From Battlefield to Boardroom is an exclusive board development program designed to prepare retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers to serve in the boardroom. Join NACD and your peers in Washington, DC for an evening of networking and cocktails, followed by two days of programming. The agenda will focus on topics ranging from boardroom basics to more complex issues of strategy, oversight and stakeholder management.
Attendees will interact with directors and corporate governance professionals who have years of hands-on experience as well as access to mentorship and networking opportunities with experienced flag and general officers-turned-board members.
Who Should Attend?
Recently retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers who aspire to serve on a corporate board
Retired military flag and general officers, currently serving on a board, looking to deepen their boardroom knowledge and expand their boardroom service
Why Attend this Unique Program?
NACD’s From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Board Development Program helps prepare you for boardroom service. Aspiring directors will learn the ins and outs of the directorship profession and will be better equipped to position their military service to attract attention from executive recruiters and board directors. Existing directors will enhance their knowledge of corporate governance through connections with leading boardroom professionals.
Learn from fellow retired military flag and general officers-turned-boardroom leaders, leading directors and governance professionals in a small, personal setting, ideal for fostering connections with peers and mentors. Existing board members looking to extend their level of service benefit from industry leading programming and the exclusive opportunity to connect with governance professionals.
Benefits of Attending
Receive five-star programming led by directors and governance professionals with years of hands-on experience
Access mentorship and networking opportunities with experienced flag and general officers-turned-board members
Make connections with leading governance professionals to help you advance your director career and deepen your boardroom knowledge
Participate in a conference call with NACD’s President & CEO Peter Gleason, one to two weeks prior to the program – providing the opportunity to review and ask any questions regarding the upcoming program
Receive complimentary access to select NACD member benefits for two years including ongoing education, resources and networking opportunities to help you stay ahead of the curve. Benefits also include access to:
NACD Directors Daily – our member exclusive daily e-newsletter covering relevant business and governance news
NACD Directorship – our member exclusive bimonthly magazine providing insights, knowledge and boardroom intelligence
NACD webinars spanning audit, compensation and relevant boardroom topics
Enjoy a world-class experience delivered at a fraction of the cost as our way of saying thank you for your service
John Bird Senior Vice President, Military Affairs, USAA Vice Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet
Marty Evans Chair, North Highland Co. Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) – Superintendent U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
William Fallon Chair, Counter Tack Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) – Commander U.S.Central Command
Tom Lynch Director, Chrysalis Holdings Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) – Superintendent U.S. Naval Academy
Michael Montelongo Director, Herbalife 19th Assistant Secretary of the Air Force –Lieutenant Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Bill Owens Chair, CenturyLink (Former); Director, PolyCom (Former), Wipro, Viasystems (Former) Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) –Vice Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Warren R. Phillips Lead Director & Audit Chair, CACI Chair of Veteran Support Program, Trout Unlimited
Michael Pocalyko CEO, SI Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) – Office of the Secretary of Defense
Henry (Hugh) Shelton Chair, Red Hat; Director, L-3 Communications General, U.S. Army (Ret.) – Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Myron Steele Partner, Potter Anderson Corroon LLP Former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
Dennis T. Whalen Leader KPMG’s Board Leadership Center
As the leading provider of director education for those serving on public and private company boards, coupled with 40 years of primary research and the guidance and expertise of our esteemed military advisory council, NACD is uniquely positioned to execute this important board development program for recently retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers. NACD wants to help make qualified flag and general officers into rising board members.
Roles and responsibilities of the board member
Role of the Delaware courts
The key committees
Best practices in board-shareholder engagement
Outside forces on the boardroom
Directors and Officer's liability insurance
Introduction to finance and accounting for aspiring directors
Practical applications of accounting and finance
Strategy and risk
Crafting your value proposition
Positioning yourself for board opportunities
Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center
Stephen L. Brown is a senior advisor at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center. Brown is the founder of The Edgerton Group, a boutique consulting firm that advises boards and management on critical corporate governance issues. Formerly, he was CEO of the Society of Corporate Governance and managed TIAA’s corporate governance group. Prior to TIAA, Brown practiced securities law at WilmerHale and Skadden and was an associate with Goldman Sachs. He has served as a judge for Corporate Secretary Magazine’s Corporate Governance Awards and the NYSE Governance Services’ Governance, Risk & Compliance Leadership Awards. He is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He serves on several nonprofit boards, and is an elected public-school board member. Brown has been named by NACD as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.
Philip R. Smith
Partner, Audit Committee Institute
Philip Smith is KPMG LLP’s National Audit Industry Leader–Industrial Manufacturing, which focuses on clients in a variety of industries including those in the automotive, aerospace and defense, engineering and industrial products, transportation, and metals industries as well as conglomerates. In this role, Philip is responsible for KPMG’s audit strategy, execution, training, and market development, as well as for building the KPMG brand through the creation of leading industry services and thought leadership to support the largest industrial manufacturers in the U.S.
Senior Manager of Board Recruitment Services
Rochelle Campbell leads the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Board Recruitment practice. She has placed directors on corporate boards ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies and spanning a breadth of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, financial services, and global manufacturing. Eighty percent of NACD's placements in 2015 were diversity candidates. Campbell has advised more than 3,000 boards on leading governance practices and board composition. She also coaches more than 270 military flag and one- to four-star general officers, helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. Rochelle is a director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia. She chairs their communications committee.
Gerald M. Czarnecki
Chair and CEO
The Deltennium Group
Gerald M. Czarnecki is chair and CEO of The Deltennium Group Inc. Previously, Czarnecki led UNC, an aviation company. Prior to UNC, he was SVP of Human Resources and Administration for IBM. Czarnecki began his career in banking and held various c-suite jobs including CEO of two banks. He currently serves on the boards of Jack Cooper Enterprises Inc., where he chairs the audit committee; Nura Health SPC; RFD Associates, Inc., where he chairs both the audit and compensation committees; BookKeeping Express Inc.; and ECO Building Products Inc., where he is board chair. Additionally, Czarnecki chairs the board of trustees of National University. He is founder and chairman of the nonprofit National Leadership Institute. Czarnecki is a faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and chair emeritus of NACD’s Florida Chapter. He is the author of seven books on leadership and governance.
Chair, The North Highland Co.; Director
The First Tee
Rear Admiral Marsha J. (“Marty”) Evans, U.S. Navy (Ret.), served a nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. Following her Navy career, she was CEO of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., president and CEO of the American Red Cross, and acting commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Evans is the chair of the North Highland Co. and a director of The First Tee. She has been a director of five New York Stock Exchange-registered companies including Weight Watchers International Inc., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Huntsman, AutoZone Inc., and May Department Stores Co.
Luse Gorman PC
John J. Gorman is a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Luse Gorman PC. He is a former special counsel to the chief counsel for the Corporation Finance Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Since leaving the SEC in 1984, Gorman has specialized in advising public companies on both transactional and general corporate and securities law. Gorman is a director of Assure Holding Corp., where he serves on the audit committee and chairs the compensation committee. Previously, he was a director of SmartPros Ltd., where he was a member of its audit committee and chair of its compensation committee. Gorman served as a commissioner on the National Association of Corporate Director’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board and on its 2004 Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership.
Shawn Henry is president of CrowdStrike Services. Henry was a significant contributor to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative; has been a keynote speaker on cyber issues in venues around the world; and has been featured extensively on network television and radio, as well as numerous print and online publications. Henry’s professional recognition includes the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive; he has been identified by SC MagazineÂ as one of the top industry pioneers who shaped the information security industry; and he was selected as Cybercrime Fighter of the Year by McAfee Inc. Henry is a former executive assistant director of the FBI responsible for all cyber investigations worldwide.
VP Financial Lines
American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
Kieran Hughes is vice president of financial lines claims at AIG. In this role, he is responsible for supervising and handling directors and officers (D&O) liability claims for national accounts including global claims. This includes oversight of shareholder class actions, collective actions including securities cases, derivative cases, M&A, and employment practices liability claims. Hughes joined AIG in 2003 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure. Hughes is a certified civil trial attorney and spent 17 years practicing law prior to joining AIG. He also served a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, but most prominently D&O liability, D&O trends and developments, mergers and acquisitions, current trends, issues and significant developments in employment law, social media, customer service, and public speaking.
Constance L. Hunter
Constance L. Hunter serves as the chief economist for KPMG LLP. She has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses. Hunter specializes in identifying linkages between developed and emerging markets and paradigm shifts brought about by disruptive technologies and mega trends. As an economic thought leader, she works alongside KPMG’s leadership team driving two main areas of focus: forecasting, planning, and strategy and relationship development and branding. She is also a frequent guest and co-host on major financial media channels, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and is widely quoted in print media.
CACI International, Inc.
J. Phillip (Jack) London is the executive chair and chair of the board of CACI International Inc. Previously, London was CACI's president and CEO. He currently oversees CACI's major strategic initiatives and transactions. London established CACI's Culture, Character, Integrity and Ethics Committee in 2015. London served as an officer, naval aviator, and carrier helicopter pilot during the Cold War. He then served as an aeronautical engineering duty officer and commanding officer of reserve units within the Naval Air Systems Command. London is a retired captain. He was inducted into the Washington Business (2010) and the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards (2012) Halls of Fame. The Ethisphere Institute has named him one of the Most Influential People in Business Ethics (2014). London is a director of the Navy Memorial Foundation, the Naval Historical Foundation, and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, and a founding board member of CAUSE.
Executive Leadership Coach; Major General
US Army (Ret.)
Randy Manner helps executives and leadership teams increase their potential and quality of leadership with the goal of meaningful and positive impact on employees, clients, and the bottom line. He was a senior partner at Korn Ferry and coached executives as they transitioned to more senior levels. For 16 years he worked for American Management Systems (AMS). He was serving as business unit vice president when he departed AMS in September 2001 to return to active military duty. Prior to retiring from the Army as a major general, Manner served as the deputy commanding general of the United States 3rd Army in Kuwait, as the acting vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, and as the acting and deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He is a strategic advisor at John Hopkins University and on several advisory boards. Manner is an International Coaching Federation certified coach.
Director, PNC Bank; Director TransAmerica (AEGON Americas)
L A Medler and Associates, LLC
Linda R. Medler is the chief information security officer at Raytheon Missile Systems. Medler joined Raytheon as the director of Cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line. Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates LLC. In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for the United States Cyber Command. Medler's previous assignments included director of Communications and Networks for the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff deputy CIO, chief of staff for Air Force Materiel Command, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow, and presidential communications officer at the White House Communications Agency. Medler currently serves on the National Board of Operation Homefront and the Arizona Secretary of State’s Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council. Medler is a special advisor to the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance.
Director, Herbalife Ltd., Exostar LLC; Trustee, Aerospace Corp.; President and CEO
GRC Advisory Services LLC
The Honorable Michael Montelongo—a career soldier, public official, and corporate executive—is president and chief executive officer of GRC Advisory Services LLC. Most recently, he was chief administrative officer and senior vice president for Sodexo Inc. Montelongo is a governance and audit committee financial expert. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and serves on public, private, and nonprofit company boards. Montelongo was an appointee of President George W. Bush, serving as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the US Air Force. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Red Bison Advisory Group
Admiral William A. Owens (Ret.) is cofounder and executive chair of Red Bison Advisory Group. He was chair of CenturyLink Telecom and on the advisory board of SAP USA. Owens is a four”star US Navy veteran and was vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Owens is a director of Wipro Technologies, Know Labs Inc., Tethr, Pathway Genetics, and Versium, and on the advisory boards of HealthMine, Platform Science, Sarcos, Sierra Nevada Corp., and Vodi. He is also a trustee of EastWest Institute and Seattle University, and an advisor to the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions. Owens is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was named to the NACD Directorship 100 (2011 and 2016) and as one of The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World. Owens was awarded the Légion d'Honneur. He is the coauthor of Lifting the Fog of War (2000).
CACI International Inc.
Warren R. Phillips is a director of CACI International Inc. He served as CFO of the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Pipeline Corp., a $1.5 billion crude-oil pipeline developer. Earlier, he was CEO and chair of Advanced Blast Protection Inc., which produced conventional and unconventional bullet-resistant glass, modular vehicle armor, and specialized armored vehicles. Phillips also served as executive vice chair and CFO of Maryland Moscow Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational and financial training venture in the newly evolving countries of the former Soviet Union. Phillips has been a professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, where he also served as AVP for Administration for the University System and as VP for Academics for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Michael Pocalyko is a decorated U.S. Navy pilot and a retired commander. Pocalyko is CEO of SI, a professional services firm and government contractor in the information technology, cybersecurity, investigations, and intelligence sectors, operating with business units Special Investigations, SI Cyber, and Enterprise Applications. He was Chairman and CEO of Monticello Capital, and a corporate director and the audit committee chair at Herley Industries Inc. and Challenger Corp. Pocalyko previously chaired Erdevel Europa SARL in Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia, TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals Inc., Advanced Environmental Resources Inc., and Enterprise Applications, Inc. He is a certified fraud examiner and a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert. Pocalyko is also an author—his best-selling novel, The Navigator (2013), is a financial thriller. He is a member of the NACD Board Advisory Services and teaching faculty, and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Carpenter Technology Corp.
Gregory Pratt serves as chairman of the board of Carpenter Technology Corp., a high temperature alloy and specialty steel manufacturer, where he previously held roles of lead director, governance, and audit committee chairs, as well as interim president and CEO. He also serves as governance committee chair at Tredegar Corp. Previously, Pratt was vice chairman of OAO Technology Solutions Inc. He was recently selected to serve on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s standing advisory group for a three-year term.
Global Head, M&A and Private Equity Practices
Robert C. Schwenkel is global head of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s M&A and Private Equity Practices. Representative clients include Goldman Sachs & Co.; Permira Advisers LLP; KKR; Appaloosa Management LP; and Citadel Investment Group. He also frequently represents private equity sponsors in “club” transactions and portfolio companies of private equity investors. He is a frequent speaker on private equity and dealmaking trends at leading industry conferences and continuing education programs. He is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law, where he teaches a course on private equity fund formation and transactional issues. Schwenkel is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Private Equity: Buyouts. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Private Equity Buyouts (Leading Lawyer) and M&A: Mega-Deals (Leading Lawyer).
Chief Marketing Officer, NACD; Director
Boulder Crest Retreat, United States Naval Academy Foundation
Henry Stoever is the chief marketing officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). As a customer-centric marketing professional, Stoever has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public, private, and nonprofit companies. At NACD, his team is focused on clearly articulating unique value to NACD members and prioritized projects. Stoever is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry platoon commander and company executive officer. He was awarded the U.S. Navy's Commendation Medal with Combat "V" for leading Marines in action during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
Steven R. Walker
General Counsel & Managing Director, Board Services Group, NACD; Director,
ContractRoom, Objective Interface Systems
Steven R. Walker is general counsel of NACD and managing director of NACD's Board Advisory and Recruitment Services. He leads the Board Advisory Services faculty in providing counsel to board leaders and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. Walker has served as a senior executive or general counsel to entities ranging from private equity backed corporations to the Fortune 100. Steve also served as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2004. Walker is a frequent public speaker on the topics of board governance, performance, composition, and strategic influence. He currently sits on the boards of Objective Interface Systems Inc. and ContractRoom. He has served on the Orange Bowl Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel–Michigan Chapter, and the Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts–Miami. Walker has been designated a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow by NACD.
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