NACD Prepares Military Admirals and Generals for Service in Corporate Boardrooms

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, convened the nation’s top recently retired and soon-to-retire flag and general officers to prepare them to transition from serving their country in the field to serving in the boardroom.

NACD’s annual “From Battlefield to Boardroom” program details the fundamental roles and responsibilities of a corporate director, as well as what exemplary leadership looks like in the boardroom. Supported in part by KPMG LLP and CACI International Inc., the program focuses on topics ranging from boardroom basics to more complex issues of strategy, oversight, and stakeholder management and helps participants to sharpen the governance skills necessary to ensure effective risk oversight and long-term strategic planning.

Notable speakers included Justice Randy J. Holland, Delaware Supreme Court; Rear Admiral Marsha J. Evans (U.S. Navy, Ret.), director, Office Depot Inc. and Weight Watchers International Inc.; Warren R. Phillips, lead director, CACI International Inc.; Michael Montelongo, director, Herbalife Ltd.; Greg Pratt, board chair, Carpenter Technology Corp. and director, Tredegar Corp.; and Lieutenant General Michael Rochelle (U.S. Army, Ret.), director, Military Officers Association of America and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Attendees interacted with seasoned directors and corporate-governance professionals, and they gained access to mentorship and networking opportunities with experienced flag and general officers-turned-directors. Attendees left better equipped to position their military service to attract attention from executive recruiters and board directors.

The new cadre of “From Battlefield to Boardroom” graduates includes:

Major General Dorian Anderson, U.S. Army (Ret.); President, DT Anderson Consulting

Brigadier-General Fred Bigelow, Canadian Armed Forces (Ret.); CEO, Comox Valley Airport

Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army, Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, U.S. Navy, Chief of Navy Reserve, Commander, Navy Reserve Force

Major General Norman J. Brozenick, Jr., USAF (Ret.); Owner, Azimuth Strategies Team

Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham, U.S. Army, Director for Manpower and Personnel, The Joint Staff

Lieutenant General Andrew E. Busch, U.S. Air Force

Vice Admiral David Buss, U.S. Navy (Ret.); SVP, Cubic Global Defense Corp.

Major General Theresa C. Carter, U.S. Air Force, Commander, Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center

Brigadier General (Dr.) Kory Cornum, U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command Surgeon

Major General Stephen Day, Cyber and Information Security, Australian Signals Directorate

Lieutenant General William H. Etter, U.S. Air Force, Commander, First Air Force

Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III, U.S. Navy, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa

Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell, U.S. Army, CIO/G6

Brigadier General Edward A. Fienga, U.S. Air Force, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Programs

Vice Admiral Kenneth Floyd, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, U.S. Navy, Deputy Commander of United States Central Command

Brigadier General W. Bryan Gamble, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Lieutenant General William Burke Garrett III, U.S. Army, Deputy Commander of U.S. European Command

Vice Admiral Bruce E. Grooms, U.S. Navy (Ret.); President, Grooms Solutions

Lieutenant General David R. Hogg, U.S. Army, U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee

Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis S. Leslie Ireland, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Brigadier General Stephen E. Joyce, U.S. Army (Ret.); CEO, Strategic Solutions

Major General Michael Keltz, U.S. Air Force (Ret.); CEO, RSK Group

Major General Robert Kenny, U.S. Air Force Reserve; Partner/Attorney, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas

Major General Richard M. Lake, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.); Director, Global Security, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Brigadier General Timothy Lake, U.S. Army (Ret.); Assistant Commissioner, Government of the Virgin Islands

Major General Earl Matthews, U.S. Air Force (Ret.); Vice President, Enterprise Security Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services

Major General Kelly McKeague, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Deputy Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth District

Rear Admiral Christopher J. Murray, U.S. Navy, Commander, Naval Safety Center

Major General Dana J. H. Pittard, U.S. Army (Ret.); Vice President, Defense Programs, Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.

Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Major General Margaret B. Poore, U.S. Air Force, Director, The Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Major General John Posner, U.S. Air Force (Ret.); CEO, Harrison & Held

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, Deputy Commander, U.S. Navy, U.S. Special Operations Command

Lieutenant General (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Dean, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Rear Admiral Michael Smith, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Thomas W. Spoehr, U.S. Army, Director, Office of Business Transformation

Lieutenant General James Terry, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Cynthia M. Thebaud, U.S. Navy, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2

Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources

Brigadier General Timothy E. Trainor, U.S. Army, Dean of the Academic Board, U.S. Military Academy

Major General Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, U.S. Air Force, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Major General Martin Whelan, U.S. Air Force, Director of Future Operations

General Janet C. Wolfenbarger, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Director, AECOM

Major General Mark W. Yenter, U.S. Army, Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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