In today’s complex business world, there’s a growing need for well-rounded directors who stay informed on emerging issues and leading practices. Unlike doctors and lawyers, directors do not have a formal certification program. They must find resources, mentors and peers on their own to help them stay up to speed.
The need for this kind of peer-to-peer director education led the National Association of Corporate Directors to create a specialized course of study, the NACD Board Leadership Program. NACD’s new director credential enables directors to not only demonstrate their dedication and commitment to boardroom excellence, but also to showcase the highest standards of director professionalism and anticipate the unknown by learning from experienced, world-class board leaders.
To become an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, participants must be experienced company directors, complete The Master Class and then complete at least 10 more credits of NACD education within 12 months. Participants are required to take a number of formal, skill-specific learning electives to hone their committee skills, keep their knowledge of board function and purpose up-to-date, and prepare them to offer a 360-degree vision to shareowners, companies and their board colleagues.
After completion of the program, fellows must complete at least 10 credits of NACD director education every year to maintain their status as NACD Board Leadership Fellows.
The first 16 NACD Board Leadership Fellows were recognized at a dinner in New York City in May. Collectively, this elite group represents boards of more than 60 companies and provides a snapshot of the caliber of directors engaged in continuous learning with America’s premier membership organization for board members:
- Donald Anthony, director, CHS Inc.; director and chairman, All Points Cooperative; chairman, Nebraska Beginning Farmer Board; former director, Farmland Industries
- Urmi Ashar, president and chief executive officer, NACD Three Rivers Chapter; trustee, Excela Health System
- John F. Bergstrom, director, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Associated Banc-Corp., Green Bay Packers, Kimberly-Clark Corp., and Wisconsin Energy Corporation; chairman and chief executive officer, Bergstrom Corporation
- The Honorable Carlos Cardozo Campbell, director, Herley Industries, PICO Holdings, Inc., and Resource America, Inc.
- George H. Ellis, director, Blackbaud, Inc., Liquidity Services, Inc.; advisory board member, Building Communities Workshop and The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance; chief financial officer, Global 360, Inc.
- Virginia Gambale, director, JetBlue, Piper Jaffray, Knoa, and Infonic A.G.; director and chairman, Kurtosys, Ltd.; managing partner, Azimuth Partners, LLC
- G. Scott Greenburg, director, Sahale Snacks, Inc., InSpa Corporation, and Calidora Skin Clinics, Inc.; senior partner, K&L Gates, LLP; chairman and past president, NACD Seattle-Northwest Chapter
- Suzanne M. Hopgood, director, Newport Harbor, Corp.; former managing director, Board Advisory Services, NACD; president and chief executive officer, The Hopgood Group, LLC
- William H. Joyce, director, CVS Caremark Corp., Momentive Performance Materials Holdings, Inc.; chairman and chief executive officer, Advanced Fusion Systems, LLC; former chairman and chief executive officer, Nalco Company and Union Carbide Corp.
- Ronald Kesselman, director, Imperial Sugar Company, Inventure Foods, and NewPage Corporation; former chairman and chief executive officer, Elmer Products, Inc.
- Stuart R. Levine, director, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.; lead director, J. D’Addario & Company, Inc.; director, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, The Nature Conservancy, and American College of Physicians; chairman and CEO, Stuart Levine and Associates.
- Michael R. McCarthy, director, Cabela’s Incorporated, World’s Foremost Bank, N.A., Election Systems & Software, Union Pacific Corporation, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., and Creighton University; founder, McCarthy Group
- Michael N. Pocalyko, director, Herley Industries; chairman, TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; former chairman, Advanced Environmental Resources, Inc. and Erdevel Europa S.A.R.L.; managing director and chief executive officer, Monticello Capital
- David E. Preng, director, Cal Dive International, Inc.; lead director, Community National Bank; founding director/president, NACD Texas TriCities Chapter; member, Texas A&M University International Advisory Board; fellow, Institute of Directors (London); former director, Remington Oil and Gas Corp., Maverick Oil, and BPI Energy Holdings; president and chief executive officer, Preng & Associates
- William H. Sheffield, director, Ontario Power Generation, Velan Inc., Houston Wire and Cable, and Canada Post; former chief executive officer, Sappi Fine Paper
- Lewis Solomon, chairman, Anadigics, Inc., Harmonic, Inc., and Lantronix, Inc.; former executive vice president, Alan Patricof Associates; founder and chairman, SCC Company
“As a director in today’s rapidly changing corporate environment, board leadership requires keeping current, fresh and, above all, relevant,” said Michael Pocalyko, one of the new NACD Board Leadership Fellows. “NACD events are among the only places where I can speak with my peers frankly, confidentially and unimpeded. By participating in the full range of NACD director education and becoming a Board Leadership Fellow, I get early intelligence on emerging issues—so my boards can engage these issues as opportunities instead of reacting to them as challenges. These advantages not only ground me as a director, but ultimately benefit the companies and the shareholders I serve.”
Directors who are interested in becoming an NACD Board Leadership Fellow can contact NACD’s registrar at 202-572-2088 or email Fellowships@NACDonline.org.
For information about the NACD Board Leadership Fellowship program, please visit http://www.nacdonline.org/Education/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3577&navItemNumber=3704.