The Conference Board today announced that Donna Dabney has joined The Conference Board as Executive Director of the Governance Center. In this new role, Ms. Dabney will lead a team that will explore restoring trust in public corporations, identifying sustainable corporate governance policies and understanding global governance issues. The Governance Center will continue to sponsor rigorous governance research and education and will serve as a neutral forum for directors, investors and management.
“Donna’s rich and deep experience in the area of corporate governance will help the Conference Board expand and influence this important sector of our business,” said Sal Vitale, Executive Vice President, The Conference Board. “We are very proud to have Donna join our executive team and look forward to making full use of her knowledge and skills for our members.”
Prior to joining The Conference Board, Ms. Dabney was Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Governance Counsel of Alcoa Inc. Ms. Dabney has served as a member of management for over 15 years on the boards of Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company and has expertise in governance issues related to executive compensation. At Reynolds she served as chief mergers and
acquisitions counsel, Secretary to the Board of Directors and served on the committee with management oversight of the global operations of the company. Before joining Reynolds she practiced law with the Richmond, Virginia, firm of McGuire Woods and served on the faculty of Old Dominion University. She is graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
I hope to see Donna a conferences such as the one I am attending today, The Future of Corporate Reform, GMI Ratings, 9/4-6/2012, Park City, Utah. We need a leader at the Conference Board willing to work cooperatively with shareowners to ensure our voices are heard. Trust can be restored in businesses when they are governed more democratically. We wish her all the best in her new role.