NACD Directorship 100 Forum Focused on Reinvigorating America

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors held its 2012 NACD Directorship 100 Forum this week. Under the theme of "Reinvigorating America," the NACD Directorship 100 Forum convened leading directors, governance advocates, and key boardroom influencers and advisors to discuss strategies and share ideas to build long-term, sustainable enterprises.

This unique director education event was capped with an evening gala dinner celebration to recognize and honor select corporate directors and governance experts who have demonstrated significant leadership and accomplishment in the boardroom, companies and communities. A complete list of honorees can be found at

The program featured several noted speakers, including David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Presenting the keynote address entitled "A Roadmap for the Future," Walker discussed what it will take to get America's fiscal house in order, in addition to the need for directors to lead by example in fostering responsible economic practices.

"This event was a prime opportunity for corporate directors to learn from boardroom leaders and sharpen their understanding of today's key issues," said Kenneth Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "It is critical that all directors and boardroom advisors demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning with their peers and governance experts."

During the event, attendees also heard several panel discussions, including one on Revitalizing America with:

  • Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Barclays Capital;
  • Jenne K. Britell, Chairman, United Rentals; Director, Crown Holdings, Quest Diagnostics, U.S. Russia Investment Fund; Managing Director, Brock Capital;
  • Ellen J. Kullman, Chairman and CEO, E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company;
  • James D. Robinson, III, Presiding Director, The Coca-Cola Company.

Takeaways from the panel discussion included the actions corporate leaders can take to address the economic needs of the nation, such as focusing on advancing economic sustainability. Panelists also discussed the importance of promoting investments in infrastructure and education to ensure future nationwide growth.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To join, please contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

CONTACT: Kelly Dodd 202-380-1891Source:National Association of Corporate Directors