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.

 

The Awards

Click on the award title to view our 2016 winners!

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

The lifetime achievement Award for 2016 has been awarded to Bob Lamm.

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

  • Voya Financial


    WINNER

  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

    Nominee

  • CMS Energy

    Nominee

  • Koppers Holdings

    Nominee

  • ONEOK

    Nominee

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

  • The Allstate Corporation


    WINNER

  • Gilead Sciences

    Nominee

  • Eli Lilly

    Nominee

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

  • Xcel Energy


    WINNER

  • Discover Financial Services

    Nominee

  • Gilead Sciences

    Nominee

  • PepsiCo

    Nominee

  • The AES Corp

    Nominee

  • The Allstate Corporation

    Nominee

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

  • Royal Bank of Canada


    WINNER

  • Chubb International

    Nominee

  • HSBC

    Nominee

  • IRPC

    Nominee

  • Willis Towers Watson

    Nominee

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 Corp


    WINNER

  • AppDynamics

    Nominee

  • Prometheus Group

    Nominee

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

  • Korn Ferry


    WINNER

  • Expeditors International

    Nominee

  • NorthWestern Energy

    Nominee

  • Prologis

    Nominee

  • TCF Bank

    Nominee

  • Voya Financial

    Nominee

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


    WINNER

  • Bank of America

    Nominee

  • Entergy Corp

    Nominee

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Nominee

  • Prudential Financial

    Nominee

  • Regions Financial

    Nominee

  • The Hershey Company

    Nominee

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

  • GE


    WINNER

  • Bank of America

    Nominee

  • Expeditors International

    Nominee

  • The Allstate Corporation

    Nominee

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

  • Microsoft Corp


    WINNER

  • PayPal Holdings

    Nominee

  • Voya Financial

    Nominee

  • Weatherford International

    Nominee

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

  • Adam Kokas, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings


    WINNER

  • Stacie Roberts, Chesapeake Utilities

    Nominee

  • Suzanne Forlidas, Coca-Cola Enterprises

    Nominee

  • Jane Storero, Pepco Holdings

    Nominee

  • Chris Wood, Southwestern Energy

    Nominee

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

  • Aaron Briggs, GE

    Winner

  • Jason Okazaki, Gilead Sciences

    Nominee

  • Beth Sasfai, Verizon

    Nominee

  • Tracey Heaton, Visa

    Nominee

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

  • Splunk


    WINNER

  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

    Nominee

  • Chesapeake Utilities

    Nominee

  • The AES Corp

    Nominee

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

  • Visa


    WINNER

  • Citizens Financial Group

    Nominee

  • General Motors

    Nominee

  • HP

    Nominee

  • Marriott International

    Nominee

  • Microsoft Corp

    Nominee

  • PepsiCo

    Nominee

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

  • Katie Colendich, HP


    WINNER

  • Chelsea Grayson, American Apparel

    Nominee

  • Rachel Fisher, Banc of California

    Nominee

  • Kermina Lacy, BCS Financial Corporation

    Nominee

  • Scott Siamas, Salesforce.com

    Nominee

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 timeframes. Other elements – such as cost-effectiveness, impact on company, share price effects, involvement of outside vendors or consultants and creativity of approach – are optional.
  • 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. You may email us, upload or provide links to supporting documents such as memos, white papers, proxy statements, annual reports or CSR reports.

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.

 

  • 2015

    Peggy Foran, Prudential

    Lifetime achievement in corporate governance

  • Westpac Banking Corporation

    Best overall corporate governance – international

  • Graybar

    Best overall governance for a private company

  • General Electric

    Corporate governance team of the year (large cap)

  • AMN Healthcare

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

  • Cynthia Nastanski, PepsiCo

    Governance professional of the year (large cap)

  • Jean Weng, Voya Financial

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

  • Alvin Huntspon, McKesson Corp

    Rising star

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

  • AMN Healthcare

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

  • The Allstate Corporation

    Best proxy statement (large cap)

  • Splunk

    Best proxy statement (small to mid-cap)

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Best shareholder engagement

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

    Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel

  • CVS Health Corporation

    Best CSR disclosure

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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