SEC Chair Mary Jo White, Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, and 150 Experts to Speak at Largest NACD Board Leadership Conference

Board Leadership Organization to Also Release 2013 Public Company Governance
Results and Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Talent Development.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors will host the 2013 NACD Board Leadership Conference—its largest conference to date—Oct. 13 to 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located at National Harbor, Md. The sold-out event features more than 150 in-demand speakers, including former Sen. Olympia Snowe, currently serving as a director on the board of T. Rowe Price Group, and Mary Jo White, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, formerly director at NASDAQ.

The NACD 2013 Board Leadership Conference offers corporate directors, board chairs, C-suite executives, shareholders, legislators and regulators an opportunity to gain insights on key issues in corporate governance that they will not hear anywhere else. Session topics include the impact of big data on business, risk oversight and the shifting landscape of social media. Nearly 1,000 directors from companies such as JetBlue, Akamai Technologies, JPMorgan Chase, Ford and Union Pacific will attend along with governance professionals.

Additional topics include the most pressing subjects in corporate governance today, from cyber security risk to shareholder activism to potential regulatory action in 2014. Other keynote speakers include Rajendra Sisodia, author of seven books including "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business," and Michael Woodford, the whistleblower and former CEO of Olympus Corp. in the 2011 financial scandal.

Two flagship NACD publications will be released at the conference:

  • The Blue Ribbon Commission Report titled "Talent Development: A Boardroom Imperative" combines insights from more than 25 experienced public company directors, leading governance professionals and experts in human resources on strategies for effective board oversight of talent development. In addition to employee training and retention, the report also focuses on the importance of CEO succession planning, a trending topic in business on the heels of several notable CEO exits such as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and J.C. Penney's Ron Johnson.
  • The 2013-2014 Public Company Governance Survey provides benchmarking data on a wide range of board practices, as well as insights into the top issues for directors in the coming year. Based on in-depth responses from more than 1,000 public company directors and the proxy data from over 2,700 public companies, the report also features a special section on executive compensation, which is segmented into 24 industry sectors.

More information about the NACD 2013 Board Leadership Conference is available at:

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To join, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Joshua DeLung 703-288-3036 jdelung@encstrategy.comSource:National Association of Corporate Directors