WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2017) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 17,000 board members, today announced 102 corporate directors who earned NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®. The directors earned NACD Fellowship® while attending the 2017 Global Board Leaders’ Summit in October. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations:*
American Gas Assoc.
American Heart Assoc.
Aspen Technology Inc.
BDO USA LLP
E*TRADE Financial Corp.
Eldorado Resorts Inc.
Hershey Trust Co.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Interpublic Group of Cos. Inc.
Retail Properties of America Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.
St. John’s University
The Wendy’s Co.
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 54 Board Leadership Fellows and 48 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
|Charlene Begley||Mel Flanigan||Jim McKinney|
|Michael Belz||James Fogarty||John Montgomery|
|Bonnie Biumi||Patricia Galloway||Richard Munro|
|Jim Borel||Ben Halpert||Peter Nelson|
|Robert Bostrom||Gregory Hedges||Susan Rheney|
|Vesta Bovair||Robert Heist||Dante Robinson|
|David Boyer||Edgar Heizer||Donald Robinson|
|Jeffery Bray||Douglas Hile||John Robinson|
|Joyce Cacho||Mark Hipp||Len Rodman|
|Eileen Campbell||Douglas Holtby||Jane Sadowsky|
|Mollie Carter||Rajive Johri||Dwight Smith|
|Jocelyn Carter-Miller||Dennis Kass||Lauren Smith|
|Mel Collazo||John Kennedy||Myrna Soto|
|Jackie Cushman||Shelley Leibowitz||Paulo Vasconcellos|
|Jody Davids||Michael MacDonald||Andrea Weiss|
|Robert DeAlmeida||Rafael Matute||Alan Wells|
|Tanuja Dehne||Jeffrey McCreary||Michael White|
|Ana Dutra||Tom McGimpsey||Paul Williams|
Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows
|Derek Adair||Jamal Farhat||Larry Mazza|
|Robert Bagley||Lucy Fato||Nathan McKinley|
|Elijah Barnes||Kaye Foster||Janet Miller|
|Matt Becker||Gary Gates||Thad Minaldi|
|Sandra Beretta||Rex Geveden||Isabel Monteiro|
|James Blackledge||Al Glowasky||Linda Moore|
|Glenn Brooks||Joseph Hoff||Florie Perellis|
|Karen Brown||Joe Johnson||Antonio Pietri|
|Michael Carreon||Nikan Khatibi||Michael Premo|
|Teresa Castanias||Amos Khim||Bonnie Reitz|
|Tom Cink||Patrick Khoury||David Shaffer|
|Shelva Clemons||Michael Klein||Sam Smolik|
|James Cook||Frank Kurre||Bret Snyder|
|Matthew Coon Come||Joseph Leo||Gail Stewart|
|Roger Dow||Richard Mark||Roger Sugarman|
|Marie Eckstein||Hope Mason||Brian Talley|
About NACDThe 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 www.NACDonline.org.