Directors From REI, Chico's, AARP, Monsanto, and Others Become NACD Fellows in Q2 of 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced the names of 54 corporate directors who earned the NACD Fellowship credential during the second quarter (Q2) of 2015.

NACD Fellowship, the definitive director credential, is a comprehensive program of study developed to educate directors about perennial and emerging boardroom issues and best practices. Completion of this rigorous program demonstrates a director's serious commitment to exemplary corporate governance.

"The focus on directors' credentials will only become more intense as the efforts to improve corporate governance continue," said Jim Brady, former director of Constellation Energy Group Inc., McCormick & Co. Inc., and T. Rowe Price Group Inc. "NACD Fellow status is a differentiating factor that governance constituencies highly value."

Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance at CalSTRS, concurred from an investor's standpoint: "America needs well-rounded directors who are sensitive to public company shareowners, and who can clearly demonstrate their value on proxy disclosures. I always look forward to meeting NACD Fellows."

The NACD Fellowship community is backed by more than 35 years of authoritative research and represents the combined knowledge capital of hundreds of today's leading companies.

"Directors who choose to enhance their skills and acumen 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, CEO of NACD. "I am pleased to recognize these distinguished leaders, who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of governance."

The new cadre of NACD Fellows includes 23 Board Leadership Fellows and 31 Governance Fellows, whose boards span a wide range of industries: agriculture, banking, computer software, energy and utilities, engineering, fast casual restaurants, financial services, healthcare, higher education, information technology (IT), insurance, manufacturing, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, private equity, professional services, retail, real estate, sporting goods, transportation, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows, Q2 of 2015
Scott Alexander Edward Hayes Carter Pate
John Blyzinskyj Nic Loiacono Frederick Reinhardt
Andy Chmar Pete McCormick Susan Rivera
Daryl Durum Steve McMillan Coleman Ross
Fuad El-Hibri Brenda Newberry W. Graeme Roustan
Kathy Harless Stephanie Olexa Kathy Starkoff
Leslie Thornton David Walker Dave Winston
Steven Townsend William Wilkins
Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows, Q2 of 2015
Akosua Barthwell-Evans Larry Kean Kenneth Revay
Lyndell Brooks Melissa Krasnow Tamera Robinson
Dinesh Chandiramani Peter Lanciano Duleep Rodrigo
Linda Clifford Alan Matthews John Rood
Gretchen Dahlen Tom McGimpsey Doug Schmidt
Keith Deussing Drumm McNaughton Curtis Sparrow
Thomas Duffy Carlos Montemayor Ray Whittaker
Ken Gilvary T. Duane Morgan Roger Wood
Alfredo Guerra Rhonda Parish Dana Yealy
Mary Hitzemann Terry Peterson
James Hutchinson James Pierce

For more information about NACD Fellowship, visit or contact Meghan Metzbower at or 202-803-6764.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the advocate for the profession of directorship and is focused on advancing exemplary board leadership. Informed by more than 35 years of experience, NACD delivers insights and resources that more than 16,000 corporate director members rely on 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 corporate 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, visit To become an NACD member, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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