Over the course of 2013, the task force and advisory board held three Public Forums to inform their debate and recommendations. The task force and advisory board would like to thank the following individuals for their contribution at the public forums.
Issues with Engagement
The first of three public forums, convened by The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement and led by the Advisory Board on Corporate/Investor Engagement, examined the state of the corporate/investor engagement paradigm and sought to identify the positive elements as well as potential areas to be addressed by the Task Force.
Program Chair: Paul F. Washington, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Time Warner Inc.
Amy Goodman, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Sophie L’Helias, Senior Fellow, Governance Center, The Conference Board
Ann C. Mulé, Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware
Charles Nathan, Partner and Senior Advisor, RLM Finsbury
Judith F. Samuelson, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
John C. Wilcox, Chairman, Sodali Ltd
The Role of Investors in Public Corporations
The second of three public forums, convened by The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement and led by the Advisory Board on Corporate/Investor Engagement, examined the role of investors in the public corporation.
Program Chair: Edward B. Rock, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Glenn Booraem, Principal of the Vanguard Group, Inc.
Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Environmental, Social and Governance, New York City Office of the Comptroller
Holly J. Gregory*, Partner, Sidley Austin, LLP
The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Martin Lipton, Founding Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
Chris Young, Managing Director and Head of the Takeover Defense Practice, Credit Suisse Group
*Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP at time of participation
The Role of Proxy Advisory Firms
The final public forum, convened by The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement and led by the Advisory Board on Corporate/Investor Engagement, examined the role of proxy advisors in corporate/investor engagement.
Program Chair: Kayla J. Gillan, Leader, PwC Investors Resource Institute
- Martha L. Carter, Ph.D., Global Head of Research, and Managing Director of Corporate Governance, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.
- Ambassador James K. Glassman, Co-Author, How to Fix Our Broken Proxy Advisory System, George Mason University, Mercatus Center; Member, SEC Investor Advisory Committee
- Michael P. McCauley, Senior Officer, Investment Programs & Governance, Florida State Board of Administration
- Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Co.
- Charles G. Tharp, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Center on Executive Compensation
- William Ultan, Senior Managing Director – Corporate Governance,
Morrow & Co., LLC
- Sarah Wilson, Managing Director, Manifest
For additional information on the public forums and the work of the Task Force, please contact the task force at firstname.lastname@example.org.