Author Archives for Cheryl Soltis Martel

Keynote: Hon. Olympia J. Snowe

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NACD Chairman Emerita Barbara Hackman Franklin introduced the first keynote speaker of the day: former Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), who is also a director of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Bipartisan Policy Center. With the government shutdown continuing, Snowe offered an insider’s perspective of what’s causing the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and the likelihood of Congress and the president reaching agreement on long-term fiscal and regulatory issues. Snowe has first-hand experience in navigating a government shutdown in Congress—her first year in the Senate was 1995 when the last shutdown occurred. She noted that during that time a... Read More


Opening Remarks: Ken Daly

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NACD by the Numbers National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) President and CEO Ken Daly opened the second day of the annual NACD Board Leadership Conference with a status report of where the organization is now and where it is headed. Current Status 14,000: Number of NACD members. 75: Percentage of members who are public company directors (about 1,000 are full board members). 93: Percentage of member retention. 3,000: Participants in 2013 NACD education events. 10,000: Number of NACD webinar viewers. 1,000: Number of NACD Fellows. 22: Number of NACD chapters—5,500 people attended chapter events. 28: Pieces of intellectual capital... Read More


In Conversation with Laban Jackson

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. has frequently made headlines since news of the London Whale broke. In a candid interview with Jeffrey M. Cunningham, managing director and senior advisor of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Director and Audit Chairman Laban Jackson shares how the company is navigating current challenges and preparing for future ones. The London Whale Investigation Jackson noted that one of the root causes of the London Whale was tied to culture. “The culture totally broke down,” he explained. “The real culture at JPMorgan–or at any great company–is if you have a problem and you raise your... Read More