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NACD Directorship 100 Released—the Annual List of the Most Influential Leaders in Boardrooms and in Corporate Governance

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerre Stead
Directors of the Year: Michele Hooper and Catherine Rein
Hall of Fame: Reatha Clark King and Irvine Hockaday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2017) – The National Association of Corporate Directors(NACD) today announced the 2017 NACD Directorship 100, the annual list that recognizes the leading corporate directors, corporate-governance experts, policymakers, and influencers who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. NACD has recognized individual directors who serve as role models in promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight, and courage in the boardroom for four decades.

The 2017 honorees will be celebrated during the NACD Directorship 100 black-tie gala on November 29 in New York City, and NACD Directorship magazine will feature profiles of these leaders in its November/December 2017 issue.

For details about the NACD Directorship 100 gala, please visit

“NACD is honored to recognize outstanding directors and governance professionals whose leadership is exemplary. Our corporations—indeed our very system of capitalism—is improved by the integrity and commitment to excellence represented by these individuals,” said NACD President and CEO Peter Gleason. “Shining a light on their individual achievements allows us to recognize and celebrate their vital role as stewards of our public companies. We salute the NACD Directorship 100 for their dedication, service, and wisdom.”

Distinguished 2017 honorees include

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerre Stead, chair and CEO of IHS Markit
  • Directors of the Year
    • Michele Hooper, director of PPG Industries and UnitedHealth Group, and
    • Catherine Rein, former director of Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
  • Hall of Fame
    • Reatha Clark King and
    • Irvine Hockaday

In addition to these honorees, 50 corporate directors and leaders from 50 organizations that impact boardroom agendas have been selected for inclusion in the NACD Directorship 100. For the full list of the corporate directors and leaders from corporate-governance entities—which includes boardroom advisors, institutional investors, the media, and regulators—please visit

Nominees are evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. An independent selection committee reviews each nominee’s history of advancing board performance and leading corporate-governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles are a framework that encourages excellence in areas critical to boardroom leadership, including, but not limited to, risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation, and transparency.

For a list of past honorees, visit

To learn more about the NACD Directorship 100, or to register to attend the gala, visit

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, please contact us at or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

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