Sunday November 23, 2014

The Directorship 100

The veritable who’s who of the American corporate governance community, the Directorship 100 reveals the most renowned boardroom influentials.


Dina Dublin, Microsoft, Accenture, PepsiCo
Dina Dublon’s
extensive global financial management experience makes her an influential member of the three public company boards she serves on. From 1998 until her retirement in 2004, Dublon served as CFO for JPMorgan Chase. During that time, she was responsible for global financial management and reporting, related technology and operations, strategy and acquisitions, corporate treasury, investor relations and taxation. She played a vital role in the mergers of Chemical Bank with Manufacturers Hanover, Chase, JPMorgan and Bank One. Dublon joined the Microsoft board in 2005 where she serves on the audit committee. She chairs the finance committee for the Accenture board which she joined in 2001 and the audit commitee of PepsiCo, which she joined in 2005.

J. Michael Cook, Comcast, Burt’s Bees, International Flavors & Fragrances
As the chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche, J. Michael Cook oversaw the 1989 global merger of Deloitte Haskins & Sales and Touche & Ross, thus creating one of the nation’s leading professional services firms. A highly sought-after board director, Cook serves as audit committee chair for Comcast International and Burt’s Bees, compensation committee chair at International Flavors & Fragrances and is chairman emeritus of Catalyst. In addition to his board service, Cook has been singled out throughout his career for his commitment to the advancement and retention of high-level women executives.

Raymond J. Groves, Boston Scientific
Inducted into the Accountants Hall of Fame in 1999, Raymond J. Groves was nowhere near finished leaving his mark on the world of corporate governance. Now a director at Boston Scientific and named ombudsman for Standard & Poor’s in 2009, Groves is revered by peers for his smarts, wit and energy. The chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young for 17 years, Groves retired in 1994. He then served as chairman of Legg Mason Merchant Banking from 1995 to 2001 and in various executive roles at Marsh & McLennan, including president, chairman and senior advisor, and member of the board of its parent company, Marsh & McLennan.

Groves currently serves on the boards of Boston Scientific, Colorado Physicians Insurance Company and Group Ark Insurance Holdings.

Curtis J. Crawford, B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award
“Curt [Crawford] is always prepared,” wrote ITT CEO Steven R. Loranger to the NACD. “He never misses a board meeting, is always engaged and…initiates many provocative questions that make all of us expand our thinking.”

In recognition of decades of exemplary leadership, mentorship and influence on corporate boards and the greater governance arena, Curtis J. Crawford, PhD, founder and CEO of XCEO, Inc., will be honored with the B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award by the NACD. The award is given in honor of the former NACD chairman who was instrumental in bringing management, boards and investors together to find common ground on issues of transparency, director independence and corporate responsibility.

Crawford’s career as a board member has been marked by his attention to board process above and beyond requirements and his willingness to mentor others in his high ethical standards for leadership. He has served as chairman of the board of ON Semiconductor; chairman, president and CEO of Zilog; president, CEO and director of Onix Microsystems and chairman of ISTAT. His current public company board service includes ON Semiconductor, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and ITT.

His considerable expertise helps ON Semiconductor’s board execute “strong and informed decisions,” wrote ON CEO Keith Jackson in an endorsement letter to NACD. “Rarely have I seen a director with the integrity, maturity and sense of duty demonstrated by Crawford.” He is the author of two titles on corporate governance and leadership: Corporate Rise: The X Principles of Extreme Corporate Leadership and Compliance and Conviction: The Evolution of Enlightened Corporate Governance.

Bonnie G. Hill, Home Depot, AK Steel Holding, California Water Service Group, Yum! Brands
In addition to serving as president of the consulting firm she founded in 2001 to advise boards and companies, Bonnie G. Hill serves on four public boards. She currently chairs the nominating and governance committee at Home Depot, sits on the compensation committee at Yum! Brands and has served on AK Steel Holding’s board since 1994. Her board duties at California Water Service Group include chairing a charter committee on organization and compensation.

Hill is the co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company, where she has served as COO since 1998. She lends her expertise as a director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and as a member of the Investors Advisory Group of the PCAOB.

Mellody Hobson, DreamWorks Animation, Estée Lauder, Starbucks
Rare is the public company director who is recognizable to the public at large. That’s Mellody Hobson. The president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, Hobson is often featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, offering the everyday consumer practical financial advice. She also appears as a featured consumer finance expert on Tom Joyner’s “Money Mondays” radio program and is a regular columnist for Black Enterprise magazine.

As president of Ariel Investments, Hobson leads firm-wide management and strategic planning. She serves on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Estée Lauder and Starbucks. She is also on the board of governors of the Investment Company Institute and a member of the SEC
Investor Advisory Committee.

Edward Kangas, 2010 Corporate Governance Hall of Fame

Richard L. Keyser, Public Company Director of the Year
NACD’s 2010 Public Company Director of the Year honoree, Richard L. Keyser, is chairman emeritus of the board and former CEO of W.W. Grainger.  Keyser’s leadership is evident by the fact that he was the first non-family member to ever lead Grainger and only retired once a solid succession plan was in place.

As a member of the compensation, nominating and governance committees and chairman of Rohm and Haas Co., its former CEO, Raj L. Gupta says he frequently sought Keyser’s guidance both in and out of the boardroom. “He was always available and thoughtful in his comments,” Gupta told the NACD in nominating Keyser for the award.

During the economic crisis, Keyser served on the board of Principal Financial Group and witnessed first hand the adverse effects on the financial system as a whole and to PFG in particular. He also served on the board of Rohm & Haas during its prolonged public, sometimes contentious, sale transaction to Dow, which the chemical giant tried to terminate as the economy deteriorated.

Throughout his years of board sevice, he was at the helm of Grainger, directing the global business-to-business products distributor’s response to the crisis. For providing excellent service, Keyser has received numerous awards from customers including Rubbermaid, Heinz, Abbott Laboratories, Healthtrust Purchasing Group, Masco, Sysco, General Motors and American Airlines.

In addition to PFG, Keyser currently serves as a director for Zebra Technologies Corp., The NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute and The National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Blythe J. McGarvie, Accenture, Pepsi Bottling Group, The Travelers Companies, Viacom, WaWa
Blythe J. McGarvie frequently lends her expertise to audiences worldwide, often speaking on consumer markets, global economic trends and leadership strategy in the C-suite and boardroom. She currently writes a column for The Huffington Post on topics as diverse as the Shanghai World Expo, President Obama’s first 100 days in office and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. McGarvie was appointed Senior Fellow for Northwestern University’s Kellogg Innovation Network. Her latest book, Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World, was published in January 2009. She focused on economic trends and what strategies afford the most success in the global marketplace. She serves on the boards of Accenture, Pepsi Bottling Group, The Travelers Companies, Viacom and WaWa.

Charles H. Noski, Microsoft
Having previously been a director of Morgan Stanley, AT&T and Northrop Grumman, Charles H. Noski lends his extensive financial leadership experience to Microsoft and, most recently, to Bank of America, where he is CFO. Noski began his career at Haskins & Sells, the accounting firm now known as Deloitte & Touche, where during his 17-year tenure he worked his way up to partner. He served as COO of Hughes Electronics, a publicly traded subsidiary of General Motors. At AT&T, he served as CFO and vice chairman of the board. Upon the completion of AT&T’s restructuring, he retired in 2002. It wasn’t long before he joined the board at Microsoft where he chairs the audit committee.

In May 2010, Noski was named CFO and a member of the executive team for Bank of America, assuming responsibility for all finance functions as well as corporate treasury, global corporate strategy planning and development, investor relations, corporate investments and global principal investments.

James D. Robinson III, The Coca-Cola Co.
After serving as chairman and CEO for American Express from 1977 to 1993 and non-executive chair of Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2005 to 2008, James D. Robinson III has remained an active player in the boardroom. He currently sits on the Coca-Cola board and serves as an advisor to Novell. As a general partner at RRE Ventures, he serves on a number of private-company boards including On Deck Capital, Prime-Revenue and SkyGrid. In addition to his board appointments, Robinson is honorary chairman of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former vice chair of the Business Roundtable.

His big-company public board experience is augmented by a devotion to entrepreneurship. As one venture-backed company executive put it, Robinson is a director who brings the “right balance of peerless industry reputation and independence that is so crucial to early-stage technology companies.”

Maggie Wilderotter, Procter & Gamble, Xerox
The chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, Maggie Wilderotter has been integral to building the largest rural communications provider in the country. Wilderotter—who joined Frontier in 2006 from Microsoft where she was senior vice president of business strategy—drove a deal to acquire Verizon Communications’ rural lines in 14 states in 2009. The $8.6-billion acquisition was one of the largest to date in the telecom sector and secured Frontier’s leading position in its marketplace.

Wilderotter was named to the board of Procter & Gamble last year. At that time, long-time P&G Chairman Alan G. Lafley said, “Maggie’s outstanding business acumen and broad strategic and leadership experience will make her a valued board member. Her knowledge of media, communications and information technology will help us accelerate P&G’s growth.” Wilderotter currently serves on Procter & Gamble’s compensation and leadership development and governance and public responsibility committees.

In 2006, she was elected to the Xerox board where she chairs the finance committee, which reviews the company’s cash position, capital structure and financing strategies. Wilderotter recently stepped off the board of Yahoo, where she had chaired the audit committee.

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Comments on “The Directorship 100”

  • carl clark says:

    I’m wondering where the proxy solicitors are on this list.

    • This is a good question and one we will take up in our 2011 survey of reader’s choices for the NACD Directorship 100 list. Thank you for bringing to my attention.

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