Navigating Successful Mergers & Acquisitions: What Directors Need to Know

Join directors Stan Silverman and Jeffrey Chertoff and governance expert Patti Q. Connolly for an in-depth discussion on how the board can navigate M&A risk.

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Stan Silverman

Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Drexel University

Stan Silverman is the former president and CEO of PQ Corp. He also is founder and CEO of Silverman Leadership and is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Drexel University. Silverman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA degree from Drexel University. He is also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Chertoff

Board Director

Jeffrey Chertoff is a recognized financial expert with significant board audit committee qualifications and is an advisor to boards on financial and operational matters and with capital raising opportunities. He has been the CFO and a senior executive for a number of private and public companies and also served as a board member for several firms. In 2003, while at the Cantor Fitzgerald securities firm, he was honored as Executive of the Year by the Institute of Management Accountants for New York City.   

Patricia Q. Connolly

Executive Director, Drexel University's Center for Corporate Governance

Patricia Q. Connolly is Executive Director for Drexel University’s Center for Corporate Governance. While supporting and contributing to multiple boards of directors, she has brought energy and transparency to the task of corporate governance. Ms. Connolly’s background is a rare blend of corporate and nonprofit leadership. During her early career, she advanced through a series of positions at financial services firm PNC Financial Corp. This culminated with her role as vice president for the firm’s retail and private banking group. Here, she gained a firm grasp of the various principles that underpin the corporate world.
Ms. Connolly then applied her business acumen to the nonprofit sector, holding executive roles at prominent institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was able to infuse nonprofit operations with a new efficiency and cost-effectiveness that streamlined processes and positioned long-term success. Her contributions during this period included driving a 60 percent increase in annual donations to the country’s oldest natural history museum.


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