NACD Names McRitchie as One to "Watch"

(Elk Grove, CA, September 20, 2011) — is pleased to announce that Publisher, James McRitchie has been named for the second year in a row to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD’s) 2011 Directorship 100 list of “People to Watch,” in recognition of his work promoting the highest standards of corporate governance.

James McRitchie will be among those recognized at a gala dinner on November 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, during the NACD Directorship 100 Forum.

According to the Council for Institutional Investors, McRitchie’s 2001 petition “re-energized” the “debate over shareholder access to management proxy cards to nominate directors and raise other issues.” McRitchie continues his work on proxy access, currently working on a template proxy access proposal to be used by retail shareowners based on four principles: a universal proxy, full access, low barriers to entry and full disclosure of costs.

According to Kenneth Daly, president and CEO of NACD:

The D100 honorees represent the most influential leaders whose decisions impact both Wall Street and Main Street and echo around the global.  As the voice of the director, it is important for NACD to help set the standard by recognizing these visionaries as examples to others.

“The Directorship 100 honorees have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the highest standards and best practices in corporate governance, as well as helping to promote NACD’s initiatives to further boardroom diversity,” said an NACD press release.

Top corporate leaders chosen this year include Mellody Hobson of Dreamworks, Steve Jobs of Apple and Doug Chia of Johnson and Johnson. Governance professionals include Luis Aguilar of the SEC, Lucian Bebchuk of Harvard, Joseph Grundfest of Stanford, Nell Minow of GMI, and Broc Romanek of

The “People to Watch List” included Larry Burton of the Business Roundtable, David Chavern of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Eric Jackson of Ironfire Capital, Henry Boerner of Governance and Accountability Institute, Fay Feeney of Risk for Good and Lucy Marcus of Marcus Ventures.

Local awardees in the Sacramento area include Anne Sheehan and Jack Ehnes of CalSTRS and Anne Simpson and Anne Stausboll of CalPERS, as well as California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Said McRitchie,

It is a great honor to be included in such a prestigious group. I have every respect for most on the list. Many are heros, such a Luis Aguila, Lucian Bebchuk, Nell Minow, and Broc Romanek. Others I frequently contact via social media, including: Eric Jackson, Henry Boerner, Fay Feeney and Lucy Marcus.

There is no question that most of those included are hard working conscientious individuals, pushing corporate governance in a positive direction. I’m delighted to be associated with them in any way.


2 Responses to NACD Names McRitchie as One to "Watch"

  1. Brett Davidson 09/21/2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Jim, congratulations for your well deserved recognition. You keep carrying the torch and I will keep following.

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