Corporate Directors From the American Heart Assoc., E*TRADE Financial Corp., Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Nasdaq, SeaWorld Entertainment, and More Achieved NACD Fellowship at the 2017 Global Board Leaders’ Summit

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 17,000 board members, today announced 102 corporate directors who earned NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®. The directors earned NACD Fellowship® while attending the 2017 Global Board Leaders’ Summit in October. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations:*

American Gas Assoc.
American Heart Assoc.
Aspen Technology Inc.
Cascade Engineering
E*TRADE Financial Corp.
Eldorado Resorts Inc.
Denny’s Corp.
Hershey Trust Co.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Interpublic Group of Cos. Inc.
NueLion Inc.
Retail Properties of America Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.
St. John’s University
The Wendy’s Co.
*Partial Listing

NACD Fellowship, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors, 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.”

NACD Fellowship is backed by 40 years of NACD experience and represents 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 Peter Gleason, president and 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 54 Board Leadership Fellows and 48 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, health care, higher education, industrial machinery, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows

Charlene BegleyRobert DeAlmeidaJohn Kennedy
Michael BelzTanuja DehneShelley Leibowitz
Bonnie BiumiAna DutraMichael MacDonald
Jim BorelMel FlaniganRafael Matute
Robert BostromJames FogartyJeffrey McCreary
Vesta BovairPatricia GallowayTom McGimpsey
David BoyerBen HalpertJim McKinney
Jeffery BrayGregory HedgesJohn Montgomery
Joyce CachoRobert HeistRichard Munro
Eileen CampbellEdgar HeizerPeter Nelson
Mollie CarterDouglas HileSusan Rheney
Jocelyn Carter-MillerMark HippDante Robinson
Mel CollazoDouglas HoltbyDonald Robinson
Jackie CushmanRajive JohriJohn Robinson
Jody DavidsDennis KassLen Rodman
Jane SadowskyMyrna SotoAlan Wells
Dwight SmithPaulo VasconcellosMichael White
Lauren SmithAndrea WeissPaul Williams

Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows

Derek AdairLucy FatoJanet Miller
Robert BagleyKaye FosterThad Minaldi
Elijah BarnesGary GatesIsabel Monteiro
Matt BeckerRex GevedenLinda Moore
Sandra BerettaAl GlowaskyFlorie Perellis
James BlackledgeJoseph HoffAntonio Pietri
Glenn BrooksJoe JohnsonMichael Premo
Karen BrownNikan KhatibiBonnie Reitz
Michael CarreonAmos KhimDavid Shaffer
Teresa CastaniasPatrick KhourySam Smolik
Tom CinkMichael KleinBret Snyder
Shelva ClemonsFrank KurreGail Stewart
James CookJoseph LeoRoger Sugarman
Matthew Coon ComeRichard MarkBrian Talley
Roger DowHope Mason
Marie EcksteinLarry Mazza
Jamal FarhatNathan McKinley

For more information about NACD Fellowship, visit or contact Meghan Metzbower at or 571-367-3638.

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 corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit

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