Corporate Directors From AIG, CenturyLink, Colgate-Palmolive, MasterCard, and TIAA-CREF Become NACD Fellows in Q3 2016

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the standard setter for responsible board leadership, today announced 144 corporate directors who earned NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®—during the third quarter of 2016. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations*:



American Apparel Inc.

American Cancer Society

Avnet Inc.


CenturyLink Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

CommScope Holding Co.

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

Delta Dental Plans Association

E*Trade Financial

Edison Electric

Farmer Bros. Co.

Federated States of Micronesia Petroleum Corp.

Government Employees Health Association Inc.

Greif Inc.

H&R Block Inc.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.

Jiangsu OFS Hengtong Optical Technology

Kemper Corp.

Kwik Trip Inc.

Lennar Corp.

Linn Energy LLC

Make-A-Wish Foundation

MasterCard Inc.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.

New York Life Insurance Co.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Republic Services Inc.

Society for Human Resource Management

Stanford University

Synopsys Inc.

Thor Industries Inc.


T-Mobile USA

TrueBlue Inc.

VWR Corp.

Westar Energy Inc.

XPO Logistics Inc.

*Partial listing

As the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors, NACD Fellowship® is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers directors with the latest boardroom insights, intelligence, and practices—equipping them to lead their boards with confidence.

Directors can earn one of two NACD Fellowship credentials, which Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance for CalSTRS, has called “the gold standard” in director credentialing. NACD Governance Fellows build proficiencies in the fundamentals of governance, while NACD Board Leadership Fellows continue to refine their board leadership competencies year after year.

“At a minimum, individuals serving as independent chairs and/or lead directors should earn NACD Fellowship status to bolster confidence in their leadership, both inside and outside the boardroom,” said Patrick McGurn, special counsel and head of strategic research and analysis at Institutional Shareholder Services.

Sheehan concurred: “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 40 years of NACD experience and represents the combined knowledge capital of thousands of the world’s largest and most-diverse 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 87 Board Leadership Fellows and 57 Governance Fellows, whose boards span a wide range of industries: aerospace and defense, agriculture, banking, computer software, energy and utilities, engineering, financial services, food services, healthcare, higher education, industrial machinery, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows, Q3 2016

Allen Bettis

John Bourgoin

Julia Bradsher

Colleen Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Timothy Burke

Stephen Carley

Jim Casey

Anna Catalano

Janice Chaffin

Gil Chapman

Ed Choate

Daniel Churay

George Cochran

Alec Covington

Armin Cruz

Gretchen Dahlen

Laureen DeBuono

Louis DiNardo

Arthur Einav

Mark Emkes

Luke Faulstick

Keith Gehl

Elizabeth Gemmill

Chelsea Grayson

Mary Jo Gregory

Ed Grier

John Grotting

Peter Guastamachio
Jerome Hauer

Mark Haukohl

Richard Hawley

Lee Hillman

Sherrill Hudson

Carol Jackson

Terrell Jones

Susan Kantor

Redley Killion

Shane Kim

James Koehr

J. Allen Kosowsky

James Lam

Margie Lariviere

Mathias Lawrence

Ka-Yin Li

Tom Liguori

Raymond Link

Jack Liu

Thomas Manning

Charles Marcy

Maribess Miller

Linda Mills

Michael Montelongo

Timothy Murray

Lorrie Norrington

Rollance Olson

Eric Patel

Kathryn Paul
Jack Pfeffer

Dan Pittard

John Popolizio

Diane Pratt

Rima Qureshi

Mark Refowitz

Pius Roby

Peter Rogers

Bruce Rohde

Norman Rosenthal

Mark Ruelle

John Schmidt

Sonya Sepahban

Laurie Siegel

Stanley Silverman

Stephen Skoronski

Julie Stein

Vernon Steiner

William Sutter

Jeffrey Swoveland

Nader Tavakoli

Vandy Van Wagener

Rick Wassel

Todd Weintraub

Kelvin Westbrook

Norman Willox

Faustino Yangmog

Bob Zollars

Mark Zorko

Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows, Q3 2016

Edward Adams

Rodney Adkins

Frances Aldrich Sevilla-

Gena Ashe

Lisa Bartlett

Carmen Bowser

Diane Brink

Jim Clough

Robert Cochran

Jorge Consuegra

Luis Cortes

Nancy Cozzi

Jeanna Cullins

Jody Davids

Deborah DeHaas

Kimberly Dorgan

Ann Dunwoody

Derek Elder

Jeffrey Feeler
Steve Fritze

Dale Gibson

Elder Granger

Jill Griffin

Todd Grove

Patricia Guinn

Michael Hamerlik

Chuck Herman

Ken Hurwitz

Garrison Irons

Julie Jason

Richard John

Lloyd Johnson

Nathan Jones

Steven Kass

Paul Knutson

Peter Kong

Carr Krueger

Hongxia Liu

Jan Marshall
David Miller

Sri Muthu

Tony Nassif

Mark Nelson

Kenneth Okazaki

Margaret Poore

Steven Rank

John Russell

Brian Sammarco

Eric Scholten

Joyce Schuette

William Sharpe

Karen Singer

Liz Sweney

Jay Taylor

Steven Timmons

Robert Uhler

Robert Walker

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) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well-prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, please contact Steve Kalan at or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

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Source:National Association of Corporate Directors