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Corporate Directors From General Dynamics, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co., Perdue Farms, and Unisys Corp. Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2017) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, today announced 152 corporate directors who have earned NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations:*

Alliant Energy Corp.

American Cancer Society

American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

CNO Financial Group Inc.

FM Global

General Dynamics Corp.

Greif Inc.

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.


Norfolk Southern Corp.

Oshkosh Corp.

Principal Financial Group

Perdue Farms

Rodan & Fields LLC

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Unisys Corp.

United Negro College Fund Inc. (UNCF)

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Westar Energy Inc.

Westlake Chemical Partners

*Partial Listing

NACD Fellowship®, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors, is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers directors with the latest boardroom insights, intelligence, and practices—equipping them to lead their boards with confidence.

Directors can earn one of two NACD Fellowship credentials, which Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance for CalSTRS, has called “the gold standard” in director credentialing. NACD Governance Fellows build proficiencies in the fundamentals of governance, while NACD Board Leadership Fellows continue to refine their board leadership competencies year after year.

“At a minimum, individuals serving as independent chairs and/or lead directors should earn NACD Fellowship status to bolster confidence in their leadership, both inside and outside the boardroom,” said Patrick McGurn, special counsel and head of strategic research and analysis at Institutional Shareholder Services.

Sheehan concurred: “America needs well-rounded directors who are sensitive to public-company shareowners, and who can clearly demonstrate their value on proxy disclosures. I always look forward to meeting NACD Fellows.”

NACD Fellowship is backed by 40 years of NACD experience and represents thousands of the world’s largest and most-diverse companies.

"Directors who choose to enhance their skills and acumen by becoming NACD Fellows demonstrate to company management, shareholders, and their peers a desire to perform their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities," said Peter Gleason, president and CEO of NACD. "I am pleased to recognize these distinguished leaders, who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of governance."

The new cadre of NACD Fellows includes 58 Board Leadership Fellows and 94 Governance Fellows, whose boards span a wide range of industries: aerospace and defense, agriculture, banking, computer software, energy and utilities, engineering, financial services, food services, healthcare, higher education, industrial machinery, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows

Anita Allen

Kathleen Barclay

J. Michael Belz

Betsy Bernard

John Bigalke

Donna Boles

James Boone

Jim Boyd

Lawrence Capuder

Julio Cepeda

Anthony Crisafio

Deb Dunie

Chris Elshaw

Thomas Gannett

C. Scott Gibson

Bart Harvey

Gregory Hedges

Chuck Herman

Thomas Hix

Sheila Hooda


Judith Hook

Carol Johnson

Deborah Kelly

Mark Kerschner

Randal Klein

Sandra Lawrence

Dave Lopez

Kent Lundberg

Dan Maurer

Russel Mayer

John McNamara

Hazel McNeilage

Robert Meaney

Michael Modak

Mary Murray

Yasuaki Nishiura

Eileen Odum

Marran Ogilvie

Gustavo Oviedo

William Rankin


Susan Rheney

Laurel Richie

Teresa Roseborough

John Russell

William Russell

Barbara Scherer

Teresa Sebastian

Preston Simons

Jacque Sokolov

Gary Spulak

Peter Tarsney

Lawrence Taylor

John Thompson

Rick Timmins

Diane Webber

Linda Welty

Lynn White

Michael Zychinski

Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows

Candice Allphin

Christopher Anderson

Stephen Appel

John Arrastia

Gavin Arton

Cindy Baerman

David Barrie

Jamie Barron

Rasna Bedi

William Bender

James Bender

Richard Braun

Mary Bush

Robert Butler

James Butterfield

Yvonne Campos

Jackie Cushman

John Custardo

Chris Dardaman

Jackie Davidson

Allan Decleir

Peter Deutsch

David Dodwell

Vince Duro

Karen Dyson

Ray Dziesinski

Rhett Edmonds

Mark Erickson

Knut Eriksen

Linda Forte

Frank Fucile

Jeff Goh

Todd Greenwald

Lowell Gruman

Leilani Hall

Susan Harnett

Shaun Hawkins

Larry Hernandez

Jeff Hoffman

Lee Holmes

Lacey Horn

David Hufnagel

David Hunt

Niles Hushka

Anthony Joaquin

Teresa Keegan

Leslie Kenne

Alan Krapf

Michelle Leetham

Linda Livingstone

Cathey Lowe

Lester Lyles

Mark Mancin

Edward Marsh

James Martin

Carla Mashinski

Brenda McCabe

Drumm McNaughton

Angela Minas

Shaun Morris

Karl Mudra

Patricia Mueller

Mary Nichols

Stuart Parker

Edward Pattarozzi

Donna Pearman

Peter Quattromani

Alan Quintero

David Rainey

Ken Ramirez

H. R. Mick Redohl

James Rhea

Peter Rowan

Gregory Sandfort

Michael Schrum

Andrew Serwin

Daniel Shapero

Avril Ussery Sisk

Paula Brown Stafford

Anthony Stamilio

Roberta Sydney

Timothy Taylor

Kevin Thiel

Scott Urban

Lyn Valbuena

Peter Vaughn

Wilbert Warner

Sparky Weilnau

Khori Whittaker

Edward Williams

Gary Williams

Lisa Yarnell

Alasdair Younie

Darrell Zavitz


For more information about NACD Fellowship, visit or contact Meghan Metzbower at or 571-367-3638.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, please contact us at or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

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