Kenneth Daly is the CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a position he has held since May, 2007. As the head of the nation’s largest member-based organization for corporate board directors, Ken is a recognized expert on corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate board transformation. He is the architect of NACD’s National Campaign to Strengthen Corporate Governance, a campaign empowering corporate boards and individual directors to lead the way to restoring public and investor confidence in corporate America. The effort gives directors a platform to demonstrate to stakeholders that corporate board directors take their jobs seriously and are working tirelessly to contribute to America’s economic recovery. Prior to joining the organization, Ken was a partner at KPMG, where he served as the partner-in-charge of the National Risk Management practice. Retiring in 2005 from the firm, he assumed the role of executive director of their Audit Committee Institute. Having served on and chaired audit committees as a director, as well as an audit partner, Ken routinely counsels audit committees in critical areas, such as risk oversight. He possesses extensive SEC and other regulatory experience and is especially knowledgeable about the financial services industry. Ken is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today’s corporate board, including executive compensation. He regularly appears in media and has recently been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio, and FoxNews Radio, among others. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and has attended KPMG’s International Partner Program in Birkenstock, Switzerland, as well as the partner development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a CPA (inactive status) in Pennsylvania.
Entries by Kenneth Daly
A Mighty Fine Crusade
January 24, 2017
In September, Kenneth Daly announced his retirement and Peter R. Gleason’s promotion to CEO, effective Jan. 27.
One Hundred Reasons to Celebrate
November 15, 2016
NACD CEO Kenneth Daly shares why he's an optimist in light of great uncertainty.
September 12, 2016
NACD CEO Ken Daly ponders the events of a turbulent summer and why innovative corporate governance is more imperative than ever.
Pareto’s Principle in The Boardroom
July 11, 2016
NACD CEO Ken Daly considers the best way to spend time, and shares what he'll be reading this summer.
May 23, 2016
NACD CEO Ken Daly ponders the legal weight that directors shoulder during their board service.
Disrupting ‘Good Governance’
March 28, 2016
CEO Kenneth Daly reflects on the movements of the 'good governance' barometer.
January 29, 2016
NACD CEO Kenneth Daly believes we have a lot to look forward to—even after a somber start to 2016.
The Power of One
November 24, 2015
NACD CEO Kenneth Daly contemplates the power of individual directors to elevate the profession.
The Rising Importance of Business Judgment
September 17, 2015
NACD CEO Kenneth Daly reflects on the principal of business judgment amid disruptive innovation.
On Summer Reading
July 30, 2015
NACD CEO Kenneth Daly on how taking time out to read can make directors better communicators.
Lessons From the Light Brigade
June 3, 2015
NACD CEO Ken Daly on director and officer liability
April 10, 2015
NACD CEO Ken Daly on how demographics are transforming boardrooms.
February 2, 2015
Kenneth Daly considers board priorities for 2015.
November 24, 2014
Kenneth Daly reflects on the 2014 Directorship 100 honorees.
Partnership in Action
September 25, 2014
NACD CEO Ken Daly reflects on the issues facing today's directors.
Winding Paths, Straight Talk
July 18, 2014
It's time to set aside the jargon of “strategic planning” in favor of straight talk.
A New “Relativity Theory” for Boards
May 21, 2014
As the global economy grows ever more interconnected, strategic opportunities and risks rise accordingly. So what does this mean to an individual director serving an individual company? It’s all relative—literally.
A Closer Look at Corporate Democracy
March 29, 2014
The president and CEO of NACD has a new message for NACD members and readers.
January 13, 2014
In this issue, we look forward to defining what the major issues in governance are likely to be in the coming year.
On Change and Progress
November 27, 2013
It’s that time again—the season to honor board movers and shakers as we look back on another year of change.
September 20, 2013
Good directors offer “re-vision”—the ability to review and respond to vision and to correct it as needed.
On Effective Board-Shareholder Relations
July 23, 2013
The key to board-shareholder relations? Communication, communication, communication.
May 15, 2013
Corporate governance, NACD, and "Directorship" magazine have changed a great deal in recent years, and will continue to do so as we approach 2020.
In Praise of Perspective
March 14, 2013
Every board and advisor should strive to attain proper perspective.
A Brave New Word (Yes, Word) for Boards
January 24, 2013
Directors should focus on creating plans around certain, rather than uncertain, values.
Balance of Power
December 10, 2012
Directors both build leadership and represent shareholders, ideally balancing their power.
2020 Vision Now
September 26, 2012
NACD President and CEO Kenneth Daly calls for questions regarding the future of directorship.
July 20, 2012
As I look at proxy votes from this spring, as well as decisions from the SEC on proxy resolutions, I see encouraging trends.
May 24, 2012
The intelligent director has exceptional skill at detecting correlations and patterns.
March 22, 2012
A reflection on changes over NACD's first 35 years.
New Horizons for Boards
January 26, 2012
A new year provides opportunities for boards to examine what's waiting for them in the future.
December 16, 2011
Directors can use December as a time of reflection on their skills and operating procedures.
Boards Look for Efficiency With IT
November 11, 2011
NACD CEO Ken Daly discusses business and IT issues of concern to directors.
November 11, 2011
The spirit of leadership can inspire directors to make a positive difference.
Above All, the Franchise
September 19, 2011
NACD grows by advocating for the director's perspective to influential policymakers, and creating a constructive dialogue.
Witness on the Hill
June 14, 2011
NACD President and CEO Ken Daly recounts his experience testifying on Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules on Capitol Hill.
April 15, 2011
Directors must communicate their worth to those outside the boardroom.
Main Street Mojo
February 16, 2011
NACD President Kenneth Daly discusses the five most pressing issues for directors to focus on this decade.
December 17, 2010
Boards can benefit from setting improvement goals in the new year.
October 20, 2010
This issue of NACD Directorship focuses on counterpoints to the federalizing trend, including advances in executive and director education and progress in risk assessment.
Now, It's Really Personal
September 1, 2010
By “personal,” I mean that when it comes to voting their proxies for director slates, shareholders will be focusing on individual directors in upcoming proxy seasons.
June 11, 2010
Directors need more than "just-in-time" resources and solutions.
Proxy Season Tips
April 15, 2010
Hundreds of companies—including Aetna, Home Depot, UnitedHealth, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool and Becton Dickinson—are participating in the campaign and urging other companies to do the same.
February 15, 2010
The turn of the decade has brought mixed tidings. For many companies, the spring quarter is showing bright improvement over a dark past — the result of hard work over the last year.