Corporate Secretary

Corporate Governance Awards
Celebrating excellence

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York

About the awards

On Wednesday, November 9, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world gathered to celebrate the best of the best at Corporate Secretary’s annual Corporate Governance Awards 2022.

For our awards, individuals and companies can nominate themselves or others, free of charge, for aspects of GRC. More information about the categories, criteria, and judging process can be found below.

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Awards categories

For our awards, individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of corporate governance professionals and Corporate Secretary editorial team members.

Winners announced!

We are delighted to announce our WINNERS of 2022! View the full list by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8004 5339.

Best AGM

Best AGM

In this category, the judges will be looking at the work of corporate secretaries, general counsel and governance teams in preparing for and running annual meetings – either in-person, virtual or hybrid – that meet the governance needs of both the company and shareholders. Consideration will be given to fulfilling regulatory obligations, training and preparing management and board members, and ensuring shareholders have the opportunity for engagement before and during the AGM.

Nominees

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    WINNER

  • Microsoft

  • Robinhood Markets

Best compliance and ethics program

Best compliance and ethics program

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 Holdings

  • Avangrid

  • Bentley Systems

  • Bunge

  • Coeur Mining

  • JLL

    WINNER

  • Marsh McLennan

Best ESG reporting (large cap)

Best ESG reporting (large cap)

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • AT&T

  • Cognizant

  • HP

  • IBM

  • PepsiCo

    WINNER

  • Phillips 66 Company

Best ESG reporting (small to mid-cap)

Best ESG reporting (small to mid-cap)

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Avangrid

  • Avangrid

  • Healthpeak Properties

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    WINNER

  • JLL

Best global entity management

Best global entity management

In this category, the judges will be looking at the work of general counsel, corporate secretaries and their teams in creating and running effective and innovative global entity management programs that ensure the organization remains in compliance with all local laws. Issues for consideration include: using technology in new ways, ensuring efficiency in the program and adapting to new circumstances, rules and conditions.

Nominees

  • Nasdaq

  • Willis Towers Watson

    WINNER

Best governance around a corporate transaction

Best governance around a corporate transaction

In this category, judges will be looking for innovative and effective governance work carried out before, during and/or after a corporate transaction such as an IPO, M&A deal or restructuring. This might include, for example, overhauling a company’s governance structure, combining the best elements of two companies’ arrangements or managing the regulatory and other risks arising from a transaction.

Nominees

  • Kyndryl Holdings

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

  • Quantum Corporation

    WINNER

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, CD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • HP

  • IBM

  • Nasdaq

    WINNER

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • The Williams Companies

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, CD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • DXC Technology Company

  • Gentherm

  • Healthpeak Properties

  • Huntington Bancshares

  • Kyndryl Holdings

  • Robinhood Markets

  • Voya Financial

    WINNER

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, CD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Coeur Mining

  • CSG Systems International

    WINNER

  • ICF International

  • Kelly Services

  • Virgin Orbit

Best shareholder engagement (large cap)

Best shareholder engagement (large cap)

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Bank of America

  • HP

  • IBM

  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    WINNER

Best shareholder engagement (small to mid-cap)

Best shareholder engagement (small to mid-cap)

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • DXC Technology Company

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    WINNER

  • Splunk

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

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    WINNER

  • JLL

  • Marsh McLennan

  • Nasdaq

  • Summit Materials

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • David McAtee, AT&T

  • Aya Kiy-Morrocco, Cognizant

    WINNER

  • Theresa Molloy, Prudential Financial

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. Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Seth Gastwirth, JLL

  • Richard Buchband, ManpowerGroup

  • Chris Gaskill, Summit Materials

    WINNER

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? Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Bank of America

  • HP

  • Nasdaq

  • Prudential Financial

    WINNER

  • The Williams Companies

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? Market cap definition: Small cap = below US$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

    WINNER

  • Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

  • DXC Technology Company

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Robinhood Markets

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 10 years and have less than 15 years of professional experience, 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

  • Aya Kiy-Morrocco, Cognizant

  • Mary Lakey, First Horizon Corporation

  • Caroline Boutwell, Nasdaq

    WINNER

  • Samantha Blons, Schlumberger

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement


Nominees

  • Ira Millstein, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

    WINNER

The judging process consists of three simple phases:

Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the Corporate Secretary editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list

Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category

Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award

The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

Market cap definition

  • Small cap = below US$2 bn
  • Mid-cap = between US$2 bn – US$20 bn
  • Large cap = US$20 bn and over

 

Lifetime achievement award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s lifetime achievement award winner is Ira Millstein. 

Ira M. Millstein is a senior partner at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where in addition to practicing in the areas of government regulation and antitrust law representing General Electric, Matsushita and others, he has counseled numerous boards on issues of corporate governance, including the boards of General Motors, Westinghouse, Bethlehem Steel, WellChoice (fka, Empire Blue Cross), the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Tyco International, The Walt Disney Co., the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Ford Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, among others.

Read more about our lifetime achievement winner here.

 

Meet the judges


What our attendees say

"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."

Graybar Electric Company

"The flow and format of the event were excellent!"

Robert Half International

"I enjoyed the Corporate Governance Awards very much. Thank you for the invitation. It was a lot of fun and very well organized. Congratulations!"

Quanta Services

"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."

Argyle

"The awards are external validation 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"

Lockheed Martin Corporation

"A great production!"

Broadridge

Become a partner

Why partner with us?

Our awards provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the GRC community. As a partner, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with GRC excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region – the ones pushing the profession forward through innovation.

Partnering with the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards category that best reflects your area of expertise

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives. To find out more get in touch with Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

Partners

Coalition for the Homeless

Corporate Secretary are long-term supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition is doing all in its power to ensure that homeless New Yorkers get the help and protection they need during this crisis.

At our Corporate Secretary Forum during the day on November 9, we asked delegates to bring along items to be given to those in need through the Coalition. In the evening at the awards, we recognized our partnership with the Coalition and asked that guests make donations directly using the link below.

For further information about their work, please visit coalitionforthehomeless.org

 

Register your interest for 2023

Register your interest for the 2023 awards by filling in the form at the link below. You will be the first to receive important updates about the event, including what to expect and information about how to be considered for an award.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Wilson at [email protected] or call +44 20 8090 0556.

 

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Who attends?

Attendees at our awards are leading practitioners from across the US. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within their company. Some of this year’s attendees include:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate general counsel ManpowerGroup Manager, corporate governance and securities Bunge
Attorney The Williams Companies Partner K&L Gates
Chief corporate governance officer Huntington National Bank Partner Vistra
Company secretary Willis Towers Watson Senior counsel The Williams Companies
Corporate paralegal Splunk Senior director, corporate legal Splunk
Corporate sustainability officer, Americas JLL Senior legal specialist Kyndryl Holdings
Deputy general counsel JLL SVP and general counsel The Williams Companies
Director, corporate governance Prudential Financial SVP, deputy general counsel & corporate secretary AIG
Director, environmental data analytics & reporting Phillips 66 Company SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary Avangrid
Director, ESG AT&T SVP, general counsel and secretary Gentherm Incorporated
Director, ESG program & strategy IBM VP & assistant corporate secretary Kyndryl Holdings
Director, investor relations IBM VP & deputy general counsel Microsoft
General counsel Willis Towers Watson VP, assistant general counsel & secretary IBM
General counsel and corporate secretary JLL VP, assistant general counsel, corporate secretary The Williams Companies
General counsel and secretary ManpowerGroup VP, compensation Voya Financial
General manager, ESG & sustainability Phillips 66 Company VP, corporate counsel and ESG Healthpeak Properties
Global chief sustainability officer & head of ESG Cognizant Technology Solutions VP, corporate governance Prudential Financial
Head, ESG First Horizon Corporation VP, deputy general counsel Hewlett Packard Enterprise


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Photo booth partner

We would like to thank The Nuvo Group for being our Photo Booth Partner at this year’s awards ceremony. Our guests enjoyed something a little bit different as we introduced the 360 photo booth, because, after all, photos are so 2019!

To view the gallery, please click here and don’t forget to share your videos on social media using #CGA

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