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 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. In the meantime, tell us your thoughts about the return to in-person events by filling in our short survey here.
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 nominations for the 2021 awards. We will be in contact with all awards entrants from September and the full short list will be announced publicly one month prior to the event.
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.
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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A member of the board of directors
Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, Frontdoor and Appvion
Anna 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 Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, Frontdoor and Appvion. Ms Catalano is a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Corporate Directors Institute, and president 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 30years of corporate experience including 18 years 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.
Ms Catalanois 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,’ and Women Inc’s ‘Most Influential Board Directors.’ She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including board governance, leadership, innovation and the advancement of women in business. Her thoughts on various aspects of leadership can be found on her blog, www.shades-of-leadership.com.
Senior advisor on corporate governance & ESG programs
Joan C. Conley is currently a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance & ESG Programs at Nasdaq, Inc., a role she assumed in January 2021 and a Board Member.
In February 2021, Ms. Conley was elected to the Board of EJF Acquisition Corp., where she also serves as Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. In July, 2021, Ms. Conley was elected to the Board of Tigo Energy, a private company providing smart module technology for the solar industry. Ms. Conley also serves on the Advisory Board of Harvestly.co, an entrepreneurial initiative started by Cal Poly students focused on feeding the community by connecting local farmers and consumers in San Luis Obispo, California. Ms. Conley is a member of Executive Women on Boards (EWOB).
On December 31, 2020 Ms. Conley retired from her role as the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq, Inc., where she was responsible for the Nasdaq Global Corporate Governance Program and the Nasdaq Global Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program and the Nasdaq Educational Foundation following nineteen years at Nasdaq, Inc. and nineteen years at NASD, now FINRA. In her former role at Nasdaq, Inc. Ms. Conley also served as and Managing Director of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation from 1994 – 2020 a founding Board Member of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center from 2014 – 2020. Ms. Conley is a long-standing mention of entrepreneurial men and women.
Prior to joining Nasdaq, Inc. in 2001, Ms. Conley was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the NASD (now FINRA) from 1994 – 2001 and the Director of Human Resources from 1986 – 1994, having joined NASD as a Management Trainee in the fall of 1982.
Ms. Conley began her career in 1978 as a Business/Human Resource Analyst at Bentley, Barnes & Lynn Advertising Agency in Chicago, Illinois, and in 1980 moved to Washington D.C. to join the National Academy of Science as a Research Associate/ Writer.
Ms. Conley holds a Master of Science, with honors, in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago (1980) and an undergraduate degree (B.A. in Communications and Economics from Dominican University (1978).
A longstanding member of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, Ms. Conley is also an initial member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum and a member of the Economic Club of Washington D.C.
In November 2020, Ms. Conley received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for Corporate Governance and the 2020 Best Proxy Statement for a Large Cap Company Award by Corporate Secretary Magazine. In 2021, Ms. Conley will serve on the panel of judges reviewing submissions for the annual Corporate Governance Awards.
Ms. Conley has served for decades, on the Board and Audit Committees of several non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. including the Board of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School.
Executive vice president, general counsel and global head of communications and government affairs
American International Group
Lucy oversees AIG’s global legal, compliance and regulatory groups. She is also global head of communications and government affairs.
Prior to joining AIG, Ms Fato was managing director, head of the Americas and general counsel of Nardello & Co, a global private investigative firm, where she remains on the advisory board.
Previously, Ms Fato was executive vice president and general counsel of S&P Global. Prior to that, Ms Fato was deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ms Fato began her legal career at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent 14 years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.
Ms Fato is a member of the Department of Financial Services state insurance advisory board and a member of the Life Insurance Council of NY board of directors.
Each year since 2018, Ms Fato has been included in NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community. In 2015 and 2017, she was named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the ‘Attorneys Who Matter’ for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.
Ms Fato serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit organization that works to ensure a high-quality education for children who are at risk for school-based discrimination or academic failure. She also serves on the board of directors of the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation, the board of trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance and is as a member of the board of the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.
Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel
Matthew W Geekie is senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at Graybar, an employee-owned Fortune 500 distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products. Over the course of his 34-year career, Matt has developed broad-based experience in management, strategic planning, corporate governance and risk management, human resources and M&A. His extensive educational background, proven leadership skills and strategic vision enable him to achieve optimal business results.
Matt began his career in 1987 as a trial attorney defending product liability lawsuits. He took his first in-house position with Siegel-Robert, a family-owned, tier-one supplier to the automotive industry in 1992. While at Siegel-Robert, Matt expanded his skill sets to include labor and employment, as well as M&A. Returning to private practice in 1997 at Peper Martin, Matt built on his M&A experience, began securities work and continued advising clients in the areas of employment and labor relations. In 2000, Matt moved to Emerson Electric as associate general counsel for the Emerson Process Management group of companies. At Emerson, he continued to hone his skills, while taking on responsibilities in corporate governance, export and import compliance and international law. In 2005, Matt became general counsel and secretary of a Berkshire Hathaway company, XTRA Lease, where he became involved in transportation and logistics.
Graybar hired Matt as its associate general counsel in February 2008 with the intent of his succeeding to his current role, which occurred within six months of his hire. In August of 2008, Matt was elected to Graybar’s board of directors and named senior vice president, secretary and general counsel. He sits on Graybar’s executive, audit, compensation, contributions, disclosure, finance, employees’ benefits and information technologies committees. In addition, Matt is chairman of the board of Graybar’s Canadian subsidiary.
Matt holds an undergraduate degree in history and a Juris Doctor, both from Saint Louis University. He has attended executive education and board training at Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Matt currently serves on the board of directors of CK Power, a private company that is a leading manufacturer of power units and power generation solutions, as well as the St Louis/Chicago advisory board of FM Global, a global insurer of commercial real estate.
Matt is a past president of the Saint Louis Zoo Association board of directors, currently siting on its government relations, investment and long-range plan implementation committees, as well as being a member of the zoo’s Marlin Perkins Society. He is also past chairman of the board of directors of the Oasis Institute, a current board member as well as a member of its executive, finance and major gifts committees. In addition, Matt is chairman of the board of the St Louis Community Foundation, chair of its executive and gift acceptance committees, and a member of its finance and audit committee. He is a member of Vistage Worldwide and a former president of the Missouri Law Institute.
Throughout his career Matt has written or spoken on various topics including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, cyber-security and enterprise risk management.
Matt’s experience, business achievements and community involvement helped him earn several recognitions, including OnCon Icon Top 50 Corporate Counsel 2021, Missouri Lawyer’s Media In-House Counsel Award 2017 and the St Louis Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel Award for Innovation 2015. In addition, with Matt’s stewardship, Graybar has been recognized for its excellence in corporate governance by Corporate Secretary for Best Overall Corporate Governance for a Private Company in 2015, 2016, and 2018 and by Private Company Director Magazine in 2019 in the category of Fiduciary Board/Closely Held or Employee-Owned companies.
ACV Auctions, Legg Mason Closed End Funds, AIG Funds, Associated Banc-corp, Hochschild Mining
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 and 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. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Associated Banc-Corp, AIG Funds, Hochschild Mining, plc, and 23 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds. 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 three audit committees and one corporate governance 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 also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association.
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.
Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
Ben Ashwell is the editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine. In his spare time, Ben writes fiction, poetry and arts and culture reviews. Eyewear Publishing recently named him in their list of the Best New British and Irish Poets.
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.
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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 largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 19,000 organizations and 700,000 leaders in in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.
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Innisfree provides sound advice and results-oriented implementation in domestic and cross border proxy solicitations, tender/exchange offers, mergers and other corporate actions, as well as consulting services on strategic management issues, including corporate governance and investor relations.
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Lumi is the leading digital platform facilitating in-room, hybrid and virtual AGMs for the world’s largest corporations, membership organisations, associations, legislative bodies, faith based organisations and partnerships.
It is the only platform that digitises the entire lifecycle of an AGM in a single solution that enables sophisticated meeting facilitation before, during and after the live meeting – including authenticated registration, live secure polling, Q&A management and relevant reporting.
Lumi is headquartered in Hampshire, UK where central functions including finance, product development and marketing are based, but has offices in 11 countries across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. Highly differentiated in the majority of markets where it is active, Lumi benefits from extremely strong, experienced and renowned MDs who head up each in-country team.
Its mobile solution enabled Lumi to facilitate the UK’s first electronic AGM held by a listed company, Jimmy Choo, in June 2016. The onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic rapidly accelerated the adoption of the Lumi virtual meeting platform, and Lumi has run over 2500 virtual and hybrid AGMs during 2020, in 35 different countries, including several hundred here in Canada.
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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.
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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 groundbreaking 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.
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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 more than 80 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.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy delivery company engaged in the distribution of natural gas, electricity and propane; the transmission of natural gas; the generation of electricity and steam, and in providing related services to our customers. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Chesapeake family of businesses is available at www.chpk.com and on the Annual Report Microsite at cpkannualreport.com/2020/.
Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC) is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The company’s 76,000 colleagues advise clients in over 130 countries. With annual revenue over $17 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex 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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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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Corporate Secretary are long-term supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Coalition is doing all in its power to ensure that homeless New Yorkers get the help and protection they need during this crisis.
As our virtual awards are free to attend we encourage our guests to instead make a donation, of any size, directly to the Coalition in place of the usual awards fee. To make a donation, please visit: coalitionforthehomeless.org/donate
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