Live: 08:15am to 3:15pm Eastern. This event will be held virtually and available on replay
Interactive discussions on the big questions facing GRC professionals
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.
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
In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19 and putting the safety of our attendees first, the Corporate Secretary Forum – US will take place as a virtual experience.
Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks.
Going virtual connects our attendees to even more attendees, from the comfort of their desk.
Breakfast & registration
Welcome to Corporate Secretary's US Forum 2020
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
Harnessing Covid-19 lessons learned to strengthen governance
• What is the key role of the board at this stage in the continuing/post-pandemic environment?
• What have been successful corporate responses and how can boards apply them going forward?
• Does the pandemic add weight to the stakeholder approach to governance?
Robyn Koyner, assistant general counsel, Coeur
Lopa Zielinski, executive vice president, corporate secretary and head of governance, HSBC
Caroline Koster, corporate secretary, chief counsel at BGC Partners & Corporate Secretary at Newmark Group.
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
Coffee and Networking
Improving risk-management practices in a 'new normal'
• In light of Covid-19, how should boards be thinking about long-term strategy and risk?
• How can the relationship between the board and management evolve to better handle risk?
Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement, NASDAQ
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
Interactive roundtable discussions
The evolution of ESG post-Covid-19
• How has Covid-19 impacted investor appetite for ESG?
• How will the pandemic affect shareholder engagement?
• Can we expect a regulatory response to the pandemic in terms of ESG?
• What does Covid-19 mean for human capital management?
Derek Windham, vice president, associate general counsel, corporate, securities & finance, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Ben Kruse, director, global CSR reporting & insights, AT&T
Tom Reisenberg, director of legal and regulatory policy, SASB
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
Lunch & Networking
What next for the AGM?
• What lessons were learned from the 2020 proxy season for first-time virtual AGMs?
• What are best governance practices for hosting a virtual AGM?
• Will companies revert to in-person meetings next year?
• How did virtual AGMs under lockdown affect investor sentiment and voting?
Edythe Nipper, corporate secretary, South Jersey Industries
Courtney Kamlet, vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary, Vontier
Rose Marie Glazer, senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel, AIG
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
A new start for boards?
• How should boards adapt their practices given their experiences with Covid-19?
• What is the role of the board in overseeing good human capital management and culture?
• What is the outlook for board diversity?
• What next for combined CEO/chair roles?
Liz Riotte, vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Avangrid
Jean Weng, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Voya
Eileen Kamerick, CEO, The Governance Partners
Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine
Cyber-security and data privacy
• How have US companies performed in compliance with CCPA?
• What’s next in terms of cyber-security and privacy regulation?
• What risks should boards be considering going into 2021?
Final thoughts & close of Think Tank
To inquire about speaking at the 2020 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818
Global head of board engagement
Byron Loflin is Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) – acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 – and is architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.
Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Some of his recent published works include: “Love Your Neighbor,” International Banker Spring 2019, “Guide to Board Assessments,” Corporate Board Member June 2019, “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017.
Director of legal and regulatory policy
Mr. Riesenberg is the Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy at SASB. He is the former Deputy General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP responsible for regulatory matters, primarily involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Mr. Riesenberg worked at EY from 1993 to 2013 where he was extensively involved in the major legislative and regulatory developments affecting the accounting profession. Previously he served for seven years as an Assistant General Counsel at the SEC, where he handled courts of appeals and Supreme Court litigation and international legal matters. He was the recipient of the Manuel F. Cohen Outstanding SEC Younger Attorney Award in recognition of his handling of several significant SEC enforcement cases. He also worked as a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., as a litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice Lands and Natural Resources Division, and as an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Riesenberg graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, a Root-Tilden Scholar, and recipient of the George P. Foulk Memorial Award. He received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a former chair of the Law and Accounting Committee of the American Bar Association, former president of the Association of SEC Alumni, former treasurer of the SEC Historical Society, and a current member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Securities Regulation and Law Report. For seven years he was an adjunct professor of securities law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the D.C. Jewish Community Relations Council and the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.
Mr. Riesenberg’s position with SASB is funded through a secondment arrangement with Ernst & Young.
Rose Marie Glazer
Senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel
Rose Marie E. Glazer joined AIG in March 2017. She leads the corporate governance, securities, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and administrative services legal teams.
Before joining AIG, Rose Marie was Senior Vice President and General Counsel – Americas for Siemens Corporation where she oversaw all aspects of the Siemens legal department throughout North and South America beginning in 2012. Prior to that, she was General Counsel of Siemens PLM Software. Before becoming general counsel, Rose Marie was Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Siemens PLM Software. Rose Marie has also served as interim General Counsel of Siemens’ Mesoamerica operations in Mexico City.
In November 2004, Rose Marie joined Siemens PLM Software from Telvista, Inc., an international contact center company. Rose Marie was Telvista’s Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Telvista, Rose Marie held in-house counsel positions at Allied Riser Communications and American Airlines. She began her legal career as an attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Dallas.
Rose Marie was named one of the “Twenty Most Influential Hispanics in Technology” by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine in 2017. In 2016 the National Diversity Council honored her as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology”.
Rose Marie has been featured in numerous publications and is a frequent author and speaker on topics such as Corporate Governance, Crisis Management, Compliance and Ethics and the intersection of Technology and Law. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow.
Rose Marie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She also has a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University. She is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
South Jersey Industries
Edythe Nipper, Corporate Secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc. Prior to SJI Ms. Nipper held the role of Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Heartland Payment Systems. She has also served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, SEC and Governance at Alpha Natural Resources and as a Contract Attorney with US Foods. In each of these roles, she was responsible for providing legal counsel to CEOs, boards of directors and executive leadership regarding securities regulations, corporate governance and executive compensation. Ms. Nipper earned her BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Western Michigan University. She also received her LL.M in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University.
Vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary
Ms. Kamlet is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Vontier Corporation. Prior to joining Vontier in November 2019, Ms. Kamlet served as in-house securities and governance counsel, with roles of increasing responsibility, for several mid- to large-cap companies. Ms. Kamlet started her career as an Attorney-Adviser in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Kamlet has a J.D. degree (2001) and B.S. degree (1998) from the University of Florida. Ms. Kamlet serves on the Society for Corporate Governance National Board andchairs its Membership Committee. Ms. Kamlet also co-created a podcast, Women Governance Gurus, highlighting women in the field of corporate governance.
Corporate secretary, chief counsel
BGC Partners & Corporate Secretary at Newmark Group Inc.
Caroline oversees corporate governance for the Company and also provides legal advice relating to securities, SEC reporting and corporate transactions and other matters. Ms. Koster joined Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. in 2002 and serves as its Managing Director & Chief Counsel for Securities & Corporate Governance. She is also the Corporate Secretary of Newmark Group, Inc. Ms. Koster also serves as Counsel and Secretary for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
Ms. Koster began her career at Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Ms. Koster received her A.B. from Duke University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Legg Mason Closed End Funds, AIG Funds, Associated Banc-corp
Eileen Kamerick is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and SEC Financial Expert who is currently serving as a Board of Directors Member for three NYSE corporations and one LSE corporation.
Her financial acumen and expertise was honed in corporate Senior Advisor and CFO roles for major multi-national companies with businesses in Asia, EU, Africa, and the Americas, including: Amoco Corporation, Heidrick & Struggles, and Leo Burnett.
Eileen is known among top corporations—from small privately-held to global public conglomerates—as a strategic collaborative executive who drives growth and profitability while significantly enhancing stakeholder value.
She has an extensive network created from considerable active involvement with numerous corporate, civic, and nonprofit organizations, both nationally and in the California, Florida, and Illinois markets.
Eileen earned her MBA with honors in Finance and International Business and her JD from The University of Chicago and completed additional graduate work at Exeter College at Oxford University. She was Phi Beta Kappa and Valedictorian of her undergraduate class at Boston College.
EVP, corporate secretary and head of governance
Vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary
Liz has served as Assistant Corporate Secretary for AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 states, since June 2016 and was appointed Vice President – Deputy General Counsel in April 2020. Liz oversees the corporate legal team and provides strategic advice and counsel to AVANGRID’s senior management and board of directors in the areas of corporate governance, securities law compliance and public disclosures, and corporate finance. Liz was previously an associate attorney at BakerHostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio and Verrill Dana LLP in Portland, Maine.
Liz holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Case Western Reserve Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Liz is a member of the Maine Bar and serves as the chair of the boards of directors of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the MWL Education Fund.
Liz lives in Cumberland, Maine with her husband and two daughters.
SVP, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary
Jean Weng is the SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Voya Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides retirement and asset management solutions. In her current role, she works closely with the Board of Directors, advising it on corporate governance practices and trends, overseeing the organization and operation of all Board and Committee meetings and spearheading the company’s shareholder engagement program. In addition to her role as Corporate Secretary, she also oversees Government Affairs and Legal Operations for the Law and Compliance department.
Prior to joining Voya, she was counsel in the Capital Markets Group of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, where she worked on numerous capital raising transactions including IPOs, debt and equity follow-ons and derivatives transactions, as well as advising companies on 33 Act and 34 Act disclosure. She received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, a master’s degree in musicology from Columbia University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She was chosen as the Corporate Governance Professional of the Year for a small/midcap company in the 2015 Corporate Governance Awards by Corporate Secretary magazine.
Vice president, associate general counsel, corporate securities and finance
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Director - global ESG reporting & insights
AT&T Corporate Social Responsibility
Ben Kruse is director of global ESG reporting & insights at AT&T. He is responsible for AT&T’s corporate responsibility reporting strategy, including alignment to leading ESG reporting standards and frameworks, and collaboration with major rating and ranking organizations. In addition to optimizing AT&T’s proactive non-financial reporting systems and performance, Ben’s team works to apply key learnings and best practice benchmarks from the reporting process, to advance corporate policy and programmatic impact. His team also leads AT&T’s biennial CSR stakeholder engagement process, to stay abreast of leading and emerging issues, and to inform the company’s long-term strategy and goal setting. Ben has nearly 22 years of experience at AT&T, with a diverse background in sales, marketing and public affairs leadership. He holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and international business from Kansas State University, and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Kansas.
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Robyn joined Coeur in June 2013 as Senior Counsel. Before joining Coeur, Ms. Koyner was a partner in the Corporate and Securities group of the Chicago office of DLA Piper, LLP. She has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities offerings, joint ventures and other strategic agreements, corporate finance, SEC compliance and corporate governance matters. Before joining DLA, Ms. Koyner was an associate in the Capital Markets group at Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz in Chicago and an associate in the Corporate group of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP in New York. Ms. Koyner holds a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Ben Maiden is the editor of Corporate Secretary, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance issues affecting broker-dealers and asset management firms in the US and Europe. Before that, he was editor of Euromoney Institutional Investor’s International Financial Law Review and IFLR’s Americas editor, working in London and New York.
At our think tanks, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. 2019 attendees included:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Assistant corporate secretary||UBS Bank USA||Senior attorney & assistant secretary||Edison International|
|Assistant corporate secretary||The AES Corporation||Senior counsel||HP|
|Assistant corporate secretary||Church & Dwight||Senior counsel, investigations & anti-corruption||Change Healthcare|
|Associate general counsel and assistant secretary||Booz Allen Hamilton||Senior counsel, investigations & anti-Corruption||IBM|
|AVP, corporate governance||Chesapeake Utilities Corporation||Senior director, corporate governance||Change Healthcare|
|Chief counsel||Marsh & McLennan Companies||Senior director, executive compensation & assistant secretary||Kelly Services|
|Chief regulatory counsel||Change Healthcare||SVP & corporate secretary||Kelly Services|
|Corporate secretary||UBS Bank USA||SVP & corporate secretary||The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America|
|Counsel, corporate securities mergers & acquisitions||HP||SVP, deputy general counsel & assistant secretary||Tapestry|
|Deputy corporate secretary and corporate counsel||Brighthouse Financial||SVP, legal; corporate & board secretary (North America)||Rabobank|
|Deputy general counsel||Pegasystems||VP, assistant GC & assistant secretary||Coeur Mining|
|Deputy general counsel and secretary||Bunge Limited||VP, chief securities counsel & assistant corporate secretary||Newell Brands|
|Manager, global ethics & compliance||Applied Materials||VP, corporate secretary & deputy GC||The Clorox Company|
|Manager, project||Change Healthcare|
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