Board Considerations: Returning to the Workplace and Navigating the “New Normal”

Boards are continuing to address the business challenges due to COVID-19. They have a critical role to play in overseeing management’s decisions on how to keep operations going with changing demands, when to return employees safely to the workplace, and addressing new ways to effectively engage with customers and suppliers- for starters.  What issues are top-of-mind for boards as companies move from crisis to recovery? How is the company thinking about the new risks and opportunities in this “new normal”?

Monday, June 1, 2020

2 p.m. ET 

60 minutes

Speakers: 
Speaker Name: 
James Hunt
Speaker Title: 
Chairman, Caesars Entertainment
Speaker Bio: 

Jim Hunt is an experienced corporate director, who, prior to retirement from executive responsibilities, served two world-class organizations: The Walt Disney Company, as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the global parks and resorts business, and Ernst & Young, as a partner of the firm.

Today, Jim’s professional activities are focused on his work serving public, private and large scale operating not for profit enterprises.

Jim serves on the Board of Directors of Brown & Brown, Inc.; a position to which he was first elected in 2013. Brown & Brown is a New York Stock Exchange, diversified insurance agency, wholesale brokerage, insurance programs and services company.  Jim is Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Compensation and Acquisitions committees. He is the company’s designated SEC audit committee financial expert. 

Jim also serves on the Board of Trustees of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company; an organization chartered in 1847, which presently has more than $150 billion of insurance in force.  He was elected to this position in 2015. Jim serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Investment and Executive Committees.

In 2016, Jim was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Nemours Foundation. The Nemours Foundation oversees The Nemours Health System, an internationally recognized children’s health network which owns pediatric hospitals in Delaware and Florida and outpatient facilities in five states.  Jim is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.

During 2017 Jim was nominated to the Board of Directors of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars is a National Associtation Of Securities Dealers Automated Quaotations global gaming, hospitality and entertainment company. After his nomination he was also elected by his board colleagues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Jim is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and East Coast Chairs Roundtable.

 

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Nina Henderson
Speaker Title: 
Director, CNO Financial Group
Speaker Bio: 

Nina Henderson is a Director of CNO Financial Group (Bankers Life, Washington National, Colonial Penn insurance companies), Chair Human Resource Compensation Committee, Director of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC Audit, Remuneration, CSR, Governance Committees, Employee Engagement Lead, Director of IWG PLC (formerly Regus), Chair Remuneration Committees, Employee Engagement Lead.

She has served on numerous corporate boards including as a Director of AXA Financial Inc. The Equitable Companies; Del Monte Foods Company; Pactiv Corporation; Royal Dutch Shell, PLC; Hunt Corporation and Walter Energy Inc.

At Bestfoods (predecessor company CPC International), Nina was one of fourteen corporate officers as President and Corporate Vice President of Bestfoods Grocery $1.3 billion U. S. consumer business; Corporate Vice President Bestfoods Food Service Global Development $1.7 billion in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America; President and Corporate Vice President and President of Bestfoods Specialty Markets Group in Canada, United States, Caribbean, Worldwide Exports. Prior to her general management responsibilities she held numerous executive marketing positions.  Bestfoods was acquired by Unilever.

Nina is Vice Chair of Drexel University’s Board of Trustees, a Commissioner of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, a director of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Foreign Policy Association.

Henderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University.

 

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Robert H. Rock
Speaker Title: 
Publisher, Directors & Boards
Speaker Bio: 

Bob Rock is president and CEO of MLR Holdings LLC, an investment company with holdings in publishing and information businesses, including the technology industry analyst firms The 451 Group and Tier1 Research and the Uptime Institute, a data center, consulting, research and education firm. MLR also owns and manages companies that publish journals, newspapers, online newsletters and databases, including Family Business and Directors & Boards. From 1989 to 2001, Dr. Rock was chairman and majority owner of Montgomery Newspapers, which published 17 weekly papers in the Philadelphia suburbs, including Main Line Life, The Ambler Gazette and The Times Chronicle, as well as a number of specialty publications, including Philadelphia Golfer, Parents Express, Art Matters, and Bucks County Town & Country Living, In June 2001, Montgomery Newspapers was sold to the Journal Register Company. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Rock was also chairman and majority owner of IDD Enterprises, which published magazines and newsletters and provided online data for financial executives. IDD's publications included Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Dealers' Digest and The LPO Reporter. Its databases included Tradeline and Gari Software. In 1994 IDD's M&A database was sold to Goldman, Sachs, and the remainder of the company was sold to Dow Jones & Company in 1995. Prior to joining MLR in 1998, Dr. Rock was the chairman and chief executive officer of the Hay Group, a management consulting firm with more than 90 offices in 27 countries specializing in compensation, benefits and human resources consulting. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude), MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard University. His book publications include The Chief Executive Officer (Heath 1977), Corporate Restructuring (McGraw-Hill 1991), and The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill 1993).

Bob resides in Gladwyne, PA, with his wife, Caro, who is publisher of Family Business Magazine. They have two grown sons.

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Paula Loop
Speaker Title: 
Partner, PwC’s Governance Insights Center
Speaker Bio: 

Paula Loop is the leader of PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.

With more than 20 years of experience at PwC, Paula brings extensive knowledge in governance, technical accounting, and SEC and financial reporting matters to organizations. 

Paula is a well known speaker on a variety of governance topics. She has also been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes and CNBC.  In 2018, NACD Directorship magazine named her for the fourth consecutive year as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States. She is also a member of the PwC Board of Partners.

Paula is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York) and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

 

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Kevin Keegan
Speaker Title: 
Partner, PwC, Private Equity Practice
Speaker Bio: 

• Kevin is a Partner in the Private Equity practice. He focuses on operations diligence and post deal value capture work in supply chain fulfillment and service operations

• Prior to joining the Private Equity Practice, Kevin led the PwC U.S. Supply Chain team for publicly traded companies in the Technology Sector

• Prior to joining PwC, he was a consultant with PRTM and Kurt Salmon Associates and was a member of the large account operations team at IBM.

• He focuses his work on product companies and has experience improving performance of service companies.

• His industrial focus is on technology products and has done extensive work in industrial, health care and consumer product markets. 

• Much of his work is helping company leaders get to an efficient and competitive Cost of Goods Sold in balance with required customer service performance. 

 

Speaker Photo: 
Benefits: 
  • Completely FREE to attend 
  • All participants receive a copy of the webinar materials after the event.
  • All particpants will receive the Directors & Boards newsletter featuring real-time news, analysis and thought leadership on corporate governance  -- all delivered right to your inbox every Monday morning. You may, of course, opt out at any time.
  • Opportunity for questions and feedback
  • Unbiased third-party director education
  • 60 minutes -- maximum value for time
Sponsor: 
PwC

Boards are continuing to address the business challenges due to COVID-19. They have a critical role to play in overseeing management’s decisions on how to keep operations going with changing demands, when to return employees safely to the workplace, and addressing new ways to effectively engage with customers and suppliers — for starters.  What issues are top-of-mind for boards as companies move from crisis to recovery? How is the company thinking about the new risks and opportunities in this “new normal”?
 
This webinar will explore:

  • The real-world discussions boards are having about returning to the workplace.
  • Board member perspectives on how companies are re-strategizing their interactions with customers and suppliers.
  • Lessons learned from COVID-19 and how companies and boards are becoming more resilient. 

Speakers

James Hunt

Chairman, Caesars Entertainment

Jim Hunt is an experienced corporate director, who, prior to retirement from executive responsibilities, served two world-class organizations: The Walt Disney Company, as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the global parks and resorts business, and Ernst & Young, as a partner of the firm.

Today, Jim’s professional activities are focused on his work serving public, private and large scale operating not for profit enterprises.

Jim serves on the Board of Directors of Brown & Brown, Inc.; a position to which he was first elected in 2013. Brown & Brown is a New York Stock Exchange, diversified insurance agency, wholesale brokerage, insurance programs and services company.  Jim is Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Compensation and Acquisitions committees. He is the company’s designated SEC audit committee financial expert. 

Jim also serves on the Board of Trustees of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company; an organization chartered in 1847, which presently has more than $150 billion of insurance in force.  He was elected to this position in 2015. Jim serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Investment and Executive Committees.

In 2016, Jim was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Nemours Foundation. The Nemours Foundation oversees The Nemours Health System, an internationally recognized children’s health network which owns pediatric hospitals in Delaware and Florida and outpatient facilities in five states.  Jim is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.

During 2017 Jim was nominated to the Board of Directors of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars is a National Associtation Of Securities Dealers Automated Quaotations global gaming, hospitality and entertainment company. After his nomination he was also elected by his board colleagues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Jim is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and East Coast Chairs Roundtable.

 

Nina Henderson

Director, CNO Financial Group

Nina Henderson is a Director of CNO Financial Group (Bankers Life, Washington National, Colonial Penn insurance companies), Chair Human Resource Compensation Committee, Director of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC Audit, Remuneration, CSR, Governance Committees, Employee Engagement Lead, Director of IWG PLC (formerly Regus), Chair Remuneration Committees, Employee Engagement Lead.

She has served on numerous corporate boards including as a Director of AXA Financial Inc. The Equitable Companies; Del Monte Foods Company; Pactiv Corporation; Royal Dutch Shell, PLC; Hunt Corporation and Walter Energy Inc.

At Bestfoods (predecessor company CPC International), Nina was one of fourteen corporate officers as President and Corporate Vice President of Bestfoods Grocery $1.3 billion U. S. consumer business; Corporate Vice President Bestfoods Food Service Global Development $1.7 billion in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America; President and Corporate Vice President and President of Bestfoods Specialty Markets Group in Canada, United States, Caribbean, Worldwide Exports. Prior to her general management responsibilities she held numerous executive marketing positions.  Bestfoods was acquired by Unilever.

Nina is Vice Chair of Drexel University’s Board of Trustees, a Commissioner of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, a director of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Foreign Policy Association.

Henderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University.

 

Robert H. Rock

Publisher, Directors & Boards

Bob Rock is president and CEO of MLR Holdings LLC, an investment company with holdings in publishing and information businesses, including the technology industry analyst firms The 451 Group and Tier1 Research and the Uptime Institute, a data center, consulting, research and education firm. MLR also owns and manages companies that publish journals, newspapers, online newsletters and databases, including Family Business and Directors & Boards. From 1989 to 2001, Dr. Rock was chairman and majority owner of Montgomery Newspapers, which published 17 weekly papers in the Philadelphia suburbs, including Main Line Life, The Ambler Gazette and The Times Chronicle, as well as a number of specialty publications, including Philadelphia Golfer, Parents Express, Art Matters, and Bucks County Town & Country Living, In June 2001, Montgomery Newspapers was sold to the Journal Register Company. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Rock was also chairman and majority owner of IDD Enterprises, which published magazines and newsletters and provided online data for financial executives. IDD's publications included Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Dealers' Digest and The LPO Reporter. Its databases included Tradeline and Gari Software. In 1994 IDD's M&A database was sold to Goldman, Sachs, and the remainder of the company was sold to Dow Jones & Company in 1995. Prior to joining MLR in 1998, Dr. Rock was the chairman and chief executive officer of the Hay Group, a management consulting firm with more than 90 offices in 27 countries specializing in compensation, benefits and human resources consulting. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude), MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard University. His book publications include The Chief Executive Officer (Heath 1977), Corporate Restructuring (McGraw-Hill 1991), and The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill 1993).

Bob resides in Gladwyne, PA, with his wife, Caro, who is publisher of Family Business Magazine. They have two grown sons.

Paula Loop

Partner, PwC’s Governance Insights Center

Paula Loop is the leader of PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.

With more than 20 years of experience at PwC, Paula brings extensive knowledge in governance, technical accounting, and SEC and financial reporting matters to organizations. 

Paula is a well known speaker on a variety of governance topics. She has also been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes and CNBC.  In 2018, NACD Directorship magazine named her for the fourth consecutive year as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States. She is also a member of the PwC Board of Partners.

Paula is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York) and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

 

Kevin Keegan

Partner, PwC, Private Equity Practice

• Kevin is a Partner in the Private Equity practice. He focuses on operations diligence and post deal value capture work in supply chain fulfillment and service operations

• Prior to joining the Private Equity Practice, Kevin led the PwC U.S. Supply Chain team for publicly traded companies in the Technology Sector

• Prior to joining PwC, he was a consultant with PRTM and Kurt Salmon Associates and was a member of the large account operations team at IBM.

• He focuses his work on product companies and has experience improving performance of service companies.

• His industrial focus is on technology products and has done extensive work in industrial, health care and consumer product markets. 

• Much of his work is helping company leaders get to an efficient and competitive Cost of Goods Sold in balance with required customer service performance. 

 


Benefits

  • Completely FREE to attend 
  • All participants receive a copy of the webinar materials after the event.
  • All particpants will receive the Directors & Boards newsletter featuring real-time news, analysis and thought leadership on corporate governance  -- all delivered right to your inbox every Monday morning. You may, of course, opt out at any time.
  • Opportunity for questions and feedback
  • Unbiased third-party director education
  • 60 minutes -- maximum value for time

Sponsor

PwC