NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

2018 Leading Minds of Governance - West

July 10, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

Event Detail

Join the National Association of Corporate Directors for a complimentary director-driven forum to exchange ideas and insights on all things governance. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with America's boardroom experts and top governance gurus in a truly unique format, where the key learnings will elevate even the most seasoned of directors.

This uniquely interactive forum is a must-attend event for proactive and inquisitive corporate directors and chief executives. Those attending will gain valuable insight from fellow board members, while also having the opportunity to share their own best practices.

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Discussion Topics

The country’s leading directors and subject matter experts will provide an outlook on all things governance, and then open the floor for an audience-led question and answer session. While the agenda topics will be heavily influenced by the attending directors, conversation catalysts will include:

  • Executive Compensation
  • Committee Dynamics
  • Crisis Management and Crisis Litigation
  • Board Composition and Innovation
  • Shareholder Communications
  • Regulatory Minefields

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. – Registration, Networking, and Light Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – Program Welcome and Introductions
9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Panel Outlook
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Networking Break
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Q & A Session
12:30 p.m. – Program Adjourns

Speakers

Chris Cernich

Chris Cernich

Founding Partner and Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors

Chris Cernich is a founding partner of Strategic Governance Advisors (SGA), an affiliate of Sard Verbinnen & Co. that helps corporate leaders secure shareholder support for a company’s strategic objectives and advises on governance and compensation matters. From 2010 through 2016, Cernich led the international team at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), providing analysis of and voting recommendations on M&A, economic proposals, and fights for corporate control. During his tenure, he covered more than 250 proxy contests, as well as contentious mergers and hostile takeover attempts. Prior to joining ISS, Cernich held finance and corporate strategy roles at Ford Motor Company. He is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Harvard’s Program on Corporate Governance; Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics; and Berkeley’s Center for Law, Business, and the Economy, as well as at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, and he has authored several leading financial publications on aspects of corporate governance, shareholder activism, and M&A.

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Chris Cernich is a founding partner of Strategic Governance Advisors (SGA), an affiliate of Sard Verbinnen & Co. that helps corporate leaders secure shareholder support for a company’s strategic objectives and advises on governance and compensation matters. From 2010 through 2016, Cernich led the international team at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), providing analysis of and voting recommendations on M&A, economic proposals, and fights for corporate control. During his tenure, he covered more than 250 proxy contests, as well as contentious mergers and hostile takeover attempts. Prior to joining ISS, Cernich held finance and corporate strategy roles at Ford Motor Company. He is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Harvard’s Program on Corporate Governance; Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics; and Berkeley’s Center for Law, Business, and the Economy, as well as at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, and he has authored several leading financial publications on aspects of corporate governance, shareholder activism, and M&A.
Cathy Halligan

Cathy Halligan

Director, FLIR Systems Inc., Ulta Beauty Inc.

Cathy Halligan is an independent board director helping board members and business executives understand and apply consumer-facing technology to win in the marketplace. She currently sits on the boards of Ulta Beauty, Flir Systems, and Wilton Brands. Halligan is also an advisor to Narvar, an early-stage, software-as-a-service technology that delivers a smart and engaging approach to supply chain for retailers. Prior to her board roles, Halligan was chief marketing officer for Walmart.com, vice president–Internet for Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, vice president of direct marketing for Gymboree and I. Magnin, vice president at BlueNile.com, senior vice president of sales and marketing at PowerReviews, and had a tour to London and Tokyo with Prophet, a brand and marketing strategy consulting firm. In 2013, Halligan was listed among Agenda‘s Digital 50: Board candidates With Skills in New Technologies.

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Cathy Halligan is an independent board director helping board members and business executives understand and apply consumer-facing technology to win in the marketplace. She currently sits on the boards of Ulta Beauty, Flir Systems, and Wilton Brands. Halligan is also an advisor to Narvar, an early-stage, software-as-a-service technology that delivers a smart and engaging approach to supply chain for retailers. Prior to her board roles, Halligan was chief marketing officer for Walmart.com, vice president–Internet for Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, vice president of direct marketing for Gymboree and I. Magnin, vice president at BlueNile.com, senior vice president of sales and marketing at PowerReviews, and had a tour to London and Tokyo with Prophet, a brand and marketing strategy consulting firm. In 2013, Halligan was listed among Agenda‘s Digital 50: Board candidates With Skills in New Technologies.
Bob Tarun

Bob Tarun

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Robert "Bob" Tarun is a former Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has tried more than 50 jury trials across the United States and conducted more than 100 corporate internal investigations for corporations, boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees. He regularly counsels multinational boards of directors and corporations on compliance and governance issues and has handled sensitive investigations involving, among others, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antitrust issues in more than 60 countries. He was appointed the first corporate antitrust monitor in U.S. history (United States v. AU Optronics, N.D. Cal.). Prior to entering private practice, Tarun was a federal prosecutor in Chicago where he concentrated on business crimes. He was also a lecturer on white-collar criminal practice at the University of Chicago Law School for five years. He is coauthor of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook (ABA 5th ed. 2018). Best Lawyers in America named him the 2017 White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in San Francisco.

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Robert "Bob" Tarun is a former Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has tried more than 50 jury trials across the United States and conducted more than 100 corporate internal investigations for corporations, boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees. He regularly counsels multinational boards of directors and corporations on compliance and governance issues and has handled sensitive investigations involving, among others, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antitrust issues in more than 60 countries. He was appointed the first corporate antitrust monitor in U.S. history (United States v. AU Optronics, N.D. Cal.). Prior to entering private practice, Tarun was a federal prosecutor in Chicago where he concentrated on business crimes. He was also a lecturer on white-collar criminal practice at the University of Chicago Law School for five years. He is coauthor of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook (ABA 5th ed. 2018). Best Lawyers in America named him the 2017 White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in San Francisco.
Tara Tays

Tara Tays

Managing Director, Deloitte

Tara Tays is a managing director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s National Compensation Strategies Practice. She has more than 20 years of compensation consulting experience. Tays has advised management and boards of directors on a wide range of compensation matters, including the design and implementation of annual incentive and long-term incentive plans, the review and development of internal compensation policies and procedures, the assessment of risk associated with incentive programs, and the design of employment agreements and change-in-control/severance arrangements. Tays has extensive knowledge of shareholders’ and proxy-advisory firms’ concerns with compensation programs. She is the lead consultant over the Domestic Stock Plan Design and Domestic Stock Plan Administration surveys (cosponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals), and has authored articles published in NACD Directorship magazine, Practical Law, and Deloitte’s On the Board Agenda.

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Tara Tays is a managing director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s National Compensation Strategies Practice. She has more than 20 years of compensation consulting experience. Tays has advised management and boards of directors on a wide range of compensation matters, including the design and implementation of annual incentive and long-term incentive plans, the review and development of internal compensation policies and procedures, the assessment of risk associated with incentive programs, and the design of employment agreements and change-in-control/severance arrangements. Tays has extensive knowledge of shareholders’ and proxy-advisory firms’ concerns with compensation programs. She is the lead consultant over the Domestic Stock Plan Design and Domestic Stock Plan Administration surveys (cosponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals), and has authored articles published in NACD Directorship magazine, Practical Law, and Deloitte’s On the Board Agenda.
Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb

Director, Wynn Resorts Ltd., ABM Industries Inc., 9 Spokes International Inc.

Wendy Webb is CEO of Kestrel Advisors and an independent director on the boards of Fortune-500 Wynn Resorts, ABM Industries, and 9 Spokes. She cochairs the nonprofit Women Corporate Directors Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. Previously, she was an independent director for TiVo, Jack in the Box, PetSmart Charities Inc., and the Smith College Board of Trustees. Webb served 20 years as a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company and held C-suite positions at Ticketmaster and Tennenbaum Capital. She has developed award-winning investor relations, strategic communications, and brand-building programs, as well as creative solutions in strategic planning, board governance, M&A, global expansion, digital initiatives, and innovative growth. Webb is an honors graduate of Smith College, with an MBA from Harvard. She attended the Stanford Directors’ College and has been designated a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She is a board audit committee Qualified Financial Expert.

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Wendy Webb is CEO of Kestrel Advisors and an independent director on the boards of Fortune-500 Wynn Resorts, ABM Industries, and 9 Spokes. She cochairs the nonprofit Women Corporate Directors Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. Previously, she was an independent director for TiVo, Jack in the Box, PetSmart Charities Inc., and the Smith College Board of Trustees. Webb served 20 years as a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company and held C-suite positions at Ticketmaster and Tennenbaum Capital. She has developed award-winning investor relations, strategic communications, and brand-building programs, as well as creative solutions in strategic planning, board governance, M&A, global expansion, digital initiatives, and innovative growth. Webb is an honors graduate of Smith College, with an MBA from Harvard. She attended the Stanford Directors’ College and has been designated a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She is a board audit committee Qualified Financial Expert.

Venue

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

The NACD room block at the hotel is currently sold out. A limited number of rooms are available at the rate of $389/night. Please email Education@NACDonline.org to see if rooms are still available.

 

Accreditation

NACD Fellowship® Credits: 3 Collaborative

3 Skill Credits

This program offers Fellowship Credits for NACD members working toward attaining or maintaining NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.

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Contact

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