Foley’s NDI Executive Exchange, a national forum where prominent corporate governance leaders had an interactive peer exchange about the future of corporate governance was held in Chicago on November 13, 2013. Our in-person, invitation-only Executive Exchange connected C-level executives and board directors of public companies in a roundtable setting to share the issues that matter most to their business and candidly discuss real-world solutions for effective governance. Nell Minow, Co-Owner and Director of GMI Ratings, Inc. provided her views on the latest corporate governance trends; a panel of board chairmen and CEOs discussed what governance issues concern them the most; and 15 breakout sessions were held on some of the most topical and important governance issues in the boardroom and C-suite. Foley’s first ever Director of the Year Awards were awarded to Richard (Dick) Donnelly, Chairman of Oshkosh Corporation (Public Company Director of the Year) and Marie Meisenbach Graul, Pelican Products Audit Committee Chair (Private Company Director of the Year). Included below are the program materials and highlights.
Foley graciously thanks co-sponsors Aon, Boardroom Bound, D.F. King, Eversheds, Inforum Board Access, KPMG and Morgan Stanley for their support.
Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program, where applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved by the California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of three General credits. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must be in attendance the date of the event; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event.
The panel for this session included David Sherman, Professor of Accounting, Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business; Daragh Watson, Senior Manager, KPMG LLP; and Mark A. Zorko, CFO, CEO, and Board Audit Committee Financial Expert.
This session included a panel of Foley Partners Patrick Daugherty and Michael B. Birwan, as well as Derek Dewan, Former Chairman of the Board, MPS Group, Inc.; James Clarence Johnson, General Counsel, Loop Capital Markets LLC; James L. koutoulas, CEO, Typhon Capital Management; Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services; and Stacia Ryan, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley.
This session included a panel of Patrick G. Quick, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Richard H. Grubaugh, Senior Vice President, D.F. King & Co., Inc.; and Matthew Parr, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley.
The panel for this session included Jeanne M. Gills, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Sharon R. Barner, Vice President – General Counsel, Cummins Inc.; Gary Roth, President and CEO, Syntroleum Corporation; and David Schellhase, General Counsel, Groupon, Inc.
This panel was moderated by Foley CEO and Partner, Jay O. Rothman and included John Dwyer, Jr., Chairman, Telcare, Inc.; Nicole Y. Lamb-hale, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group; Richard A. Meeusen, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Badger Meter, Inc.; Matthew Parr, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Paresh Patel, Chief Executive Officer, HCI Group, Inc.; Ross E. Roeder, Chairman and CEO, Florida Southwest Marine, LLC; and Richard J. Tobin, Chief Executive Officer, CNH Industrial N.V.
This session included a panel of Phillip M. Goldberg, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Richard H. Grubaugh, Senior Vice President, D.F. King & Co., Inc.; Janice Hester Amey, Portfolio Manager, California State Teachers’ Retirement System; and Gregory P. Taxin, President, Clinton Group, Inc.
This session included a panel of Foley Partners Carolyn T. Long, Steven W. Vazquez, as well as Rodney J. Taylor, Managing Director, Aon Environmental Services Group; Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services; and Nell Minow, Co-Owner and Director, GMI Ratings, Inc.
This session included a panel of John K. Wilson, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Shez K. Bandukwala, Managing Director, KPMG Corporate Finance LLC; Hugh D. Sullivan, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley; and Peter C. Underwood, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Regal-Beloit Corporation.
This session included a panel of Foley Partners Beth I.Z. Boland, Curt P. Creely and Jessica S. Lochmann Allen, as well as M. Shan Atkins, Director, The Pep Boys – Manny Moe & Jack; Regina Hack, Director Total Rewards & Shared Services, True Value Company; Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services; and Chuck T. Yen, Partner, Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Consulting Practice, Aon Hewitt.
This session included a panel of Martin A. Traber, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Sanjay Madhu, Chief Executive Officer, Oxbridge re holdings Limited; Danielle Sheer, Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Carbonite, Inc.; and Jon S. wheeler, Chairman and CEO, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust.
This session included a panel of Francisco J. Cerezo, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Neville Byford, Partner, Eversheds LLP; Andrew J. Curtin, Managing Director, KPMG LLP; Andrew Legg, Senior Litigation Partner, Eversheds LLP; Donald J. Ortegel, Regional Managing Director, Central region, Aon Risk Solutions – Financial Services Group.
This session included a panel of Foley Partners Todd B. Pfister and Selig D. Sacks, as well as Deborah Dorman-Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Health Care Service Corporation; David Fergusson, President, The M&A Advisor; Alex Yong Hao, Resident Partner, Jun He Law Offices; and Brian Wilson, Managing Director, KPMG LLP.
This session included a panel of Foley Partners Paul D. Broude and Edwin D. Mason, as well as Edward Freeman, CFO and General Counsel, Oasys Water; Steve Hajdukovic, Partner, KPMG LLP; Robert J. Lepofsky, Chairman, Westcliff Capital Group; and David E. Zyer, Partner, OCA Ventures.
This session included a panel of Gabor Garai, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Steve Baker, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; John Dwyer, Jr., Chairman, Telcare, Inc.; Todd Krasnow, Highland Capital Partners; and Thomas E. Parro, Founder and Senior Managing Director, MERK Capital Corporation.
This session included a panel of Bryan B. House, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Neill Blundell, Head of Fraud & Investigations Group, Eversheds LLP; Jeffrey A. Garfield, Director, Forensic Services, Stryker Corporation; Corey M. Martens, Partner, U.S. Forensic Advisory Services, KPMG LLP; and Jacqueline Urban, Managing Director, National Legal & Claims Practice, Aon Risk Solutions – Financial Services Group.
This session included a panel of Ethan D. Lenz, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Kevin Gadbois, Executive Vice President, Great American Insurance Company; Steve Shappell, Managing Director, Financial Services Group, Global & Legal Claims Practice, Aon Group, Inc.