New York, NY
The think tank is an invitation-only event exclusively for 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.
Breakfast & registration
Welcome and opening remarks
Stephen Giove, Parner, Shearman & Sterling
Adapting to policy changes and market trends
Moderator: Stephen Giove, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Matthew Geekie, Corporate secretary, Graybar
Kathryn Freund, Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary, Global Atlantic Financial Company
Board evolution: What will the board of the future look like, and how can you get there?
Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary
Katie Colendich, Associate general counsel, HP
Denise Kuprionis, President, GSG: The Governance Solutions Group
Jean Weng, Senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Voya Financial
Derek Windham, Vice president and associate general counsel, HPE
Networking and refreshment break
How are perceptions of activist investors changing and practical ways to test your defenses
Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary
Arielle Katzman, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
The role of technology in corporate governance
Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary
Cathy Conlon, Head of corporate issuer strategy & product management, Broadridge
Jacob Jenkelowitz, Deputy corporate secretary and corporate counsel, Brighthouse Financial
Lunch and networking
Creating an immersive and engaging proxy statement
Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary
Simona Katcher, Senior counsel and assistant secretary, Visa
Christopher Kearns, Deputy general counsel, Chubb
Theresa Molloy, Vice president of corporate governance, Prudential financial
Michael Rouvina, Corporate governance attorney, Allstate
Final thoughts and next steps
Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary
Hear perspectives from the following leaders before taking part in interactive group discussions
Deputy corporate secretary and corporate counsel
Jacob is Deputy Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel at Brighthouse Financial, Inc., where his responsibilities include corporate governance, executive compensation, shareholder engagement and subsidiary governance. Jacob also drafts the company’s proxy statement and administers the annual shareholders meeting. Before Brighthouse, Jacob was Assistant Secretary and Counsel at MetLife. Jacob is currently President of the New York Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance.
Vice president of issuer product management & strategy
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Cathy is the head of Corporate Issuer Product and Strategy for Broadridge’s $2.0 billion Investor Communications Solutions (ICS) division. In this role, Cathy is responsible for the ongoing development and execution of product and market strategy. Prior to this role, which she assumed in July 2016, Cathy spent five years as VP of Strategy & Business Development, driving growth opportunities in ICS. During her tenure at Broadridge (formerly ADP), Cathy gained roles of increasing seniority, including Business and New Product Development, where she was responsible for launching the Broadridge Tax Information Reporting Services (TIRS) product; Strategic Marketing where she helped integrate and manage a newly acquired business; and Strategic Development where she drove revenue growth through the identification and development of new business opportunities. During her time in New Product Development, Cathy was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the Virtual Shareholder Meeting (VSM) platform and is an expert in the use of virtual meetings for public company annual meetings. Prior to joining Broadridge, Cathy was a Director with the Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund Companies’ Quantitative Equity Research Division. Before that, Cathy worked at E.F. Hutton’s Equity Research Division, and Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Quantitative Research Department. Cathy graduated cum laude from Catholic University in Washington DC with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters Degree in Finance.
Senior Vice president, secretary & General Counsel
Graybar Electric Company
Vice president of corporate governance
Theresa Molloy is vice president of corporate governance at Prudential Financial. In this role she is responsible for the oversight of Prudential’s institutional investor engagement strategy, shareholder communications, and evaluation of the company’s governance policies. Theresa and the Prudential team have received coveted awards for their outstanding shareholder engagement program from Corporate Secretary Magazine and NYSE Governance Services. In addition, Theresa oversees Prudential’s subsidiary governance practice of over 400 legal entities.
Prior to joining Prudential, Theresa was vice president of the global corporate client group at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). During her tenure, Theresa led the team that drove the strategy, marketing, and implementation of the investor relations and governance services that the NYSE provided its 3,000 worldwide companies.
As an active member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), Theresa is the president of the New York Chapter. She has received NIRI’s Individual Leadership Award and Volunteer of the Year Award due to her reputation for excellence and industry knowledge.
Theresa has an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the State University of New York.
Deputy general counsel
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Global Atlantic Financial Company
Vice president, associate general counsel corporate, securities and finance
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
A former associate at Shearman and Sterling, Derek is currently Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, leading the Corporate, Securities, and Finance legal team.
GSG: The Governance Solutions Group
Denise Kuprionis is president of The Governance Solutions Group, a board advisory practice. Through GSG, she shares the knowledge she has gained from her 25 years in public, private and nonprofit boardrooms. Denise is a Senior Fellow at the Conference Board’s Governance Center, is an NACD Board Governance Fellow and is active in the Society for Governance Professionals. Prior to founding GSG, Denise was a successful corporate officer at The E.W. Scripps Company-Scripps Networks.
Senior counsel and assistant secretary
Simona Katcher is Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Visa Inc. She leads the Corporate Governance team, which focuses on board-related matters, proxy and global legal entity matters, among other areas. Prior to Visa, Simona was Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Symantec Corporation where she divided her time between corporate governance and corporate securities matters. In addition to advising the board and management on a range of emerging corporate governance and risk management issues, she was responsible for the Company’s annual meeting matters, corporate governance policies, compensation-related matters and securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Before joining Symantec, Simona was Corporate Counsel at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where she supported the board and management, as well as, the tax, treasury, finance, risk management and investor relations departments on a variety of corporate governance and securities matters.
Simona has presented corporate governance topics to the Society for Corporate Governance, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Women’s 100 Conference, General Counsel West Conference and other corporate governance conferences.
A member of the California Bar, Simona earned a juris doctorate along with a Business Law Specialization Certificate with distinction from Golden Gate University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Quinnipiac University.
Simona is Chair of the Corporate Legal Professional Network (CLPN) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Corporate Governance Northern California Chapter after serving as the former President.
Corporate governance attorney
Michael Rouvina has been working as an attorney in the Corporate Governance group at Allstate since July 2017. In this role, Mr. Rouvina provides legal counsel and guidance to the Board of Directors and senior management on all matters of corporate governance. In addition, Mr. Rouvina assumes primary responsibility for the drafting of the proxy statement, and supports the company’s shareholder engagement efforts.
Prior to joining Allstate, Mr. Rouvina served as in-house counsel in the Corporate & Securities group of two different technology companies in the Chicago area. In these roles Mr. Rouvina was responsible for handling all matters related to corporate governance, corporate securities, and SEC reporting and compliance.
Mr. Rouvina is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Rouvina also serves on the Corporate Laws Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Rouvina is a member of the Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan Bars. He earned his B.A. from Syracuse University and received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law.
Senior vice president and deputy general counsel
Shearman & Sterling
Arielle Katzman is a senior associate in the Capital Markets group in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling. Arielle’s practice focuses on securities transactions and corporate governance advisory work.
Corporate Transaction & Governance Partner
Shearman & Sterling
Stephen Giove is a partner in the Capital Markets Group and a current member and co-founder of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. He is an extremely experienced securities and corporate lawyer with considerable knowledge of finance, accounting, internal controls and investor and public relations matters. His practice is principally focused on counseling corporate clients with respect to strategic, governance, financing and public company matters.
His strategic transactional experience includes representing clients in connection with spin-offs, split-offs, going private transactions, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, internal corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, pre-packaged bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings.
His governance experience includes advising boards, their committees and senior management with respect to the full range of corporate governance matters, such as board practices and structures, fiduciary duties, proxy access, anti-takeover defenses, shareholder proposals, dealing with activists, crisis management, annual board self-evaluations and dealing with external constituencies, including shareholders, proxy advisory firms and regulators.
His financing experience includes representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and offerings of common and preferred stock, convertible securities, high yield bonds, investment grade debt and commercial paper as well as a full range of liability management transactions.
His public company practice includes advising public (and pre-IPO) companies with respect to all aspects of their public disclosures, SEC, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance matters as well as the securities law aspects of various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, share and debt repurchase programs, issuer self-tender offers and Rule 10b5-1 plans.
He joined the firm in 1987, became a partner in 1993, was the firm’s hiring partner from 1997–1999, was the co-head of its US Capital Markets Group from 2003-2007, was a member of the firm’s Global Business Development Committee from 2008-2010 and was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group from 2007-2013.
Ben Ashwell is the digital editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine. In his spare time, Ben writes fiction, poetry and arts and culture reviews. Eyewear Publishing recently named him in their list of the Best New British and Irish Poets.
At our think tanks, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. Attendees for our 2018 Think Tank include:
|Job Title||Company||Job Title||Company|
|Assistant Corporate Secretary||The Hershey Company||Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary||Atlas Air Worldwide|
|Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary||Regeneron Pharmaceuticals||General Counsel||Shutterfly|
|Associate General Counsel||XL Group||General Counsel||Banc of California|
|Associate General Counsel||HP||Head of Corporate Issuer Product and Strategy||Broadridge|
|Associate General Counsel & Asst Corporate Secretary||S&P Global||Legal Compliance Officer||ANSA McAL (Barbadols)|
|Associate Group General Counsel||The Travelers Companies||Legal Project Manager, ACP||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Chief Accounting Officer||Shutterfly||President||GSG|
|Chief Legal Officer||ResCare||Senior associate, Capital Markets group||Shearman & Sterling|
|Company Secretary & General Counsel||Willis Towers Watson||Senior Corporate Counsel||AMN Healthcare|
|Corporate Counsel and Asst Corporate Secretary||Brighthouse Financial||Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary||Visa|
|Corporate Secretary||Tundra Process Solution||Senior Governance & Equity Specialist||AMN Healthcare Services|
|Corporate Secretary||Banc of California||Senior VP, Sec and General Counsel||Graybar|
|Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary||The Hartford||Vice President||Broadridge|
|Director||SMBC||Vice President, Associate General Counsel||HPE|
|Director, Corporate Counsel||BioMarin Pharmaceutical||Vice President, Deputy General Counsel||BioMarin Pharmaceutical|
|Director, Corporate Governance & Securities||Splunk||Vice President, Legal Counsel – Governance||Enstar Group|
|Director, Marketing.||Broadridge||Vice President, Corporate (Legal)||Splunk|
|Director, Corporate Governance||Chesapeake Utilities|
This event is exclusively for senior GRC professionals. To request an invitation, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with further event details. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Connie Blackman at [email protected] or on +1 212 430 6895.
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On Thursday, November 8, 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 annual Corporate Secretary’s Corporate Governance Awards.
Join us after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in the GRC community in 2018, at a prestigious gala event held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.
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Think Tank Sponsors
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