Former Executive Director, Governance Center
Barbara Blackford is currently a Senior Advisor to The Conference Board Governance Center and serves as the reporter for The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement. Barbara recently retired from Superior Essex Inc., a Fortune 750 wire and cable manufacturer acquired by LS Corp, a leading South Korea exchange listed company and a member of the LS Group. Barbara has also served as General Counsel of AirGate PCS, a NASDAQ listed Sprint affiliate and Associate General Counsel of Monsanto Company. While at Monsanto, she was head of the Corporate Securities, Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions legal functions and oversaw more than $40 billion in M&A activity. In all of these roles, she was primarily responsible for providing legal support to the Board of Directors, securities compliance, and executive compensation.
Previously, Barbara served as the reporter for The Conference Board Task Force on Executive Compensation. Barbara has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and is a frequent speaker on governance and securities laws.