Sunday, April 23, 2017   

Keynote Speakers


Ram Charan
Business Advisor, Speaker and Author

Martin Lipton
Founding Partner Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Glenn H. Hutchins
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Silver Lake

Ivan Seidenberg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Verizon Communications




Speakers


Michael Casey
Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer Starbucks Corporation

Raj L. Gupta
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rohm and Haas Company

Meyer "Sandy" Frucher
Vice Chairman The NASDAQ OMX Group

Warren S. de Wied
Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Steve Wolosky
Partner Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP

Anirban Chakrabarti
Vice President & General Manager SAP Carbon Impact

Victor Fazio
Senior Advisor Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Ira T. Kay
Director, Compensation Practice Watson Wyatt

Mike McCurry
Principal Public Strategies Washington, Inc.

Jeffrey M. Cunningham
Chairman, CEO, and Editorial Director Directorship.com

Robert D. Sanchez
Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Ellen Odoner
Corporate Partner Weil, Gotshal & Manges

William A. Ackman
Founder & CEO Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

Betsy Atkins
Former CEO and Chairman Clear Standards, Inc.

The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Ph.D.
Former SEC Commissioner and Former Under Secretary of Commerce, Board of Director of Discover Financial Services and Navigant Consulting

E. Noël Harwerth
Deputy Chairman Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe

Patrick S. McGurn
Special Counsel RiskMetrics Group

Nell Minow
Editor and Co-Founder The Corporate Library

William A. Owens
CEO and Chairman AEA Holdings ASIA

Robert J Kueppers
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Deloitte LLP

Maggie Wilderotter
Chairman and CEO Frontier Communications

T. Jeffrey Wilks Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting Brigham Young University

Diane Wittenberg
CEO The Climate Registry




Moderators


Kenneth L. Altman
President and Founder The Altman Group

Frederic W. Cook
Founding Director Frederic W. Cook & Co.

Cindy Fornelli
Executive Director Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)

Joann Lublin
Management News Editor The Wall Street Journal

Robert H. Mundheim
Of Counsel Shearman & Sterling

Robert H McCooey Jr.
Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

Michael Oxley
Senior Adviser to the Board The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

Andrew L. Shapiro
Founder & President GreenOrder, an LRN Company





William A. Ackman
Founder & CEO William Ackman Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.


Bill Ackman is the managing member and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets. Pershing Square has played an active role in creating value at companies including Wendy's International, McDonald's, Ceridian Corporation, and Sears Canada.

Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners, L.P., a public and private equity investment partnership. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers & Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Mr. Ackman's board memberships include the Board of Dean's Advisors of the Harvard Business School and the Board of General Growth Properties, Inc. Mr. Ackman is also a Trustee of the Pershing Square Foundation, a charitable foundation that he launched in 2007.

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Kenneth L. Altman
President and Founder Kenneth Altman The Altman Group


Ken Altman is the President and Founder of The Altman Group, winner of the last three TOPS Awards for Best Proxy Solicitation Firm.

With over 35 years of experience in proxy solicitation and shareholder communications, Ken is one of the most knowledgeable people in the U.S. in the proxy solicitation field. He began his career in the proxy industry in 1969, working part-time in the proxy department of a brokerage firm while in college. In early 1970, Ken joined D.F. King & Company, working there through the balance of his college years and while he completed his MBA. In 1976, Ken joined Hill & Knowlton, then the largest public relations firm in the world, to found and run their proxy business for 18 years. In 1991 Ken was appointed Chief Operating Officer of H&K's U.S. Company.

In 1995, Ken founded The Altman Group. In 2002, the firm expanded its operations and brought in a number of top proxy industry veterans. The firm has since added over 75 people to its staff, been retained by over 750 new clients, and opened a wholly-owned 250-seat call center in Lyndhurst, N..J. Unlike many proxy industry calls centers, the Altman call center is wholly-dedicated to proxy solicitation calls.

The Altman Group, which is widely recognized as one of the premier firms in corporate proxy solicitation, also has developed industry-leading expertise in corporate governance consulting, vote projection analyses, open and closed-end fund solicitations, and institutional shareholder identification.


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Betsy Atkins
Former CEO and Chairman Betsy Atkins Clear Standards, Inc.


Betsy Atkins is the former CEO and Chairman of Clear Standards, Inc. Clear Standards provides Carbon Management Sustainability Software to help organizations measure, mitigate, and monetize carbon in their business operations. In addition Betsy is a highly acclaimed public company Board Director and author. Betsy has served on some of the world's most visible Global public company boards. For 20 years, she has worked behind the scenes at companies like Lucent, HealthSouth, Secure Computing, and Paychex Corp.

Betsy started her business career as an entrepreneur co-founding several successful high tech companies including blockbuster Ascend Communications, $5.4B. Betsy is an effective operational leader, having been CEO three times dramatically scaling, building, and repositioning businesses resulting in acquisitions and public offerings. Betsy was the CEO of Key Supercomputer, Software focused on Seismic Analysis. She has a strong international and operational perspective encompassing the full range of experience from explosive growth to restructuring.

Corporate Board experience covers industries including: Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Technology, and Consumer products. Betsy brings the knowledge of a hands-on entrepreneur on how to rapidly grow a company. Betsy's expertise as a CEO has been in the Supercomputer industry where the software focus was in Seismic Analysis. Additionally, Betsy was the CEO of NCI, a food manufacturer creating neutraceutical and functional food products. Technology and Software is her "home industry."

Betsy has been known for her early stage venture capital firm Baja LLC's technology investments in companies such as Yahoo and eBay.

Betsy was appointed by President George Bush as a member of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Trust Company.

Betsy's publications in the Corporate Governance world including the Conference Board, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and Corporate Board Member. Betsy has also been nominated as Director of the Year by the NACD.

Currently serving on public company boards: SunPower Corporation, Polycom, Inc., Chico's FAS, and Reynolds American, Inc. Advisor to British Telecom. Board Member NASDAQ LLC.

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Michael Casey
Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer Michael Casey Starbucks Corporation


Michael Casey is Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation. Mr. Casey served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CF) and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Starbucks Coffee Company from September 1997 until October 2007 and as Senior Vice President and CFO from August 1995. Before that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Family Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Casey received his A.B. in economics from Harvard College. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Casey is also an active board member of NASDAQ OMX Group Inc., lululemon athletica inc., and Pinkberry (private).

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Anirban Chakrabarti
Vice President & General Manager Anirban Chakrabarti SAP Carbon Impact


Anirban Chakrabarti or "AC" has been an executive in the enterprise software space for well over a decade from large organizations to venture backed startup firms. At SAP, "AC" is the Vice President and General Manager of SAP's Carbon Impact business unit. Previously, he was the President and Co-Founder of a cleantech venture backed startup called Clear Standards that offered the leading on-demand software solution for carbon management and green compliance, where companies can use a single platform to assess their footprint, analyze impact, and act on green initiatives. Clear Standards was acquired by SAP in June 2009. Prior to Clear Standards, AC was an executive at Siebel Systems, Inc. and a management consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Ram Charan
Business Advisor, Speaker and Author Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author. Ram has coached some of the worlds' most successful CEOs. For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Linde and Verizon.

Ram started his business career as a teenager working in the family shoe shop in India. He went on to earn an engineering degree and then MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. He graduated from Harvard with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. He then served on the Harvard Business School faculty. Ram cuts through the difficult problems and gets you to the right insights: he makes difficult problems simple with great insights.

Ram is known for his practical, real world perspective. His expertise runs deep in several areas of business including: Organic Growth, Succession & Leadership Pipeline, Leadership, Corporate Governance, Tools for Changing a Business Culture, Building Top Management Teams, Business Acumen, Execution: Discipline of Getting Things Done, Managing in the Downturn and Culture of Innovation Ram is a favorite among executive educators. He has taught for 30 consecutive years at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and is the recipient of their Bell Ringer award (best teacher). He won the Best Teacher Award at Wharton and Northwestern. He was among Business Week's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Ram is a well-known author, whose books include Execution, co-authored with Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of Honeywell. Execution reached number one on the Wall Street Journal list, and has been on the New York Time's best-seller list for more than one hundred and fifty weeks. Ram's other books include Boards That Deliver, What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, Every Business Is a Growth Business, Profitable Growth, Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Don't, Leaders at All Levels, What the Customer Wants You to Know and The Game Changer, co-authored with A.G. Lafley, Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble. His forthcoming book, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules of Getting Things Done in Difficult Times will be published in January 2009. In the Spring of 2009, his forth book on boards will be published Owning Up: Answering the 14 Questions Asked in Every Boardroom. He also tailors his books for specific client companies such as Gateway, Ford and EDS. He's written articles for Business Week, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Time, Information Week, Leader to Leader, Director's Monthly, Directorship, The Corporate Board and USA Today. Ram is a director of Austin Industries, The Six Sigma Academy and Tyco Electronics. He was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. He serves as a co-host for the Fortune Forum on Corporate Governance and also serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. Ram is based in Dallas, Texas.

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Frederic W. Cook
Founding Director Frederic Cook Frederic W. Cook & Co.


Fred is the Founding Director of Frederic W. Cook & Co., an independent consulting firm providing advice to corporate boards and compensation committees on executive compensation matters. Prior to forming the firm in 1973, Fred was a principal in Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, a firm which he joined in 1966 following four years of service as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Frederic W. Cook & Co. has about 60 employees providing services from offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta. The firm has served about 2,000 clients in 35 years of existence.

Fred is a 1962 graduate of Dartmouth College, an honorary lifetime member of the American Compensation Association and a recipient of its Keystone Award and a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.


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Jeffrey M. Cunningham
Chairman, CEO, and Editorial Director Jeffrey Cunningham Directorship.com


Jeffrey M. Cunningham is chairman, CEO, and editorial director of Directorship LLC, publishers of www.directorship.com and the magazine, NACD Directorship, the leading sources of boardroom intelligence and corporate governance information for public company directors. He has also served as non-executive chairman or board director of 10 public companies including Schindler Holdings, TheStreet.com, and Sapient. His career span includes publisher of Forbes magazine, president of CMGI, and managing director of Schroder Ventures. He is a frequent commentator, writer, and speaker on corporate governance and the boardroom.

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Victor Fazio
Senior Advisor Victor Fazio Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Former U.S. Congressman Victor H. Fazio advises clients on a range of public policy and government relations issues.

Mr. Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California's 3rd District. During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. He was also a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. In addition to his role on the Appropriations Committee, Mr. Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership of the House, holding several appointive and elected positions. He served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, when he was elected chairman, the third-ranking position in the House. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the House Democrats, for four years in the early 1990s. He also was a majority whip-at-large and served as a regional representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Before his election to Congress, Mr. Fazio served in the California State Assembly. Prior to being elected to public office, he was a senior assistant to the speaker of the California Assembly.

After his retirement from Congress in 1998, Mr. Fazio served as the co-managing partner of strategic communications consulting firm Clark & Weinstock in Washington.

Mr. Fazio is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a significant background in journalism and co-founded the California Journal, a periodical covering state government and politics.

Mr. Fazio serves on numerous boards, including the California Institute, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the Campaign Finance Institute, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the National Parks Second Century Commission and Committee for a Responsible Budget. In addition, he is a member of the board of visitors of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine and a former member of the board of the Fund for the Capitol Visitor Center.

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Cindy Fornelli
Executive Director Cindy Fornelli Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)


Cindy Fornelli is the Executive Director for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ). The CAQ was founded to serve investors, public company auditors and the markets.

The Center is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high quality performance by public company auditors; convening and collaborating with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention; and advocating policies and standards that promote public company auditors' objectivity, effectiveness and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions.

As the Executive Director, Fornelli is responsible for carrying out the mission and vision of the Center's Governing Board, which represents the public company auditing firms, the American Institute of CPAs and independent public members.

As the point person in raising the profile of the CAQ on audit-related issues, she has been named one of Directorship magazine's 100 most influential people on corporate governance and in the boardroom. Fornelli was named to Accounting Today's 2009 list of the most influential people in accounting for the third consecutive year. In 2009, Fornelli was named to the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society's Board of Advisors as a member of the class of 2012.

A frequent guest speaker and panelist at prominent business community events, she has been interviewed or quoted by media outlets including Fox Business Channel, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg News.

Prior to becoming the Center's Executive Director, Fornelli was the Regulatory and Conflicts Management Executive at Bank of America. In that role, she was responsible for managing enterprise-wide conflicts that potentially could arise from the bank's delivery of multiple products and services across several business divisions, particularly as these conflicts related to securities regulation. Fornelli also had responsibility for coordinating enterprise regulatory relations with securities and banking regulators.

Before joining Bank of America, Fornelli was Deputy Director of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she was responsible for implementing SEC policy, rules and regulations in the investment company and investment advisory industries.

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Meyer "Sandy" Frucher
Vice Chairman Meyer "Sandy" Frucher The NASDAQ OMX Group


Meyer "Sandy" Frucher is Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ OMX Group. In this role, Mr. Frucher is responsible for global exchange relationships and serves as a senior advisor to NASDAQ OMX's senior management team on a broad range of industry and regulatory issues. He joined the exchange after NASDAQ OMX completed its acquisition of The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, known today as NASDAQ OMX PHLX, on July 24, 2008.

From June 1998, Mr. Frucher was Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Under Mr. Frucher's leadership, the PHLX built an advanced trading system that set new industry standards for exchange trading technology. He also led the effort to demutualize the Exchange making the PHLX the first floor-based exchange to convert from a seat-owned, mutual cooperative institution to a for-profit, shareholding Delaware company. In 2005, Mr. Frucher enhanced the PHLX's competitive position by striking strategic alliances with six key Wall Street and derivatives firms including Citadel Derivatives Trading Group LLC, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Each firm made significant investments in the PHLX.

Mr. Frucher also spearheaded the revitalization of the Philadelphia Board of Trade (PBOT), the futures market subsidiary to the PHLX.

Before Mr. Frucher came to the PHLX, he gained extensive experience in business, government and labor relations. Among other positions, he has served as a Management Consultant to major organizations including World Financial Properties Inc., formerly Olympia and York. He served as Executive Vice President of Development for Olympia and York from 1988 to 1996, where he coordinated and oversaw all development projects in the U.S. Mr. Frucher led two major, quasi-public authorities in New York where he was responsible for the development, financing and construction of complex, large-scale public and private facilities. He served from 1984 to 1988 as President and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority in New York City. Mr. Frucher was Chief Labor Negotiator for the state of New York from 1978 to 1983.

In addition to his responsibilities at the PHLX, Mr. Frucher is the founding chairman and trustee emeritus of the Board of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, an institution responsible for developing the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States. He also sits on the Board of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mr. Frucher received a Bachelor's degree in Government from Columbia University. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Ph.D.
Former SEC Commissioner and Former Under Secretary of Commerce, Board of Director of Discover Financial Services and Navigant Consulting Cynthia Glassman, Ph.D.

Cynthia A. Glassman is a member of the Board of Discover Financial Services and serves on the audit committee. Prior to her current role, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 to January 2009. In that role, she served as the principal economic advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and oversaw two major Federal statistical agencies. She was also the Secretary's designated Board Representative to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), where she was actively involved in PBGC investment policy and corporate governance matters.

Between 2002 and 2006, Dr. Glassman was appointed by President Bush as a Commissioner of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission and served as Acting Chairman during the summer of 2005. As the only Commissioner with a doctorate in economics, Dr. Glassman brought a unique voice to the Commission, where she regularly sought greater rigor in the regulatory process. During her tenure, she was closely involved in developing and voting on the regulations implementing the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as a number of other regulations regarding corporate governance and financial markets. Her role also included voting on numerous enforcement actions.

Dr. Glassman has spent over 35 years in the public and private sectors focusing on financial services regulatory and public policy issues. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years at the Federal Reserve and 15 years at consulting firms. She is a Trustee of the SEC Historical Society and has served on the Boards of the Federal Reserve Board Credit Union, the National Economists Club, Women in Housing and Finance, the Commission on Savings and Investment in America, and Hopkins House, a preschool for low income families.

Dr. Glassman has written extensively on corporate governance, financial reporting, risk management and competitiveness issues. She speaks nationally and internationally before professional and business groups. Dr. Glassman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College. She was a supervisor in economics at the University of Cambridge, England, where she has been named an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

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Raj L. Gupta
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Raj Gupta Rohm and Haas Company


Raj L. Gupta joined Rohm and Haas in 1971 as a financial analyst. He held positions of increasing responsibility during the decade, including a two-year stint as special assistant to the president of the company.

In 1979, he began work in Europe, first as financial manager of the U.K. subsidiary, then as strategic planning director for the region, and finally as assistant manager for the company's substantial operations in France.

In 1984, Mr. Gupta was named business manager for Ion Exchange Resins in Europe. In 1987, he took on the responsibilities of business director for Plastics in Europe. Two years later, Mr. Gupta became business unit director for the worldwide Plastics Additives business.

He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993. Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman's Committee and given oversight responsibility for the company's Electronic Materials business group.

In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman in January 1999. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 1999. Mr. Gupta assumed the additional title of President in early 2005 and held that title until May 2008. Mr. Gupta holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972).

Mr. Gupta is a past Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He sits on the board of trustees for The Conference Board. He is a member of the boards of Tyco, The Vanguard Group, and Hewlett-Packard Company.

He and his wife, Kamla, are residents of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

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E. Noël Harwerth
Deputy Chairman E. Noël Harwerth Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe


E. Noel Harwerth is a non-executive director of Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Company (Chairman, Risk Committee; member, Audit and Investment committees), Logica (Chairman, Remuneration committee),Impellam Group (SID and Audit committee chairman),and Harry Winston Diamond Corporation( Audit committee).

She also serves as Deputy Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Bank. In 2006 she was appointed by the U.K.Government to the Board of the Tote. She served on the board of Corus Group until it was acquired in April, 2007.

Mrs. Harwerth served as Partnership Director of London Underground from 2003-2008, having previously served on the Board of Transport for London, where she chaired the Audit Committee.

From 1998 to 2003 Mrs. Harwerth was Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International PLC in London. She was responsible for Infrastructure and Governance of Europe's first truly pan European bank, with branches in 18 countries.

Prior to joining Citicorp in 1988, Mrs. Harwerth held senior positions in Dun & Bradstreet and Kennecott Copper Corporation, where she worked on large, complex international mining transactions.

Mrs. Harwerth was educated at the University of Texas in Austin and holds a Jurisdoctor degree from the University of Texas Law School. She holds both U.S. and British citizenship.

Mrs. Harwerth is a member of the Guild of International Bankers, Committee of 200, and the International Women's Forum. She serves on the U.S./U.K.Fulbright Commission, the Campaign Board of Historic Royal Palaces, and is a member of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Glenn H. Hutchins
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Glenn Hutchins Silver Lake


Mr. Hutchins is a co-founder of Silver Lake and Co-Chief Executive. He has spent his business career investing in the most rapidly growing and dynamic companies in the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Hutchins is Chairman of the Board of SunGard Corp., and a director of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Previously, he was Chairman of Instinet, Inc., and a director of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., Seagate Technology, MCI, Inc., Gartner, Inc. and Sabre, Inc.

Mr. Hutchins is active in public and charitable service. Mr. Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a Special Advisor on economic and healthcare policy. Mr. Hutchins is a director of the Harvard Management Company which is responsible for the management of the University's endowment. He is also the Chairman of the National Advisory Board, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. Mr. Hutchins is a trustee of the Lawrenceville School, the Brookings Institution and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Hamilton Project, a Director of the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the Investors Advisory Committee on Financial Markets of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Hutchins holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Ira T. Kay
Director, Compensation Practice Ira Kay Watson Wyatt


Ira Kay, one of the nation's foremost experts on executive compensation, is the director of Watson Wyatt's North American compensation practice. In addition, Mr. Kay is a noted author of several books, frequently quoted source for major U.S. media and leading researcher on the relationship between executive pay and company performance.

Mr. Kay works closely with the boards and management of the world's best-known companies to help them develop executive compensation programs that increase shareholder value. His clients include Accenture, Avis Budget, AT&T, Bank of Montreal, Belk, Black & Decker, C.R. Bard, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, DirecTV, EMC, Florida Power & Light, Intuit, Kohl's, Lockheed Martin, Medco Health Solutions, Inc., NYSE Euronext, Quest Diagnostics, Schering-Plough, Wal-Mart and many others.

Mr. Kay offers valuable insights into performance-based pay, stock ownership and the value of stock options through his leading-edge and highly regarded research. He is the originator of the concept of realizable pay (vs. pay opportunity) that is now commonly used to assess the alignment between executive pay and performance. He has helped numerous companies with their proxy disclosure.

A long-time analyst of the executive pay model, Mr. Kay writes and speaks regularly on executive compensation issues. His most recent book, (co-authored with Steven Van Putten), Myths and Realities of Executive Compensation, was published in Fall 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of The Human Capital Edge (McGraw-Hill), CEO Pay and Shareholder Value: Helping the U.S. Win the Global Economic War, (St. Lucie Press), and Value at the Top: Solutions to the Executive Compensation Crisis, (Harper Collins). His articles have been published in the Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly. A dynamic speaker, Mr. Kay has presented analysis of executive compensation issues before the Federal Reserve Board, the S.E.C., the F.A.S.B. and a U.S. Senate subcommittee. He is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, The Economist and other leading publications.

Mr. Kay has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University.

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Robert J Kueppers
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Robert Kueppers Deloitte LLP


Robert J. Kueppers is Deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP and has more than 30 years of professional experience. In this capacity he works closely with the CEO of Deloitte LLP, he is responsible for Regulatory & Public Policy matters and provides direction for Quality, Risk and Legal affairs. He is also a Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP and serves major clients of the firm in an advisory capacity.

Mr. Kueppers previously served as the senior technical partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP in its National Office in Wilton, Connecticut. Prior to that, Mr. Kueppers was in charge of the professional practice group, served as the National Director of SEC Services and served as the National Director of Independence. During his career, Mr. Kueppers was also the Chief Financial Officer of an SEC-reporting manufacturing company in New York and a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the SEC in Washington, DC.

Mr. Kueppers was most recently recognized by Directorship magazine as one of the top 100 influential professionals in corporate governance and in the boardroom. Mr Kueppers is also a member of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers, a member of Yale School of Management's Board of Advisors for the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, and a Trustee and past Chairman for the SEC Historical Society in Washington, D.C.


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Martin Lipton
Founding Partner Martin Lipton Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


Martin Lipton, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy and has written and lectured extensively on these subjects.

Mr. Lipton is Chairman of The Board of Trustees of New York University, a Trustee of the New York University School of Law (Chairman 1988-98), a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and a Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration. In 1976 Mr. Lipton authored, Corporate Takeovers: Tender Offers and Freezeouts, American Bar Association, National Institute on Corporate Takeovers. In1982 Mr. Lipton created the Shareholders Rights Plan ("Poison Pill") which has been described by Prof. Ronald Gilson of the Columbia and Stanford Law Schools as "the most important innovation in corporate law since Samuel Dodd invented the trust for John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil in 1879."

In 1992 Mr. Lipton served on the Subcouncil on Corporate Governance and Financial Markets of the United States Competiveness Policy Council which resulted in his co-authoring with his fellow member of the Subcouncil, Prof. Jay Lorsch of The Harvard Business School, an article, A Modest Proposal for Improved Corporate Governance, which became the template for much of the basic corporate governance principles that were adopted in the 1990's.

Mr. Lipton served as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange Committee on Market Structure, Governance and Ownership (1999-2000), as counsel to, and member of, its Committee on Corporate Accountability and Listing Standards [Corporate Governance] (2002) and as Chairman of its Legal Advisory Committee (2002-2004). Mr. Lipton is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City and served as its Co-Chair (2004-2006). Mr. Lipton has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an L.L.B. from the New York University School of Law. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Trustee of The Economic Club of New York and a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

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Joann Lublin
Management News Editor Joann Lublin The Wall Street Journal


Joann Lublin is management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. She works with reporters in the Journal's domestic and foreign bureaus, conceptualizing and organizing coverage of management and workplace issues. She has written extensively about such issues as corporate governance, executive compensation, recruiting and succession and continues to write her own management stories, predominantly for the Journal's page one and the front page of the Marketplace section.

Ms. Lublin also helps to write and formerly was contributing editor of the Journal's annual special report on executive pay. She previously oversaw the Career Journal pages appearing every Tuesday and was responsible for coverage of career issues.

In July 1971, Ms. Lublin joined the Journal as a reporter in San Francisco and transferred to Chicago in September 1973. She moved to the Washington bureau in April 1979 where she covered labor issues, housing and urban affairs and other beats. After moving to the Journal's London bureau as news editor in January 1987, she became deputy bureau chief in 1988.

She transferred to the New York bureau in August 1990 as a senior special writer covering management. In August 1992, she was named deputy management editor and helped direct the Journal's management coverage. In July 1993, she launched the Journal's column "Managing Your Career." From August 1992 through November 1995, she also helped edit enterprise articles and oversaw small-business coverage.

In September 1998, Ms. Lublin helped initiate the Journal's Your Career Matters page, later renamed Career Journal. She resumed writing the "Managing Your Career" column in April 2000 and became career news editor in July 2000. She assumed her current responsibilities in December 2002.

In 2007, she was a finalist for a Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. In 2003, Ms. Lublin was a member of a team of Journal reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories that exposed corporate scandals, elucidated them and brought them to life in compelling narratives. She was a member of another Journal team that in 2003 shared a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for their "What's Wrong" series.

In 2002, she was honored with a Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award in the general business category for her front-page story, "Uneasy Money – What's Wrong? Deadbeat CEOs Plague Firms As Economy and Markets Roil." Earlier that year she had received the PRO Award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment in recognition of her distinguished career as a career journalist and her consistent and significant contribution to the understanding of human-resources issues through her reporting on management issues.

The San Francisco Press Club and the National Society for Medical Research have also honored her. In 1979, she received a distinguished contribution award in the American Psychological Foundation's National Media Awards Program.

Ms. Lublin frequently appears at conferences about corporate governance and executive pay. In June 2005, she was a keynote speaker at the Fiduciary College hosted by Stanford University Law School. She also keynoted an October 2004 symposium at the University of Colorado on business ethics. She has written free-lance articles for the Columbia Journalism Review, Ms. magazine, Juris Doctor, Family Health, Seventeen and California Living. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Ms. Lublin earned a bachelor's degree in journalism, with honors, from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She received a master's degree in communications from Stanford University.

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Robert H McCooey Jr.
Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets Robert McCooey Jr. The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.


Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of New Listings and the Capital Markets Group. In this role, Mr. McCooey manages NASDAQ's listings efforts both domestically and in the Americas and Asia Pacific region as well as leads the Capital Markets Group. Formed in 2006, the Capital Markets Group is primarily responsible for private equity, investment bank and other Wall Street constituent outreach and works to further NASDAQ OMX's mission to support their business goals and growth plans. Mr. McCooey joined NASDAQ in December 2006.

Prior to joining The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., Mr. McCooey served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Griswold Company, an agency he founded in 1988 which served prominent and developing buy-side institutions. He also served on the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 – 2006 and was a New York Stock Exchange Floor Official for eight terms. Mr. McCooey served on the NYSE's Group Market Performance Committee and was chairman of the NYSE's Technology and Planning Oversight Committee. In addition, he served on the Board of the NYSE Foundation, which he joined in 2003; the board of the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), the technology subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange; and on the Committee for Review, part of NYSE Regulation.

Mr. McCooey has been a regular guest on CNBC and has often been quoted in national news publications regarding stock market activity. He is a director of Iona Preparatory School, as well as St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester, NY. Mr. McCooey attended the College of Holy Cross and resides in Rye, NY.

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Mike McCurry
Principal Mike McCurry Public Strategies Washington, Inc.


Mike McCurry is a principal at Public Strategies Washington, Inc., where he provides counsel on communications strategies and management to corporate and non-profit clients.

McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with over 30 years experience in Washington D.C. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.

McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee's chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1981-1983).

McCurry serves on numerous boards or advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Children's Scholarship Fund, the Wesley Theological Seminary, United Methodist Communications and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976 and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in 1985. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Patrick S. McGurn
Special Counsel Patrick McGurn RiskMetrics Group


Patrick S. McGurn is Special Counsel at RiskMetrics Group (RMG). As the recognized standard in financial risk management, RMG has earned the trust and respect of over 2,300 institutional investor clients, including a broad range of investment managers, advisory and private wealth managers, mutual fund complexes, hedge funds and pension funds.

RMG's ISS Governance Services unit (ISS) is the world's leading provider of proxy voting services and corporate governance research. It recommends votes on ballot issues for more than 40,000 shareholder meetings across 115 markets around the globe.

Prior to joining RMG/ISS in 1996, Pat was director of the Corporate Governance Service at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a not-for-profit firm that provided governance research to investors. He also served as a private attorney, a congressional staff member and a department head at the Republican National Committee. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pat serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Pat is frequently cited by business publications such as The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Bloomberg Radio and TV, BBC Radio, CBS Evening News, CNBC, CNN, Marketplace, NBC Nightly News, Nightly Business Report, National Public Radio, Tech TV and ABC's This Week. He is a frequent presenter at conferences.

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Nell Minow
Editor and Co-Founder Nell Minow The Corporate Library


Ms. Minow was named one of the 20 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship magazine in 2007 and was dubbed "the queen of good corporate governance" by BusinessWeek Online in 2003.

Prior to co-founding The Corporate Library, Ms. Minow was a Principal of Lens, a $100 million investment firm that took positions in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value. Her other professional experience includes serving as President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. and as an attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Justice.

She has authored more than 200 articles and co-authored three books with Robert A.G. Monks, most recently the 4th edition of an MBA textbook called Corporate Governance, published in 2008. In June 2008, Ms. Minow was the sole recipient of the International Corporate Governance Network Award for exceptional achievement in the field of corporate governance.

She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Nell Minow is Editor of the Corporate Library, an independent research firm that rates boards of directors of public companies and compiles research, study and critical thinking about corporate governance. Ms. Minow was named one of the 30 most influential investors of 2002 by Smart Money Magazine and called "the queen of good corporate governance" by Business Week Online. Ms. Minow was formerly a Principal of LENS, a $100 million investment firm that bought stock in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value. She has served as President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., a firm that advises institutional investors on issues of corporate governance, and as an attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Justice.

She frequently comments on the financial markets in the press and on television and has written more than 200 articles about corporate governance as well as chapters in treatises on executive compensation, annual shareholder meetings, and many other related publications and books.

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Robert H. Mundheim
Of Counsel Robert Mundheim Shearman & Sterling


Mr. Mundheim is of counsel to Shearman & Sterling and formerly the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon, Inc. (1992-1997). He was the Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc. (1997-1998). Mr. Mundheim was the University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania (1980-1992) and the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1982-1989). In addition, Mr. Mundheim has served as General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department (1977-1980) and as Special Counsel of the Securities & Exchange Commission (1962-1963).

Mr. Mundheim has been an independent Director of a number of publicly held companies (Union Capital Corporation; First Pennsylvania Bank; CoreStates Bank N.A.; Commerce Clearing House, Inc.; Benjamin Moore & Co.; Hypo Real Estate Holdings AG; eCollege.com) and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quadra Realty Trust and an independent director of Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc. He serves as a Trustee of the New School University and of the Curtis Institute of Music. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and was Chairman of its Governance Committee. He is currently Chairman of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Mr. Mundheim has written extensively on the duties of independent directors and has served as a Consultant to the American Law Institute's Principles of Corporate Governance: Analysis and Recommendations (1978-1994), as a member of the American Bar Association President's Task Force on Corporate Responsibility (2002-2003), and as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Presidential Task Force on Lawyers' Role in Corporate Governance. .

Mr. Mundheim was awarded the Officers' Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2007.

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Ellen Odoner
Corporate Partner Ellen Odoner Weil, Gotshal & Manges


Ellen Odoner heads the firm's Public Company Advisory Group, which advises US public companies and US-listed foreign private issuers on SEC disclosure, corporate governance, financial restatements and internal control matters. She is one of the leaders of the firm's high-stakes corporate counseling team. She also specializes in merger & acquisition and securities transactions, particularly those with cross-border elements.

Ms. Odoner represents boards of directors, audit committees, special committees, disclosure committees and legal and financial officers of US and non-US companies. Representative matters include, the Special Committee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the Audit Committee of EDS, Syncora Holdings, H&R Block, Adecco SA, and UnitedHealth Group.

Ms. Odoner also has extensive experience representing non-US companies in the US and in structuring multi-jurisdictional transactions to harmonize US and non-US regimes and obtain innovative SEC relief. Representative transactions include GE's $15 billion public capital raise and investment by Berkshire Hathaway; Tyco Electronics' cross-border reincorporation; Reuters' acquisition by The Thomson Corporation; Whirlpool's acquisition of Maytag; GE's acquisition of Amersham plc; various acquisitions by L'Oreal S.A; Pirelli SpA's sale of its optical components business to Corning; and numerous acquisitions, disposals and demergers by non-US companies including Hanson plc, Invensys plc and BPB plc.

Ms. Odoner lectures on domestic and cross-border M&A and governance developments and co-chaired an ABA Task Force on the SEC's cross-border exemptions. She is currently assisting the Financial Crisis Advisory Group established to advise the FASB and the IASB.

Ms. Odoner is also active in the firm's diversity and pro bono initiatives. She chairs Women@Weil and leads the firm's representation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2005 she was inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Leaders.

Ms. Odoner is recommended for M&A and Corporate Governance in various publications on both sides of the Atlantic. She was recently recognized among the "100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom" by the National Association of Corporate Directors and Directorship Magazine.


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William A. Owens
CEO and Chairman William Owens AEA Holdings ASIA


Bill Owens is the Chairman of AEA Investors ASIA located in Hong Kong. Through November 15, 2005, he was Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Nortel. Owens had served on the Nortel Board of Directors and took the helm of Nortel following the disclosure of accounting issues in April 2004. Under his leadership, Nortel was reestablished as a strong, stable, ethical fortune 500 company growing strongly and on the path to reestablish leadership in the telecommunications and enterprise IT global marketplace.

Prior to joining Nortel in 2004, Owens was chief executive officer and chairman of Teledesic LLC and before that was the President, Chief Operating Officer and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the United States' largest employee-owned high-technology company.

Owens has served on the board of directors of over 20 public companies and has founded two technology companies, Lumera and the wireless rural telecom company Extend America, now FlowMobile. He is currently on the board of Wipro, Polycom, CenturyLink, Intelius, and AEA Investors LLC. He is or has served a member of several philanthropic boards including the Carnegie Foundation, Brookings Institution and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since relocating to Asia in the fall of 2006, ADM Owens has taken an active role in fostering constructive engagement between the militaries of China and the United States. In February of 2008 he started the Sanya Initiative, a track two military dialogue between retired service chiefs from China and the United States. He also started the Summer Palace Dialogue, which brings together a small group of leading economists from China and the United States to discuss key issues of concern in an unofficial setting.

Prior to his career in the private sector, Owens was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the United States. Owens is widely recognized for bringing commercial high technology into the Department of Defense for military applications, Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations that is the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets and technology for the four armed forces since World War II.

Owens served as commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in 1990 and 1991 during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Between 1988 and 1991, Owens served as senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney, the senior military position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1988, Owens was the director of the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy. In 1987, he served as commander of Submarine Group Six, the Navy's largest submarine group with 20 strategic ballistic missile submarines, 45 nuclear attack submarines, and more than 15,000 men and women. He also commanded Submarine Squadron Four, and the nuclear submarines USS Sam Houston and USS City of Corpus Christi.

On December 1, 2004, Bill Owens received the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. Owens was the North Dakota Citizen of the year, the "Roughrider" in 1996 and is the 1996 David Sarnoff award winner for his contribution to advanced technology. He was one of the George Washington University Distinguished Graduates in 2001 and was recognized as one of The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking in 2004 by Network World, one of the industry's premier publications.

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Michael Oxley
Senior Adviser to the Board Michael Oxley The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.


Michael Oxley, former Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, serves clients in the areas of corporate governance, investigations and government policy. In addition to his position with Baker Hostetler, Mr. Oxley also is Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

After a 25-year career representing Ohio's Fourth Congressional District, Mr. Oxley is best known for his co-authorship of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which restored Americans' confidence in the capital markets early in the decade and created a new accounting oversight board for publicly traded companies.

Mr. Oxley is frequently interviewed and quoted by the news media, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg Television. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors' Blue Ribbon Commission on Risk Governance. In 2008, he was inducted into Directorship magazine's Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have made unique and lasting contributions to the shape of modern corporate governance. In 2007, he was named to the magazine's Directorship 100, an annual list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Mr. Oxley is a popular keynote speaker on a wide range of business topics. He has appeared at the invitation of companies and organizations throughout the United States and the world. Before leaving Congress, he addressed the Economic Club of New York as a guest of honor. To mark the five-year anniversary of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, he spoke at the National Press Club as a guest of the Center for Audit Quality. Since beginning his association with Baker Hostetler, he has made presentations to groups and meetings all over the U.S., including: Major League Baseball's Rookie Dinner; Japan Society; Ohio Telecommunications Association; Japan Commerce Association; Cleveland Tax Club; Stanford University Directors College; Columbus, Ohio, Organization of Corporate Counsel; Topeka Home Loan Bank; Deutsche Bank; Bank of New York; Corporate Women Directors; SIFMA Annual Conference; Harvard Business School Centennial Global Business Summit; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Conference at Sea Island, Georgia.

Among international groups, Mr. Oxley has spoken to: the National Council on Corporate Governance/U.S. Russia Roundtable in Moscow; Atlantic Bridge's Transatlantic Leadership Exchange in Washington, D.C.; the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles; the U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit, Council on Competitiveness in Sao Paulo; the Corporate Governance Conference sponsored by KPMG, Microsoft, and The Marker in Tel Aviv; the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies in Hong Kong; the Oxford India Business Forum in Mumbai; the Franklin Center Conference in Amsterdam; and the Financial Marketplace Regulation Conference at the Sorbonne Graduate School of Business in Paris.

At Baker Hostetler, Mr. Oxley is part of the Government Policy Group, which represents multinational and corporate clients seeking to resolve or avert problems related to federal and/or state policy through legislative or administrative solutions. The team includes a former U.S. Ambassador, senior executive branch officials and state legislators.

Additionally, Mr. Oxley assists private and public companies with establishing governance policies and compliance programs, as well as with confidential investigations related to noncompliance concerns. He also supports the firm's premier White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice, which represents clients involved with complex white collar crime, regulatory investigations and litigation. The practice team has represented top tier banking and investment firms by establishing monitorship programs in conjunction with government regulators in accordance with best practice standards.

Mr. Oxley is a member of APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. At his undergraduate alma mater, Miami University, he supports the Center for Governance, Risk Management and Reporting at the Farmer School of Business. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Miami University, the University of Findlay, and Pace University. In October of 2009, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of The University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio.

While in Congress, Mr. Oxley backed pro-business, low-tax, pro-competition and free trade positions as the best policy atmosphere to support strong economic growth. He is a well-known advocate for free trade agreements and international business engagement and has consistently backed the nation's law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military in the fights against drugs, crime and terrorism. From 2001 through 2006, Mr. Oxley served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which in 2001 consolidated the jurisdiction of all financial services industries in one panel for the first time in the history of the House. The Committee's scope included banking, insurance, securities and exchanges, housing and monetary policy. Mr. Oxley's chairmanship is best-known for the creation of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He led the panel through the aftermath of the tech bubble, the difficult post-9/11 period, and the rash of corporate scandals early in the decade that destroyed investor confidence and sent the markets into a tailspin. Known for his ability to bring Republicans and Democrats to agreement, Mr. Oxley successfully completed many significant pieces of legislation in the Financial Services Committee, many of which are now law. The Committee's initiatives under his leadership included: the Terrorism Risk Protection Act to provide a federal backstop for terrorism risk for commercial insurance after 9/11; the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act to modernize the check-clearing system; the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to prohibit the use of U.S. payment systems for unlawful Internet gambling; the anti-money-laundering title of the USA PATRIOT Act; the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) to provide consumers with a free annual credit report; the Presidential $1 Coin Act to begin a new series of coins featuring U.S. presidents; the Military Services Personnel Financial Services Protection Act to improve the quality of financial services products sold to military personnel; the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act to increase the amount of insured deposits; the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act to create a world-class regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Reform of National Security Reviews of Foreign Direct Investments Act to reform the structure and procedures of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States; and the Credit Rating Agency Duopoly Relief Act to admit new market participants and to create competition in the rating agency industry.

A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1983 to 2001, Mr. Oxley is well-known for his knowledge of federal telecommunications and energy policy. He was a Chairman of the Commerce, Trade and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee from 1995 to 2001, and he made significant contributions to the Telecommunications Act, the Clean Air Act Amendments, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. As subcommittee chairman, he moved legislation that led to the U.S. capital markets quoting stock prices in dollars and cents, instead of the outdated system of fractions. The change was a major factor resulting in more affordable trading for investors, and the move saved investors untold billions of dollars in transaction costs.

Prior to his election to Congress in 1981, he was a special agent of the FBI in Washington, Boston and New York, and a member of the Ohio General Assembly. Previously, he practiced law with the firm Oxley, Malone, Fitzgerald and Hollister in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.

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Robert D. Sanchez
Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Robert Sanchez is a corporate and securities partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Washington, D.C., office. Bob's practice focuses primarily on the representation of technology and other emerging growth companies throughout the United States and internationally. These companies range from start-ups to large public companies as well as sources of capital for such companies. Specifically, Bob represents: Public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions; Issuers, investors, and underwriters in public and private financings; and Public and private companies with respect to corporate governance matters related to strategic transactions and special situations, as well as in ongoing corporate and securities law matters.


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Ivan Seidenberg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ivan Seidenberg Verizon Communications


Ivan Seidenberg is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Verizon. Under Seidenberg's leadership, Verizon has become a premier network company, providing customers with the most advanced and innovative broadband experiences. Seidenberg was instrumental in forming Verizon through a number of mergers and acquisitions, including Bell Atlantic and NYNEX (1997), GTE (2000) and MCI (2006). He also helped create what is now Verizon Wireless in 1999 by bringing together the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, GTE Wireless and the U.S. properties of Vodafone AirTouch.

Seidenberg has led Verizon since its inception, first as co-CEO in 2000, then as sole CEO since 2002 and chairman of the board since 2004. Verizon now operates an advanced global Internet backbone, a premier national wireless network and – with the company's deployment of its high-speed, fiber-optic FiOS technology – a next-generation broadband network. Verizon's leadership in network innovation has earned the company numerous citations and awards, including being named to the BusinessWeek 50, which represents the "best in class" from each sector of the S&P 500.

Prior to the creation of Verizon, Seidenberg was chairman and CEO of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. He began his communications career more than 40 years ago as a cable splicer's assistant and has held numerous operations and engineering assignments, including various leadership positions at NYNEX and Bell Atlantic.

Seidenberg has a long-standing commitment to education and has made Verizon a leader in finding innovative ways to use communications technology to improve educational and literacy performance in the U.S. He also champions diversity both within and outside the company, and under his leadership Verizon's commitment to diversity has been widely recognized.

In June 2009, Seidenberg was elected chairman of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. Previously, he had chaired the Roundtable's Consumer Health and Retirement Initiative. Also in 2009, he became a member of the President's Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. In 2007, President George W. Bush named Seidenberg to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which advises the president on communications issues related to national security, emergency preparedness and the protection of critical infrastructure. Seidenberg also serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Hall of Science, Pace University and the Paley Center for Media.

A New York City native, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, and a master's degree in business administration and marketing from Pace. He and his wife, Phyllis, have two adult children and reside in New York.

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Andrew L. Shapiro
Founder & President Andrew Shapiro GreenOrder, an LRN Company



Andrew L. Shapiro has been an influential voice on environmental innovation in business for nearly a decade. He has built a career, and a pioneering consulting firm, around the idea that sustainability can be a critical driver of profitable growth.

Through his speaking engagements, authorship and professional practice, Andrew has helped some of the world's largest companies build integrated cultures of environmental innovation that create long term business value. His visionary perspective shaped a discourse on sustainable practices in the corporate world long before "going green" was common parlance. His company, GreenOrder, founded in 2000, is recognized for its groundbreaking work with GE, BP, DuPont, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others. Since 2004, Andrew and the GreenOrder team have guided the creation and development of GE's award-winning, multi-billion dollar "ecomagination" initiative. GreenOrder continues to work with Jeff Immelt and his senior team, as well as multiple GE business units on implementation, training and the identification of new product and market opportunities.

Andrew's interdisciplinary approach encourages industry leaders to use environmental sustainability as a lens to transform how they see their business. He is a frequent presenter, panelist and advisor, and his views have been quoted extensively in print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN and MSNBC. Tom Friedman, notable journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient, has included Andrew's thoughts and quotes in his best-selling book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded." Recent presentations include the Forbes CEO Forum, World Environmental Center, Fortune Brainstorm Green, the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Wall Street Journal Eco:nomics conference.

Andrew has been profiled in a New York Times business section feature, "A Dollars-and-Cents Man with a Green Philosophy," and he was named one of two dozen "Enviro All-Stars" by Outside magazine. He is the only strategist on Inc. magazine's list of "50 entrepreneurs who are changing the way we live today." He is a member of the Urban Land Institute Trustees' Advisory Committee on Energy and Climate Change; the advisory committee of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale; and the board of the Southern Center for Human Rights. Andrew is also co-founder and chairman of GreenOrder Ventures, which creates and invests in cleantech and green businesses including California Bioenergy, Class Green Capital and GreenYour.com. He serves on the advisory boards of a number of companies, including LivingHomes, Meetup.com, and Serious Materials.

Andrew is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Yale Law School.

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Maggie Wilderotter
Chairman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter Frontier Communications


Maggie Wilderotter became Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications on January 1, 2006. She joined the company on November 1, 2004, as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Before this, Mrs. Wilderotter was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft, responsible for strengthening customer and partner outreach in the government and education markets, as well as working across Microsoft's business divisions to develop and coordinate forward-looking strategies.

Previously, Mrs. Wilderotter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wink Communications Inc., where she led efforts to develop low-cost, end-to-end e-commerce systems to enable advertisers, merchants, and broadcast and cable networks to create interactive enhancements for traditional television advertisements and programs. Before joining Wink Communications, Mrs. Wilderotter was the Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division. She also served as Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc. and was a Regional President managing the company's California, Nevada, and Hawaii Region.

Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Yahoo! Inc., Xerox Corporation and Procter & Gamble Co. and on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.

Mrs. Wilderotter holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Holy Cross College.

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T. Jeffrey Wilks Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting T. Jeffrey Wilks Brigham Young University


Jeff is an associate professor of accounting at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. He joined the faculty in 2000 after completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University. Jeff teaches BYU's accounting policy and research course, which uses both US GAAP and IFRS to account for arrangements involving fair value measurements, transfers of financial assets, variable interest entities, revenue recognition for software and multiple elements, and other-than-temporary impairments.

Jeff recently completed a two-year leave of absence at the Financial Accounting Standards Board where he worked as an academic fellow and the project manager of the revenue recognition project. While at the FASB, he also worked on the leasing and conceptual framework projects and responded to technical inquiries related to revenue recognition, derivatives, and consolidation of variable interest entities. Although Jeff has returned to academia, he continues to work for the International Accounting Standards Board as an academic advisor on the revenue recognition project. Jeff also serves as an advisor to Connor Group, which provides technical GAAP review, IPO services, and SEC reporting guidance to technology and life science firms.

Jeff's research examines financial accounting and audit topics, including accounting policy disclosures, auditing fair value measurements, and fraud detection and prevention. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Management Science, and Accounting Horizons.

Jeff and his wife, Melinda, have five children—Ashlyn, Tate, Dallin, Tanner, and Maleah—and they reside in Orem, Utah. Jeff enjoys skiing with his family, building furniture, hiking in the Wind Rivers, and camping just about anywhere.

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Diane Wittenberg
CEO Diane Wittenberg The Climate Registry


The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that establishes measurement, reporting and verification standards for greenhouse gas emissions across North America. Its board of directors is composed of 41 U.S. states, 12 Canadian provinces, 6 Mexican states and 4 Native Sovereign Nations. The Registry establishes best practices for voluntary reporting of greenhouse gases by corporations and government agencies. The Registry also helps its member states and provinces collect greenhouse gas data for their mandatory programs.

Immediately prior to becoming Executive Director of the Registry, Ms. Wittenberg was president of the California Climate Action Registry. Previous to leading the two non-profit organizations, Ms. Wittenberg spent 15 years with Edison International, a Fortune 100 company. At Edison she was President of two subsidiaries: Edison EV and Edison Utility Alliances. She also served as Vice President of Southern California Edison and Vice President of Corporate Communications for Edison International. Her responsibilities spanned international and external communications, including crisis management; the start up of profitable new business units; and varied senior management roles.

Ms. Wittenberg is a board member of Thunderbird, the School of Global Management, a graduate school recently ranked #1 for the 7th year in a row by the Wall Street Journal for a Global MBA degree. She serves on the board of Partners in Care Foundation, which supports new models of health care. She is also a member of the board of the California Climate Action Registry.

She received her undergraduate degree at Monmouth College, and attended graduate school at UC, Berkeley. Her husband, David Minning, is a superior court judge in California.

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Steve Wolosky
Partner Steve Wolosky Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP


Steve Wolosky Partner Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP

Steve Wolosky is an experienced corporate and securities lawyer whose practice includes expertise in proxy contests and in mergers and acquisitions. Steve is one of the leading lawyers in the country advising hedge funds on equity investments in public companies, including "activist" situations seeking representation on Boards of Directors of public companies in the United States and worldwide. Steve represented clients who successfully obtained Board representation for foreigners for the first time in both Japan and South Korea.

Steve is involved in negotiating mergers and acquisitions of public companies and hostile takeovers. He has extensive experience representing public and private issuers of debt and equity securities, purchasers and sellers in mergers, stock and asset transactions, and investment funds in their formation, capital raising and investment transactions. Steve also has significant experience in the representation of investment banks in their role as underwriters in public offerings, placement agents in private placements and advisors in merger and acquisition transactions. His expertise includes counseling corporate clients in corporate governance matters, corporate planning and structuring activities, contract negotiations, dealings with stock exchanges and public company compliance matters.

Steve has been repeatedly selected as a Super Lawyer by the publisher of Law and Politics Magazine since 2006. Proxy Contests and Negotiated Board Representation ? Advised Ramius LLC in a successful proxy contest against Tollgrade Communications, Inc., resulting in three Ramius nominees being elected by shareholders to the Board. ? Advised Ramius in a proxy contest seeking representation on the Board of Agilysys, Inc. Successfully negotiated a settlement agreement ending the proxy contest and resulting in the appointment of two Ramius nominees to the Board. ? Advised Steel Partners in the successful consent solicitation to remove two directors from the Board of Adaptec, Inc. and reduce the size of the Board. ? Advised Steel Partners Japan in the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement with Aderans Holdings Co. Ltd. following the defeat of the incumbent Board's re-election. As a result of the settlement agreement, the Company agreed to certain corporate governance matters and to nominate for election to the Board two candidates proposed by Steel Partners. ? Advised Steel Partners in its successful proxy contest against Point Blank Solutions, Inc. where it won majority Board representation. ? Advised Crescendo Partners in connection with its potential election contest against O'Charley's, Inc. and successfully negotiated a settlement agreement resulting in the appointment of three Crescendo Partners nominees to the Board and the Company's submission for shareholder approval of a proposal to declassify the Board.

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Warren S. de Wied
Partner Warren de Wied Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Warren de Wied is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. For more than 20 years, Warren has advised major corporations, private equity firms, and investment banks in connection with significant business combination transactions and contests for corporate control, including domestic and cross-border negotiated mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers and takeover defense, proxy contests, and private equity transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Warren was a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and its predecessor Merrill Lynch & Co., where he headed the firm's takeover defense and shareholder activist response practice. In this role, he advised clients in connection with takeover defense, contested bids, and activist shareholder campaigns, as well as corporate governance and investor relations matters. Previously, Warren was a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he served as co-head of the mergers and acquisitions practice group. His transactional experience covered a wide range of industries, including aerospace and defense, consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, manufacturing and industrials, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, real estate, transportation, technology, and telecommunications.

Earlier in his career, Warren was general counsel of FirstMark Communications Europe, a multinational broadband telecommunications carrier.

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