Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary's
Corporate Governance Awards

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cipriani 25, 25 Broadway, New York

About the awards

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. View the list of categories and nominees below!

The Awards

Please click on an award title below, to view this years' nominees and further information about the award. To view the full list of nominees, please click here.

Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)

Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)

This award will look at coordination of governance, compliance, ethics and risk management processes across the entire corporation (including all subsidiaries).The judges will consider the level of understanding and integration of good governance principles across all disciplines and a truly non-silo approach to achieving an ethical governance environment.

Nominees

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Chandler Asset Management

  • Varian Medical Systems

  • Voya Financial

    WINNER

Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

This award will look at coordination of governance, compliance, ethics and risk management processes across the entire corporation (including all subsidiaries).The judges will consider the level of understanding and integration of good governance principles across all disciplines and a truly non-silo approach to achieving an ethical governance environment.

Nominees

  • Eli Lilly and Company

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • ONEOK

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Visa

    WINNER

Best CSR disclosure

Best CSR disclosure

This entry should comment on the quality and robustness of corporate social responsibility reporting. This includes exposure to environmental risk factors such as global warming, employee health and safety, foreign corrupt practices, consumer safety, social responsibility and corporate sustainability. The judges will also look at a company’s understanding of the role it plays in the community, both locally and globally.

Nominees

  • Cisco Systems

  • Intel Corporation

    WINNER

  • PepsiCo

  • Qualcomm

  • The AES Corporation

  • The Allstate Corporation

Best overall governance for a private company

Best overall governance for a private company

This new award will recognize the efforts made by an individual or team within a private company to formalize its governance structures as it matures in size and sophistication and/or transitions from a family-owned to a more broadly held business. Areas of consideration include: board structure and composition, financial disclosure and regulatory filings, adoption of best practices for subsidiary management and board recruitment, and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Nominees

  • Graybar Electric Company

  • USAA

    WINNER

  • Vertex

Best overall corporate governance – international

Best overall corporate governance – international

The judges will be looking for the best overall governance, compliance and ethics program by an international individual, team or company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports, sustainability development, and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Nominees

  • HSBC

  • Royal Bank of Canada

    WINNER

  • Westpac

  • Willis Towers Watson

Best proxy statement (small to mid-cap)

Best proxy statement (small to mid-cap)

This award will examine the completeness of legal disclosures, effectiveness of communication elements, readability, timeliness of filing, visual design elements and overall layout. Specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis, MD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration.

Nominees

  • Aramark

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals

  • KBR

    WINNER

  • LifePoint Health

  • Newfield Exploration

  • NorthWestern Corporation

  • SVB Financial Group

Best proxy statement (large cap)

Best proxy statement (large cap)

This award will examine the completeness of legal disclosures, effectiveness of communication elements, readability, timeliness of filing, visual design elements and overall layout. Specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis, MD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration.

Nominees

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Paychex

  • PepsiCo

  • Prologis

  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

  • Regions Financial Corporation

  • T-Mobile US

  • The Allstate Corporation

    WINNER

  • Xcel Energy

Best shareholder engagement

Best shareholder engagement

Engaging in dialogue with shareholders around governance issues has taken on new importance in the era of say-on-pay. This category, introduced in 2014, will focus on ways that companies are reaching out to proxy decision-makers, often outside of proxy season, to discuss their compensation strategy and other aspects of corporate governance. Formal programs, which may include governance roadshows, shareholder forums, independent director participation, surveys and other means of engagement, will be assessed for both qualitative and quantitative results such as strengthened relationships with institutional investors or a measurable increase in proxy voting support.

Nominees

  • AMN Healthcare Services

  • Applied Materials

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Bank of America

  • BB&T Corporation

  • Honeywell

    WINNER

  • PepsiCo

Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel

Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel

The use of technology is becoming an integral part of the way corporate secretaries communicate with their colleagues and with investors. Entrants should be able to show how their use of social media, technology and the web has helped to advance governance within their firm and improve their company's overall legal function. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: the use of technology in board communications, shareholder communications, company meetings, records management and information governance and the successful use of technology to facilitate transactions. Also, this category will consider the accessibility of the corporate secretary or GC, the consistency of the individual's or team's contact with investors, and the quality of information distributed. Willingness to provide direct access to the board of directors or executives, where appropriate, will also be considered.

Nominees

  • Eli Lilly and Company

    WINNER

  • HP

  • ONEOK

  • T-Mobile US

  • The Allstate Corporation

Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

The judges will be looking for the most outstanding individual in a governance, compliance or legal function. Entrants should be able to show exceptional performance in advancing governance and compliance activities at their company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Nominees

  • Nicole Dragoo

    Chandler Asset Management - WINNER

  • Stacie Roberts

    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

  • Ben Paul

    Newfield Exploration

  • Brian Miller

    The AES Corporation

Governance Professional of the year (large Cap)

Governance Professional of the year (large Cap)

The judges will be looking for the most outstanding individual in a governance, compliance or legal function. Entrants should be able to show exceptional performance in advancing governance and compliance activities at their company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Nominees

  • Allen Danzig

    L3 Technologies

  • Tiffany Wooley

    Marsh & McLennan Companies WINNER

  • Scott Siamas

    Salesforce.com

Governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

Governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

The size and scope of teams involved in achieving sound governance are growing. Some companies have dozens of people working solely on compliance and governance. This award will look at the best overall governance team in the country, and what it has achieved in the past 12 months. How does the size of the team compare with the size of the company? How have team numbers changed in recent years? Who is involved and what training do they get?

Nominees

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

    WINNER

  • The AES Corporation

Governance team of the year (large cap)

Governance team of the year (large cap)

The size and scope of teams involved in achieving sound governance are growing. Some companies have dozens of people working solely on compliance and governance. This award will look at the best overall governance team in the country, and what it has achieved in the past 12 months. How does the size of the team compare with the size of the company? How have team numbers changed in recent years? Who is involved and what training do they get?

Nominees

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • HP

  • Monsanto Company

  • PepsiCo

    WINNER

  • Visa

Rising star

Rising star

The judges will be looking for the best newcomer to a governance or compliance role. This person will have been in the profession less than five years, achieving demonstrable success in driving good governance or implementing change at his or her company, advancing academic thinking or making a significant contribution to the governance community at large.

Nominees

  • Jung-Kyu McCann

    Apple - WINNER

  • Kevin Coleman

    Regions Bank

  • Weilyn Wood

    Splunk

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

This years' lifetime achievement award has been awarded to John Seethoff, Microsoft.

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.

Entry requirements
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:

  • Executive summary – This should contain a brief outline of the reasons the individual/team/company should be considered, a summary of the activities the nominee has undertaken, and descriptions of the relevant circumstances, objectives, outcomes and time frames. Other elements – such as cost-effectiveness, impact on company, share price effects, involvement of outside vendors or consultants and creativity of approach – are optional. This is the part of the nomination that the judges will pay the most attention to.
  • Supporting written materials – Supporting material should include names and contacts of the decision-makers and governance leaders who can comment on a nominee’s governance best practices (that is, proxy decision-makers, community stakeholders, and so on), as well as links to pertinent web pages or an expanded list of a nominees’ achievements. We recommend that you keep this to a maximum of four pages. You may also email us, upload or provide links to supporting documents, such as memos, white papers, proxy statements, annual reports or CSR reports – particularly if they directly relate to the category you’re nominating in.

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.

 

 

  • Bob Lamm

    Lifetime achievement in corporate governance

  • Royal Bank of Canada

    Best overall corporate governance – international

  • Graybar Electric

    Best overall governance for a private company

  • Visa

    Corporate governance team of the year (large cap)

  • Splunk

    Corporate governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

  • Aaron Briggs, General Electric

    Governance professional of the year (large cap)

  • Adam Kokas, Atlas Air Worldwide

    Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

  • Katie Colendich, HP

    Rising star

  • Allstate Corporation

    Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

  • Voya Financial

    Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)

  • Goldman Sachs

    Best proxy statement (large cap)

  • Korn Ferry

    Best proxy statement (small to mid-cap)

  • General Electric

    Best shareholder engagement

  • Microsoft

    Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel

  • Xcel Energy

    Best CSR disclosure

Panel of judges


On the night

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 at the Shearman & Sterling offices. Please click here to request an invite.

Master of Ceremonies

David Brancaccio is the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, the most popular business program in the US. His reporting focuses on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, the environment and innovation.

Brancaccio’s documentary film about local economies, Fixing the future, appeared in theaters nationwide, and he is the author of a book about money and values, entitled Squandering aimlessly: My adventures in the American marketplace. You may also know him from his work on the Esquire Classic podcast with Esquire.

Join our Think Tank in the morning

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.

  • Listen as seasoned GRC professionals discuss in detail their successful practices
  • Learn key take-aways that you can implement immediately in your own practice
  • Network with the best of the best in GRC

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.

Visit our think tank website to request an invite.

Venue & Accommodation

The Corporate Governance Awards 2017 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!

Cipriani 25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event? Why not try Corporate Secretary’s exclusive HotelMap to browse real-time room rates of hotels close in proximity to Cipriani Broadway.

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What attendees say

"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"

Rielle Miller Gabriel, Ethics Officer & Manager, International Ethics Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"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"

Ellen Swarthout, senior director of HR Operations, Splunk

"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"

Iain Poole, Managing Director, Argyle

"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"

Matthew Geekie, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Graybar Electric Company

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