NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

NACD Recognizes Corporate Directors From Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, TIAA-CREF, and More for Achieving Five Years of NACD Fellowship®

NACD Fellowship is the Highest Standard of Credentialing for Corporate Directors

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 20, 2017) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 18,000 board members, today announced that 171 corporate directors have reached their fifth year of NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®. These directors became NACD Fellows in 2012 and have since maintained their Fellowship status through continuing director education with NACD.

NACD’s Fellowship community consists of nearly 2,000 directors and represents a wide range of publicly traded, private, and nonprofit company boards including these:*

Boy Scouts of America

Citizens Financial Group Inc.

ExamWorks Group Inc.

First National Bank of America

First Solar Inc.

George Mason University

Green Bay Packers Inc.

Harvard University

Helzberg Diamonds


Johnson & Johnson

Kaiser Permanente

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

MoneyGram International Inc.

Orion Group Holdings Inc.

Qorvo Inc.

Smithsonian Institution

State Auto Insurance

The Michaels Companies Inc.


United Way

University of Missouri

US Youth Soccer

*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."

This cadre of NACD Fellows who have reached their fifth year of Fellowship includes 77 Board Leadership Fellows and 94 Governance Fellows. Their 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 Who Have Reached Their Fifth Year of NACD Board Leadership Fellowship in 2017

Bob Amarel John Hotta Barry Powell
Maureen Breakiron-Evans Beatriz Infante John Rauh
Luis Clavell-Rodriguez Brian Jones James Reiman
Debi Coleman Laurence Jones Bernard Rethore
Martin Coyne William Keevan Alice Richter
Kathleen Cunningham Thomas Knudson Steve Riegel
Patrick Dailey Cheryl Larabee Dan Schurr
Dean DeBiase John Levy Maceo Sloan
Darnell Dent Sara Lewis Michael Smith
John Dixon Michael Lorelli Michael Smith
Robert Eckels Nelson Marchioli Barbara Stinnett
Charlie Evans William McGuire John Stout
Antonio Faria-Soto Greg McMichael James Swartwout
Fay Feeney Ed Merino Scott Syphax
John Fees Hans Miller Kelly Szejko
Paul Feldman Christian Mitchell Larry Taylor
Manuel Figueroa-Collazo Carl Mudd Marilyn Taylor
Bernard Fried Leslie Murphy Edgar Terry
Roberto Garcia-Rodriguez Ann Murtlow Darrell Tukua
Pamela Godwin Ken Nilsson Case Van Wingerden
Susan Gray Peggy Nordeen Galen Vetter
Maurice Gunderson Dennis Oates Fritz von Mering
David Hayter Gardner Parker Wendy Watson
Timothy Hegarty Nathan Partain Nicole Williams
Jane Henney John Paule Don Yee
Michele Hooper Marissa Peterson  

Individuals Who Have Reached Their Fifth Year of NACD Governance Fellowship in 2017

Dexanne Clohan Christopher Lacovara Austin Shanfelter
Richard Daerr Jeanie Latz Ed Simcox
David D'Antoni Samuel Leon Michael Simmons
Grant Deary Grant Lundberg Stephen Snider
Phyllis Deiso John Lynn Mark Stauffer
Wendy DiCicco Eileen Mallesch Turney Stevens
Nicholas Donofrio Thomas Markert Scott Strand
Craig Duchossois Denise May Earl Stratton
Paulett Eberhart David Meuse Craig Thomson
Michael Flaherty Ira Middleberg Dean VandeKamp
Don Foster Richard Mies Richard Walker
Murphy Foster William Mohl Kristin Wall
Thomas Fuller Matthew Morris Timothy Walsh
Thomas Garr Lawrence Mulryan Sara Watkins
Brian George Patricia Nugent Mark Wehrle
Thomas Graham Christopher Olson Barbara Young
Jack Harding    

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 18,000 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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