Corporate Secretary

Corporate Governance Awards
Celebrating excellence

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Virtual event: Broadcast live. 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm ET

About the awards

Corporate Secretary’s annual Corporate Governance Awards is the premier event for the governance, risk and compliance community. It brings together industry professionals to celebrate the best of the best in the world of governance.

For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others, free of charge, for a variety of key aspects of GRC.

More information about the categories, criteria, and judging process can be found below. Further details about the 2021 awards ceremony will follow in due course, including confirmation of format and timings.

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Event timings

Timings shown below are in ET and subject to change

  • 16:00 PM
    Pre-event networking

    During this time you can join an interactive table to network with an exclusive group of guests or make use of our one-to-one speed networking function, where you will be matched at random with another attendee for five minutes at a time

  • 16:45 PM
    Awards ceremony

    Join us in recognizing excellence in GRC teams across 18 categories. The awards will be presented in the following order:

    • Best AGM
    • Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)
    • Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)
    • Best ESG reporting (small to mid-cap)
    • Best ESG reporting (large cap)
    • Best global entity management
    • Best governance around a corporate transaction
    • Best proxy statement (small cap)
    • Best proxy statement (mid-cap)
    • Best proxy statement (large cap)
    • Best shareholder engagement
    • Best use of technology
    • Rising star
    • 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)
    • Lifetime achievement
  • 18:00 PM
    Award for best viewer attendee announced

    It’s your time to shine. Send us a photo of you or your team watching the event to get in the running to win a prize – be as creative as you like!

  • 18:05 PM
    Post-event networking

    Join all winners and nominees to celebrate after the ceremony. Be matched at random with another attendee via the one-to-one networking function

  • 18:30 PM
    End of the awards

Meet the judges


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.

The entry deadline for 2021 nominations has now passed and we are no longer accepting entries. We will be in touch with successful short-listed companies from September.

If you have any queries please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4989.

Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of submissions received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.

Nominees announced: view the entire list here

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

  • Barrick Gold Corporation

  • BlackRock

  • Brown-Forman

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise


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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$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Honeywell International

  • Ingersoll Rand

  • Uber Technologies


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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. 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

  • Coeur Mining

  • Harsco Corporation

  • Robert Half International

  • United States Steel Corporation


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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

  • Freeport-McMoRan

  • IBM

  • PayPal

  • PepsiCo

  • Philip Morris International

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

  • Coeur Mining

  • Hannon Armstrong

  • SL Green Realty Corp

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

  • Chevron Corporation

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Tronox Holdings

  • Willis Towers Watson


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Best governance around a corporate transaction

Best governance around a corporate transaction

**NEW FOR 2021** 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

  • First Horizon Bank

  • Huntington Bancshares

  • Willis Towers Watson

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$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Cognizant

  • General Motors

  • IBM

  • Nasdaq

  • The Allstate Corporation


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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. 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

  • Allegheny Technologies

  • Coeur Mining

  • Healthpeak Properties

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Zendesk


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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$2 bn / Mid-cap = between US$2 bn - US$20 bn / Large cap = US$20 bn and over

Nominees

  • Amyris

  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

  • Kelly Services

  • Koppers

  • Orion Engineered Carbons


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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

  • Bank of America

  • Honeywell International

  • HP

  • IBM

  • PepsiCo

  • The Allstate Corporation

  • Uber Technologies


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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

  • Benchmark Electronics

  • Clearwater Paper Corporation

  • Univar Solutions


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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. 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

  • Victor Miller, Honeywell International

  • Kate Brennan, Marsh McLennan

  • Keir Gumbs, Uber Technologies


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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. 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

  • Derek Windham, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Richard Buchband, ManpowerGroup

  • Evelyn Crane-Oliver, Robert Half International

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

  • General Motors

  • Honeywell International

  • Marsh McLennan

  • PepsiCo


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? 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

  • Harsco Corporation

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Robert Half International

  • Voya Financial


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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

  • Bruna Lawant, Amyris

  • Allison Mahaney, First Northwest Bancorp

  • Justine Bensussen, Nuance Communications


Sponsored by

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 pleased to announce that this year’s lifetime achievement award winner is Holly Gregory. 

Holly Gregory is co-chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice, and also co-leads its ESG and Crisis Management teams.  She counsels publicly held, private and not-for-profit corporations on the full range of governance issues. While most of the matters she works on are highly confidential, high-profile matters that are in the public record include advising the Business Roundtable on its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of the Corporation, advising on governance and accountability mechanisms of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to replace U.S. government oversight, and advising the Board of The Pennsylvania State University on governance reforms.

Holly played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. She also drafted the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance.

Holly is a founding trustee and current President of The American College of Governance Counsel, and is a member of The American Law Institute.  She served as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee, and currently serves on the ABA Business Law Section Council. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and has been a member of multiple NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions.

In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, Holly has lectured extensively on governance topics and writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal. A summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Holly is widely recognized for her work, including as: among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2021 and all prior years (15 years total); a “Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance” in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, 2021 and prior years; and a “Thought Leader” in the Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – M&A and Governance 2020.

What our virtual attendees say

"Everyone had a great seat (I know I did). was able to hear everyone clearly. Ceremony moved along at a comfortable pace. The Best Dressed Viewer and sweepstakes at the event make it fun. I really enjoyed it!"

PepsiCo

"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

"The awards are very difficult to do virtually but your advance planning and pacing made it professional, but fun as well. "

Corporate Governance Partners

"A great production!"

Broadridge

"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

"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

"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

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. In addition to our nominees, some of our past attendees include:

Job title Company Job title Company
CCO MMA Securities SVP, associate GC & assistant secretary Bank of America
CEO Ethisphere SVP, chief compliance officer Visa
CEO Everest SVP, corporate governance Columbia Bank
Chief corporate counsel MMC SVP, corporate secretary & deputy GC AIG
Chief legal officer & corporate secretary Dawn Foods SVP, deputy GC & corporate secretary Verizon Communications
COO International Elite Capital SVP, GC & corporate secretary Clearway Energy
Director Evergy VP & assistant corporate secretary BlackRock
Director, global ESG reporting & insights AT&T VP & associate GC Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director, corporate securities HP VP & chief ethics & compliance officer 3M
Director, governance and securities Owens Corning VP, assistant GC & secretary IBM
Director, legal entity services Mastercard VP, corporate secretary MVC Capital
EVP & chief legal officer Nuance Communications VP, associate GC At Home
EVP & GC MF Global Holdings VP, corporate development, GC & CHRO Columbus McKinnon
EVP, GC, secretary & CCO B&G Foods VP, corporate secretary TD Bank Group
Senior director, global sustainability Clarivate VP, governance Prudential
SVP & corporate secretary Discovery VP, assistant GC & assistant secretary Coeur Mining
SVP PepsiCo VP, associate GC, corporate Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings
SVP, deputy GC Healthpeak Properties VP, chief sustainability officer & group GC The Travelers Companies
SVP, GC & corporate secretary Avangrid VP, learning & development Change Healthcare


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The Corporate Governance Awards brings together some of the most influential people in the GRC community.

Partnering with us is the perfect way to raise your organization’s profile and cement your position in the GRC community.

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We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience through the Corporate Governance Awards. Get in touch with Ian Richman or call +1 212 430 6895.

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Highlights

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