NACD is dedicated to recognizing and advancing exemplary board leadership. As part of this commitment, each year we select two individuals who are role models for director professionalism and set the standard for exemplary board service.
Mr. Hanson is the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies. In addition, Mr. Hanson serves as the non-executive chairman of HealthSouth; chairman of Pascack Community Bank; a director of Yankee Global Enterprises; and chairman emeritus of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. His past directorships include serving as lead director for Prudential Financial, Inc., and as a director of CD&L. He is also an honorary director of Hackensack University Medical Center, following more than 20 years of service on their board of directors.
According to Hanson’s peers, he is well deserving of this award. He “exhibits the highest standards of integrity and ethics, courageous leadership under difficult circumstances, and prioritization of stakeholder interests.” He is a leading proponent of excellent corporate governance and director accountability.
Dr. Britell is a senior managing director of Brock Capital, LLC, an advisory and investment banking firm. Additionally, she is non-executive chairman of United Rentals, Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company. Dr. Britell currently serves on the boards of Crown Holdings, Inc., Quest Diagnostics, the U.S. Russia Investment Fund, the U.S. Russia Foundation for Entrepreneurship and the Rule of Law and the Santa Fe Institute board of trustees. Her prior directorships include service to Lincoln National Corporation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Aames Investment Corporation and the TIAA-CREF board of trustees.
Dr. Britell’s executive credentials include senior positions with GE Capital, Dime Bancorp, Inc., HomePower, Inc., Citicorp and Republic New York Corporation. She was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of the Polish-American Mortgage Bank in Warsaw, the first private mortgage bank in postwar Poland.
In nominating Dr. Britell to be the 2011 NACD Director of the Year, her peers cited outstanding boardroom integrity and leadership, as well as “her intelligence, her insight, and her sense of responsibilities on a corporate board.” In addition, they highlighted her ability to apply her financial expertise to important strategic decisions facing the boards on which she serves.
We invite you to join us in congratulating Mr. Hanson and Dr. Britell for their outstanding and well-deserved achievements, and to celebrate director professionalism with us at this year’s NACD Directorship 100 Forum Gala on November 8th at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. We hope to see you there!
To register for the NACD Directorship 100 Forum, go to NACDonline.org/D100. Additionally, directors and executives from NASDAQ-listed companies will save 10 percent on the registration price by entering coupon code OMXSAVE. To register, or to ask questions in person, please email registration@NACDonline.org or call 202-572-2088.