The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) announced that Kerrie Waring has been appointed as its new Managing Director following an international search over three months. The ICGN is the leading investor-led organisation of governance professionals, with members in over 50 countries, including institutional investors responsible for US$18 trillion in global assets.
Michelle Edkins, ICGN Chairman, said:
The ICGN board completed a strategic review earlier this year which informed a robust recruitment process. Kerrie is ideally suited to realize our strategy in being the leading international voice for investors on corporate governance reform and to serve our members in helping them to connect with one another and to stay informed about global governance matters. Her proven commerciality is an added strength at a time when we are exploring a number of business development initiatives to continue to build our policy strength and expand our member footprint around the world.
Said Kerrie Waring:
The ICGN is at a critical turning point in its evolution. We will soon celebrate our 20th anniversary having continually evolved since the first ICGN gathering of some of the world’s most progressive investors and governance protagonists in 1995. Our early years focused on building a community of like-minded professionals to advance the cause of corporate governance reform and we later established policy committees which cemented the ICGN’s reputation as a reliable voice on a myriad of governance-related issues. Today the focus is to support our members in their efforts to promote good corporate governance practice, and in particular actively supporting our investor community to act as engaged and informed owners. ICGN, as the leading global corporate governance body, is ideally placed to sustain this momentum and ultimately inspire the international governance agenda for future generations.
Kerrie Waring joined the ICGN in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer responsible for building the business in light of rapid membership growth. She was promoted to Acting Head following the departure of Carl Rosen in June 2011. She has been responsible for many recent ICGN initiatives such as the European Commission-backed education programme and the establishment of the Global Network of Investor Associations. She is currently leading the review of ICGN’s flagship Global Corporate Governance Guidelines.
Prior to ICGN, Kerrie held senior corporate governance positions at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Institute of Directors. She was co-author of the Handbook of International Corporate Governance (Kogan Page, 2004) and co-author of the first Global Corporate Governance Forum ‘Toolkit on Director Training.’ She was named Rising Star of Corporate Governance by The Millstein School of Corporate Governance at the Yale School of Management in 2008 and has a BA honours Degree in International Business and Japanese. Kerrie is a Chartered Company Secretary.
As an investor-led organisation of governance professionals, ICGN’s mission is to inspire and promote effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets and economies world-wide. ICGN achieves this through three core activities:
- Influencing policy by providing a reliable source of practical knowledge and experiences on corporate governance issues, thereby contributing to a sound regulatory framework and a mutual understanding of interests between market participants;
- Connecting peers and facilitating cross-border communication among a broad constituency of market participants at international conferences and events, virtual networking and through other media; and
- Informing dialogue around sound corporate governance practices and principles through the publication of materials, exchange of knowledge and advancement of education world-wide.
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