Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York
On Thursday, November 8, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world gathered together to celebrate the best of the best in GRC at the annual Corporate Secretary’s Corporate Governance Awards.
Both teams and individuals will be recognized for excellence in their industry at a prestigious gala event held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.
For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others, free of charge. Please click on an award title below to view our nominees and winners!
Please click on an award title below for further information on each category and to view the list of nominees and winners in each category. Congratulations to our winners!
Eli Lilly & Company
Marsh & McLennan
The Allstate Corporation
Atlas Air Worldwide
The Allstate Corporation
Graybar Electric Company
JM Smith Corporation
Willis Towers Watson
Bank of America
SVB Financial Group
The Allstate Corporation
AMN Healthcare Services
Atlas Air Worldwide
BMC Stock Holdings
AMN Healthcare Services
Atlas Air Worldwide
Bank of America
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The Allstate Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Marsh & McLennan Companies
ConocoPhillips - WINNER!
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Courtney Schuster Kamlet
Syneos Health - WINNER!
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Atlas Air Worldwide
Banc of California
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Splunk - WINNER!
Lydia Beebe is a corporate governance expert, serving on two corporate boards and advising companies, boards and directors on governance issues through LIBB Advisors, which she founded. She is a director of Kansas City Southern and Aemetis and sits on Kansas City Southern’s nominating & corporate governance and compensation committees, as well as on Aemetis’ audit committee and its governance, compensation & nominating committee, which she chairs. She is a former director of HCC Insurance Holdings, where she served as chair of its nominating & governance committee and a member of the compensation committee until its acquisition by Tokio Marine in 2015.
Beebe is co-director of the Stanford Institutional Investors’ Forum, and was previously chair of the board of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2016 and 2017, having served on its board since 2009. In April 2015 she retired as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation, where since 1995 she had served as chief governance officer and secretary to the board, the executive committee and the nominating & governance committee.
In 2003 then president George W Bush appointed Beebe to the board of directors of the Presidio Trust, where she served until 2008. Governor of California Pete Wilson appointed her to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1991, where she served until 1999 and chaired the commission for the final five years. In recognition of the accomplishments made during her tenure, she was honored in 2009 as a Civil Rights Hero by the State of California. From 2008 until 2014 she served on the governing board of the National Judicial College and was awarded its advancement of justice award in 2015. She has also served on the governing boards of the Professional Business Women of California, the Society for Corporate Governance and the Council of Institutional Investors, and she currently serves on the governing boards of Kansas University Endowment Association, the San Francisco Symphony and the International Women’s Forum of Northern California.
A frequent speaker and panelist on corporate governance topics, Beebe has won awards for lifetime achievement and corporate secretary of the year at Corporate Secretary’s Corporate Governance Awards, been named a distinguished alumna by both the University of Kansas School of Law and Golden Gate University, and is a member of the Kansas University Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2010 she received the Founder’s Award for exceptional business leadership from the Women’s Initiative and in 2015 was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Professional Business Women of California.
SEC reporting and compliance practice
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 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 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 contacted 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, and The New Yorker, and he has appeared on CNN.
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.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Lucy Fato is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of AIG where she oversees the global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory & Government Affairs departments. Prior to AIG, Lucy was Managing Director, Head of the Americas & General Counsel of Nardello & Co., a global private investigative firm, where she led the firm’s North and South American practices and served as the global General Counsel.
Previously, Lucy was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial (now known as S&P Global). Prior to that, Lucy was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Lucy began her legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent 14 years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.
In 2009, Lucy 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 wellbeing 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.
Trireme Energy Holdings, Inc.
Carol Strickland serves as a director of Trireme Energy Holdings, Inc., the holding company for Terra Firma’s U.S. renewable energy assets, and is a member of its nominating and remuneration committee.
From 2008- 2018 when the company was sold, Strickland served as chief administrative officer of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., a private wind energy company with 752MW of spinning assets and a 3.5GW development pipeline. She oversaw the corporate secretarial function, HR, IT, real estate, corporate policies & procedures and insurance. Previously, Strickland was corporate secretary and chief of staff of U.S.Trust Corporation, a wealth management firm now owned by Bank of America. She also headed the U.S.Trust Foundation and CRA Committee at the bank.
Strickland is a former chair of the Society of Corporate Governance and is past chair of its national conference and budget committees and New York chapter. She is a NACD Fellow with over 40 years of experience in the corporate governance arena.
Strickland is a graduate of Skidmore College and New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including Greenwich House, Martha Graham Dance Company, Counterpoint Theatre and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She was inducted into the YMCA Academy of Women Achievers in 1997 and currently serves on the Skidmore College Presidents Society Advancement Council.
Our evening of elegance – a black tie affair – will commence at 6.30 pm at Cipriani, Broadway. Please see the timeline below for further event details.
Corporate GRC professionals are also invited to join us during the day for the Corporate Secretary Think Tank – Best Practices. Be on the lookout for further information on this not-to-be-missed event.
David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. The program, with an audience of 11 mn people, has a mission to raise the economic intelligence of all America. Brancaccio’s reporting focuses on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, technology and ethics. His series about automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace, Robot-Proof Jobs, won the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious honor in business and financial journalism. Brancaccio anchored the PBS television news magazine program NOW. His feature-length documentary film Fixing the Future, about sustainable economic alternatives, appeared in theaters nationwide.
"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"
The Corporate Governance Awards 2018 will be held at Cipriani 25 Broadway. Designed by Benjamin Wistar Morris in 1921, with 65 foot high ceilings, soaring marble columns and murals painted by Ezra Winter, it is truly a sight to behold. See the space come to life at this year’s awards gala!
New York, NY 10004
Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the Corporate Secretary Think Tank – Best Practices is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior GRC professionals.
It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.
What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select GRC issues. These interactive sessions are an opportunity to share experiences with and learn from other top-rated corporate governance professionals. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.
Check back soon for further information.
For more information, please visit www.aig.com.
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 600 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
BoardBookit changed the board portal landscape by providing highly secure board management solutions with leading edge technology. Instead of focusing on complicated, custom implementations, BoardBookit provides a solution that gets companies up and running in hours instead of weeks/months, doesn’t require IT resources, and places control in the hands of administrators. Companies across North America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, and Africa use BoardBookit to manage their most sensitive information and enable directors to make better decisions.
To learn more about how BoardBookit can eliminate the security risks of email, courier, and printing while speeding up the process of managing, distributing, and controlling your important information, visit BoardBookit at www.boardbookit.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
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.
For more than 165 years, Davis Polk has ranked among the premier law firms with practices that are world class across the board.
Today, with 10 offices strategically located in key business centers and political capitals around the globe, Davis Polk remains one of the small handful of firms that leading companies and financial institutions around the world turn to for counsel on their most significant business and legal matters.
Our professionals collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and geographies to provide our clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative and practical solutions that reflect a deep understanding of the full legal landscape, market practice and our clients’ businesses and objectives.
Our extensive cross-border experience coupled with the diversity of our professionals and our top-flight local law capabilities allow us to bridge business, cultural, language, legal and regulatory differences across jurisdictions.
Learn more at https://www.davispolk.com
Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 14,000 clients in 85 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. Solutions under Diligent’s Governance Cloud include Boards, Secure Messaging, Meeting Minutes, D&O Questionnaires, Board Evaluations and Entity Management. Visit us at www.diligent.com or follow us on Twitter @diligentHQ to learn more.
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
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Gibson Dunn is a full-service international law firm that advises on the most significant transactions and complex litigation around the world. Our clients include most of the Fortune 100 and more than half of the Fortune 500 companies.
Gibson Dunn has one of the leading corporate governance practices in the United States. Our corporate governance capabilities are consistently acknowledged by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.
For more information, please visit www.gibsondunn.com
The Governance Solutions Group is a board advisory practice with a focus on engaging directors in the annual board assessment process and guiding strategic governance decisions. Services are backed by years of experience and well-honed expertise. Clients include public, private and nonprofit company boards
ILC Legal, LLP (“ILC Legal”) is a separate and independent law firm that is a member of the PwC global network of firms, based in Washington, D.C. ILC Legal’s lawyers are non-US lawyers that are licensed as Special Legal Consultants (“SLCs”) by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, allowing them to practice non-US law in the U S. The PwC Global Legal Services Network comprises some 3,700 practicing lawyers in over 95 countries offering integrated legal advice, with access to specialists from across the whole of the PwC network. Whatever your commercial project, ILC Legal will give you access to the right people with the right experience and multi-disciplinary capabilities to solve your most complex business issues. ILC Legal, LLP focuses on providing advice in the following core areas:
• Entity Governance & Compliance (Corporate Secretarial)
• International Business Reorganizations
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Labor Law and Employment
• Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution
• Financial Services, Banking, and Finance
• Cyber Security and Data Protection
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
Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with over 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.
Labrador is a communication agency focused on regulated disclosure documents. We help you bridge the gap between compliance and communication, because what you say is only as important as what your readers understand. In today’s world, compliance alone is not enough to persuade your stakeholders. Plain English and intelligent design are essential tools in presenting your company’s governance and compensation stories to better attract and engage your target audience. We offer a single-source solution for advisory, design, production, SEC filing, print and digital solutions. We are a team of innovators dedicated to helping our large to small cap clients across industries publish reader-focused regulatory disclosure.
For more information, please visit www.labrador-company.com
About Marsh & McLennan Companies
Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC) is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The company’s nearly 65,000 colleagues advise clients in over 130 countries. With annual revenue over $14 billion, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading firms. Marsh advises individual and commercial clients of all sizes on insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions. Guy Carpenter develops advanced risk, reinsurance and capital strategies that help clients grow profitably and pursue emerging opportunities. Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Oliver Wyman serves as a critical strategic, economic and brand advisor to private sector and governmental clients. For more information, visit mmc.com, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @mmc_global or subscribe to BRINK.
MacKenzie Partners is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions related transactions. The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and London.
For more information, please visit www.mackenziepartners.com
Morrow Sodali is the leading global consultancy specializing in shareholder services, corporate governance, proxy solicitation and capital markets transactions. The firm provides corporate boards and executives with strategic advice and services relating to a broad range of activities, including: mergers and acquisitions, annual general and extraordinary shareholder meetings, dissident and contested campaigns, shareholder activist initiatives and multinational cross-border equity and debt transactions.
From headquarters in New York and London and nine offices in major capital markets, Morrow Sodali serves more than 700 corporate clients in 40 countries, including many of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In addition to listed and private companies, its clients include mutual funds, stock exchanges, membership associations and activist investors.
Okapi Partners is a proxy
solicitation, information agent and specialty
advisory firm with unrivaled insight
into how investors respond and make voting
decisions. We design and execute thoughtful,
results-oriented strategies that ensure our
clients succeed in any scenario requiring an
investor response. We offer clients
superior intellectual capital, extensive industry
relationships and unmatched execution capabilities.
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.
The organization of choice for securities industry professionals.
The Shareholder Services Association (SSA) supports securities professionals in the field of shareholder services. The SSA provides educational programs and serves as a vehicle for networking, the exchange of information, professional development and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory environment on behalf of the industry.
For more information, please visit www.shareholderservices.org
The NuVo Group provides financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC electronic filing services to some of the world’s most respected financial institutions. We possess the tools, team and advanced technologies to ensure an exceptional customer experience — ease of process, rapid execution, regulatory compliance and, of course, uncompromising accuracy. Our Mission & Vision is to consistently perform in ways that make our customers’ jobs easier, and their printing and filing faster, to leverage the most experienced talent, effective tools and advanced technologies in financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC filing today in order to simplify, accelerate and enhance the end product we proudly deliver to our customers — on time, in format and on budget. To lead in the design and development of groundbreaking services, solutions and support systems, innovations that redefine the industry of financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC filing and deliver more tangible value and responsiveness to customers — compressed lead times, error-free documents, streamlined production and reduced cost. Proud to be named one of Inc 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.
For more information, please visit http://www.thenuvogroup.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.