John F. Olson is a founding partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Olson represents business organizations in corporate governance, corporate securities, corporate finance and merger and acquisition matters. He has frequently led legal teams conducting internal investigations for boards of directors and board committees.
Mr. Olson is recognized as one of the nation's foremost authorities on securities, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions law. He led the Federal Regulation of Securities and Corporate Governance Committees of the ABA Business Law Section and is a longtime member of and advisor to the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee. He has been ranked annually as one of the top securities regulation attorneys in the country by Chambers USA, as one of the top lawyers in corporate governance by Who’s Who Legal, and has been named by the International Financial Law Review as a Leading Lawyer in U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2013 he was elected to the NACD Directorship Corporate Governance Hall of Fame. He was the founding Chair of the American College of Governance Counsel.
The author and editor of many books and articles on legal issues, Mr. Olson is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches organizational governance and securities law courses.
Catherine Bromilow is a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.
With more than 20 years of experience at PwC, Catherine has focused solely on corporate governance.
Catherine has authored and contributed to many PwC governance publications, including the Risk Oversight Series, Going public? What you need to know about corporate governance and Director-shareholder engagement: getting it right. NACD Directorship magazine in 2019 named her for the thirteenth consecutive year as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States.
Catherine is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New Jersey) and a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CA (from Canada). She holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada. While Catherine lives in New Jersey, she frequently travels and has met with board directors in over a dozen other countries, ranging from Brazil to Japan to South Africa.
Gene A. Capello was most recently Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Pfizer Inc. from 2006 – 2012. At Pfizer, he specialized in corporate governance, securities transactions and was counsel to the audit committee. A frequent speaker and panelist at various forums for lawyers and corporate governance professionals, Gene has most recently lectured on emerging issues in securities and corporate governance law, ethics and professionalism in securities law and audit committee practices.
Prior to Pfizer, Gene was Managing Director for Policy at Proxy Governance, Inc., where he was co-head of policy development at a new and innovative proxy advisory firm. From 1985 through 2004, he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and later at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. where he specialized in a number of areas including corporate governance, securities, foreign exchange and derivatives and banking law. Prior to that Gene was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.
Gene received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1981 where he was a member of the Law Review. He also holds an M.S.W. from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The City College of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (where he is a member of the Financial Reporting Committee) and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. He was formerly co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) annual Audit Committees and Financial Reporting workshop.
He is currently President of the Board of the Fair Housing Justice Center in Manhattan and a member of the Board of Riverside Health Care System in Yonkers, New York. He has served on a number of local civic and charitable organizations including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (Westchester Medical Center).
Gene currently resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife, Doris, a former university professor and his daughter, Angela, a law student.