Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.
Today's institutional and activist shareholders have expanded far beyond a focus on underperforming companies. There is an evolving need for the boards of public companies to be aware of, and responsive to, their shareholders requests for engagement. Increasing shareholder value is no longer sufficient. Today's shareholders are interested in governance, social and environmental trends as well as financial returns and want to know where the companies they have invested in stand on these issues. Furthermore, they are interested in influencing these companies in the area of capital deployment and long-term strategy. Learn from the nation's most influential investors what directors need to be doing today!
The program is designed to help directors: • Understand the most effective way to implement board/shareholder engagement • Identify what topics directors should be prepared to cover • Discover why passive-style investors are working with activists • Learn what investors expect from the board
James Hamilton, CFA, Director, is a member of the BlackRock Investment Stewardship ("BIS") team based in New York. He is responsible for the evaluation of governance, proxy voting and engagement with boards and management at portfolio companies within the Financials sector in the US and Canada. In addition James helps drive the execution of the team's strategic projects and facilitates the engagement of the regional advisory and global oversight committees.
Matthew DiGuiseppe is Vice President, Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Mr. DiGuiseppe and his colleagues on the Asset Stewardship Team are responsible for developing and implementing SSGA's global proxy voting policies and guidelines across all investment strategies, and managing SSGA's proxy voting activities and issuer engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Prior to joining SSGA Mr. Diguiseppe served as a VP on The TIAA/Nuveen Stewardship & Corporate Governance Team and as a Client Relations Manager for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).
Deborah Ellinger is currently Lead Independent Director of iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), the maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner and NACD New England’s 2018 “Public Company Board of the Year”. She is also and the President of Ellinger Enterprises, which provides consulting and due diligence support to private equity firms and invests as a principal in consumer tech and retail companies. She is a sought after speaker on topics such as private equity investing, board governance, and women’s leadership.
Deborah has extensive public and private board experience, and is the former CEO of several private-equity backed consumer goods and retail companies. She is a former Fortune 100 C-suite executive, former partner in a major strategy consulting firm, and spent her formative years as a banker. She has a successful track record in growing sales, driving EBITDA, and building shareholder value across a wide range of companies.
Maureen T. Wolff, Moderator Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc. Sharon Merrill Associates drives business and organizational success through corporate and crisis communications, investor relations, public relations, and executive presentation and media training. The firm’s award-winning senior-level counselors are industry thought leaders who have earned the trust of C-suite executives at public and privately held companies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations across North America and Europe. Maureen is a national thought leader in strategic communications, and leads the firm’s strategic vision and provides high-level counsel to clients. Maureen is a trusted advisor to CEOs, CFOs, GCs and boards of directors on critical communications issues, including those related to reputation management, corporate governance, shareholder activism and proxy contests. Maureen is chairman of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Investor Relations Certification Council, former chairman and director of NIRI, a NIRI Fellow, and member of the Senior IR Roundtable.