Corporate Secretary

Corporate Governance Awards
Celebrating excellence

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York

About our awards

On Thursday, November 21, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather 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 the Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others, free of charge.

More information on the categories, the selection process and a glimpse into how this fantastic evening is shaping up, can be found below. Join us to meet the companies that are consistently raising the bar and pushing the profession forward through innovation.

Categories and nominees

We're pleased to announce the nominees for this year's governance awards. Click on each category below to view the nominees or view them all as a list here. We'll unveil the winners at our awards ceremony on November 21. Congratulations to all those nominated!

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

  • Applied Materials

  • NetApp

  • Splunk

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • VF Corporation


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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

  • Change Healthcare

  • Coeur Mining

  • Comscore


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Best ESG reporting

Best ESG reporting

This entry should comment on the quality and robustness of ESG-related 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

  • AT&T

  • IBM

  • Intel Corporation

  • PepsiCo

  • The AES Corporation


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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

  • Cobb EMC

  • Interac Corp

  • The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America


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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

  • Intac Financial Corporation

  • Royal Bank of Canada

  • Veolia


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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

  • General Motors Company

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • IBM

  • Nasdaq

  • Prudential Financial


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Best proxy statement (mid-cap)

Best proxy statement (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

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Foot Locker

  • KBR

  • Korn Ferry

  • NorthWestern Corporation


Sponsored by

Best proxy statement (small cap)

Best proxy statement (small 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

  • Coeur Mining

  • Financial Institutions

  • Kelly Services


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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

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Bank of America

  • IBM

  • Regions Financial Corporation

  • The Allstate Corporation


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Best use of technology

Best use of technology

The use of technology is becoming an integral part of the way corporate secretaries and other governance professionals communicate with their colleagues and with investors. Entrants should be able to show how their use of new technological tools, social media and the internet has helped to advance governance within their firm. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: the use of technology in board communications, shareholder engagement, company meetings, records management and information governance and the successful use of technology to facilitate transactions. The judges will also consider the accessibility of the corporate secretary, general counsel and board of directors using technology, and the quality of information distributed.

Nominees

  • Change Healthcare

  • Citizens Financial Group

  • Comscore

  • Prudential Financial

  • Salesforce.com


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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

  • Jessica Olich

    AXA Equitable Holdings

  • Derek Windham

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Hope Mehlman

    Regions Financial Corporation

  • Angela Hilt

    The Clorox Company

  • Yafit Cohn

    The Travelers Companies


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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

  • Stacie Roberts

    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

  • Anthony Foti

    Foot Locker


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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

  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • HP

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • PVH Corp


Sponsored by

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

  • NorthWestern Corporation


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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

  • Anthony Foti

    Foot Locker

  • Connor Kuratek

    Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • Samantha Dreilinger

    PVH Corp

  • Kevin Coleman

    Regions Financial Corporation


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The judging process is made up of three simple phases:

Phase 1: The Corporate Secretary editorial team reviews all submissions, selects finalists in each category and sends judges those submissions.

Phase 2: Judges review submissions for finalists individually.

 Phase 3: Judges come together to discuss all finalist submissions and determine the winners in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission. This year’s judging panel will be announced shortly.

 

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.

Master of Ceremonies

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.

Who attends?

We have over 400 professional at our awards ceremony. Attendees are primarily nominees of our corporate governance awards for that year. View this year’s list of nominees here. Each guest is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. In addition to our nominees, 2019 attendees include:

Attendee Company Attendee Title Attendee Company Attendee Title
The AES Corporation Assistant Secretary Prudential Financial Manager, Corporate Governance
Accenture Assistant Secretary Splunk Manager, Ethics & Compliance
Skadden Arps Associate Allstate Insurance Company Manager, Ethics Associate
Foot Locker Associate General Counsel Applied Materials Manager, Global Ethics & Compliance
Korn Ferry Associate General Counsel BNY Mellon Managing Director General Counsel & Secretary
Bank of America Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary Society for Corporate Governance President & Chief Executive Officer
The AES Corporation Associate General Counsel, Securities & Governance Atlas Air Worldwide President & Chief Executive Officer
Center for Board Excel. Chief Executive Officer Edison International Senior Attorney & Assistant Secretary
Cobb EMC Chairman of the Board Allstate Insurance Company Senior Communications Consultant
Change Healthcare Chief Compliance Officer Splunk Senior Corporate Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection
Interac Chief Legal Officer, Ombudsman & Corporate Secretary AXA Equitable Holdings Senior Counsel
Society for Corporate Governance Chief Operating Officer Change Healthcare Senior Counsel, Investigations & Anti-Corruption
Accenture Corporate Governance Counsel Splunk Senior Director, Compliance & Risk
Guardian Life Insurance Corporate Secretary Splunk Senior Director, Data Protection Officer
Northwestern Energy Corporate Secretary Kelly Services Senior Director, Executive Compensation & Assistant Secretary
Skadden Arps Counsel Cisco Systems Senior Manager, Operations
Allstate Insurance Company Counsel, Corporate Governance RBC Senior Subsidiary Governance Office – USA
Bank of America Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Laurel Hill Advisory Group Senior Vice President (SVP)
Labrador Director, Advisory & Design Services Kelly Services SVP, Corporate Secretary
AT&T Director, Global CSR Reporting & Insights RBC SVP, US General Counsel & Global Head of Litigation
Change Healthcare EVP & General Counsel Society for Corporate Governance SVP, General Counsel
Citizens Financial Group EVP & General Counsel Nielsen Holdings SVP, General Counsel & Corporate  Secretary
Citizens Financial Group EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Legal The AES Corporation SVP, General Counsel & Corporate  Secretary
AXA Equitable Holdings EVP & Chief Legal Officer Skillsoft Compliance VP, GM Global Compliance Solutions
Atlas Air Worlwide EVP & Chief Operating Officer IBM VP, Assistant General Counsel & Secretary
PVH EVP, General Counsel & Secretary AXA Equitable Holdings VP, Assistant Secretary & Associate General Counsel
Caesars Entertainment General Counsel Prudential Financial VP, Corporate Governance
Guardian Life Insurance General Counsel KBR VP, Public Law & Corp Secretary
VF Corporation Global Ethics & Compliance Comscore VP, Compliance
AXA Equitable Holdings Assistant Secretary & Lead Manager Cobb EMC VP, Power Supply

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

"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

Venue and location

The Corporate Governance Awards 2019 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 gala!

Cipriani 25
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

ACCOMMODATION
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Make a day of it: Think Tank

Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the Corporate Secretary Think Tank 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.

Visit our think tank website to find out more and sign up

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Sponsorship opportunities

The Corporate Governance Awards first began in 2008 and are celebrated by more than 400 industry professionals every November in New York City. Recognizing the best of the best in governance, risk, compliance and ethics, these awards are looked forward to every year by corporate practitioners and service providers alike. Sponsoring a Corporate Governance Award tells your prospects you’re proud of the efforts they go through and that you support them in their endeavors. Sponsoring the awards also aligns your company name and brand with the best in the community.

What’s included in a sponsorship package?

  • Opportunity to present the award to the best in the industry and align yourself with excellence
  • Your company name engraved on the trophy next to the winner’s name that he/she takes away
  • Increase awareness and brand recognition with our extensive pre-event marketing campaign
  • Get advance notice of the nominee list before general release so you can personally congratulate them
  • Invite the nominees to join you at your table of 10 at the dinner and awards ceremony
  • Offer a special discount to your prospects and clients to attend the event that’s an evening to remember
  • Featured on the night on screen and on printed materials, and also in our extensive post-event marketing

We have a range of excellent sponsorship opportunities available at this year’s Corporate Governance Awards. For more information on these opportunities or any other ideas that you may wish to discuss, then contact Ian Richman at +1 212 430 6865.

Book your seats

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!

 

If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact
Brigitte Toledano on +1 212 430 6861.

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