Refreshing the Board and The Executive Suite After the Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis brought a number of human talent risks to light. In the wake of the pandemic, boards will need to examine how management navigated the crisis and if the management style was right for the occasion. Did the board have the skill sets it needed to deal with a shutdown and plan for a comeback? Simply put, were the right people in charge during the COVID-19 crisis?

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

2 p.m. ET 

60 minutes

Speakers: 
Speaker Name: 
Charles Elson
Speaker Title: 
Director, John L.Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Speaker Bio: 

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also “Consultant” to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law, and was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, DirectorEvaluation, Risk Governance, Effective Lead Director, Board Diversity, Talent Development and Strategy Development, and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws. He is also a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Additionally, Professor Elson served as an adviser and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants, and as a director of Circon Corporation, a medical products maker, Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer, Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-profit corporate governance research organization, Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, and AutoZone, Inc., the national automobile parts retailer.

He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Health, a healthcare services provider and Bob Evans Farms Inc., a food products company. He has served as trustee of the Big Apple Circus, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is presently a trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance. He has been included in the list of the "100 most influential players in corporate governance" of Directorship, the "100 most influential people in finance" of Treasury & Risk Management, the list of top 10 governance “stars” of Global Proxy Watch, and Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014.

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Pamela Packard
Speaker Title: 
Director, Gray & Company, Inc.
Speaker Bio: 

Pamela Packard is a Board Director with experience serving as the Chairman of the Board and as a member and Chairman of Audit, Compensation, and Nominating & Governance Committees.  Pamela currently serves as an independent director of Gray & Company, Inc., a diversified holding company for businesses including financial services and oil & gas investments.  Pamela also serves as President of the NACD New York Chapter and is recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.  

Pamela is a former Chairperson and member of the board of directors of Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB,) a certification, education and professional standards setting organization for the global financial planning community.   

Pamela is a former member of the board of directors and audit committee chairman of Brown Jordan International, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of quality home furnishings and contract furnishings.  She also previously served as member of the board of directors of BDO USA LLP (then BDO Seidman, LLP), the public accounting and consulting firm from which she retired having served as both a Vice Chairman of the firm and National Business Line Leader for Tax Services where she held profit and loss responsibility. 

Pamela has served on the advisory boards of Planitax, Inc., a leading SaaS provider to corporate tax departments, and Pension Governance, LLC, a web enabled information services company, as well as on the boards of nonprofit organizations.

Pamela is a CPA and holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.  She is a member of AICPA, NYSSCPA, International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors and FWA of NY.

Speaker Photo: 
Speaker Name: 
Lee Ann Howard
Speaker Title: 
Founder, Howard & O'Brien Executive Search
Speaker Bio: 

Lee Ann Howard is the founder of Howard & O’Brien Executive Search, where most of her time is spent on executive search assignments and consulting clients.  Lee Ann identifies candidates for senior general management positions and specializes in functional assignments in human resources, finance, and sales and marketing.  In addition, she has expertise in finding key members for boards of directors for both public and privately held companies.  

Prior to entering executive search, Lee Ann’s career included senior human resources positions with world-class companies, including Nestlé SA, The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, Marion Merrell Dow, and Frito-Lay Inc.

Lee Ann is active in both professional organizations and philanthropic endeavors.  She is currently on the board of the MetroHealth Foundation, the John Carroll University Entrepreneur Association, and is the former board chair of the American Heart Association.  She has also served on the boards of In Counsel with Women, The Gathering Place, Women’s Community Foundation, and Business Volunteers Unlimited, and is the founder of the Conversations with the Board® series.  Ms. Howard was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and has received many awards and honors, including the National Association of Women Business Owners Top Ten Award in Northeast Ohio, the Athena Award, and the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.

 Lee Ann earned an MS in management from Baker University and a BA in mass-communications from Truman State University.

 
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: 
Howard & O'Brien Executive Search

The COVID-19 crisis brought a number of human talent risks to light. In the wake of the pandemic, boards will need to examine how management navigated the crisis and if the management style was right for the occasion. Did the board have the skill sets it needed to deal with a shutdown and plan for a comeback? Simply put, were the right people in charge during the COVID-19 crisis?

This webinar will explore:

  • What talent recruitment and hiring looks like post-COVID 19.
  • The skills executives and board directors need to deal with another pandemic.
  • The need for a “deep bench” for succession during a crisis.

Speakers

Charles Elson

Director, John L.Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also “Consultant” to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law, and was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, DirectorEvaluation, Risk Governance, Effective Lead Director, Board Diversity, Talent Development and Strategy Development, and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws. He is also a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Additionally, Professor Elson served as an adviser and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants, and as a director of Circon Corporation, a medical products maker, Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer, Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-profit corporate governance research organization, Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, and AutoZone, Inc., the national automobile parts retailer.

He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Health, a healthcare services provider and Bob Evans Farms Inc., a food products company. He has served as trustee of the Big Apple Circus, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is presently a trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance. He has been included in the list of the "100 most influential players in corporate governance" of Directorship, the "100 most influential people in finance" of Treasury & Risk Management, the list of top 10 governance “stars” of Global Proxy Watch, and Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014.

Pamela Packard

Director, Gray & Company, Inc.

Pamela Packard is a Board Director with experience serving as the Chairman of the Board and as a member and Chairman of Audit, Compensation, and Nominating & Governance Committees.  Pamela currently serves as an independent director of Gray & Company, Inc., a diversified holding company for businesses including financial services and oil & gas investments.  Pamela also serves as President of the NACD New York Chapter and is recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.  

Pamela is a former Chairperson and member of the board of directors of Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB,) a certification, education and professional standards setting organization for the global financial planning community.   

Pamela is a former member of the board of directors and audit committee chairman of Brown Jordan International, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of quality home furnishings and contract furnishings.  She also previously served as member of the board of directors of BDO USA LLP (then BDO Seidman, LLP), the public accounting and consulting firm from which she retired having served as both a Vice Chairman of the firm and National Business Line Leader for Tax Services where she held profit and loss responsibility. 

Pamela has served on the advisory boards of Planitax, Inc., a leading SaaS provider to corporate tax departments, and Pension Governance, LLC, a web enabled information services company, as well as on the boards of nonprofit organizations.

Pamela is a CPA and holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.  She is a member of AICPA, NYSSCPA, International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors and FWA of NY.

Lee Ann Howard

Founder, Howard & O'Brien Executive Search

Lee Ann Howard is the founder of Howard & O’Brien Executive Search, where most of her time is spent on executive search assignments and consulting clients.  Lee Ann identifies candidates for senior general management positions and specializes in functional assignments in human resources, finance, and sales and marketing.  In addition, she has expertise in finding key members for boards of directors for both public and privately held companies.  

Prior to entering executive search, Lee Ann’s career included senior human resources positions with world-class companies, including Nestlé SA, The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, Marion Merrell Dow, and Frito-Lay Inc.

Lee Ann is active in both professional organizations and philanthropic endeavors.  She is currently on the board of the MetroHealth Foundation, the John Carroll University Entrepreneur Association, and is the former board chair of the American Heart Association.  She has also served on the boards of In Counsel with Women, The Gathering Place, Women’s Community Foundation, and Business Volunteers Unlimited, and is the founder of the Conversations with the Board® series.  Ms. Howard was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and has received many awards and honors, including the National Association of Women Business Owners Top Ten Award in Northeast Ohio, the Athena Award, and the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.

 Lee Ann earned an MS in management from Baker University and a BA in mass-communications from Truman State University.

 

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

Howard & O'Brien Executive Search