ICGN June Conference: Challenging the Accepted Orthodoxy

I look forward to seeing many of you at ICGN‘s forthcoming Annual Conference, hosted by TIAA-CREF and taking place from 26th-28th June at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.  A summary agenda is accessible via this link for more information. Please visit the ICGN website where you can register.  See my 2010 coverage.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Challenging the accepted orthodoxy’ and we will discuss a range of priority issues including:

  • Governance as a mechanism for economic stability
  • Director independence – much ado about nothing?
  • Regional perspectives on approaches on improving gender diversity on boards
  • Sustainability reporting: initiatives and innovations
  • Director-shareholder engagement – passing fad or the new normal?

Over 20 speakers are already confirmed including: Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein Inc., Kevin Bourne, Managing Director, FTSE Group, Doug Chia, Corporate Secretary, Johnson and Johnson, Julie Daum, Spencer Stuart, Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF, Peggy Foran, Chief Governance Officer, VP and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Abe Friedman, Managing Founder Partner, CamberView Partners, Meyer Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ, Takuya Fukumoto,  Director, Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Holly Gregory, Weil Gotshal & Manages, Evan Harvey, Sustainability Director, NASDAQ, Martin Lipton, Founding Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Asset Management, Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo, Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainability Group, Bloomberg, Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS,  James Shinn, Lecturer, Princeton, Eliot Spitzer, Former New York Governor, Ron Thompson, Lead Independent Director TIAA CREF Board, Stephen Young, Senior Partner of Insight Education Systems, LLC Harlan Zimmerman, Cevian Capital.

Click here for more information about the venue in New York with social events at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Rock Centre Café in the historic Rockefeller Centre. I’m looking forward to visiting with friends and colleagues from around the world.

Take advantage of the ICGN room block discount at the Grand Hyatt for your reservation for the conference dates.  Those wishing to extend your stay should email Ashley Scherer or phone her at 646-213-6883. Book before 4 June to guarantee a room.

Also in New York this same week:

  • ICGN ESG Training programme. Click here to find out more information.
  • Millstein Governance Forum. Click here to find out more information. I’ll be at this one as well.

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