In its first ever director event in Maine, the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors announces a panel discussion on 'Lessons Learned in the Board Room'. Bringing together some of the most seasoned directors across Maine and Northern New England, the panel will address questions as diverse as 'how can a board best provide oversight of emerging risks?'; 'how can directors navigate through shifting board dynamics?'; 'how does the changing economic and regulatory background in Maine affect its businesses and boards?'; 'how do the best boards think about technology – risks and opportunities?'. The panel will be of strong interest both to Maine's newest directors and those with more experience in the boardroom. Come and network with what is likely to be the largest gathering of Maine-based directors in one place in quite some time.
Bruce Claflin has over 38 years of public board experience having served on the boards of Time Warner Telecom, 3Com, Ciena, IDEXX and AMD, where he was the Chairman for 8 years. Mr. Claflin has also held other board leadership positions including the Chair of an Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and two Nominating and Governance Committees.
Mr. Claflin started his career in 1973 in sales at IBM. Over 22 years he held a number of senior positions in the US and overseas. In 1995 Mr. Claflin joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of its Personal Computer business unit and in 1997 was named Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Upon the sale of DEC in 1998, Mr. Claflin became COO and then CEO of 3Com Corporation until 2006, at which time he retired. Mr. Claflin also serves on nonprofit boards of organizations which support education.
Mr. Claflin graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Political Science. In 2002 he was recognized by the University with its “Distinguished Alumni Award”, their highest recognition for a "lifetime of contributions to Business, Philanthropy, and Education". Mr. Claflin has been a member of NACD for over a decade and has been named a two-time NACD Fellow. Mr. Claflin and his wife of 45 years, Karen, reside in Maine for half the year and on a boat in warm places during the winter. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Fran Philip has over 30 years of experience in specialty retailing. She spent 16 years of her career at L.L. Bean, the last nine serving as the company’s Chief Merchandising Officer, overseeing all product design, product development, merchandising and creative. Prior to L.L. Bean, Fran was a founding partner of Calyx & Corolla, the innovative fresh flower catalog. She also worked for Williams-Sonoma, The Nature Company and The Gap. Fran retired from Bean in 2011 and now sits on the boards of public companies Vera Bradley and Coats, Inc. and private companies Totes-Isotoner, Regent Holdings, Lee Auto and Sea Bags.
She also works as a retained industry executive for Freeman-Spogli, a private equity firm specializing in retail and consumer products. Fran holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Bowdoin.
Fran resides in South Freeport Maine with her husband and various four-footed friends. She enjoys skiing, kayaking, bicycling, boating and travel.
Betsey Timm is a chief executive and financial services industry leader recognized for building and managing profitable businesses and strategic alliances. Ms. Timm served as an independent member of the Avangrid Networks board of directors and chaired its audit and compliance committee, including the committee and board oversight of the preparation and issuance of its audited financial statements and Sarbanes-Oxley certifications. She has served as President of both mature and de novo operations for Bank of America and Citibank in Maine. From 1998 until 2012, Ms. Timm was Maine Market President for Bank of America and its predecessor company Fleet Bank of Maine. She previously held senior executive positions in Maine at Fleet Bank, Citibank and Key Bank. Most recently she was a management consultant for REMAX/By the Bay, a leading regional real estate firm, assisting with the firm’s three locations in Maine and NH where she advised the Owner and Designated Broker on strategic priorities, communications, professional recruitment and retention, management routines, and leadership skills.
Dan Konigsburg - Moderator
Dan Konigsburg is senior managing director of corporate governance and public policy for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, leads Deloitte’s Global Center for Corporate Governance, and is based in New York. The Global Center works wth client boards of directors to increase their effectiveness across a wide array of measures and through a variety of assessment and evaluative tools. More broadly, the Global Center promotes dialogue in the critical area of corporate governance through a network of local governance centers across 62 countries. The Global Center coordinates thought leadership on governance issues developed by Deloitte member firms to advance thinking on corporate governance issues around the world. Dan also leads efforts to improve the governance of Deloitte’s own member firms around the world, marking his focus on the governance of private companies, and private partnerships.
Additionally, as a leader of Deloitte’s public policy engagement, Dan works with teams in Washington, D.C., London and Brussels seeking to deepen Deloitte’s engagement with government officials, policy-makers, and non-government organizations on key policy questions relating to corporate governance and investment. Dan leads Deloitte’s engagement with institutional investors globally and is a strong advocate for policy changes to increase the proportion of women and under-represented groups on corporate boards.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Dan served as Director of Corporate Governance at Standard & Poor’s in London and then New York. Over a period of eight years at S&P, Dan was responsible for the development and application of services to evaluate the corporate governance practices of rated companies as well as the integration of governance analytics into credit ratings.
Dan serves as Chairman of the OECD’s Business Advisory (BIAC) Committee on Corporate Governance in Paris, is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Business Ethics Committee and serves as a director on the boards of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) and the Executive Council for Diplomacy. Dan holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.