Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York
|The M&A Forum||The Corporate Secretary Forum||Corporate Governance Awards|
|November 7, 2023, New York||November 8, 2023, New York||November 8, 2023, New York|
Deals and defense in a volatile market
Modernizing the boardroom
Celebrating excellence in governance
On Wednesday, November 8, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather to celebrate the best of the best at Corporate Secretary’s annual Corporate Governance Awards 2023.
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.
Join us to meet the companies consistently raising the bar and pushing the profession forward through innovation.
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.
We are no longer accepting entries for the 2023 awards. Entrants will be contacted from September onwards with an update on their submission(s)
View the full list of 2022 winners by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or +44 20 8004 5339.
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.
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Prabha Sipi Bhandari
SVP, deputy general counsel & corporate secretary
*Scoring selected categories
Prabha Sipi Bhandari is SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at AIG. In this role, she oversees AIG’s NYSE and SEC compliance; capital markets and M&A transactions; Cyber/Privacy; IP; IT, Procurement and Real Estate Legal support; and Innovation, among other corporate matters. In her role as Corporate Secretary, Ms. Bhandari acts as the primary liaison to the AIG Board on Board and Board Committee-related matters.
Prior to AIG in June 2022, Ms. Bhandari was SVP and Principal Deputy General Counsel at Freddie Mac, where she supervised a team of over 125 attorneys and legal professionals who advise and support the company’s business divisions, finance, the Sustainability Office and other enterprise functions and directly managed a group of attorneys and legal professionals providing corporate securities advice and support, including in capital markets, derivatives, tax and SEC compliance / financial disclosures. Ms. Bhandari supervised the full Legal Division of more than 200 colleagues and served as Executive Sponsor of the Legal Division’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including robust internship and fellowship programs.
Prior to Freddie Mac, Ms. Bhandari was Managing Director and General Counsel of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Deutsche Bank’s US registered broker-dealer, and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions – Legal. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2007, Ms. Bhandari was responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions at Viacom Inc. (now Paramount Global), including for CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures and BET, among others. Prior thereto, Ms. Bhandari was a corporate associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Duhé, Jr. of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Bhandari received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served as Notes and Comments Editor of the New York University Law Review. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Ms. Bhandari is a Member and Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Chair of the Board of Directors of Teaching Beyond the Square, a Member of the Steering Committee of the Women in M&A Network, NY chapter, and a Member of the Private Sector Steering Committee of the South Asian Bar Association of New York.
A member of the board of directors
HF Sinclair, Frontdoor, Ecovyst and Hexion
Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving as an independent director for public and private corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of HF Sinclair Corporation (NYSE: DINO), Frontdoor (NASDAQ: FTDR), Ecovyst (NYSE: ECVT), and Hexion, Inc., (private). Ms. Catalano is a Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Corporate Directors Institute, and Chair of the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter. She is Co-Founder of The World Innovation Network and has significant experience in the not-for-profit sector having served as a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Houston Grand Opera.
With over 40 years of corporate experience including over two decades of service on public boards, Ms. Catalano is an expert on the topics of board governance and leadership, and an outspoken champion of women in business. Her extensive career spanned three continents in marketing, retail operations, and international business development at Amoco, and subsequently, BP plc. She established Amoco’s refining and marketing beachhead in China in the 1990’s, and during her tenure at BP she was Group Vice President of Marketing when the company was rebranded and was the instrumental voice behind its “beyond petroleum” marketing campaign.
Ms. Catalano is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and has been recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”, Directors and Boards “Directors to Watch”, Women Inc “Most Influential Board Directors”, and BoardProspects “Top 30 AAPI Directors in the US”. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including board governance, leadership, innovation, and the advancement of women in business. She advises numerous organizations on leadership, strategy, and organizational effectiveness, and her thoughts on various topics can be found on her blog, www.shades-of-leadership.com. Additional information about Ms. Catalano can be found on her website, www.annaccatalano.com.
VP, governance & proxy voting manager
Jacqueline (Jackie) Condron is the firm’s Governance and Proxy Voting Manager and Chair of Mellon’s Proxy Voting Committee. In this role, Jackie maintains end-to-end responsibility for Mellon’s proxy voting process in partnership with teams across BNY Mellon Investment Management Center and Middle Office.
Jackie is an industry expert in the proxy space with in-depth knowledge of proxy processes, SEC regulated proxy voting issues and compliance. Previously, she served as a director of ESG & Governance Consulting, part of the Human Capital Solutions team at Aon, plc where she helped lead a team of consultants responsible for researching, assessing and advising US and international companies and boards on ESG strategy, executive compensation, human capital management, and shareholder rights. Jackie also held positions of increasing responsibility within BNY Mellon’s Proxy Voting & Governance Research team where she helped design and manage the firm’s proxy voting guidelines and voting process. Prior to that, she held corporate governance roles with State Street Bank and Fidelity International Limited.
Jackie earned a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs, cum laude, from Northeastern University, and she attended the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin, Ireland.
EJF Acquisition Corp and Tigo Energy
*Scoring selected categories
Ms. Conley has served as a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance & ESG Programs at Nasdaq, Inc., since December 2020. In December 2020, Ms. Conley retired from her role as the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary following nineteen years at Nasdaq, Inc., responsible for Corporate Governance Global Ethics and Corporate Compliance, and the Nasdaq Educational Foundation. Ms. Conley also served a founding Board Member of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center ( 2014 to 2020). Prior to joining Nasdaq, Inc. in 2001, Ms. Conley was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary) (1994 to 2001) and the Director of Human Resources (1986-1994) at NASD (now FINRA).
In 2021, Ms. Conley was elected to the Board of EJF Acquisition Corp. (Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Governance Committee) and Tigo Energy.
Ms. Conley is a member of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, Extraordinary Women on Boards the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum and the Economic Club of Washington D.C. Ms. Conley received a BA in Economics from Dominican University and an MS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Conley studied Economics at London School of Economics.
SVP, secretary and general counsel
Matt Geekie is senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services. Graybar celebrated in 2019 150 years as a company and 90 years of employee ownership. A member of Graybar’s board of directors, Geekie is responsible for corporate governance and the legal and risk management functions of the company. He also serves as Chairman of Graybar’s Canadian subsidiary.
Geekie’s broad-based legal experience includes corporate law, corporate governance, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and securities law, ethics, risk management, intellectual property, product liability and export/import law. Under his leadership, Graybar achieved national recognition for excellence in corporate governance in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Geekie currently serves as a Member of the Board of the St. Louis Community Foundation, as Chair of its Executive and Gift Acceptance Committees, and as a Member of its Finance and Audit and Strategic Planning Committees; as a Member of the Saint Louis Zoo Association Government Relations, Investment, and Long-Range Plan Implementation Committees; as a Member of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Marlin Perkins Society; as a Member of the Board of The Oasis Institute and on its Executive and Finance Committees; and as a Member of the Greater St. Louis Inc. Government
Relations Council. He is also a Member of the Board of CK Power, a Member of the St. Louis/Chicago Regional FM Global Advisory Board and a Member of the Board of the Missouri Law Institute.
Associated Banc-corp, ACV Auctions, Valic Company and Legg Mason Closed End Funds
Ms. Kamerick consults and lectures on corporate governance and compliance matters and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and has completed the NACD Director Certification exam. She previously served as CFO of such leading companies as BP Amoco Americas, Leo Burnett, Heidrick & Struggles, and Houlihan Lokey.
She began her career as a lawyer at the law firm of Skadden Arps. She holds a JD and an MBA, with honors, in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. She holds a BA from Boston College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was valedictorian. Ms. Kamerick is a member of the Board of Directors for Associated Banc-Corp, ACV Auctions, Valic Company I, and 18 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds where she serves as Lead Independent Director. She served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster and IRI before both companies were purchased by private equity firms. She qualifies as an SEC financial expert and chairs one audit committee and one corporate governance and social responsibility committee.
She was profiled as a Director to Watch in 2016 by Directors and Boards magazine and in The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors. She was named among the Most Influential Corporate Directors for 2019 by Women Inc magazine. She was named as a top 100 Director by NACD in 2022, a peer nominated award recognizing leaders in board service and corporate governance.
She is a lecturer at University of Chicago Law School, Georgetown Law Center, and University of Iowa College of Law and for the NACD Battlefield to Boardroom board readiness program.
Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Corporate Secretary, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. He had previously been managing editor of Compliance Reporter since January 2007, covering regulatory and compliance issues affecting broker-dealers and asset management firms. Before that, Ben was editor of International Financial Law Review and IFLR’s Americas editor, working in London and New York.
View the highlights from the 2022 awards ceremony
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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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.
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Alliance Advisors is an independent advisory firm that supports hundreds of global public & private companies in several key investor-related areas.
Core services include Shareholder Engagement & Solicitation, Compensation Advisory, Governance & Sustainability Advisory, M&A- Activism, Institutional Ownership Intelligence, and Retail Outreach.
We go beyond, from development to execution of bold, client-first strategies, resulting in winning outcomes.
For more information, please visit our website.
Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. We power the entire investment lifecycle, from trading, portfolio management and financial advisory to omni-channel communications. Part of the Canadian financial services community for three decades, our footprint spans the big five banks, one-third of North American wealth management firms and 75 percent of the mailboxes in North America. We are uniquely positioned to help clients get ahead of today’s challenges and capitalize on what’s next.
Broadridge also delivers a single-source solution to help corporations simplify securityholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance communication requirements and gain insights to effectively serve and engage securityholders. Our smart, simple and strategic solutions for public companies and alternative investments, such as REITs help you build your brand and engage your securityholders. Our communication tools help gain efficiencies, cultivate goodwill toward your brand, educate and influence securityholders and increase participation. We simplify the annual meeting process by streamlining proxy communications that improve your annual meetings with solutions to efficiently, and effectively reach all of your securityholders and support your goals and priorities. We help you drive a successful proxy outcome with data-driven, predictive insights based on securityholder voting patterns. Our data and insights help you gain a greater understanding of securityholder behaviours and trends so you can make smart decisions that support good governance practices.
For more information please visit: www.broadridge.com.
DFIN is a leading global risk and compliance company. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions with insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights at every stage of your business and investment lifecycles.
As markets fluctuate, regulations evolve and technology advances, we’re there. And through it all, we deliver confidence with the right solutions in moments that matter.
Learn about DFIN’s end-to-end risk and compliance solutions. Visit www.dfinsolutions.com or call +1 800 823 5304.
Govenda provides a secure suite of board management software solutions designed by governance professionals to elevate your board performance. We value diverse perspectives. We are authentic, follow through on our vision, and continue to build a company culture around these ideals.
For more information, please visit: www.govenda.com.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion.
To learn more, visit: business.nasdaq.com.
The Nuvo Group provides financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC electronic filing services to some of the world’s most respected financial institutions. We possess the tools, team and advanced technologies to ensure an exceptional customer experience — ease of process, rapid execution, regulatory compliance and, of course, uncompromising accuracy. Our Mission & Vision is to consistently perform in ways that make our customers’ jobs easier, and their printing and filing faster, to leverage the most experienced talent, effective tools and advanced technologies in financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC filing today in order to simplify, accelerate and enhance the end product we proudly deliver to our customers — on time, in format and on budget. To lead in the design and development of ground breaking services, solutions and support systems, innovations that redefine the industry of financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC filing and deliver more tangible value and responsiveness to customers — compressed lead times, error-free documents, streamlined production and reduced cost. Proud to be named one of Inc 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.
For more information, please visit www.thenuvogroup.com.
Okapi Partners LLC is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to our clients. We represent listed companies, mutual funds, and investors, providing our clients with superior service, established industry relationships and outstanding execution capabilities.
For more information, please visit us at www.okapipartners.com.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement solutions and other financial services to customers in approximately 70 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Additional information about AIG can be found at www.aig.com.
Headquartered in Dover, Delaware, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation offers sustainable energy solutions through its natural gas transmission and distribution, electricity generation and distribution, propane gas distribution, mobile compressed natural gas utility services and solutions, and other businesses. Across our operating footprint, we provide energy to approximately 310,000 distribution customers and for thousands of commercial and industrial applications in nine states across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its family of businesses is available at chpk.com, in our Annual Report, and Sustainability Report.
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.
Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC) is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The company’s 83,000 colleagues advise clients in 130 countries. With annual revenue of nearly $20 billion, Marsh McLennan helps corporate and public sector leaders navigate an increasingly dynamic environment through four market-leading businesses. Marsh provides data-driven risk advisory services and insurance solutions to commercial and consumer clients. Guy Carpenter develops advanced risk, reinsurance and capital strategies that help clients grow profitably and pursue emerging opportunities. Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations redefine the world of work, reshape retirement and investment outcomes, and unlock health and wellbeing for a changing workforce. Oliver Wyman serves as a critical strategic, economic and brand advisor to private sector and governmental clients.
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Corporate Secretary has arranged preferential rates for awards attendees at nearby hotels. View the hotels and rates by clicking here.
The super early bird rate will expire on Friday, September 22, 2023 and the price will increase as follows:
|Early bird rate||Standard rate|
|VIP table of 10||$7,105||$8,905|
|Table of 10||$5,355||$7,155|
What’s included with a VIP table booking?
You will receive a bottle of champagne and a themed cocktail on arrival for your whole table, company branding on the table, a mention in the opening remarks by the MC and a member of the organization interviewed at the event.
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