The past year has certainly been challenging for both corporate directors and executives. With some economic indicators showing we are slowly recovering from the Great Recession, and with pending threats such as the European debt crisis still on the horizon, boards of directors and C-suite executives realize that we are far from being out of the woods. Seems like we’re on a see-saw; some good information is encouraging, and then other news pulls us back. In the end, directors and governance professionals represented in the NACD Directorship 100 are working to achieve a stronger and more successful future.
In times like these, it is important that corporate leaders do not lose sight of their most fundamental of duties: upholding and championing good governance. Those who truly take these duties to heart and set the standards deserve recognition. The 2011 NACD Directorship 100 Forum will honor these corporate governance leaders, who include not only directors but also regulators and rule makers, investors, attorneys and the plaintiffs’ bar, auditors and accountants, compensation advisors, D&O liability advisors, journalists, policy advisors and more.
The 2011 list of honorees includes more than 100 directors and corporate officers, as well as an additional 100+ boardroom advocates who have each contributed to upholding the highest standards in corporate governance. Each honoree is chosen based on a quantitative NACD Directorship survey that includes peer input, expert review, major media references and final review by an editorial advisory board for each of the more than 1,000 nominations received.
This year’s honorees include:
- Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase
- Maria Elena Lagomasino, director, Coca-Cola and Avon
- Honorable Janice Rogers Brown, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Joann Lublin, reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Brad Karp, chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
- Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance, Cal STRS
The NACD Directorship 100 awards will also highlight a few select governance community members who deserve Hall of Fame status for their long standing and tenured contributions in championing corporate governance. Those individuals include:
- Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
- Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
- Ann Fudge, director, General Electric, Novartis and Unilever
- Charles Munger, vice chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- Harvey Pitt, CEO, Kalorama Partners
- Norman Augustine, former chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
NACD president and CEO Ken Daly said that this year’s honorees “have displayed an ability to apply their own individual attributes in raising the standards of boardrooms throughout the country.” Daly went on to note that each award recipient has “demonstrated core values in advancing corporate governance while also weathering the economic and regulatory uncertainties that have defined this past year.”
Promoting best practices in corporate governance, including transparency and accountability in the boardroom, remains a top priority regardless of the external factors that shape a business environment. This year’s honorees continued to be leading advocates of the behaviors and practices that define corporate governance while also adding core values to the corporations and organizations in which they serve.
The NACD D100 Forum is the most prestigious corporate governance event of the year. Boardroom leaders, corporate executives and others who add value to the corporate governance climate deserve the recognition of their peers and national leaders, and this forum gives them that opportunity.
To view the full list of 2011 NACD Directorship 100 honorees, please visit www.NACDonline.org/2011-D100-Honorees.
To join this year’s winners and attend the forum, register by visiting www.NACDonline.org/D100 or contacting NACD’s Conference Concierge at 202-572-2088.