Corporate Secretary

Corporate Governance Awards
Celebrating excellence

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

This event will be held virtually. Pre-show networking will start at 4.00 pm Eastern Time

About the awards

Corporate Secretary’s annual Corporate Governance Awards brings together industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world to celebrate the best of the best. For 2020 we will be bringing the awards ceremony to you virtually.

For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to 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 virtually to meet the companies that are consistently raising the bar and pushing the profession forward through innovation.

 


View the highlights from our past virtual awards ceremonies for a taste of what to expect on November 18!

Event timings

Timings shown below are Eastern Time (ET)
Please note: timings are subject to change

  • 16:00 PM
    Virtual platform opens and networking begins

    Be matched at random with another attendee and you have a few minutes before you move onto the next attendee

  • 16:30 PM
    Award ceremony begins

    Join us in recognizing excellence in GRC teams across 17 categories:

    Best AGM
    Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)
    Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)
    Best ESG reporting
    Best global entity management
    Best governance by a cross-listed company
    Best proxy statement (small cap)
    Best proxy statement (mid-cap)
    Best proxy statement (large cap)
    Best shareholder engagement
    Best use of technology
    Rising star
    Lifetime achievement
    Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)
    Governance professional of the year (large cap)
    Governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)
    Governance team of the year (large cap)
  • 17:30 PM
    Award for best dressed attendee announced

    It’s your time to shine. Send us a photo in your finest and get in the running to win a prize and an award!

  • 17:35 PM
    Post-event networking

    We’ll be joining all winners and nominees to celebrate their nomination and wins

  • 18:00 PM
    Award ceremony ends

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 members.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

View the full list of 2020 nominees here

Best AGM

Best AGM

**NEW FOR 2020** 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

  • American International Group

  • BlackRock

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • HP

  • IBM

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. Market cap definition: Small cap - Below US$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • 3M

  • Avangrid

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Visa

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. Market cap definition: Small cap - Below US$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Change Healthcare

  • Coeur Mining

  • ManpowerGroup

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

  • PepsiCo

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • The Travelers Companies

Best global entity management

Best global entity management

**NEW FOR 2020** 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

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • The Boeing Company

Best governance by a cross-listed company

Best governance by a cross-listed company

**Editor’s picks award** The editors will be looking for the best overall governance, compliance and ethics program by an individual or team at a company whose shares are listed both in the US and on a non-US exchange. Areas of consideration include: shareholder engagement, ESG reporting, use of technology to aid governance, board diversity, board assessments and training, and other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Nominees

  • RBC

  • TD Bank Group

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. Market cap definition: Small cap - Below US$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Bank of America

  • Healthpeak Properties

  • Nasdaq

  • Prudential Financial

  • The Allstate Corporation

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. Market cap definition: Small cap - Below US$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Allegheny Technologies

  • Coeur Mining

  • KBR

  • Korn Ferry

  • Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

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. Market cap definition: Small cap - Below US$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • At Home Group

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Columbus McKinnon Corporation

  • e.l.f. Beauty

  • Financial Institutions

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

  • American International Group

  • Bank of America

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • IBM

  • Nuance Communications

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

  • 3M

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Visa

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$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Rose Marie Glazer

    American International Group

  • Derek Windham

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Yafit Cohn

    The Travelers Companies

  • Beth Sasfai

    Verizon Communications

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$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Adam Kokas

    Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Michael Brown

    Clearway Energy

  • Wendy Cassity

    Nuance Communications

  • Elona Kogan

    Selecta Biosciences

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$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • American International Group

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • PepsiCo

  • The Allstate Corporation

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$1 bn / Mid-cap - Between US$1 bn - US$5 bn / Large cap - Above US$5 bn

Nominees

  • Atlas Air Worldwide

  • Nuance Communications

  • Selecta Biosciences

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

  • Elizabeth Riotte

    Avangrid

  • Jon White

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Steven Chen

    Zendesk

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.

 

Meet the judges


Who attends?

Attendees are primarily nominees of our corporate governance awards for that year. 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 included:

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Job title Company Job title Company
Assistant general counsel & vice president Bank of America SVP & director, legal Citizens Financial Group
Chief compliance officer Nouryon SVP chief ethics and compliance officer Guardian Life Insurance
Chief governance officer Regions Financial SVP, general counsel – corporate & secretary Nielsen Holdings
Chief legal officer, ombudsman and corporate secretary Interac Corp SVP, general counsel & corp secretary The AES Corporation
Chief regulatory counsel Change Healthcare Vice president and assistant corporate secretary Bank of America
EVP & general counsel Change Healthcare Vice president and deputy general counsel, corporate, securities and M&A Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EVP, chief operating officer, legal Citizens Financial Group Vice president, assistant general counsel & secretary IBM
EVP, general counsel and chief legal & risk officer, corporate secretary Caesars Entertainment Vice president, assistant secretary & associate general counsel AXA Equitable Holdings
Executive vice president and chief legal officer AXA Equitable Holdings Vice president, chief sustainability officer and group general counsel Travelers
Executive vice president, general counsel & secretary PVH Vice president, corporate governance Prudential Financial
Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary Atlas Air Worldwide VP, assistant general counsel & assistant secretary Coeur Mining
President and chief executive officer Atlas Air Worldwide VP, associate general counsel – employment & litigation PVH
Senior vice president and chief sustainability officer Metlife VP, chief counsel, corporate & securities, assistant secretary Caesars Entertainment
Senior vice president and corporate secretary Kelly Services VP, compliance Comscore
Senior vice president, US general counsel & global head of Litigation RBC VP, learning & development Change Healthcare


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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"

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"

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"

Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Graybar Electric Company

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Why partner with us?

The Corporate Governance Awards first began in 2008 and are celebrated by more than 400 industry professionals every November. 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. Becoming a partner of the Corporate Governance Awards tells your prospects that you’re proud of the efforts they go through and that you support them in their endeavors. Partnering with the awards also aligns your company name and brand with the best in the community.

What’s included in a partnership 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
  • 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 partnership 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 [email protected] at +1 212 430-6895.

Register now

The event is free to attend and open to all GRC professionals. To request logins for the event, please fill in the form below and we’ll send through instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 4989

 

Free to attend

Make a day of it: Forum

Taking place during the day of the awards is the Corporate Secretary Forum – US. The forum is a virtual event exclusively for GRC professionals. It is a best practice event enabling participants to network, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.

WHY ATTEND?

 Timely event: Covid-19 has further demonstrated the importance of identifying emerging risks and prioritizing investment in governance, risk and controls. With the year-end fast approaching, this event is perfectly positioned to help you take stock of the year-to-date, refocus and plan for 2020-2021
  Benchmarking: it is a great opportunity to evaluate where you stand in comparison to your peers, how other companies have managed and overcome similar challenges
  Unique format: far from a traditional webinar format, our virtual event platform enables attendees to have intimate discussions and participate in virtual roundtable debates with fellow GRC professionals
  Discover something new: learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform your governance strategy, increase productivity and make better decisions
  Network with the community: meet with investors, analysts, experts, and GRC peers

 

Visit our forum website

 

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