Author Archives for Kurt Groeninger

The Future of Directorship

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What will directorships look like a decade from now? Mary Pat McCarthy, director at Mutual of Omaha, met with three panelists to find out. Adam Epstein, lead director of OCZ Technology Group, focused on the future of governance for smaller public companies. He suggested that small companies are “immune suppressed” larger companies. That which is only bad public relations for a large company would kill a smaller one. He continued by saying that smaller companies have to place directors on board that are capable of identifying enterprise risks. Kimberly Casiano of the Ford Motor Company took a broader approach and... Read More


Emerging Legal Trends

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The former and current Chief Justices of the Delaware State Supreme Court wrapped up Monday’s sessions with an overview of the emerging legal trends in corporate law. Former Chief Justice Norman Veasey opened the session by explaining some of the history and significance of the Delaware courts on the country’s jurisprudence, explaining that Delaware has had the privilege of shaping the corporate legal issues for most of the country. Veasey then turned the session over to the current Chief Justice Myron Steele, who used three recent cases to highlight two emerging trends in the courts. He first pointed out that... Read More


Building a High-Performance Board

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The first plenary session of Monday morning was an in-depth look at what makes a high-performing board. Panelists included Jack Krol, chairman at Delphi Automotive and director at Tyco International; Owen Thomas, chairman at Lehman Brothers Holdings; and Curtis Crawford, president and CEO of XCEO. Each panelist had undergone a difficult board development process. The session centered on their experiences and lessons learned. Moderator Bob Hallagan of Korn/Ferry International began by asking each panelist, “What does a high-performance board look like?” Krol started with three helpful hints. First, he recommended tracking skill sets against company strategy with the use of... Read More