Corporate Directors From Aetna, Big Lots, General Mills Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced its new class of NACD Fellows – the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors. More than 80 corporate directors were recently named NACD Fellows, and these boardroom leaders demonstrate their commitment to continuous learning and exemplary board leadership.

The recent class of NACD Fellows serve on the boards of global public corporations, private companies and nonprofits, including: Aetna; Big Lots; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska; Delta Dental; General Mills; Maxwell Technologies; Radio Shack; and Sara Lee.

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. NACD'sFellowship 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.

"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 to company management, shareholders and and their peers a desire to perform their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities," 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

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the recognized authority focused on advancing exemplary board leadership and establishing leading boardroom practices. Informed by more than 35 years of experience, NACD delivers insights and resources that more than 14,000 corporate director members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions and confidently confront complex business challenges. NACD provides world-class director education programs, national peer exchange forums, and proprietary research to promote director professionalism, ultimately enhancing the economic sustainability of enterprises and bolstering stakeholder confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

Recently Named NACD Fellows

James C. Abbott

Carmen Julia Aguiar, CPA

Peter Andruszkiewicz

Leslie Armitage

F. Thaddeus Arroyo

Mary L. Bailey, Ph.D.

Thomas F. Bakewell

Michael D. Barnes, Esq

Steve Bartlett

Douglas S. Baumoel, MBA

Daniel D. Bayston, CFA

Irving S. Becker

Christopher Bruce Begley

Greg Bell

William C. Bertrand, Jr.

Robert Blackburn

Karen Smith Bogart

David Brain

Carrie Bridges-Feliz

David S. Brown

Lawrence R. Bryce

Kenneth Buchanan

Perry C. Casto, Jr.

Paul W. Chan, CPA

Mitchel E. Cheney

Frederic V. Christian

Robert T. Clarke

Steven T. Clontz

Fibi Cobarrubias, MD

Craig W. Cole

Sue W. Cole

J. Michal Conaway

Donald M. Condon

Charles C. Connely, IV

Patricia A. Costante, FACHE

Molly J. Coye, M.D.

Jesse V. Crews

William L. Cron

Connie R. Curran

Dell L. Dailey, Sr.

James D. Dee

Frank T. DeStefano

James J. Deupree

Gregory O. Dias, Jr.

Katina J. Dorton

Eric J. Draut

Sheri H. Edison

John C. Erickson

Linden R. Evans

Nancy M. Falls

Joel D. Fedder

Martin D. Feinstein

Douglas C. Filipponi

Adam B. Firestone

George J. Flynn

A. James Forbes, Jr.

Steve Fritel

Robert H. Gidel, Sr.

Nelson Scott Gillis

Raymond V. Gilmartin

Ian Godden

Manuel Gonzalez, MBA

Clinton T. Greenleaf, III

Robert C. Gross, JD

Kathleen C. Guion

Randy L. Hales

Linda Hall, PhD

Dave Hall

Robert E. Hallagan

Robert Hansen

Ellie Harrison

Vernon Adam Hartung

Peter J. Hayes

Thomas R. Heenan

Lawrence Hibbard

Shaun B. Higgins

Sheila Hooda

Juana I. Horton

Michael T. Howard

Michael W. Hudson, MBA

Scott Huebner

Darren R. Huston

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Kenneth Joyce

Melinda M. Kacal

Daniel G. Kaye

Cynthia A. Kelly, Esq.

Kenneth Kirk

Karthik Krishnan

Greg Kruger

Mary Denise Kuprionis

Elizabeth B. Lange

John C. Langenus

Bryan Lawton, PhD

Michele B. Lederberg

Warren Licht

Robert G. Lindeman

Arthur D. Little

Lyle Logan

Michael J. Machado

Gregory Macosko

Augustine Manocchia

John T. Maples

Steven S. Martin

Shanna Marzilli

Mathew Masters

Jonathan E. McBride

Gregory J. McCray

Timothy P. McHale, MG (USA, Ret)

Evan Melrose, M.D., MBA

C.G. Melville, Jr.

Nana Mensah

Alan G. Merten

Anne M. Mervenne

Charles Glenn Mifflin, CPA

Barbara Mowry

Carol A. Mumford

Robert A. Myers

Beth Newbold

Mikael C. Norin

Robert Norton

David M. Nour

Lionel L. Nowell, III

Craig W. Nunez

Anne Paradis

A. Louis Parker

William F. Paulsen

James Michael Pearson, PE

Liane J. Pelletier

Edward H. Pendergast

Brett A. Perlman

Mary Todd Peterson

Anne E. Powers

Curtis A. Prins

Hoshi Printer

William J. Raver

Michael T. Ray

Charles K. Re Corr

William F. Readdy

Lauri Reishus

Stephen R. Rizzone

C. Keith Rooker, JD

Connie M. Roy-Czyzowski, SPHR, CCP

Fernando Ruiz

Rafael Russ

Kevin Ryan

Hugh L. Sawyer

David J. Schramm

Daniel F. Schuette, CLU, ChFC, CRPS

Alejandro Schwedhelm

Jeffrey R. Seul

Gary Sheppard, JD

Merrill W. Sherman

Charlotte E. Sibley

Jon W. Slangerup

Robert C. Sledd

David D. Smith

Paula A. Sneed

James T. Spear

John A. Steinert

Darla Stuckey

Joseph P. Sullivan

Richard Szafranski

Kelly Szejko

Linda Hood Talbott, PhD

Paul Taveira

Mohan Tavorath

Ronald Taylor

Clayton W. Taylor

Sureena B. Thiara

Lynn Thompson Hoffman

Christopher D. Traut

Mark C. Treanor

William A. Tsacalis

Steve C. Underdown

Francisco J. Uriarte

John Verdonck

Jennifer C. Voss, Esquire

Mark Waggoner

Lisa W. Wardell

Tricia Warehime

David R. White

John B. Williams

James K. Wolf

Melissa Wolfe

Edwina D. Woodbury

Bill Wray

Gordon Zimmerman

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