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Corporate Directors From Blue Cross Blue Shield, Diamond Food, Hershey Entertainment, and J.M. Huber Corporation Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 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 40 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: Blue Cross Blue Shield; Diamond Food; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, and J.M. Huber Corporation.

An NACD Fellowship is a recognized symbol that a director completed 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 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 www.NACDonline.org/Fellowships.

Recently Named Board Leadership Fellows and Selected Boards
Eric C. Anderson Milestone Partners
Margaret Shan Atkins Chetrum Capital LLC
Sandra Beach Lin Wesco International Inc.
Edward A. Blechschmidt Diamond Foods
Margaret L. Brown Alaska Communities Systems Group Inc.
G. Bradford Bulkley Bulkley Capital L.P.
Wayne Callahan Vestar Capital Partners
Gilbert A. Fuller USANA Health Sciences Inc.
Lori Auray Gobillot Bristow Group
Renee J. Hornbacker Eastman Chemical Co.
E. Weldon Johnson, Jr. Delta Dental of Arkansas
David Johnsrud CHS Inc.
Jamie G. Jones Sterling Investment Advisors, LLC
Adrienne M. Markham Hittite Microwave Corp.
J. Kevin McCotter Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Cynthia A. Niekamp PPG Industries Inc.
Lois E. Nonneman Fencorp Properties Inc.
Richard Paterson Eclipse Resources Corp
Murray D. Smith Surge Energy Inc.
Ernest J. Waters Fulton Financial Corp.
Billie I. Williamson Forrester & Co.
Recently Named Governance Fellows and Selected Boards
Gail S. Ayers CREW Network
Ben Ertischek Viewpoint, Inc.
Ronald J. Floto Bemis Co, Inc.
Thomas J. Lewis Beneficial Bank
Brandon Lombardi Sprouts Farmers Market Inc.
Michael L. Marberry J.M. Huber Corporation
Joshua Lucas McFarland Evans & McFarland LLC
Frank A Miles Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Arthur H. Muir, III C.H. Guenther & Sons Inc.
Robert S. Rollo PS Business Parks
Susan F. Smith Simmons First National Corporation

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the advocate for the profession of directorship and 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 the enterprise 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, please visit www.NACDonline.org. To become an NACD member, 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