The Conference Board Governance Center continues to be recognized for its work in the corporate governance space as Director Paul DeNicola was named a Millstein Center Rising Star of Corporate Governance for 2011 yesterday. The Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance
announced the award in New Haven at its fourth annual Governance Forum.
The Rising Star award recognizes “global corporate governance professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark as outstanding analysts, experts, directors, managers or advocates.”
“We have the privilege to recognize young and upcoming corporate governance professionals from around the world through this Rising Stars award,” said Ira M. Millstein, senior associate dean for Corporate Governance at the Yale School of Management and namesake for the center. “We are entering into a new era of corporate governance and this year’s honorees are among the next generation of leaders who will help define it.”
DeNicola, who had been named to the Directorship
100 list in 2009 and 2010, hopes an award such as this will continue to get out the word on the work of the Governance Center.
“I am truly honored to be included in such a group of young corporate governance professionals,” Paul DeNicola, director of The Conference Board Governance Center. “I believe it is a reflection of all the good work that is being done by the Governance Center in these transitional and volatile times. Through the use of social media, the Center has been able to expand the valuable service it has provided to those in the governance space for nearly two decades.”
The Conference Board President and CEO Jon Spector believes the Governance Center is a “Rising Star” in its own right.
“We are extremely pleased that Paul DeNicola has been recognized by the Yale Millstein Center,” said Jon Spector, President & CEO of The Conference Board. “Paul’s passion and expertise in corporate governance is unmatched. Governance best-practice is increasingly seen as the key to unlocking the full potential of business to serve global markets and societies. As the ‘Rising Star’ award indicates, we expect Paul to be at the forefront of governance research and debate for years to come.”
Under DeNicola’s leadership, The Conference Board Governance Center has embarked on an ambitious agenda of research and outreach, which has included the introduction of the Director Notes
series and a Governance Center Blog
. Through its Directors’ Institute, the Governance Center is a world leader in engaging directors, chairmen, and CEOs on governance issues, offering tailored educational programs as well as numerous peer-to-peer learning groups.
In 2010, DeNicola authored Handbook on Corporate Political Activity: Emerging Corporate Governance Issues
, a timely review for companies evaluating the risks and rewards of various forms of political spending. Recent high-impact initiatives also include The Conference Board’s 2009 Task Force on Executive Compensation. In addition to his work in governance, DeNicola teaches philosophy and ethics at the European Graduate School, The City College of New York, Hofstra University, and Nassau Community College.
DeNicola joins 10 other 2011 Millstein Center Rising Stars from a broad range of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. The nominees were chosen by a committee comprised of members from the Millstein Center, the Open Compliance and Ethics Group, the International Corporate Governance Network, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
In addition to DeNicola, the Rising Stars of Corporate Governance for 2011 are:
- Erik Breen, Head of Responsible Investing, Robeco (Neth)
- Theodore Dysart, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles (US)
- Alex Edmans, Assistant Professor of Finance, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (US)
- Keir Gumbs, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP (US)
- Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, FairPensions (UK)
- Mostafa Hunter, Visiting Professor, Management Center Innsbruck (Egypt)
- Lisa Beth Lentini, Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Best Buy Co., Inc. (US)
- Lucy P. Marcus, CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd. and Non-Executive Board Director (UK)
- Arminta Saladziene, Chairman of the Management Board, NASDAQ OMX Vilnius and Chairman of the Board, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (Lithuania)
- Dr. Steve Waygood, Head of Sustainability Research and Engagement, Aviva Investors (UK)
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