NACD Directorship 100 Released -- The Annual List of the Most Influential Leaders in Boardrooms and in Corporate Governance

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bonnie Hill

Director of the Year: Christopher Coughlin

Hall of Fame: John Biggs, Andrew McKenna, Norman Veasey, and Ralph Whitworth

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced the 2015 NACD Directorship 100, the annual list that recognizes leading corporate directors, corporate governance experts, policymakers, and influencers who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. NACD has recognized individual directors who serve as role models in promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight, and courage in the boardroom for more than 37 years.

The NACD 2015 honorees will be celebrated during the NACD Directorship 100 black tie gala on December 2 in New York City, and NACD Directorship magazine will feature profiles of these leaders in the November/December 2015 issue.

For details about the NACD Directorship 100 gala, please visit

"NACD is honored to recognize the achievements and commitment to boardroom excellence exemplified by these exceptional individuals. Effective corporate directors and governance leaders are nothing short of essential to the success of the enterprise—from creating and sustaining long-term value, to serving as a guiding light in times of disruption," said NACD CEO Ken Daly. "The NACD Directorship 100 honorees set the standard of excellence to which all directors should strive to meet."

Distinguished 2015 honorees include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bonnie Hill, director of California Water Service Group and YUM! Brands.
  • Director of the Year: Christopher Coughlin, chairman of Dun & Bradstreet and director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Allergan.
  • Hall of Fame: John Biggs, Andrew McKenna, Norman Veasey, and Ralph Whitworth.

In addition to these honorees, 50 corporate directors and leaders from 50 organizations that impact boardroom agendas have been selected as part of the NACD Directorship 100. For the full list of the corporate directors and leaders from corporate governance entities, which includes boardroom advisors, institutional investors, the media, and regulators, please visit

Nominees are evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. An independent selection committee reviews each nominee's history of advancing board performance and leading corporate governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles are a framework that encourages excellence in areas critical to boardroom leadership, including, but not limited to, risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation, and transparency.

For a list of past honorees, visit

To learn more about the NACD Directorship 100, or to register to attend, visit

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 16,000 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 To become an NACD member, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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