The Strategic-Asset General Counsel
2019-06-11 07:30 - 2019-06-11 15:15
Exclusively for NACD Full Board Members and Fellows.
NACD has witnessed the evolution of the scope and the stature of the role of general counsel.
Once seen solely as legal advisors, general counsel are now regularly called upon to provide the board with an objective opinion about the company’s strategy based on their legal and ethical training. In fact, almost 70 percent of NACD's full board memberships have a general counsel on their board roster. As part of our continuing goal of equipping boards with the information they need to create long-term value for businesses, NACD launched a new initiative: The Strategic-Asset GC.
Now in its third year, the Strategic-Asset GC event will aim to provide general counsel unique insights from directors, subject-matter experts, and fellow general counsel in order to help identify effective strategies for continued partnership with the board.
Chief Security Officer and President of Services
Shawn Henry is president of CrowdStrike Services. Henry was a significant contributor to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative; has been a keynote speaker on cyber issues in venues around the world; and has been featured extensively on network television and radio, as well as numerous print and online publications. Henry’s professional recognition includes the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive; he has been identified by SC Magazine
Â as one of the top industry pioneers who shaped the information security industry; and he was selected as Cybercrime Fighter of the Year by McAfee Inc. Henry is a former executive assistant director of the FBI responsible for all cyber investigations worldwide.
Founder, Gardener Advisory LLC; Senior Advisor
Moelis & Company; Director, Yamana Gold Inc., Nexa Resources
Jane Sadowsky was a Wall Street investment banker for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2011 from Evercore Partners as a senior managing director. Prior to joining Evercore, Sadowsky was a managing director of Citigroup’s Investment Bank and cohead of its North America Power & Utility group. She began her career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Sadowsky is an independent director of Yamana Gold Inc., serving on its audit and its governance and nominating committees. She is a director of the NYISO and a former director of Petrofac. Sadowsky has provided expert testimony to the World Court at The Hague. She received a Wharton Women in Business Award (2006) and serves on the Wharton Women’s Leadership Council.
Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States; Partner
Special Matters and Government Investigations, King & Spalding LLP
Former deputy attorney general Sally Quillian Yates is a partner in King & Spalding's Special Matters and Government Investigations practice. As the second-highest-ranking official at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and as acting attorney general, Yates oversaw DOJ's most significant matters and was instrumental in setting DOJ's enforcement priorities and initiatives. Prior to becoming deputy attorney general, Yates was the first woman to serve as US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She has tried numerous white-collar and public-corruption cases, and she was the lead prosecutor of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. Before entering government service, Yates practiced as a civil litigation associate at King & Spalding. Yates has served as a visiting distinguished lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center and is a frequent speaker on a variety of public-policy issues.
White & Case LLP
Steven Chabinsky is the global chair of White & Case's international Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity legal practice. Prior to joining White & Case, Chabinsky was general counsel and chief risk officer for the international cybersecurity technology firm CrowdStrike, and in 2016 was presidentially appointed to the nonpartisan White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Chabinsky's prior government service includes serving as deputy assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, organizing and leading the FBI's Cyber Intelligence program, and serving as the FBI's top cyber lawyer. Chabinsky also served as the senior cyber advisor to the US director of national intelligence. From 2013 through 2018, Chabinsky was the Cyber Tactics columnist for Security
magazine. He has published more than 75 works on cyber-risk management issues. He has testified before the US House and Senate in both closed/classified and public sessions. Chabinsky is the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Amalgamated Bank, NACD Carolinas Chapter, C200
Maryann Bruce is an experienced independent director and a former Fortune 100 division president and CEO with expertise in strategy, sales, and marketing. The breadth and depth of her experience comes from serving in executive and board leadership positions for start-ups and firms of various sizes and organizational structures. Bruce serves on the board of directors of Amalgamated Bank, which recently completed a successful IPO; the NACD Carolinas Chapter, where she serves as treasurer and chair of the finance and nominating committees; and C200. In recognition of her leadership and expertise, Bruce was honored by Directors & Boards
as one of 20 accomplished female board members in Directors to Watch 2017. US Banker
magazine also named Bruce one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” for her business vision, personal excellence, and professional integrity. Bruce earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight demonstrating her commitment to advanced cybersecurity literacy.
Kimberly Simpson is a regional director for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Simpson assists in the advancement of world-class NACD programming and networking opportunities for NACD members in Atlanta, Florida, Charlotte (Carolinas), North Texas, Raleigh/Durham (Research Triangle), and Washington, D.C. (Capital Area). Prior to joining NACD, Simpson was executive vice president at Sanford Health and was the inaugural president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. She was chief operating officer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and served as secretary to the board of directors. Simpson was a director of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, Komen's Washington, D.C.-based policy organization. Earlier, Simpson was vice president and general counsel at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Simpson was a U.S. Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2005.
Director of Corporate Solutions
Stephanie Mullette is Director of Corporate Solutions at the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a legal professional and front line manager with over ten years of experience working with general counsel and other C-level executives, shareholders, and boards of directors on corporate governance best practices, public company preparedness and compliance, and shareholder activism.
Managing Partner, New Jersey
Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC
Lee Udelsman is a managing partner in Major, Lindsey & Africa's New Jersey office; formerly, he was managing partner of the firm’s New York office. Udelsman is a leader in the firm's In-House Practice Group, where he focuses on recruitment and retention for in-house legal departments across the United States and internationally. Udelsman also is a member of the firm's Life Sciences and Healthcare segment team. Before joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Udelsman was a labor and employment lawyer for 15 years and the hiring partner for a New Jersey law firm. Udelsman has served on panels with the Association for Corporate Counsel and the American Bar Association. He is frequently quoted in the press on key issues pertaining to in-house counsel, most recently in Corporate Counsel (February 2018) and Law.com (February 2018).
Partner Emeritus and Advisor
Major, Lindsey & Africa; Former Co-leader of Allegis Partners' North America CEO & Board Practice
Paul Williams is partner emeritus and an advisor with legal talent search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. Williams also serves on the US advisory board of Allegis Partners, where he previously served as coleader of the firm’s North America CEO & Board Practice. Prior to joining Allegis Partners, he served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary of Cardinal Health Inc., a Fortune 20 health care services company. Williams is a member of the board of directors for two public companies: Essendant Inc. (a Fortune 500 company) and Compass Minerals Inc. He currently chairs the compensation committee for Compass Minerals and the nominating and governance committee for Essendant. Williams is the president of the NACD Chicago Chapter.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary
Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Thomas Canfield has served as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary since joining Spirit in 2007. In this role he has responsibility for all legal, regulatory and governance matters affecting the company. From September 2006 to October 2007, Canfield was general counsel and secretary of Point Blank Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of antiballistic body armor. Prior to Point Blank, from 2004 to 2007 he served as CEO and plan administrator of AT&T Latin America Corp., a public company formerly known as FirstCom Corp., which developed high-speed fiber networks in 17 Latin American cities. Canfield also served as general counsel and secretary at AT&T Latin America Corp. from 1999 to 2004. Previously, Canfield was counsel in the corporate and international practice groups of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Canfield serves on the board and the audit and nom/gov committees of Iridium Communications Inc., a satellite communications company.
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Andrew Cole is copresident of Sard Verbinnen and Co. (SVC). He is based in the firm's New York office. Cole has more than 20 years of experience advising executive teams and boards of directors on long-term corporate positioning, media and investor relations programs, and special situations. Cole works with clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, media, private equity, retail, and technology. Select long-term ongoing clients include Agios Pharmaceuticals, Editas Medicine, CCMP Capital, Kroger, Providence Equity Partners and its credit arm Benefit Street Partners, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Cole joined SVC in 1998. From October 2006 to July 2009, he worked in SVC's San Francisco office. Prior to joining the firm, Cole was a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Gavin Anderson & Co., a global financial public relations/public affairs firm. Cole serves on the communications committee for the New York City nonprofit, Education Through Music.
Charan J. Sandhu
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Charan Sandhu is a partner in Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice. Sandhu represents clients in matters relating to technology transfer and the development, acquisition, use, and commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology transactions, including technology development and licensing agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances, professional services agreements, outsourcing arrangements, distribution agreements, and settlements of IP litigation. Sandhu is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and other organizations as a leading lawyer. She was also featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal
's 11th annual “Women Worth Watching” issue. She is a member of Weil's Diversity Committee and is actively involved with the firm's pro bono efforts; Sandhu regularly represents Kids in Need of Defense. She was inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Leaders for her outstanding professional achievement, civic commitment, and leadership.
Hope S. Taitz
Ely Capital Ltd.; Director, Athene Holding Ltd. (ATH), MidCap Finco Holdings Limited, Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (GLRE), Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (INN)
Hope S. Taitz is the CEO of ELY Capital. Taitz worked as a vice president at The Argosy Group and a managing director at Crystal Asset Management before founding her own money management firm, Catalyst Partners. She helps innovative enterprises grow through financial leadership and connections to established corporations. Taitz, a strong advocate of women on boards, currently sits on Athene Holding Ltd., MidCap Finco Holdings Limited, Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. and ATTN. On the not-for-profit side, Taitz focuses on education, is an advocate for STEM, and sits on the board of The New York City Foundation for Computer Science. Taitz is also a founding board member of YRFDarca, a member of both the Wharton School Undergraduate Executive Board and the Center for Social Innovation, and an emeritus board member of Pencils of Promise.
James F. Rogers
Chief Legal Officer
Jim Rogers serves as chief legal officer for Cars.com. In this position, Rogers is responsible for all areas of the company’s legal and compliance functions, including all relevant aspects of strategic initiatives and acquisitions.
Before joining Cars.com in 2016, Rogers served as senior vice president and general counsel for Orbitz Worldwide, where he oversaw legal, compliance, corporate communications and government relations. Prior to Orbitz, Rogers was senior vice president and general counsel for TLC Vision. From 1981 until 2010, Rogers practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, where he ran a broad-based corporate practice counseling clients in the technology sector across a variety of legal and business issues. Prior to Latham & Watkins, Rogers served as a law clerk to both the Hon. Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Rogers is a director of the Active Transportation Alliance. He is also a director and past co-chair of the Appleseed Foundation and a past director and president of the D.C. Preservation League.