Corporate Culture Influencer
On September 11, 2017, the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance hosted a discussion on the role of the general counsel and how she should be a positive corporate culture influencer. The Center has been working with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to examine this issue in light of ACC’s recent research and white paper on this topic. ACC is a global bar association with more than 43,000 in-house counsel members worldwide. Participating in the discussion were the following;
- Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For four consecutive years she has been named to the NACD’s Directorship 100 as one of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Her own expertise was shaped through more than a decade as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc., where her practice focus was corporate governance, transactions, securities disclosure and finance.
- Gloria Santona, who recently stepped down as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of McDonald’s after three decades at the company. During that time, she worked closely with McDonald’s board of directors as their liaison to senior management. Gloria also has served as an independent director of Aon Corporation since 2004.
- Ann Mulé, Associate Director of the Center, moderated the discussion. Prior to joining the Center, Ann Mulé served as the chief governance and compliance officer, assistant general counsel, and corporate secretary at Sunoco, Inc. where she worked with Sunoco’s Board and Board committees for many years.
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About the Weinberg Center
The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, established in 2000, is one of the longest-standing corporate governance centers in academia, and the first and only corporate governance center in the State of Delaware, the legal home for a majority of the nation’s public corporations.
The Center’s mission is to provide a forum for business leaders, members of corporate boards, shareholders, the judiciary, the legal community, academics, students, and others interested in corporate governance issues to interact, learn and teach, with the goal of positively impacting and improving the field of corporate governance and the capital markets. Center programs, publications and academic research have helped to shape and influence numerous corporate governance debates and developments on a national and international level.