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Running a Compelling Board Retreat

The ‘local’ board retreat can be a model for expanding a board’s perspective.

By David Porteous, lead director for Huntington Bancshares Inc.

The annual corporate board retreat is a longstanding tradition that is routinely hosted at a resort. There boards often hammer out the company’s updated strategies as they relax and play golf in the sun. While a retreat in a popular vacation spot can be a welcome reward for hardworking board members, it may also be a missed opportunity.

The 11-member board of the Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bank has taken a different approach: We go local. We believe this tactic provides long-term benefits, which can boost the bank’s reputation and help to drive and sustain its growth.

We host our annual retreats in one of our 11 markets that span across West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and northern Kentucky. To an international board that oversees offices stretching from Hong Kong to London, the distinctions between Detroit and Cincinnati might not seem stark enough to require a meeting in each one.

Nevertheless, we have found that hosting a retreat in one of our Midwestern cities is a tremendous learning opportunity and has a significant impact on our strategic planning process and long-term vision.

Commitment to That Market
It also underscores for local stakeholders — including customers and colleagues — our commitment to a market. Moreover, it allows us to discover firsthand how business is being conducted in a region because during the retreat we seek the feedback of customers, colleagues, community leaders, and local elected officials. These perspectives can be critical in influencing and shaping Huntington’s direction — the very reason for a board retreat.

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First Quarter 2014


Creating a
digital advisory board

By Barry Libert
Ten rules for success in the social, mobile, cloud and big data age.

Do CEOs make
the best directors?

By David Larcker and Brian Tayan
Many believe so, but there is no reliable research evidence to suggest that this is true.

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‘Cover Your Downside’
And other top 5 priorities for being successful in business, from a Business Leader of the Year

By Jim Kristie

Ira Lubert is a good friend of Directors & Boards Publisher Robert Rock and his family, so we were pleased that he was honored as Business Leader of the Year by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Nearly 400 people attended the Feb. 27 luncheon at which he received the award.

Lubert is co-founder of Philadelphia-based Independence Capital Partners LLC, a family of private equity and real estate investment funds. At the award event he shared with the audience his Top 5 priorities to being successful in business. I am happy to share them with our e-Briefing readers:

One: “Be a great listener. You can’t learn much when you’re talking. When I take over a troubled company, the first thing I do is listen to the employees, not the owners. I promise you there’s somebody in that company who knows what went wrong.”

Two: “Learn to become a great loser. That’s the only way you can become a good winner.”

Three: “Anybody with money can be an investor. Make sure you take smart money. Look to partner with what I call ‘best of breed people’ — people who have demonstrated success on a consistent basis throughout their lives. My business model allows these ‘best of breed people’ to own a majority of their businesses, because I am very comfortable with a meaningful but minority piece of the investment. Among my partners’ positive traits they must have these four, the four that I call ‘Jacks or Better’: they must be honest, ethical, committed, and capable. Over the years, I have deviated from this principle on a couple of occasions and the result has always been disappointing and stressful.”

Four: “Cover your downside. Make money when you invest in something, instead of hoping you’ll make money when you sell.”

And Five: “I’ve learned over the years that ‘knowledge is power.’ Whatever the task is, learn all you can about it. Study all of the issues.”

Lubert concluded, “These are the five lessons that have worked well for me over the years. And even then, I needed a lot of luck. There are thousands of hard-working people somewhere in the world who could have been me but didn’t have the same breaks I did.”

As always, I welcome your comments

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Events of Interest to Directors

April 8-11, 2014
The Directors' Consortium, a joint collaboration of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will conduct an intensive program offering "powerful new insights on corporate board leadership." Senior faculty from these world-class institutions will present leading edge strategies, innovative frameworks, and proven best practices for making better-informed board decisions in today's business environment. The program will be held on the Stanford campus. For information, visit

April 9, 2014
Drexel University's Center for Corporate Governance at the LeBow College of Business presents Director's Dialogue, a highly interactive session that brings together public company leadership and board members to focus on critical issues facing boards. This year's theme is "Long-Term Strategy for a Short-Term World." Topics include: "Alignment of Private Equity and Public Company Governance"; "Impact of Technology on a Company: What Boards Should Know"; and "Sustainability: Stakeholder vs. Stockholder." Speakers include Jack Brennan, chairman emeritus and senior advisor, The Vanguard Group; Daniel Gallagher, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Lon Greenberg, nonexecutive chairman, UGI Corp.; Donald E. Morel Jr., chairman, president and CEO of West Pharmaceutical Services; and David Yost, director of Bank of America, ITT Exelis, Marsh & McLennan, and Tyco International. Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Co. will give the keynote speech at the dinner that closes the conference. For more information, contact Tamika Washington at or visit here.

April 22, 2014
The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware will be co-sponsoring a roundtable with the Center for Audit Quality. The program, to be held at the university, will be based on the recent report issued by a group of corporate governance and policy organizations. "Enhancing the Audit Committee Report - A Call to Action." The Audit Committee Collaboration calls on audit committees of public companies of all sizes and industries to proactively strengthen their public disclosures in order to more effectively convey to investors and others the critical aspects of the important work that audit committees currently perform. The program is targeted to directors, including audit committee chairs and members; in-house and outside counsel; internal accounting and auditing personnel; corporate secretaries; and investors. For more information, visit

April 27-30, 2014
RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc.) is holding its 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver. Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The four-day event offers educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events, and an expansive exhibit hall. The opening keynoter will be Jordan Belfort, inspiration for the movie, "The Wolf of Wall Street." To register or for more information, visit

May 7-9, 2014
The Private Company Governance Summit (PCGS) 2014 is the only national conference focused exclusively on the unique governance challenges of privately-owned businesses, including closely-held companies, family-owned companies and private equity-owned companies. PCGS 2014 is ideal for: Private and public company directors and advisory board members, private company and family-owned company owners, shareholders and investors, and private equity-owned company investors and managers. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the conference website.

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