SEC Chairman to Give Keynote Address at NACD Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sworn in as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this year—and the first prosecutor and second woman to permanently lead the commission—Mary Jo White has been hard at work setting priorities. She will share her view of the 2013 annual reporting season and SEC priorities for 2014 during her keynote address at the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD's) annual Board Leadership Conference on Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

White's legal career has led her to serve as both a defense and prosecutorial lawyer. She served for nine years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she oversaw the prosecution of mafia boss John Gotti and the terrorists behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. White also is familiar with the inner workings of the boardroom, having served as an independent director for Nasdaq OMX from 2002 to 2006 and served on its audit, executive, and policy committees.

She has received numerous awards, including the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, and the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Distinction in Public Service.

"The SEC plays a vital role in establishing good governance standards, and we are pleased to welcome Mary Jo White to share her regulatory insights with our director community," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD.

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About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 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, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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