Author Archives for Kimberly Simpson

A Well-Tailored Story of Shareholder Activism

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Chico’s FAS, parent company of the Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma brands, made headlines in 2016 when an activist investor dropped its bid for board seats at the company. Chico’s FAS was one of the largest U.S. companies targeted in a 2016 proxy contest. The company’s victory was credited to a number of factors, including the new CEO’s clear vision and the board’s preemptive work on governance. NACD’s Florida Chapter recently convened a program at the Chico’s FAS headquarters in Fort Myers, hearing insights from NACD Florida Chapter Board member and Chico’s FAS Chair David Walker; Jan Fields, chair... Read More


Perspectives for Leadership: The New World Order

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Regardless of which party is in the White House, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) more than 17,000 members will have a significant impact on both our economy and the country’s social fabric. The importance of strong corporate leadership was one of many topics discussed when the NACD Atlanta Chapter hosted a discussion about the Trump administration’s new world order. Despite different party allegiances, six-term Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Republican strategist Ron Kaufman shared their optimism about the country and the global economy. Moderator Eric Tanenblatt led an informative and insightful discussion in which each panelist shared his perspective on... Read More


13 Questions Directors Should Ask in Post-Election America

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What questions should board members ask the leadership of their companies in the weeks to come? Political experts Terry Baxter, who served in three presidential administrations and is the former CEO of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Alex Castellanos, co-founder of public affairs firm Purple Strategies and current member of CNN’s political analysis team, opined on considerations for the business community in this time of political and societal uncertainty. Castellanos shared that President-Elect Donald J. Trump is highly aware that his administration will be under pressure to enact policies that produce economic growth. Both panelists agreed that the... Read More