Corporate Directors From ON Semiconductor, Carpenter Technology and AARP Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- When companies seek corporate directors to fill open seats at their boardroom tables, they are searching for the best and brightest minds with strong credentials. The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD's) Fellowship program enhances directors' skill sets and prepares them for current and emerging issues and opportunities while offering one of the only director credentialing programs in the corporate governance community. More than 80 corporate directors became NACD Fellows in the third quarter of 2013, demonstrating their commitment to advancing exemplary board leadership.

NACD's Fellows serve on the boards of global corporations, private companies and nonprofits, including: AARP Services Inc.; American Pacific Corp.; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Carpenter Technology; Chindex International; Foot Locker; JAZZ Pharmaceuticals; Newfield Exploration Co.; LifeVantage Corp.; ON Semiconductor; Sally Beauty Holdings; and U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.

NACD's Fellowship program is a comprehensive program of study developed exclusively for corporate directors who strive to stay aware of and knowledgeable about leading boardroom practices and trends that shape today's corporate governance environment. Being part of an esteemed group of directors helps showcase a commitment to continuous learning and advancing leading boardroom practices. "Recognition as an NACD Fellow translates my knowledge into a tangible credential," said John Bergstrom, director of Advance Auto Parts, Green Bay Packers and Kimberly-Clark.

NACD Fellows represent hundreds of companies and provide a snapshot of the caliber of corporate directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD—the leading organization that identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that boardroom leaders rely upon to apply their wisdom and knowledge and make sound strategic decisions.

"Directors who choose to enhance their skills and knowledge base by becoming NACD Fellows demonstrate a desire to perform their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities to company management, shareholders and their peers," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "I am pleased to recognize these distinguished leaders who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of governance."

For more information about the NACD Board Leadership Fellowship program, visit www.NACDonline.org/Fellowships.

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 14,000 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 www.NACDonline.org. To join, contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd@NACDonline.org or 202-380-1891.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Chief Marketing Officer Henry Stoever 202-775-0509 hstoever@NACDonline.orgSource:National Association of Corporate Directors