NACD Releases 2013 List of Most Influential Leaders in Corporate Governance

B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Robert A. Ingram

Director of the Year Ilene S. Gordon

Corporate Governance Hall of Fame Honorees Anne M. Mulcahy, David A. Nadler, John M. Nash, and John F. Olson

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced the 2013 NACD Directorship 100 list, which recognizes top corporate directors and governance leaders who significantly influence boardroom practices and performance.

The NACD 2013 Directorship 100 will be featured in the November/December issue of NACD Directorship, the official magazine of NACD, and honored during the NACD Directorship 100 black tie gala on Dec. 3 in New York City. Information about the NACD Directorship 100 gala can be found at

"As the role of a corporate director has significantly increased in complexity, these outstanding leaders have stepped up to meet the challenge of navigating the evolving world of corporate governance, keeping the needs of their companies and shareholders as guiding beacons," said NACD President and CEO Ken Daly. "The NACD Directorship 100 honorees are an example of what all directors should strive for in carrying out their fiduciary duties, and NACD is proud to honor these directors and governance experts."

Distinguished 2013 honorees include:

  • B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert A. Ingram, independent chairman of Elan Corp., lead independent director at Cree Inc. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, and independent director of Edwards Lifesciences.
  • Director of the Year: Ilene S. Gordon, chairman, president, and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated and director of International Paper.
  • Hall of Fame: Anne M. Mulcahy, former chair and CEO of Xerox and director of Target and LPL Financial Holdings; David A. Nadler, vice chairman of Marsh & McLennan Cos. and founder of Mercer Consulting; John M. Nash, founder of NACD; and John F. Olson, founding partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

In addition to these honorees, 50 outstanding corporate directors have been selected as part of the NACD Directorship 100, as well as 50 corporate governance entities, ranging from regulators to institutional investors to boardroom advisors. For the full 2013 NACD Directorship 100 list, visit

NACD has recognized notable individual directors who serve as role models in promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight, and courage in the boardroom for more than 25 years. Nominees are evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. An independent selection committee reviews the nominees' history of advancing board performance and leading corporate governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles are a framework that encourages excellence in areas, including risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation, and transparency.

Previous award recipients include Jack B. Lowe Jr., chairman of Zale Corp.and TDIndustries; Bill Ayer, chairman of Alaska Air Group and Puget Sound Energy; Linda Rabbitt, lead director of Towers Watson and chairman/CEO of Rand Construction Corp.; William B. Chandler III, partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; and James D. Robinson III, chair, committee on directors and corporate governance of The Coca-Cola Co. For a list of past honorees, visit

To learn more about the NACD Directorship 100, or register to attend, visit

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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