Cipriani 25, 25 Broadway, New York
On Thursday, November 9, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather together to celebrate the best of the best in GRC at the tenth annual Corporate Secretary Corporate Governance Awards. Both teams and individuals will be recognized for excellence in their industry at a gala event held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.
Please click on an award title below, to find more about the awards that will be presented this year.
The awards are open to all corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance officers and compliance officers at any company listed and domiciled in the US. Small to mid-cap includes companies with a market cap under $10 billion. Large cap includes companies with a market cap over $10 billion.
Who can enter?
The Corporate Governance Awards are open to all corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance officers and compliance officers at any company listed and domiciled in the US. The international category is open to any publicly traded non-US company. Our 2017 awards will be presented at a gala celebration in New York City.
Who can submit a nomination?
Entries can be submitted directly by the individuals or companies being nominated, or they can be submitted on their behalf by outside law firms, vendors or other service providers. Alternatively, anyone may nominate an individual or company and Corporate Secretary will endeavor to obtain supporting materials from the nominee.
All work submitted must have been undertaken within the US or, in the case of overseas work, have been initiated or coordinated in the US (except for the international category). The small to mid-cap category is for companies with a market cap under $10 billion. The large-cap category is for companies with a market cap of $10 billion and over.
The judges will be looking for demonstrable and qualitative results. Please submit all entries according to the following format:
Please note: all submissions must relate to work carried out in the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. All information will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than judging the awards.
Lifetime achievement in corporate governance
Best overall corporate governance – international
Best overall governance for a private company
Corporate governance team of the year (large cap)
Corporate governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)
Governance professional of the year (large cap)
Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)
Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)
Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)
Best proxy statement (large cap)
Best proxy statement (small to mid-cap)
Best shareholder engagement
Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel
Best CSR disclosure
Lydia Beebe is a public company director and corporate governance expert. She is a director of Kansas City Southern, a Class A railroad company, and a member of its nominating and governance committee. She also serves on the board of Aemetis, a renewable fuels and biochemical company based in Cupertino, California. She chairs the company’s compensation, governance and nominating committee and serves on its audit committee.
Before its acquisition by Tokio Marine in 2015, Beebe served on the board of directors of HCC Insurance Holdings, a specialty insurance company in Houston, Texas, where she chaired the firm’s nominating and corporate governance committee. From 1995 to 2015, she served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron Corporation. She was senior of counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from June 2015 until July 2017, and she continues to provide governance advice to boards of directors.
Beebe is co-chair of the Stanford Institutional Investors’ Forum at Stanford Law School. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors, including those for the National Judicial College, the Presidio Trust – to which she was appointed by former US president George W Bush – and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, to which she was appointed by former governor Pete Wilson and for which she was recognized as a civil rights hero by the State of California.
Beebe is a past chair of the Society for Corporate Governance and its corporate practices committee and national conference committee, and chair of its northern California chapter. She also serves as board chair of the northern California chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, as an advisory board member of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, and as a governor of the San Francisco Symphony.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Brian Breheny heads Skadden’s SEC reporting and compliance practice, focusing on M&A, corporate governance and general corporate and securities matters. He also advises numerous clients on a full range of SEC reporting, compliance and corporate governance issues, including compliance with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC’s tender offer rules and regulations and the federal proxy rules.
Before joining Skadden in 2010, Breheny held several leadership positions in the division of corporation finance at the SEC. He began as chief of the SEC’s office of mergers and acquisitions in July 2003, where he oversaw the legal and technical aspects of the administration of the Securities Act of 1933 as it related to tender offers and mergers; the proxy, beneficial ownership reporting, tender offer and going-private provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and the rules, regulations, forms and procedures promulgated to implement these statutory provisions.
In November 2007 he became deputy director of legal and regulatory policy. In this position he was a member of the senior staff of the commission with responsibility for the division’s legal and regulatory policy support offices (chief counsel, chief accountant, M&A, international corporate finance, rulemaking, small business policy and enforcement liaison).
During his tenure at the SEC, he assisted the commission with its consideration of significant rule amendments in a number of areas including shareholder director nominations, tender offers, beneficial ownership reporting, electronic delivery of proxy materials, electronic shareholder forums, short sale disclosure and proxy voting and shareholder communications.
Breheny serves as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and has been repeatedly recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as part of its Directorship 100. He also has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
The Conference Board
Douglas Chia is executive director of the Conference Board Governance Center. He joined the Conference Board in February 2016, having previously served as assistant general counsel and corporate secretary of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel for corporate at Tyco International, and practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, both in New York and Hong Kong.
Chia has held several central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including chair of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance, president of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York and member of the NYSE corporate governance commission. He is a member of the corporate laws committee of the American Bar Association and a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Among other recognitions, he has been named corporate governance professional of the year by Corporate Secretary, distinguished corporate secretary by Corporate Board Member, one of the 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury & Risk and one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom by NACD Directorship.
Chia is frequently used by media outlets for insights on corporate governance and securities regulation, and his commentary has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, AgendaWeek, CQ Roll Call and TheStreet.com.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children.
Nardello & Co.
Lucy Fato is managing director, head of the Americas and general counsel of Nardello & Co. Based in New York City, she oversees the firm’s North American and South American practices and serves as its global general counsel. She has more than 25 years of legal, compliance, regulatory and corporate governance experience advising numerous corporations, financial institutions and boards of directors.
Fato was previously executive vice president and general counsel of McGraw Hill Financial (now S&P Global). During her tenure, she favorably resolved financial crisis-related litigation and other regulatory matters, including claims brought by the US Department of Justice, multiple state attorneys general and Calpers, and regulatory actions brought by the enforcement division of the SEC.
Before joining McGraw Hill Financial, she was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies where she advised on and oversaw all SEC/NYSE compliance, capital markets and other corporate finance transactions, among other things. She also acted as the primary liaison to the company’s board of directors on board and committee meeting matters and corporate governance. Prior to Marsh & McLennan, she was a capital markets partner at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she began her legal career in 1991.
In 2009 Fato was inducted into the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (Ripa), a non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to maintain the park for the well-being of all New Yorkers. In 2015 she was Ripa’s business honoree and was named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the ‘2015 attorneys who matter’ for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.
EverPower Wind Holdings
Carol Strickland has been working in the corporate governance arena for more than 40 years. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Strickland served as corporate secretary (1979 to 2007) and chief of staff (2000 to 2007) of US Trust Corporation, where she also served as head of the compliance risk and audit committee and chair of the corporate contributions committee. Since 2008, she has been the chief administrative officer of EverPower Wind Holdings, a renewable energy company headquartered in Pittsburgh, where she has oversight for IT, human resources, real estate, corporate policies and practices and board matters.
Strickland is a former chair of the Society for Corporate Governance (formerly the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals) and is a former president of its New York chapter. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including Greenwich House, Martha Graham Dance Company, Counterpoint Theatre and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In 1997 she was given a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.
"The awards are external validations for the work being done by the governance groups within companies whose work might go unseen by the average employee. Having a physical trophy is a good representation of the hard work of those teams"
"The Corporate Governance Awards are an excellent event that shines light on all aspects of corporate governance and recognizes a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes in leading organizations"
"It is important that the good work done by many members of the corporate governance community be highlighted, and I particularly appreciate the opportunity for recognition offered to smaller companies and rising stars"
"As was said by many, compliance is a critical function in today’s corporate world. Yet, those engaged in that effort receive insufficient attention. Corporate Secretary, generally, and this event in particular, shine appropriate light on not only the substance of ethics, compliance and good governance, but also put faces to the names who lead in this field"
Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party! Please note that the prices shown below are our early bird prices, which expire on Friday September 29, 2017. Any bookings made after this time will be charged at the standard rate.
If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact Brigitte Toledano on +1 212 430 6861.
Alliance Advisors is a multi-faceted shareholder communications and governance advisory firm specializing in proxy solicitation, governance consulting, proxy contests, market surveillance,and proxy management.
We are an independent, management-owned firm that provides our clientele with year-round consultation and analysis of institutional investors and the proxy advisory firms as well as the ever-changing governance and activist landscape.
Since its establishment in 2005, Alliance has built an extensive client roster of more than 500 corporate clients that include some of the most prestigious names in international business. We distinguish our firm by having an experienced staff, including former advisory firm executives,and a complementary suite of products and services unmatched in the industry today.
Our team has superior expertise with managing shareholder activism, M&A, and corporate actions including executive compensation, contested elections, shareholder proposals, and corporate governance issues. Our success is based on a combination of our dedicated professionals, innovative nature, unmatched service, sophisticated databases, and the firm’s collective commitment to flawless execution.
For more information, please visit http://allianceadvisorsllc.com
Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE:BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge’s investor communications, securities processing and business-process outsourcing solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With more than 50 years’ experience, Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for more than 90 percent of public companies and mutual funds in North America and processes more than $5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 6,400 full-time associates in 13 countries.
For more information, please visit www.broadridge.com
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission, gathering and processing, and marketing; electricity distribution; propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing; and other businesses. In total, the Company currently serves approximately 226,000 customers with natural gas, propane or electricity. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Chesapeake family of businesses is available on our website.
For more information, please visit www.chpk.com.
Computershare and Georgeson are the world’s foremost providers of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups. Our team offers unsurpassed expertise and responsive client service as well as innovative technology and tools for transfer agency, corporate governance, annual meetings, stakeholder communications, proxy contests and corporate actions. Trusted by more than 6,000 companies representing 25 million shareholder accounts, our proven solutions put our clients’ and their stakeholders’ needs first.
Computershare is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust services, tax voucher solutions, bankruptcy administration and a range of other diversified financial and governance services. Many of the world’s leading organizations use these core competencies to help maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors, members and customers.
Georgeson is the world’s foremost provider of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. We offer unsurpassed advice and representation for annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and other extraordinary transactions. Our core proxy expertise is enhanced with and complemented by our strategic consulting and asset reunification services, as well as by the Georgeson inVUTMplatform, a software tool that provides insight into investor ownership and voting profiles.
Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 4,000 clients in more than 60 countries and on all seven continents rely on Diligent to provide secure, intuitive access to their most time-sensitive and confidential information, ultimately helping them make better decisions. The Diligent Boards (formerly Diligent Boardbooks) solution speeds and simplifies how board materials are produced, delivered and collaborated on via any device, removing the security concerns of doing this by courier, email and file sharing. Visit our website or follow us on Twitter @diligentHQ to learn more.
For more information, please visit www.diligent.com.
Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN) provides software and services that enable clients to communicate with confidence in a complex regulatory environment. With 3,500 employees in 61 locations across 18 countries, we provide thousands of clients globally with innovative tools for content creation, management and distribution, as well as data analytics and multi-lingual translations services. Leveraging advanced technology, deep-domain expertise and 24/7 support, we deliver cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
For more information, please visit www.dfsco.com
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 260 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
Innisfree provides sound advice and results-oriented implementation in domestic and cross border proxy solicitations, tender/exchange offers, mergers and other corporate actions, as well as consulting services on strategic management issues, including corporate governance and investor relations.
For more information, please visit www.innisfreema.com
For more information, please visit www.labrador-company.com
Marsh & McLennan Companies is a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy, and human capital. Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter is a global leader in risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investment consulting; and Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. Our 55,000 colleagues provide analysis, advice, and transactional capabilities to clients in more than 130 countries.
For more information, please visit www.mmc.com.
Monsanto is the world’s leading company focused on sustainable agriculture. We discover and deliver innovative products that support the farmers who feed, fuel and clothe our growing world. Farmers around the world use our products to address the challenges they face and to reduce agriculture’s impact on our environment.
Monsanto’s commitment to sustainable agriculture means increasing global food production in the face of growing demand, limited natural resources, and a changing climate. We work in partnership with other businesses, citizen groups, and governments to do our part to meet these challenges. To learn more about our commitment, visit our website.
For more information, please visit www.monsanto.com.
Nardello & Co. is a global investigations firm with experienced professionals handling a broad range of issues including the FCPA/UK Bribery Act and other corruption-related investigations, civil and white collar criminal litigation and arbitration support, asset tracing, strategic intelligence and political risk assessment, computer forensics and reputational due diligence. Our clients include the world’s leading law firms and financial institutions, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, governments, NGOs, sports organizations and academic institutions. With offices in New York, London, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and Dubai, Nardello & Co.’s professional staff includes former US federal prosecutors, US and international lawyers, former general counsels of multinational corporations, former law enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives, licensed investigators, research analysts, former journalists, financial crime specialists, forensic accountants and computer forensic experts.
For more information, please visit www.nardelloandco.com
Nasdaq Corporate Solutions offers wholly owned, integrated solutions for the C-Suite, IRO, Corporate Secretary, and Communications officer. We offer the most comprehensive suite of IR content, analytics, advisory services and communications tools available on the market to help you and other market leaders around the globe work more efficiently, effectively and smarter across your entire IR workflow.
Our full suite of solutions provides end-to-end support and is designed for companies of all sizes and at every stage of the IPO process. Nasdaq IR Insight is our industry-leading IR desktop and mobile app that allows you to access competitive intelligence, peer sell-side research, transcripts, and news. Clients look to our global team of experienced advisory analysts to identify the “why” not just the “who” of institutional shareholders and provide insights into how to manage your investor relations outreach efforts.
S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts. S&P Global has approximately 20,000 employees in 31 countries.
For more information, please visit www.spglobal.com.
A trusted provider for more than 80 years, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services knows how to expertly serve your company and its shareowners. Our clients have rated Wells Fargo as the industry’s best for 15 of the past 16 years. Combine that with our innovative technology, robust controls, and the industry’s most recognizable name, and you have the solution your shareowners need. Whether you’re switching transfer agents, executing a complex corporate action, or taking your company public, start a conversation with Wells Fargo Shareowner Services today.
For more information, please visit www.wellsfargo.com