A Letter From Our Chapter President
Welcome to our 2014 New England Chapter programming season. Our events calendar is filled with programs dealing with real time issues facing boards today, and I hope to see you at many of them.
Boards are facing unprecedented challenges - the regulatory environment, the globalization of the economy, executive compensation issues, threats to our cyber security – the list is daunting. In October we heard from a panel of experts including former White House cyber security and counter-terrorism officer Richard Clarke, Art Coviello, CEO of RSA, one of the top cyber security firms in the country and Chris Coogan, considered to be one of the foremost hackers, who shared some quite frankly terrifying truths with our audience. In opening his keynote remarks Richard Clarke said: “We are in a pre-9/11 moment when it comes to cyber space, and Corporate America is comprised of only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it.” CLICK HERE to read the summary of the event.
The directors who address these challenges and meet them head on have daunting responsibilities to guide their companies safely through these uncharted waters. Our mission at NACD is to help prepare directors to perform these responsibilities.
In seeking board leadership positions, opportunities abound. As I said in a recent Boston Globe article, there isn’t an “old boy network” any longer. Opportunities exist for board service for directors with skill and vision. Successful boards seek the best candidates for their open seats. Your role on a board is never again to be defined by gender, race or cronyism. If you are willing to do the work, have the necessary skill set and provide leadership, there will always be a place in the boardroom for you. I strongly encourage you to continue your boardroom education through NACD, both through our vibrant chapter and through the opportunities provided by NACD National in Washington DC.
In the spirit of honoring excellence in the boardroom, we will present our upcoming Director of the Year Awards program on April 10, 2014. We will be honoring some truly extraordinary directors, and boards, in the categories of:
Lifetime Achievement in Governance
Leadership in Corporate Governance
The Myra H. Kraft Award for Non-Profit Leadership
Public Company Board of the Year
Private Company Board of the Year
I have enjoyed meeting so many of you, at our forums; and the Chapter board members and I look forward to working with you to increase excellence in the board rooms of New England companies. Thank you for supporting our organization through your participation and sponsorships.
R. Robert Popeo
New England Chapter President