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Interactive discussions on the big questions facing GRC professionals
The forum took place as a virtual event designed 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 OUR VIRTUAL FORUMS?
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 general counsels, corporate secretaries and experts in the governance, risk and compliance community
In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19 and putting the safety of our attendees first, the Corporate Secretary Forum – US took 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.
Timings are in ET (Eastern Time.)
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Welcome to the forum: Meet the attendees
To kick the day off, please take some time to connect with another attendee via the ‘networking feature’. Like chat roulette, you will be matched at random with a fellow attendee where you can chat and swap contact details.
Opening remarks from the chair and Shearman & Sterling
Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
George Casey, global managing partner, Shearman & Sterling
Presentation: Investor Trust Survey 2020 - what instills investor trust in companies?
Heidi DuBois, executive vice president and head of ESG, financial communications and capital markets, Edelman
Harnessing lessons learned from the pandemic to strengthen governance
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
Rani Doyle, managing director of the EY center for board matters, Ernst & Young LLP
Robyn Koyner, assistant general counsel, Coeur
Marjorie Pierre-Merritt, managing director, senior corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary of oversight and advocacy, TIAA
Lopa Zielinski, executive vice president, corporate secretary and head of governance, HSBC US
Improving risk-management practices in a 'new normal'
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
Matt Geekie, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, Graybar
Caroline Koster, corporate secretary and chief counsel at BGC Partners and corporate secretary at Newmark Group
Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement, Nasdaq
The evolution of ESG post-Covid-19
Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
Ray Cameron, managing director, head of investment stewardship – The Americas, Blackrock
Ben Kruse, director of global CSR reporting and insights, AT&T
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, partner, compensation, governance & ERISA practice, Shearman & Sterling
Tom Riesenberg, director of legal and regulatory policy, SASB
Interactive, virtual roundtable discussion
Join our live, interactive roundtable discussion to share ideas and best practice on the biggest future trends for governance professionals. This session really benefits from participation so don’t be afraid to switch your audio and video on or comment in the chat box. Enjoy!
Moderator: Tim Human, senior reporter, Corporate Secretary
Brian Tomlinson, director of research for the CEO investor forum, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose
Michael Rosen, head of capital markets engagement for CECP’s CEO investor forum, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose
What next for the AGM?
Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
Courtney Kamlet, vice president, associate general counsel & corporate secretary, Vontier
Rose Marie Glazer, senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel, AIG
Edythe Nipper, corporate secretary, South Jersey Industries
A new start for boards?
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
Eileen Kamerick, non-executive director, Legg Mason Closed End Funds, AIG Funds, Associated Banc-corp
Liz Riotte, vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Avangrid
Dottie Schindlinger, executive director of the diligent institute, Diligent
Jean Weng, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Voya
Final thoughts and 1:1 networking
To end the day, please take some time to connect with another attendee via the ‘networking feature’. Like chat roulette, you will be matched at random with a fellow attendee where you can chat and swap contact details. Enjoy!
Close of conference
Global managing partner
Shearman & Sterling
George Casey is Global Managing Partner of the firm and also serves as Global Head of Corporate and M&A, while continuing his full-time practice.
He regularly advises Boards of Directors and management on corporate governance and shareholder relations issues and has written and spoken extensively on current trends in corporate governance, ESG and shareholder activism. He has extensive experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-out sales, strategic investments and joint venture transactions, representing many of the largest U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and investment banking clients. He combines a very diverse transactional and governance experience with a deep understanding of clients’ businesses across the chemicals, healthcare, mining and metals, media, cable, technology and telecommunications industries.
George regularly represents multinational corporate clients, including Anglo American, Celanese, Dow Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline, LANXESS, Liberty Global, Lyondell Basell, Nokia, Novartis and Thomson Reuters as well as sovereign wealth funds.
In 2016, The American Lawyer named George a “Dealmaker of the Year” and “Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker.”
In addition to his work with clients, George is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions. He is also a regular lecturer on U.S. M&A at L’école De Droit De La Sorbonne – Université Paris I.
Managing director, head of investment stewardship - The Americas
Ray A. Cameron, Managing Director, is the Head of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team for the Americas region based in New York. In this role, Ray leads a team of specialists responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Through direct engagement with companies, the team encourages corporate governance practices that support sustainable financial performance over the long-term.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Ray most recently managed the corporate access engagement practice at several investment banking firms, including Stifel and Cowen. In these capacities, he oversaw teams that established and enhanced constructive dialogue with hundreds of portfolio companies’ boards and management teams.
Ray started his Wall Street career at Morgan Stanley on the institutional equity sales desk. After spending several years as a generalist, he became a technology specialist. It was in that capacity, he recognized the potential of corporate access as a stand-alone business opportunity. Ray is credited for creating and managing the first fully integrated corporate access team on Wall Street. His team included a diverse group of sector specialists who were responsible for driving engagements in their respective industries and enhancing relationships with corporate boards and management and with internal investment professionals within the firm.
He was subsequently recruited to re-engineer the corporate access engagement practice at Lehman Brothers. There he successfully maintained the entire team through the Lehman bankruptcy filing and the eventual acquisition of equity assets by Barclays.
Ray earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Managing director, EY center for board matters
Ernst & Young LLP
Rani is a Managing Director in the EY Center for Board Matters. She has extensive
experience working with executive management and boards at public and private
companies on a wide range of corporate governance and business matters.
For more than 15 years, Rani has focused on helping companies and their boards
to develop, maintain, and implement governance and compliance standards. She
assists with matters relating to:
• Board and committee governance, organization, operations and documentation
• Corporate governance philosophy, frameworks and practices
• Director onboarding, orientation and training
• Development, implementation and reporting of board evaluation processes and
• Company and stakeholder engagement and communications
Rani has more than two decades of experience in advising on a wide range of
public company business matters, including corporate strategic and risk matters,
public offerings, private and offshore offerings, other capital markets
transactions, and SEC disclosures and investor-focused communications.
As part of her role at EY, Rani was a member of the EY team contributing to the
Embankment Project for Inclusive Capital (EPIC), focusing on the corporate
governance aspect of long-term value creation. Rani also leads a growing network
of F100 Corporate Secretaries.
Prior to joining EY, Rani was a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in
Washington, DC. Before that, she was Managing Director, Co-General Counsel and
Assistant Corporate Secretary at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, where she
helped lead the company’s 2007 IPO.
Rani began her career with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the
Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Telecommunications and
Computers and later served as special counsel in the Office of International
Corporate Finance. While at the SEC, Rani worked on several major rulemaking initiatives that continue in some force today. She is a recipient of the SEC’s Capital Markets Award.
Executive vice president and head of ESG, financial communications and capital markets
Heidi DuBois is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) expert with two decades of experience in the legal, corporate governance and sustainability areas. Heidi has advised numerous companies on ESG strategy, execution and reporting; engagement with investors and other stakeholders; and partnerships with NGOs and civil society organizations
to advance ESG objectives.
Heidi is passionate about defining the evolving role of business in society, grounded in the proposition that companies with a clear sense of purpose are better positioned for long-term success. As Head of ESG Heidi works with boards and senior executives on the design, execution and communication of their ESG strategies to multiple stakeholders. Prior to joining
Edelman, Heidi was ESG Director for the Society for Corporate Governance, where she developed new programs and managed thought leadership and engagement on emerging ESG trends for boards of directors, business leaders, and corporate governance professionals. Previously, she oversaw the corporate social responsibility and philanthropic functions for BNY Mellon and was instrumental in redesigning the firm’s approach to ESG reporting and communications, as well as
executing partnerships with external stakeholders, including the United Nations Foundation. She also co-authored reports on the opportunities inherent in gender-lens investing, one of which launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Earlier in her career, Heidi practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before serving in positions of increasing responsibility in governance and sustainability at Assurant and PepsiCo. She helped establish the Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, focusing on evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices as contributors to long-term value creation.
Heidi holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law School and the GreenBiz GreenFin Summit. She is a past member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum, a past president of the New York chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance, and serves as a Trustee for the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Heidi resides in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Senior vice president, 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. 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 started his career as a trial lawyer at St. Louis firm Moser & Marsalek, next moving inhouse to Siegel-Robert Inc. and later Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin (now Husch Blackwell).
From there, he was appointed to assistant general counsel at Emerson, and then served as
general counsel and secretary at XTRA Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. He
joined Graybar in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel and was elected to his current position later
Geekie’s broad-based legal experience includes corporate law, corporate governance,
cybersecurity, commercial and securities law, ethics, intellectual property, product liability,
export/import law and risk management. Under his leadership, Graybar achieved national
recognition for excellence in corporate governance in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Geekie is a native of St. Louis, and received both his law degree and undergraduate degree
from Saint Louis University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the St. Louis
Community Foundation, as Chair of its Executive and Gift Acceptance Committee, and as a
Member of its Finance and Audit Committees; as a Member of the Saint Louis Zoo Association
Board and its Government Relations, Investment, Finance and Major Gifts Committees; as
Chair of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Marlin Perkins Society; and as a Member of the Board of
The Oasis Institute and on its Executive and Finance Committees.
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 Board of the Missouri Law Institute. He is a member of Vistage Worldwide, Inc. and a former President of the Saint Louis Zoo Association Board.
He and his wife, Karen, have three children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, golf and
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.
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 & Newmark Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gillian Emmett Moldowan
Partner, compensation, governance & ERISA practice
Shearman & Sterling
Gillian advises companies, boards of directors, executives and investors on compensation and benefit matters, including equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment, retention and severance arrangements. Her practice focuses in particular on issues that arise in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions transactions. She regularly counsels clients on disclosure, corporate governance, trading rules (including Section 16) and the negotiation of executive employment arrangements. Gillian also advises on the applicability of federal securities law, tax law and general employment-related legal issues.
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.
MD, senior corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary, oversight & advocacy
Marjorie Pierre-Merritt is the Managing Director, Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Teachers Insurance Annuity Association of America (TIAA), which has $1.1 trillion in assets under management (as of 6/30/2020) and offers a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and education, and retirement services.
Ms. Pierre-Merritt has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years with experience in establishing, partnering and executing legal and governance-related strategic visions. She has served as counsel and secretary to a number of notable companies in addition to TIAA, such as Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, The New York Times and Pfizer, practicing in the areas of SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, shareholder engagement, annual meetings, executive compensation, compliance with the exchange and other regulatory provisions, among other areas. She launched her professional career as an attorney at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions.
Her initial work experience began as a certified public accountant before she decided to focus on the legal profession. She also serves on the Montclair YMCA board of trustees. Ms. Pierre-Merritt earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.B.A. in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York.
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.
Head of capital markets engagement
Chief Executives for Corporate Responsibility
As Head of Capital Markets Engagement for CECP’s CEO Investor Forum, Michael works with corporate issuers, the buy side and sell side, and other capital markets participants and service providers to deliver the Forum’s mission of rewiring the capital markets towards the long term.
Michael comes to CECP’s CEO Investor Forum from the sell side where he was most recently a Director of Investor Access at UBS Investment Bank. In this role, he advised Investor Relations Officers (IROs) on the development and implementation of high ROI investor marketing programs as well as broader industry trends including MiFID II and the mainstream shift by active investors toward integrating financially material ESG risk factors into their investment processes. Prior to joining UBS, Michael held various positions on both the buy side and sell side including J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Group, and Citi Global Markets.
Michael has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Michigan and is a NIRI 40 under 40 honoree and member of the New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
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.
Research director, CEO investor forum
Chief Executives for Corporate Responsibility CECP
Brian develops executive-ready research to enable issuers to reorient their disclosures toward the long-term. His publications provide principles, frameworks, and management approaches for the practice of long-term disclosure and integration of ESG issues.
Brian’s work on capital markets has been published by Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, MIT Sloan Management Review, the World Economic Forum, IR Magazine, and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.
Brian has a decade of experience as a corporate finance attorney. He has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Oxford University”
Head of event content
Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
Steve Wade is a content researcher and conference producer at IR Magazine where he is responsible for crowd-sourcing intelligence on the big global issues facing investor relations. Steve also creates events where the IROs and the wider financial community can discuss, debate and learn about ways to develop the IR function.
Prior to IR Magazine, Steven’s background has been in corporate social responsibility and responsible investment. During his time at Ethical Corporation (now Reuters Events), Steve launched the ESG symposium, an event focused on connecting the socially responsible investment community with corporate sustainability leaders at listed companies. Steve was a judge for the Deloitte Green Frog Awards, celebrating the best corporate reporting in Eastern Europe. Steve also presented research at the Global Sustainable Event Summit in London and has spoken about extra-financial reporting with the United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank and the Polish Ministry of Finance.
Steve has a Bachelors degree in Event Management and enjoys playing rugby in his spare time.
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.
EVP, corporate secretary and head of governance
At our forums, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. Attendees who joined us this year 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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Key services fall into three distinct areas:
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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.
Our Services Include: Strategic & Defensive Advisory, Governance Advisory, Environmental and Social (E&S) Advisory, Compensation Advisory, Communications, Proxy Solicitation, Depositary Agent, Voting Analytics, Information Agent & Debt Services, Asset Reclamation, M&A and Creative Services.
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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. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com
Shearman & Sterling’s success is built on our clients’ success. We have a long and distinguished history of supporting our clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to emerging and growth markets. We represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and the industries they operate in, our work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.
We have over 850 lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. Nearly half of our lawyers practice outside the United States. Combining legal knowledge with industry expertise, our lawyers provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve their ambitions.
We are committed to forging long-term relationships with our clients, providing them with genuine insight and practical advice, and supporting them as they navigate the challenges of our 21st century global economy.
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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.
Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) is an association focused on promoting good governance in Canada. As a principal advocate for the governance community, we offer a distinct, unified voice for governance professionals in Canada. Through timely and valuable information on recent changes and developments, GPC delivers unparalleled thought leadership through education and networking opportunities. We provide resources, best practices, tools and strategies to elevate the governance skillset, focused on an organization’s overall success, accountability and integrity. This professional association is for individuals across all industries and sectors, whose duties are principally tied to the corporate governance, ethics, risk, legal and compliance functions.
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