Alan L. Beller is a preeminent legal advisor and recognized thought leader regarding securities law, capital markets and corporate governance. He is a Senior Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Alan currently serves in leadership oversight roles for organizations dedicated to long-term quality and stability of capital markets and the best interests of investors and issuers.
Alan is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Risk Committees of The Travelers Companies, Inc., a Dow Jones company.
He is also a:
—Trustee of the IFRS Foundation, which is responsible for governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board and International Financial Reporting Standards, the global system of accounting standards used in more than 130 countries.
—Member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, which is developing industry-specific sustainability accounting standards that enable public companies to communicate financial material and decision-useful information to investors.
Alan was the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a Senior Counselor to the Commission from January 2002 until February 2006. During his four-year tenure, he led the Division in producing the most far- reaching corporate governance, financial disclosure and securities offering reforms in SEC history. Among his accomplishments were the implementation of the corporate provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the adoption of the first general corporate governance standards for listed companies and the successful completion of comprehensive securities offering reforms.
During his more than 30 years of experience in private practice with Cleary Gottlieb, Alan has represented market-leading US and non-US companies, independent directors and audit committees in complex transactions, including privatizations, demutualizations and other initial public offerings, and corporate governance, securities, corporate, and accounting and auditing matters. He has lectured and written extensively on these and other topics.
Alice Givens is VP - General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (RHGI), a leading publicly owned (NASDAQ: RUTH) restaurant company focused exclusively on the upscale dining segment. Ms. Givens joined RHGI in February 2016. Prior to that, she was VP, Associate General Counsel at J.Crew Group, Inc. where she focused on securities, corporate governance and general corporate matters from 2007 to January 2016. Prior to joining J.Crew, Alice held various legal and compliance roles with Circuit City Stores, Inc. in Richmond, VA for over ten years.
She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary in 1994, and her J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1997. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, New York and as authorized house counsel in Florida. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York Chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals from 2009 – 2015.
Amy Borrus is deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), a nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. association of employee benefit funds, state and local entities charged with investing public assets, foundations and endowments, with combined assets in excess of $4 trillion, that promotes good corporate governance and strong shareholder rights. CII’s associate members include a range of asset managers with more than $25 trillion in assets under management.
Amy plays a lead role in developing CII strategy, policies on corporate governance and other issues and outreach to stakeholders and policymakers. She manages CII communications and speaks frequently on behalf of CII. Amy has key responsibilities for the content of two conferences annually that draw 450+ attendees. She organizes CII’s forum for governance professionals and its platform for dialog between investors and companies. She also supports CII’s board of directors on strategy and audit matters.
Amy serves on the FTSE Russell Policy Advisory Board and the Independent Steering Committee of Broadridge. She also serves on the boards of the CII Research and Education Fund and the Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation.
Before joining CII in 2006, she was a correspondent for Businessweek magazine for 25 years, including assignments in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. She earned an MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a B.A. in English and History from the University of Pennsylvania and CFA Institute’s Investment Foundations Certificate.
Ann Yerger is an advisor to Spencer Stuart’s North American Board Practice, a member of Grant Thornton’s Audit Quality Council and a director of Bed Bath & Beyond and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts.
Her deep background in corporate governance includes 18 months service as executive director of EY’s Center for Board Matters and 20 years at the Council of Institutional Investors in Washington, DC, including a 10-year leadership role as CII’s executive director. Prior to joining CII, Ann was deputy director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center’s corporate governance service, and her previous experience includes corporate banking at Wachovia.
Ann was a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Investor Advisory Committee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She also served on the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, the CFA Institute Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and the US Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession.
She is a CFA charter holder.
Annette Leckie is a partner in the Boston office of Meridian Compensation Partners and has been consulting in the executive compensation field for 30 years. She advises compensation committees and consults with senior executives on the full range of executive and director compensation issues, including both pay levels and the design of cash and equity incentives, supplemental benefits and perquisites. Her work also covers pay-for-performance linkages, corporate governance developments, executive contracts, disclosure, retention, change-in-control arrangements, risk analysis, and other technical aspects of executive compensation.
Annette earned a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
She is a frequent speaker on executive compensation topics and member of the Compensation Committee Leadership Network. Annette currently serves on Meridian’s Executive Committee.
Brian V. Breheny is a partner and leads the SEC Reporting and Compliance practice for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates In Washington, DC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and securities matters and advises numerous clients on a full range of SEC reporting, compliance and corporate governance matters, including advising clients on compliance with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC’s tender offer rules and regulations, and the federal proxy rules.
Mr. Breheny is a member of Skadden’s Policy Committee, which is the firm’s highest governing body, and also serves as co-chair of Skadden’s global Diversity Committee.
Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Mr. Breheny held a number of leadership positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He began as Chief of the SEC’s Office of Mergers and Acquisitions in July 2003, and in November 2007 he became Deputy Director, Legal and Regulatory Policy.
In his position as Chief of the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, Mr. Breheny oversaw the legal and technical aspects of the administration of the Securities Act of 1933 as it related to tender offers and mergers; the proxy, beneficial ownership reporting, tender offer and going-private provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and the rules, regulations, forms and procedures promulgated to implement these statutory provisions. As Deputy Director, he was a member of the senior staff of the commission with responsibility for the division’s legal and regulatory policy support offices (chief counsel, chief accountant, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate finance, rulemaking, small business policy and enforcement liaison).
Before joining the SEC, Mr. Breheny worked at another international law firm in its New York and London offices. During his previous seven years in private practice, he advised clients engaged in a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions, securities issuances, private equity investments, banking and public financings, fund formations and corporate reorganizations. Mr. Breheny began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP.
Mr. Breheny has served as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance, currently serves as chair of the Society's diversity taskforce and has repeatedly been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as part of its Directorship 100, a list of the most influential people in and around the boardroom. He has lectured extensively on topics such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and the federal proxy rules, and shareholder voting. Mr. Breheny also has served as an adjunct securities law faculty member at the Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University School of Law.
Colleen P. Mahoney heads the firm's Securities Enforcement practice, and regularly represents financial services firms, corporations, their boards, board committees, officers, directors and employees in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other law enforcement investigations.
Ms. Mahoney assists management and boards of directors performing internal investigations, often advising clients on preventive and remedial measures before and after securities-related issues arise.
Ms. Mahoney has been the lead attorney representing many of the company boards and individuals embroiled in signature SEC investigations. Her clients have included many well-known U.S. and foreign companies. As is frequently the case with SEC enforcement matters, the biggest victories are the ones that never become public – the government investigations and inquiries that are put to rest before charges are filed or an indictment is issued, or even before a public disclosure of the government interest. Ms. Mahoney has succeeded in bringing a number of matters to a close in those circumstances.
Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Mahoney spent 15 years in increasingly senior positions with the SEC, serving as acting general counsel of the agency and as deputy director of the division of enforcement. During her tenure at the SEC, Ms. Mahoney helped manage a civil law enforcement program that addressed a wide range of issues, including financial fraud and disclosure, asset management issues, derivatives and insider trading.
Ms. Mahoney frequently lectures on securities regulatory and enforcement issues at seminars and conferences in the United States and abroad.
Ms. Mahoney has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in America. Since 2012, she has been recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation" and she also was named to the shortlist of the nation's top women regulatory lawyers by Chambers USA (2012). Additionally, Ms. Mahoney was included in Washingtonian Magazine's 2013 "Best Lawyers" list.
Cynthia A. Glassman is a member of the Board of Discover Financial Services where she chairs the audit committee. She was also on the Board of Navigant Consulting, Inc., until its recent sale, where she chaired the nominating and governance committee and served on the audit committee. In addition, Dr. Glassman is a Senior Research Scholar focusing on corporate governance in the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the GWU School of Business. She is also of a member of the Dow Jones five-person Special Committee, an independent body charged with safeguarding the editorial independence of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, as well as their adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Prior to her current roles, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 to January 2009. In that role, she served as the principal economic advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and oversaw two major Federal statistical agencies
She served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2002 to 2006 and as Acting Chairman during the summer of 2005. As the only Commissioner with a doctorate in economics, Dr. Glassman brought a unique voice to the Commission, where she regularly sought greater rigor in the regulatory process. During her tenure, she was closely involved in developing and voting on the regulations implementing the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as a number of other regulations regarding corporate governance and financial markets.
Dr. Glassman has spent over 45 years in the public and private sectors focusing on financial services regulatory and public policy issues. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years at the Federal Reserve and 15 years at consulting firms. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Business and Finance Law Program at the George Washington University (GWU) Law School and has served on several nonprofit boards.
Dr. Glassman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College. She was a supervisor in economics at the University of Cambridge, England, where she has been named an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.
David M. Becker is Senior Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Becker was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb from 2002 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2013.
Mr. Becker rejoined Cleary Gottlieb in 2017 after serving as Chief Legal Officer of Och-Ziff Capital Management LLP from 2014 to 2017. While at Och-Ziff Mr. Becker was responsible for all legal affairs of a large, NYSE-listed asset management firm with assets under management in excess of $30 billion.
Between 2009 and 2011 Mr. Becker served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as its General Counsel and Senior Policy Director. Mr. Becker also served as the SEC’s General Counsel from 2000 to 2002. Before joining the SEC staff in 2002, Mr. Becker had a long career in private practice.
Mr. Becker is the recipient of the 2019 William O. Douglas award given by the Association of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the securities law field.
Mr. Becker is distinguished as one of the leading lawyers in financial services regulation and securities regulation by Chambers USA. He has received similar recognition from Best Lawyers in America, The Legal Times of Washington, and Washingtonian magazine.
Mr. Becker received a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, in 1973, and an undergraduate degree from Columbia College in 1968. Mr. Becker served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a year later for the Honorable Stanley Reed (retired) of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Becker is a member of the Bars in the District of Columbia and New York.
Jeannemarie O’Brien is a partner in the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she is active in the firm’s merger and acquisition practice, focusing on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of transactions, with a particular emphasis on transactions involving financial services institutions. She has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests. Ms. O’Brien also advises companies and their boards on governance issues and assists companies and senior executives on executive compensation matters in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. O’Brien frequently writes and speaks on executive compensation and corporate governance issues and is recognized as a leading executive compensation lawyer in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500. In addition to memos and articles on recent developments in the executive compensation area, she is an author of the chapter on executive compensation in the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz “Financial Institutions M&A,” an annual review of significant developments.
Ms. O’Brien received a B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, and a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review. She is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations.
Ms. O’Brien serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit organization Prep for Prep, a member of the Dean’s Planning Council of Fordham University School of Law and a member of the Advisory Board of St. Bartholomew Community Preschool in New York City.
Kathleen M. Hamm was appointed a Board Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2017, and sworn in on January 2, 2018. She joined the PCAOB from Promontory Financial Group, where she was the global leader of securities and fintech services and senior strategic adviser to the chief executive officer on cyber solutions. Among other matters, she helped companies develop strategies to build into their systems and operations regulatory requirements and cybersecurity. Earlier, Ms. Hamm served at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2014 to early 2017, as counselor to the deputy secretary on cybersecurity and related governance, regulatory, compliance, and risk management issues facing the financial services sector.
Before Treasury, Ms. Hamm led Promontory Financial Group's Securities Practice Group, providing strategic advice and practical solutions to guide global and domestic financial regulators and companies through complex regulatory, compliance, risk management, and enforcement issues during the financial crisis and its aftermath. Among her other positions, she was a director, member of the executive committee, and chair of the regulatory oversight committee of a national securities exchange; adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching Corporate Controls, Compliance, and Governance. And she served for nearly a decade in the SEC Division of Enforcement where, as an assistant director, she managed and coordinated all aspects of three enforcement branches that investigated potential violations of the federal securities laws. She received a B.S., summa cum laude, in business administration and concentrating in the Registered Accounting Program from the University at Buffalo, SUNY; she holds a J.D., with honors, from the Duke University School of Law; and an LL.M. in securities regulation, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center, graduating first in her class.
Lauren Gojkovich is a Managing Director and the Activism practice lead at PJT Camberview, based in New York. Before joining PJT Camberview, Ms. Gojkovich was a Vice President, Assistant General Counsel in the corporate governance group in the legal division of Goldman Sachs, focusing on the corporate governance of the Goldman Sachs board of directors. Prior to that, Ms. Gojkovich worked as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, proxy fights and takeover defense.
Ms. Gojkovich began her career as an analyst in the equities trading division of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Gojkovich is a member of the State Bar of New York and Massachusetts. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Lillian Brown is a partner in the Transactional and Securities Departments and a member of the Corporate Practice Group in WilmerHale's Washington, DC office. Ms. Brown advises clients, including public companies and their boards, on federal securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, shareholder proposal and proxy matters, proxy access and shareholder activism and engagement. Before joining WilmerHale in 2013, Ms. Brown served in a number of capacities in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, including Counsel to the Division Director.
Linda Chatman Thomsen, who was the first woman to serve as the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is senior counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and practices in the Washington DC office. Her practice concentrates in matters related to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. She has represented clients in SEC enforcement investigations and inquiries, in enforcement matters before other agencies, including the Department of Justice (various U.S. Attorneys Offices) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, in investigations and inquiries from self-regulatory agencies, including FINRA, and in internal investigations. These matters, which are typically non-public, have covered a broad range of securities related subject matters, including insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, financial reporting, manipulation and regulatory compliance. Her clients have included major financial institutions, regulated entities, public companies and senior executives.
Ms. Thomsen returned to Davis Polk in 2009 after 14 years of public service at the SEC. While there she held a variety of positions and ultimately served as the Director of Enforcement from 2005 through February 2009. During her tenure as the Director of Enforcement, she led the Enron investigation, the auction rate securities settlements, the stock options back dating cases and the expansion of the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
She is a graduate of Smith College (A.B. ’76, Government (High Honors)) and Harvard Law School (J.D. ’79).
Meredith Cross is a partner in the Securities and Transactional Departments in the New York and Washington D.C. offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Ms. Cross advises public companies and their boards on disclosure and other corporate finance securities law and corporate governance matters, including SEC enforcement matters involving corporate finance issues. Ms. Cross rejoined the firm in 2013, after having served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC since 2009.
While serving as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, Ms. Cross led the Division's efforts to implement both the Dodd-Frank Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. Under her leadership, the Division recommended close to 60 rulemaking releases to the Commission. Ms. Cross testified before Congress numerous times on a broad range of issues including corporate governance, capital formation, risk retention in asset-backed securities offerings, executive compensation oversight, and agency management and budget.
Before first joining WilmerHale in 1998, Ms. Cross served in a variety of positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC from 1990 to 1998, including Deputy Director, Associate Director (International and Small Business) and Chief Counsel. Prior to first joining the SEC staff, she was an associate and counsel at King & Spalding in Atlanta from 1983-1990. She clerked for Judge Albert J. Henderson of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1982-1983).
Ms. Cross currently serves as Co-Chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation. She is a frequent speaker at securities and corporate governance law conferences. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Securities Regulation Institute, a member of the Securities Institute Advisory Committee, a Fellow in the American College of Governance Counsel, and previously served as a member of the ABA Corporate Laws Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society and the Board of Governors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Ms. Rappaport is Of Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York, having been a partner at the firm for over 30 years. As a lawyer, she focuses on executive compensation and corporate governance. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New School. Her not-for-profit activities have also included membership on the boards of the Legal Aid Society, the New York Women’s Foundation, and Wesleyan University.
Paul Washington is currently the Resident Fellow at Fordham Law School’s Corporate Law Center.
Paul received his B.A. from Yale College, magna cum laude, and held a variety of positions in local, state, and federal government. He then served as a Vice President and Corporate Secretary of The Dime Savings Bank of New York, while receiving his J.D. from Fordham Law School, magna cum laude.
After law school, Paul served as a law clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for retired Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and Associate Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. Paul then worked as an associate at the law firm of Sidley & Austin, before joining Time Warner in 1999 as litigation counsel.
From 2006 to 2018, he served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. In that role, he was responsible not only for corporate governance, but also for intellectual property, antitrust, regulatory, international and pro bono legal matters.
In addition to serving as a Resident Fellow, Paul is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he has taught a course on Corporate Governance for over a decade. Over the past 30 years, he has served on the boards of approximately two dozen cultural, civic, and professional non-profit organizations, including as Chairman of the Society for Corporate Governance, President of the New York Chapter of the Society, and as chair or a member of numerous commissions and task forces for organizations such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Conference Board. He also currently serves as a member of the ABA Corporate Laws Committee.
Robert J. Jackson, Jr. is Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, and Director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law. Among other premier publications, his work has been featured in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Harvard Law Review.
He was nominated and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017 and served in that role until February 2020. Commissioner Jackson was an outspoken advocate for protecting investors, consistently calling for more transparency in capital markets and championing evidence-driven policymaking. Jackson challenged Silicon Valley insiders on dual-class stock that enables intergenerational transfers of control of America’s largest public companies and called competition economics the “forgotten fourth pillar” of the SEC’s mission. Jackson’s Office helped lead the SEC’s unanimous adoption of a pilot to study effects of stock-exchange payments on market dynamics.
Jackson’s research has consistently produced bipartisan legislation to address the gaps created by application of securities law to modern markets. His paper identifying significant insider trading before the announcement of significant corporate developments led to legislation to outlaw that trading. Another study identifying how SEC systems gave high-speed traders an advantage over ordinary investors led to bipartisan demands for a level playing field. And Jackson’s calls for an insider-trading law for the 21st century produced a bipartisan bill to close gaps in existing law.
Prior to his nomination to the Commission, Professor Jackson taught at Columbia Law School, where students honored him with the Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Before that, he served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department during the financial crisis and as deputy to Kenneth Feinberg, Treasury’s Special Master on Executive Compensation. Earlier in his career, Professor Jackson practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns. Jackson holds two undergraduate degrees (one in finance, another in philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a law degree from the Harvard Law School. He was born in the Bronx, is a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, and lives in New York with his wife, Bryana.
Steve Cutler is a litigation partner and head of the Investigations practice group at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City. He advises companies, boards and senior executives on government and internal investigations, corporate governance and regulatory matters.
Previously, Steve was a Vice Chairman at JPMorgan Chase & Co., following nine years as the company’s General Counsel, including during the financial crisis. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Steve was the Director of the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement for nearly four years, overseeing the Commission’s investigations of public companies, as well as broker-dealers and investment advisors.
Mr. Cutler is on the boards of the the National Women’s Law Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He previously served on the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and has been a Visting Lecuturer at both Yale and Columbia Law Schools.
Mr. Cutler earned his B.A. from Yale University, summa cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Byron is the founder of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) and is architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.
Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Some of his recent published works include: “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and Board Evaluations 101, 2016.
Following a thirty-year career representing corporations and senior corporate officers, Ms. Guttman was appointed General Counsel of Baker Botts. In that position, she advises her partners and other colleagues on professional, ethical and other matters.
After graduation from law school, Ms. Guttman served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining Baker Botts in 2001, Ms. Guttman was a partner with the white collar boutique Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P.
J.D., Yale Law School 1985
Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal
B.A., Social Studies, Radcliffe College of Harvard University 1982
magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa Class Marshall (First in Class)
Admission & Affiliations
District of Columbia Bar
United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Fifth and Federal Circuits
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
For over a decade, Andi has worked with companies across industries to provide strategic communications counsel on a wide range of high-profile, complex issues. Her areas of expertise include:
Mergers & Acquisitions
She advises companies involved in both friendly and unsolicited M&A transactions. Recent assignments include advising Broadcom in its proposal to acquire Qualcomm, Thermo Fisher in its acquisition of Patheon, DirecTV in its sale to AT&T, and US Airways in its merger with American Airlines.
Her recent activism and proxy fight experience includes Procter & Gamble (Trian), Deckers (Marcato), Lowe’s (D.E. Shaw), CARS.com (Starboard), Monotype (Starboard), iRobot (Red Mountain), DuPont (Trian), Procter & Gamble (Pershing Square), and Clorox (Carl Icahn).
She has advised numerous companies on management changes, data breaches, financial restatements, litigation, federal investigations, product recalls, workforce reductions and facility closures.
Investor Relations and Public Relations
She works with a number of clients to help develop and execute investor and public relations programs including Amgen, FedEx, Phillips 66, Gartner, and Ventas. She also helps private equity firms with financial communications at both the firm and portfolio company level.
Her experience with spin-offs includes advising R.R. Donnelly in its spin-offs of LSC Communications and Donnelly Financial Solutions, Sealed Air in its spin-off of Diversey Care, Ventas in its spin-off of Care Capital Properties, and McDermott International in its separation into two independent companies.
In 2012 Andi was named one of PR News’ “People to Watch.” Prior to joining Joele Frank in 2006, she worked at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in the Corporate and Investor Relations practice. She received a BA in English from Dartmouth College.
Jamie is a vice president and associate general counsel in the Corporate Governance group of the Goldman Sachs legal department, which focuses on public company matters and securities disclosure issues and provides legal oversight for the firm’s corporate governance and corporate secretarial obligations. Jamie is also a co-chair of the firm’s Legal Department Knowledge-Share Committee.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2010, Jamie was a corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP from 2005 to 2010, focusing on corporate governance and capital markets transactions.
Jamie also serves on the Gala Committee for DoSomething.org.
Jamie earned a BS, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Jamie and her husband have twin boys, Leo and Max.
Marc is a Deputy Chief Accountant in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His responsibilities include leading the activities of the Office of the Chief Accountant’s Professional Practice Group (PPG). These activities include understanding investor and audit committee perspectives and consulting with registrants and auditors on the application of internal control over financial reporting obligations, independence requirements and auditing standards. He also assists the SEC in its oversight responsibility for the activities of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and monitors the development of auditing standards, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Before joining the Commission, Marc was a Partner at PwC from 2010 to 2016. His responsibilities included providing consultation and support regarding implementation, application, and development of auditing policies and standards, including leading the firm’s efforts related to internal control over financial reporting consultations. Marc was also responsible for the development of the firm’s positions related to international and domestic audit standard-setting matters. Marc was also a board member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standard Board (ASB). The ASB is responsible for development of auditing standards and guidance related to non-issuers.
Marc also previously worked at the SEC from 2007 to 2010, including as a Senior Associate Chief Accountant in the Office of the Chief Accountant. During this time, he specialized in the SEC's guidance related to the evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, auditing matters relating to public companies, and the SEC's activities with respect to its oversight role over the PCAOB.
Marc received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Robert Morris College. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Ms. Foran is Chief Governance Officer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Prudential Financial, Inc. Her role at Prudential also includes oversight of the Company’s Shareholder Services and Sustainability divisions.
She has been a corporate governance leader throughout her career at Sara Lee Corporation, Pfizer, Inc. and J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. Ms. Foran is a director on the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Chairperson of its Executive Compensation Committee. She is also a member of its Corporate Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors of The MONY Group Inc. and MONY Life Insurance Company.
Her proactive shareholder outreach and thought leadership on key governance issues has earned her global recognition as a leader in corporate governance. She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2011, she was identified by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Finance. In 2013, Corporate Secretary Magazine named Ms. Foran “Governance Professional of the Year”. In 2015, Ms. Foran received both the Linda Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award from TheCorporateCounsel.net, and Corporate Secretary Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Foran currently serves as an active member of many influential advisory boards including as a liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Diversity and the Corporate Law Committee, Catalyst’s Advisory Board, the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance’s Advisory Board, NACD’s Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) Stakeholders’ Advisory Panel and Cybersecurity Advisory Panel, the International Integrated Reporting Council, the International Corporate Governance Network’s Corporate Risk Oversight Committee, and, the Society for Corporate Governance’s Environmental & Social Working Group, Executive Director of Prudential’s Sustainability Council, and Executive Sponsor of Prudential’s ADAPT initiative.
Ms. Foran received her B.A., magna cum laude, and J. D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. She is admitted to the New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey (In-house) Bars.
Steve Kemps is Executive Vice President, General Counsel for S&P Global since August, 2016. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing legal operations, and advising on the impact of changing laws in the way the Company conducts business. Prior to joining the Company, Steve served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Quanta Services, where he oversaw all legal affairs and advised the business on regulatory, ethical, and compliance matters. Previously, he served as General Counsel of Dean Foods Company. He has also held various senior legal positions with Kimberly-Clark Corporation and law firm Dorsey & Whitney, and was a federal law clerk to Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the United States District Court, Minnesota.
Steven has been a partner in Ernst and Young’s Professional Practice Group in Washington, DC since 2010 where he has been specializing in matters pertaining to SEC rules and regulations surrounding financial reporting. He is responsible for developing the firm’s publications and training materials on various SEC reporting topics as well as providing accounting and financial reporting advice to EY’s engagement teams and clients.
Steven is currently chair of the Center for Audit Quality’s SEC Regulations Committee, a committee that discusses emerging technical accounting and reporting issues relating to SEC rules and regulations. He is also a frequent public speaker on SEC financial reporting matters for EY and externally sponsored events.
Prior to joining EY, Steven served as an Associate Chief Accountant in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance where he served as an advisor and consultant to the Division's Chief Accountant, Director, senior managers and Division and Commission staff with respect to accounting and financial reporting matters arising under the SEC rules and regulations in a diverse range of industries.
Steven earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1998. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Thomas J. Kim is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he is a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group. Mr. Kim focuses his practice on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, including capital raising and tender offer transactions and shareholder activist situations, as well as corporate governance and compliance issues. He also advises clients on SEC enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration and auditor independence issues.
Mr. Kim has extensive experience handling regulatory matters for companies with the SEC, including obtaining no-action and exemptive relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, and responding to disclosures and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance.
Mr. Kim served at the SEC for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, and for one year as Counsel to the Chairman. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kim was responsible for the Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions. He also led several rulemaking initiatives including eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Kim was a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Kim served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for General Electric.
Mr. Kim has been recognized by Chambers USA in the Securities Regulation: Advisory category since 2015. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, and the NACD Directorship 100 and is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. Mr. Kim is the Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute. He also chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee. As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, he edited two editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.
Mr. Kim earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College.