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Corporate Directors From Archer Daniels Midland, Grant Thornton, Huntington Ingalls Industries, JetBlue Airways, Texas Instruments, and More Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC (October 24, 2017) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, today announced 60 corporate directors who have earned NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations:*

Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Association of National Advertisers

Bangor Savings Bank

Beyond Celiac

CIT Group Inc.

Delta Dental Plans Association

Forward Air Corp.

Grant Thornton LLP

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

JetBlue Airways Corp.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Memorial Healthcare System

RE/MAX Holdings Inc.

Spahn & Rose Lumber Co.

Strategic Storage Growth Trust

Texas Instruments Inc.

Tractor Supply Co.

United Water Federal Services Inc.

University of Colorado Boulder

*Partial Listing

 NACD Fellowship®, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors, is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers directors with the latest boardroom insights, intelligence, and practices—equipping them to lead their boards with confidence.

Directors can earn one of two NACD Fellowship credentials, which Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance for CalSTRS, has called “the gold standard” in director credentialing. NACD Governance Fellows build proficiencies in the fundamentals of governance, while NACD Board Leadership Fellows continue to refine their board leadership competencies year after year.

“At a minimum, individuals serving as independent chairs and/or lead directors should earn NACD Fellowship status to bolster confidence in their leadership, both inside and outside the boardroom,” said Patrick McGurn, special counsel and head of strategic research and analysis at Institutional Shareholder Services.

Sheehan concurred: “America needs well-rounded directors who are sensitive to public-company shareowners, and who can clearly demonstrate their value on proxy disclosures. I always look forward to meeting NACD Fellows.”

NACD Fellowship is backed by 40 years of NACD experience and represents thousands of the world’s largest and most-diverse companies.

"Directors who choose to enhance their skills and acumen by becoming NACD Fellows demonstrate to company management, shareholders, and their peers a desire to perform their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities," said Peter Gleason, president and CEO of NACD. "I am pleased to recognize these distinguished leaders, who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of governance."

The new cadre of NACD Fellows includes 18 Board Leadership Fellows and 42 Governance Fellows, whose boards span a wide range of industries: aerospace and defense, agriculture, banking, computer software, energy and utilities, engineering, financial services, food services, health care, higher education, industrial machinery, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows

Robert Ferguson

Sari Greene

Craig Jimenez

Dave Liniger

Cathey Lowe

Gary Maharaj

Ryan McManus

Laura Raybin Miller

Daniel Predovich

Jose Ruiz

Greg Share

Hassan Sherif

Daniel Shih

Bonny Simi

Sheila Stamps

Peter Tarsney

Teresa Van De Bogart

Stephen Wilson

Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows

John Adams

Paul Adams

Roger Adams

Dean Ader

Andrew Allocco

James Altman

Fred Bissell

Margaret Burcham

Kathleen Burgess

David Campbell

Theresa Carter

Diego Castro

Kitti Cramer

Trisha Cunningham

Allan Decleir

Drew Dennison

Pamela Drew

Joseph Forney

Jeffery Gardner

John Hendry

Lee Holmes

Ron Huibers

Kathy Jacoby

Randolph Lowell

G. Michael Lynch

Marie-Claude Milot

Gaye Montgomery

Gregory Sandfort

Jason Schenker

Chuck Spahn

Rob Spahn

Benjamin Stern

Greg Taylor

Robert Taylor

Alexander Treagus

Al Turovlin

Eduardo Valle

Ann Vogelsang

Wendi Wasik

Mike Wetzer

Jean-Marie Winikates

Jennifer Wolfe

For more information about NACD Fellowship, visit or contact Meghan Metzbower at or 571-367-3638.

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

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