Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York
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.
Thank you for your nominations, entries are now closed. Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly. Good luck!!!
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.
Lydia Beebe is a public company director and corporate governance expert. She is a board director of Kansas City Southern, a Class A railroad company, and a member of its nominating and governance and compensation committees. She also serves on the board of Aemetis, a renewable fuels and biochemical company based in Cupertino, California. She chairs the company’s compensation, governance and nominating committee and serves on its audit committee. She previously served on the board of HCC Insurance Holdings, a specialty insurance company, before its acquisition by Tokio Marine in 2015.
From 1995 to 2015, she served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron Corporation. She was senior of counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from June 2015 until July 2017, and she continues to provide governance advice to boards of directors.
Beebe is an advisory board member for the Stanford Institutional Investors’ Forum, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors, including those for the National Judicial College, the Presidio Trust – to which she was appointed by former US president George W Bush – and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, to which she was appointed by former governor Pete Wilson and for which she was recognized as a civil rights hero by the State of California.
Beebe is a past chair of the Society for Corporate Governance and its corporate practices committee and national conference committee, and chair of its northern California chapter. She also serves as board chair of the northern California chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and as a governor of the San Francisco Symphony.
Soundboard Governance and Rutgers
Douglas Chia is president of Soundboard Governance and fellow at the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance. Until June 2019, He was executive director of The Conference Board ESG Center. He continues to contribute to The Conference Board as a senior fellow.
Before joining The Conference Board in 2016, Chia served as assistant general counsel and corporate secretary of Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he served as assistant general counsel for corporate of Tyco International and practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, both in New York and Hong Kong.
Chia has held a number of central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including chair of the board 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 the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Chia has received numerous awards and recognitions in corporate governance and has frequently appeared in the news media, including CNN, NPR Marketplace, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The New Yorker.
Chia received an AB degree from Dartmouth College and a JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children. Chia is a trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton and the McCarter Theatre Center.
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.
Senior vice president, secretary & general counsel
Matt Geekie is senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Graybar, a distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services. Geekie is responsible for corporate governance and the legal and risk management functions of the company and is a member of Graybar’s board of directors. He also serves as chair of Graybar’s Canadian subsidiary.
Geekie started his career as a trial lawyer at St Louis firm Moser & Marsalek, before moving in-house to Siegel-Robert and later Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin (now Husch Blackwell). From there, he was appointed assistant general counsel at Emerson, and then served as general counsel and secretary at XTRA Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. He joined Graybar in 2008 as deputy general counsel and was elected to his current position later that year.
Geekie’s broad-based legal experience includes corporate law, corporate governance, commercial and securities law, Sarbanes-Oxley, ethics, intellectual property, product liability, export/import law and risk management. Under his leadership, Graybar achieved national recognition for excellence in corporate governance in 2015 and 2016.
Geekie is a native of St Louis and received both his law degree and undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University. He serves as board chair of The Oasis Institute and sits on its executive and finance committees. He is also chairman of the board of the St Louis Community Foundation, chair of its executive and gift acceptance committee and a member of its finance and audit committee, and serves as a member of the St Louis Zoo Association board and its government relations, investment, finance and major gifts committees.
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.
The Conference Board
Paul Washington is executive director of the Conference Board ESG Center. Before joining the Conference Board, he served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Time Warner. He also served as chief of staff for the company’s chair and CEO after holding positions of assistant general counsel and litigation counsel.
Before working at Time Warner, Washington practiced law at Sidley & Austin and served as vice president and corporate secretary of The Dime Savings Bank of New York. A long-time active member of the Conference Board, from 2013-2014 he chaired its advisory board on corporate/investor engagement.
Washington’s career also includes extensive work in public service. He served as a law clerk for former US Supreme Court associate justices William Brennan and David Souter, and for circuit court judge David Tatel. In addition, he was the principal staffer on tax matters for former congressman Stanley Lundine and, later, his principal speechwriter when Lundine served as New York’s lieutenant governor.
Washington has served on the boards of numerous cultural, civic, and professional non-profit organizations, including the Legal Aid Society and American Folk Art Museum. He also is a former chair of the Society for Corporate Governance. He is a resident fellow at the Fordham University School of Law latter, where he has taught corporate governance for more than a decade.
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. Find out more here.
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 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 awards gala!
New York, NY 10004
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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?
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.
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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.
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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.
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Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) is an association focused on promoting good governance in Canada. As a principal advocate for the governance community, we offer a distinct, unified voice for governance professionals in Canada. Through timely and valuable information on recent changes and developments, GPC delivers unparalleled thought leadership through education and networking opportunities. We provide resources, best practices, tools and strategies to elevate the governance skillset, focused on an organization’s overall success, accountability and integrity. This professional association is for individuals across all industries and sectors, whose duties are principally tied to the corporate governance, ethics, risk, legal and compliance functions.
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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.
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.