and management, and she has co-hosted issuer-shareholder roundtables that draw global audiences.

Prior to joining Joele Frank, Ms. Teslik served as Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Communications & Governance at Apache Corporation, an S&P 500 company. Prior to Apache, she served as CEO of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Previously, Ms. Teslik founded and served as Executive Director of the Council of Institutional Investors for almost two decades.

Ms. Teslik has considerable experience in corporate governance and compliance, both as a former executive of an S&P 500 public company and through her decades of work with independent corporate governance groups. She has founded a number of global governance organizations, including the Energy Governance Group, a network of senior executives from 35 major energy companies, and the Women in Governance Lunch, an annual invitation-only event for 50 Global 500 company directors and 50 proxy voters at the largest global institutional investors. Ms. Teslik also has formed strong relationships with hundreds of the largest global investors, as well as leading environmental, social and governance organizations, giving her a unique perspective advising companies on how to effectively manage their shareholder-facing interactions.

Ms. Teslik received a BA from Whitman College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received an MA in modern history from Oxford University and a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

 

Jeffrey Tha
CEO
Meetyl

Jeffrey Tha has led Meetyl since its inception to become the most powerful and leading direct engagement platform for corporate access and corporate governance.  Under Glass Lewis & Co.’s ownership, Mr. Tha continues to lead Meetyl’s strategy and business development as CEO of the subsidiary.

Prior to Meetyl, Mr. Tha spent 14 years on Wall Street in various roles within equity research and institutional sales.  He started off his equity research career at Hambrecht & Quist and JP Morgan, and complemented his sell-side experience with roles on the buy-side as an investment analyst.  In addition to research, Mr. Tha also has extensive working experience within capital markets, having worked on the institutional equity sales desks at Wells Fargo, Friedman, Billings & Ramsey, and ABR.

Mr. Tha is a CFA charter holder and earned his degree from the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in Economics.

 

Scott D. Thayer
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Dawn Foods, Inc.

Serving as the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Dawn Foods, Inc., and as a member of the Leadership Team, Mr. Thayer is responsible for global legal services for Dawn Foods, where he also serves on the Leadership Team and as Secretary to the Board of Directors.  With over thirty years of broad commercial, supply chain and operational/manufacturing legal experience at leading CPG Companies, Mr. Thayer is both a business partner and trusted advisor on legal and business matters, who has experience addressing governance and compliance related matters in both private family owned and public company businesses.  

John L. Thornton
Chairman
Barrick Gold Corporation

Mr. Thornton is the Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation.  He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of PineBridge Investments, a global asset management company, and Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution.  Mr. Thornton is on the board of directors of Ford Motor Company, and the advisory boards of China Investment Corporation (CIC) and China Securities Regulatory Commission.  Mr. Thornton is also a Professor and Director at the Global Leadership Program of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China.  Mr. Thornton retired as President and Director of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 2003.

In 2007, Institutional Investor Magazine named Mr. Thornton one of forty individuals who have had the greatest influence in shaping global financial markets over the past forty years.  In 2008, he was awarded the Friendship Award of the People’s Republic of China, the highest honour accorded to a non-Chinese citizen.  The Chinese government also named him as one of fifteen ‘foreign experts’ who have made the most significant contribution to China’s development over the past three decades.  Mr. Thornton received the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award, which honours past participants in collegiate tennis who have made unique contributions to society as well as achieving excellence in their careers.

Mr. Thornton received an A.B. in history from Harvard College, a BA/MA in jurisprudence from Oxford University and a M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Bank Street College of Education in 2003.  Mr. Thornton was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford University in 2009.

Kathryn C. Turner
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Stanford Technology, Inc.

Kathryn C. Turner is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Standard Technology, Inc., a management consulting firm focused on health information management for the Department of Defense.

Currently she serves on the Boards of Directors for Carpenter Technology Corporation, the National Capitol Area Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Smithsonian Institute Libraries Advisory Board, and the BB&T Montgomery County Advisory Board. She has also served previously on the Boards of Directors for ConocoPhillips, Schering-Plough, The Tribune Company and COMSAT, as well as the National Capital Area Chapter of the Boy Scounts, the Northern Virginia Urban League, and Children's Hospice International.

She was appointed to the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (1992), the EX-IM Small Business Advisory Board (1993), The Commission on Future Worker Rights in America (1993), and the President's Export Council (1994). She is a member of the 1997 Leadership Maryland Class.

She has a BS in Chemistry from Howard University. She has lived in the Washington D.C. area most of her life.

William Ultan
Senior Managing Director
Morrow Sodali Global, LLC

William Ultan is a Senior Managing Director at Morrow Sodali Global, LLC and a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team.   As manager of the Corporate Governance Consulting Group, he and his team advise clients on compensation, anti-takeover, and governance issues.

With 30 years of experience in the field, Mr. Ultan has guided companies through a wide range of governance and takeover challenges, including contentious shareholder proposals and compensation-based initiatives, proxy fights, tender offers, and other corporate control matters.  He previously was a senior member of the firm’s Stock Surveillance and Proxy Solicitation departments.

Mr. Ultan’s vast experience has been gained through years of observing shareholders and proxy advisory firms, assessing compensation practices and governance policies, and analyzing voting results and solicitation strategies.  He prepares many strategic assessments and counsels officers as well as directors of public companies across a diverse range of industries and market capitalizations.  In many instances, he is retained to work throughout the year assisting companies with ongoing shareholder outreach programs and governance management efforts.

Mr. Ultan is a frequent speaker at law firms and industry group meetings, including the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, National Investor Relations Institute, Northwestern University School of Law’s Corporate Counsel Institute, The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, The Conference Board, Corporate Board Member, and The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance.

Mary M. (“Meg”) VanDeWeghe
CEO and President
Forte Consulting Inc.

Ms. VanDeWeghe is CEO and President of Forte Consulting Inc. (www.forteconsultinginc.com). She brings to her work at Forte over 30 years of experience as a financial executive. She has served on four public company boards (B/E Aerospace, Ecolab, Nalco, and WP Carey), as well as a variety of private company boards. She also has served as Senior Vice President – Finance for Lockheed Martin, and as a Managing Director at JP Morgan. Additionally, Ms. VanDeWeghe has been a business school professor at Georgetown University and at the University of Maryland. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, risk management, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, investment management, corporate governance, and investor relations. 

James Wagstaffe
Partner
Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP

Mike Wallace
Managing Director
BrownFlynn

As Managing Director, Mr. Wallace is responsible for expanding BrownFlynn’s market engagement across North America, developing new and existing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients and helping shape the strategic direction of the Firm. Having helped establish and then direct GRI’s North American operations from 2010 to 2014, he was instrumental in driving sustainability and reporting across the North American economy.

Mr. Wallace’s 20 years of international experience in the sustainability field provides BrownFlynn clients and strategic partners with a global view of the sustainability landscape. Having given expert testimony to the European Commission, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration, and having presented on the topic of sustainability and reporting at an array of executive level conferences and meetings, his expertise in the field is highly regarded and valued by a wide range of colleagues and organizations. He has chaired (or chairs) some of the fields leading expert working groups and is an active member of business and non-profit committees.

Carol J. Ward
Vice President & Corporate Secretary
Mondelēz International

Carol Ward was appointed Vice President & Corporate Secretary of Kraft Foods in October 2006. On October 1, 2012 Kraft Foods became Mondelēz International. In this role, Ward and her team provide legal counsel and guidance to the Board of Directors, senior management, and employees on all matters of corporate governance, corporate securities, SEC reporting and compliance, and US employee benefits. 

Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Ward began her career at CIGNA Corporation in 1983, holding leadership positions within its Investment and Group Insurance Law departments. In 1986, she was named Assistant Corporate Secretary. She was named Corporate Secretary in 1992 and served in this role for 14 years. She was appointed to the additional position of Chief Compliance Officer in July 1998 and served in that role until September 2006.

She continues to lend her expertise in law, governance, and related topics to a number of organizations. Ward is a member of the American Bar Association and served as a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws; member and former Chairman of the Society for Corporate Governance, member and past President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York;. She also serves as a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware.

Ward is a member of the Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois (in-house), and Pennsylvania Bars. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.  

John W. White
Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

John W. White is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s Corporate Department and serves as Chair of its Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice. From 2006 through 2008, he served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which oversees disclosure and reporting by public companies in the United States. During his over 25 years as a partner at Cravath, Mr. White has focused his practice on representing public companies on a wide variety of matters including corporate governance matters, public reporting and disclosure obligations, public financings and restatements and other financial crises. Mr. White is a member of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG), which advises the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He has also served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), which advises the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB). He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Audit Committee of both the Practising Law Institute and the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Robert J. Wild
Partner
Krieg DeVault LLP

Bob Wild, a Partner in the Chicago office of Krieg DeVault LLP, advises small and mid-cap publicly traded issuers on day-to-day federal securities law disclosure, compliance and corporate governance matters.  Mr. Wild also advises privately held corporations and tax exempt organizations on corporate and governance matters.

Mr. Wild represents issuers in follow-on and secondary underwritten offerings of equity, senior debt, Rule 144A high-yield offerings and PIPE transactions.  He represents buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions and divestitures of stock and assets.  He has represented bank holding companies, industrial and medical devices manufacturers, healthcare companies, wireless carriers, ESOPs and ESOP trustees, consulting firms, and gaming companies.

 


Patricia Wyrod
Founder
Think Create Group

Patricia Wyrod is the founder of Think Create Group, a legal and business consulting practice based in San Francisco. She advises clients who create innovative hardware, software and digital content. From engineers to Instagram superstars, all of her clients are in the business of being creative.

She started her career with a big international law firm, Dewey Ballantine LLP, then worked in-house for a string of successful privately-held Silicon Valley companies including:

• ipsy.com, an e-commerce beauty company founded by YouTube superstar Michelle Phan, which cracked the code on social media marketing and landed $100M in private equity funding in late 2015,

• Silver Spring Networks, a smart grid IoT company, from its first sale until its IPO in 2013,

• Virgin American Airlines while in start up mode, the year before its first flight and 

• SPL, a global enterprise software company, from its days as an old school bespoke software company through its transition to SaaS and acquisition by Oracle Corporation in 2006.

Ms. Wyrod graduated from Michigan Law School, the Honors College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the law school of the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. Go Blue! She is admitted to practice in California. Think Create Group has the honor of being one of approximately 30 law firms in California certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council.

 

Ann Yerger

Ann Yerger is an independent director of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, serving on the nominating/governance committee and chairing the compensation committee.  Her deep background in corporate governance includes service as executive director of EY’s Center for Board Matters and 20 years at the Council of Institutional Investors, including a 10-year leadership role as CII’s executive director.  Prior to joining CII, Ms. Yerger was deputy director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center’s corporate governance service, and her previous experience includes corporate banking at Wachovia.

She has been included multiple times on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ list of the 100 most influential corporate governance professionals.  In 2016 the International Corporate Governance Network awarded her the ICGN Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance.

Ms. Yerger was a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Investor Advisory Committee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  She also served on the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, the CFA Institute Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and the US Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession.

She is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of Duke University with an MBA from Tulane University.

John Mark Zeberkiewicz

John Mark Zeberkiewicz focuses his practice on transactional matters involving Delaware corporations, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and corporate finance. He has served on drafting subcommittees responsible for significant amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law, including the subcommittee responsible for the amendments overhauling Delaware’s nonstock corporation law and the amendments relating to ratification of corporate acts.

A frequent presenter on Delaware corporate law and practice, Mr. Zeberkiewicz has published numerous articles in the field of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He is on the editorial advisory board of Insights, and serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Documents and Process Committee. Mr. Zeberkiewicz has been recognized in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and as a Delaware Today Top Lawyer. He received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Delaware.

Robert Zivnuska
Partner
CamberView Partners, LLC

Mr. Zivnuska is a Partner at CamberView Partners.

Before joining CamberView, Mr. Zivnuska served as head of the Americas Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. In that role, he managed all aspects of the corporate governance function for BlackRock’s equity investments in more than 5,000 companies based in North and South America. Mr. Zivnuska and his team were responsible for developing corporate governance policy, representing BlackRock in discussions with issuers, clients, and regulators and supporting global corporate governance efforts.

Prior to that, Mr. Zivnuska was a senior counsel in the BlackRock legal and compliance department. In that position, he advised the portfolio management group on governance matters and contributed to the development of novel investment products. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zivnuska was a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where he counseled companies and investors on capital markets transactions, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital investments and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Zivnuska is a member of the State Bar of California. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of California, Davis.

Marla G. Zwas
General Counsel and Secretary
Truck Hero, Inc.

Marla G. Zwas is the inaugural General Counsel and Secretary of Truck Hero, Inc., the nation’s largest manufacturer and online retailer of pickup truck accessories. With the support of her small legal team located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she oversees the company’s governance, compliance, commercial and intellectual property matters. She was previously Deputy General Counsel for Flagstar Bancorp, Inc., a NYSE-listed full-service bank and one of the nation’s largest residential mortgage companies.  At Flagstar, Ms. Zwas oversaw the corporate and employment legal teams as well as the office of the corporate secretary. Ms. Zwas was also Senior Counsel-Corporate Affairs for Chrysler Group LLC (now FCA), where she managed all public company matters and played a key role in the company’s historic refinancing to repay $7.6B in government loans. Prior to Chrysler Group, Ms. Zwas was General Counsel for Toyoda Gosei North America and Associate General Counsel for PulteGroup, where she handled a broad range of compliance, commercial and government affairs matters. Ms. Zwas received a B.S. from Cornell University and, after spending her final year of law school as a Visiting Student at the University of Michigan Law School, she received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. 

 

Lori Zyskowski
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Lori Zyskowski, a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office, is a member of the Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group.  Ms. Zyskowski advises clients on securities disclosure and compliance issues, corporate governance and executive compensation best practices, and shareholder engagement and activism matters.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, she was an in-house lawyer at General Electric.  In her most recent role as Executive Counsel, Corporate, Securities & Finance, Ms. Zyskowski advised GE’s board and senior management on corporate governance and securities law issues.  She was responsible for institutional investor outreach on governance and compensation issues and overseeing the company’s review and response to shareholder proposals.  She oversaw the company’s periodic reporting, registered offerings, proxy statement and other SEC and NYSE filings. 

Ms. Zyskowski is a frequent speaker on governance, proxy and securities disclosure panels and is very active in the corporate governance community.  She is a member of the board of directors of the Society and previously served as Secretary to the board.

She graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1996 and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Ms. Zyskowski received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.