PetSmart, U.S. Steel, and Denny's, Among Others, Become NACD Full Board Members

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Joining peers who believe strongly in boardroom excellence and take actions to follow through on that belief, 24 companies joined the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as NACD Full Board Members during the second quarter of 2013.

Through their membership, NACD Full Board Members become part of a diverse director community with the opportunity to share and gain proprietary insights about current and emerging issues and take part in NACD's world-class director education programs. Additionally, NACD acts as the "voice of the director," speaking up on behalf of members to regulators and influencers, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others, on matters of crucial importance to directors.

NACD Full Board Member companies range from Fortune 50 corporations to small- and mid-cap companies, as well as private companies and nonprofit organizations. Several of these new members are Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, several notable private companies recently became NACD Full Board Members.

"Through NACD membership, these companies demonstrate a commitment to advancing exemplary board leadership," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "Their dedication will help ensure their corporate boards will be prepared for emerging trends and challenges and position them to lead with the highest standards of excellence."

The full list of companies whose full corporate boards became NACD Full Board Members during the second quarter includes: Acco Brands, AGCO, A.M. Castle & Co., CNO Financial Group, CST Brands, Denny's, Headwaters, Kirby, Molina Healthcare, Oiltanking Partners, PetSmart, Piedmont Natural Gas, Procera Networks, United Fire Group, U.S. Steel, USA Truck, and The Wet Seal.

A larger sample of NACD's nearly 1,000 Full Board Member companies is available at

To learn more about NACD, visit To join, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Henry Stoever Chief Marketing Officer 202-775-0509Source:National Association of Corporate Directors