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Corporate Directors From Crocs, Delta Dental, First Niagara Bank, Medifast and Peabody Energy Become NACD Fellows

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced its new class of NACD Fellows for the third quarter of 2014. More than 80 corporate directors were named NACD Fellows, representing a wide array of companies including Crocs, Inc., Delta Dental, First Niagara Financial Group, Medifast, Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp.

The NACD Fellowship is the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors. It is a widely recognized indication that a director has completed a comprehensive program of study; one that was developed exclusively to educate corporate directors on current, relevant boardroom issues and best practices. Upon completion of the rigorous program, members bear the NACD Fellow distinction, which can then be listed on their proxy statements.

NACD Fellows are an esteemed network of corporate directors, who not only showcase a commitment to continuous learning and leading boardroom practices, but also are recognized within the director and investor community as master practitioners of exemplary board leadership.

"The focus on the credentials of directors will only become more intense as the effort to improve corporate governance continues," stated Jim Brady, NACD Board Leadership Fellow and former director of Constellation Energy Group, McCormick & Company and T. Rowe Price. "NACD Fellow status is a differentiating factor that all governance constituencies will highly value."

Adds Anne Sheehan, NACD Board Leadership Fellow and director of corporate governance at CalSTRS, "America needs well-rounded directors who are sensitive to public company shareowners, and who can clearly demonstrate their value on proxy disclosures. I look forward to meeting NACD Fellows everywhere I go."

The NACD Fellow community represents the knowledge capital and integrity of hundreds of companies. It is a telling snapshot of the caliber of corporate directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD—the only organization that has been recognized for more than 30 years as the authority on corporate governance and director education.

"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 Select Boards
Dennis W. Archer Johnson Controls Inc., MASCO Corporation
Levi J. Benton HAUL-Houston Area Urban League
Mark P. Borman Bioheart, Inc.
James M. Brinksma Angelwish
Ed Choate Baptist Health
Byron Dunn Desert NDT
Joseph A. Frick Triple S Management
Cesar Garcia BioFire Diagnostics
Philip Halpern Duet India Hotels (JV with IHG)
Ralph H. Hasson Sustainable Food Center
Ralph H. Hasson CareFlash LLC
D'Anne Hurd Myomo Inc., Pax World Funds
Mark W. King Micropac Industries, Inc.
Frank D. Lackner Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.
Duy-Loan T. Le National Instruments
Jeffrey Margolis Crocs, Inc.
Ryan McKendrick AMCOL International Corporation
Warren L. Robinson Black Hills Corporation
Phyllis L. Rogers CARTI
Alexander C. Schoch Peabody Energy Corporation
Recently Named Governance Fellows and Select Boards
Brian Abeel BECU
Joey Airoso Farm Credit West
Mark Bailey, DDS Delta Dental of Arkansas
Thomas E. Baker First Niagara Bank
Al Barkley Farm Credit West
Ed Bartak McGladrey LLP
Char Beales MediaMorph
Tom Beneventi McGladrey LLP
Karen M. Bohn Otter Tail Corporation
James Boldt First Niagara Bank
Barry B. Bondroff, CPA Medifast Inc.
G. Thomas Bowers First Niagara Bank
Roxanne Coady First Niagara Bank
Cheryl R. Collarini DGC Energy LLC
Eugene C. Connell Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau
James A. Corry Our World - Underwater Scholarship Society
Carol A. Criner Retail Ink Jet Solutions
Gary Crosby First Niagara Bank
Lynda Davey The Wet Seal, Inc.
Barbara J. Duganier, CPA Buckeye Partners LP
John B. Duncan, CPA Polk Mechanical Company
Richard Enns Farm Credit West
Steven Epstein Fried Frank
Barbara J. Faulkenberry International Women's Forum Missouri
Carl Florio First Niagara Bank
Shanin Fuller, Esq. Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
Dianne B. Gasbarra, MD Health Care Service Corp.
Elizabeth Ghaffari Pacific Coast Regional Corp.
Craig C. Gnos Farm Credit West
Karen B. Greenbaum FJ Management
Sandra W. Hallmark DC Access to Justice Foundation
Bernard Han ON Semiconductors Corporation
Blake Harlan Farm Credit West
Carlton Highsmith First Niagara Bank
John C. Johnson IEC Electronics
Michelle S. Lee STG International Inc.
Evelyn L. Lewis, MD National Children's Center
Mark D. Littlefield Farm Credit West
Stacy Loretz-Congdon Core-Mark Holding Company
Edward Malesich CHS
Vikram Mansharamani, PhD Africa Opportunity Fund
Robert A. Meilen Colorado Technology Association
Terri Miller Delta Dental of Arkansas
Sachin Mithal Infoteria America Corporation
Allen D. Moore Delta Dental of Arkansas
Paula M. Noble Almost Home Kids
Todd Ordal iSatori Technologies (IFIT)
Kristina A. Peterson Women in Solar Energy
George M. Philip First Niagara Bank
Jennifer Pollino, CPA Crane Co.
Thomas P. Potiowsky Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Kenneth P. Revay Florida Institute of Technology
John C. Robak Greeley and Hansen LLC
Peter Robinson First Niagara Bank
Wayne J. Sadin Wayne Sadin Interests
Erin Selleck Heal the Bay
Archana Vemulapalli Intelleva, Inc.
Edward Watson AARP
Shane Whiteside IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Raymond Whittaker Consolidated Water Co.
Jamie Woell McGladrey LLP
Nathaniel D. Woodson First Niagara Bank

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 insight and resources that more than 15,000 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 202-775-0509Source:National Association of Corporate Directors