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2019-6-11

High Stakes Boardroom Mayhem

Ep. 17

Host: Nancy May, President and CEOBoardBench Companies

Guest: Andrea Gordon, JD

Have you ever thought that you could write a modern day crime novel based on what you’ve seen, with your own eyes, as a public company director? Or, like so many others, do you simply deny that “questionable” events ever occurred or dread whether they will ever come to light? Real life boardroom mysteries are unraveling in the world now, as you’ll hear in this next episode of the Boardrooms’ Best. My guest, Andrea Gordon, and I will reveal and discuss some real life board-based situations that would seem improbable but are being played out right now. We’ll dive deeper into some of the things that could be happening right under your nose, and how they might be examined by others through the lens of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.  

Listen in as we unveil real-life director experiences involving murder, mystery, intrigue, and hopelessly entangled situations that even involve well-known celebrities. 

Andrea Gordon, JD, Eversheds, Sutherland, LLP.

Andrea Gordon advises clients on US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) matters, including related investigation, litigation and arbitration. Her experience includes counseling corporate and individual clients in connection with SEC and FINRA investigations, internal investigations and complex litigation. She also has experience in FCPA-related matters, including cases involving a compliance monitor. 



To ask for more information on this show and others, please go to BoardBench.com and our contact page.


Additional Notes:

CEOs Under the Criminal Spotlight 

Usbek princess Gulnar Karimova who's accused of a $2B corruption scandal.

Gulnara Karimova's Music Video: You can't make this stuff up!


Disclaimer: This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the guidance and advice from a licensed attorney on the matters discussed in this show. The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show Guest and not directly those of Eversheds, Sutherland, LLP.

2019-6-11

High Stakes Boardroom Mayhem

Ep. 17

Host: Nancy May, President and CEOBoardBench Companies

Guest: Andrea Gordon, JD

Have you ever thought that you could write a modern day crime novel based on what you’ve seen, with your own eyes, as a public company director? Or, like so many others, do you simply deny that “questionable” events ever occurred or dread whether they will ever come to light? Real life boardroom mysteries are unraveling in the world now, as you’ll hear in this next episode of the Boardrooms’ Best. My guest, Andrea Gordon, and I will reveal and discuss some real life board-based situations that would seem improbable but are being played out right now. We’ll dive deeper into some of the things that could be happening right under your nose, and how they might be examined by others through the lens of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.  

Listen in as we unveil real-life director experiences involving murder, mystery, intrigue, and hopelessly entangled situations that even involve well-known celebrities. 

Andrea Gordon, JD, Eversheds, Sutherland, LLP.

Andrea Gordon advises clients on US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) matters, including related investigation, litigation and arbitration. Her experience includes counseling corporate and individual clients in connection with SEC and FINRA investigations, internal investigations and complex litigation. She also has experience in FCPA-related matters, including cases involving a compliance monitor. 



To ask for more information on this show and others, please go to BoardBench.com and our contact page.


Additional Notes:

CEOs Under the Criminal Spotlight 

Usbek princess Gulnar Karimova who's accused of a $2B corruption scandal.

Gulnara Karimova's Music Video: You can't make this stuff up!


Disclaimer: This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the guidance and advice from a licensed attorney on the matters discussed in this show. The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show Guest and not directly those of Eversheds, Sutherland, LLP.

2019-5-1

D&O Liabilities: CYA Or Bust!

Ep. 16

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies

Guest: Perry Granof

Show: Part 2 of 2


There’s so much more than what you might expect is need to ensure that you, a director of a Public, Private, PE/VC, family-owned, or not-for-profit firm, are properly protected, right up until the end game. In this show you’ll learn how to access indispensable resources, some simply right at your fingertips! In addition:

Have you heard of the risks associated with GDPR exposures? No? Are you among those who haven’t taken any action on this front? You may be in good company as more than 50% of companies haven’t done so either. But the risks may be more than you might imagine: international penalties could be as much as 4% of your company’s annual revenues

As for Non-Profits, even having the best intentions could impact your wallet. NFP issues are often more sensitive, emotional, and personal, and the desire for some to “teach directors a lesson” could come to hit you, in more way than one, unless dealt with early on.  Always be careful when the heart is not in sync with the head.

On the Cyber frontier… Ignorance is no longer a defense like it might have been before! Directors are expected to be smarter, so do the work upfront that makes you so. 

Last in our lineup – but not least on the topic – are intellectual property, R&D assets, and trade secrets. These can protect your future profits and success, yet the door is still wide open for international intrusion, theft, and “accidental” vulnerabilities in markets where you might be less familiar. Hiccups on this front can easily catch you, leaving you with only lint in your pocket. What do you do? Where do you turn to cover both you and the companies you serve?  Caught off guard and you could face criminal violation charges, prison, or maybe even a death sentence! So how do you put your mind at rest? Listen and learn as Perry and I show you what’s beneath the surface.



Want more? We’ll be hosting a D&O CYA or Bust program for current, new, and prospective directors. We’ll go into some details that will let you better serve at a higher level, with more understanding, while protecting yourself too! Send us your name and contact points for more information. 

Here's the link! D&O CYA or Bust


Perry S. Granof JD  is the Managing Director at Granof International Group LLC, where he provides insurance consulting, expert witness, and claims resolution services specializing in international and domestic Professional Liability Insurance, having previously served as Vice President and Claims Counsel with The Chubb Corporation. He is the principal editor of and contributor to The Global Directors and Officers Deskbook published by the ABA in September 2014, authored the chapter on “International ADR” for the book entitled Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial, published by the ABA in June 2018, and has spoken on Professional Liability Insurance throughout the world.

Mr. Granof is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Washington State Bar, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he attained his Fellowship designation in International Arbitration (FCIArb). He is also an Illinois Licensed Property and Casualty Producer. Mr. Granof graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, and completed his training in Mediation Skills through Northwestern University.

He currently serves on State Bar of Wisconsin Dispute Resolution Section Board and the CIArb-North American Executive Board, having previously served as Chair of the Torts Trial and Insurance Section (TIPS) Dispute Resolution; Professionals’ Officers’ and Directors’ Liability; and International Committees of the American Bar Association (ABA). He is a designated Elite Expert with IMS Expert Services. He also sits as a Public Arbitrator for the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a certified ARIAS Arbitrator, and a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial and Consumer Panels.


To ask for more information on this show and others, please go to BoardBench.com and our contact page.

Disclaimer: This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the guidance and advice from a licensed attorney on the matters discussed in this show.

2019-2-28

D&O Ins, Outs, Dos and Don’ts

Ep. 15

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies

Guest: Perry Granof

Show: Part 1 of 2

New directors, typically, have the best intentions to do what’s right in their roles as directors. Despite good intentions, things sometimes happen beyond anyone’s control.  Your duties as a board member, whether they be on a public, private, family-owned, venture-backed, investment fund, or not-for-profit board, can vary widely. Regardless, at a base level, your main responsibility is to ensure that the entity that hired you remains financially healthy and able to serve its articulated purposes. Doing this requires organizations to determine and understand the risks they face, and to manage them properly through sound controls, practices, and/or cost-effective insurance coverage. Prudent directors tend to apply these considerations to their own personal and professional welfare, too.

In this first of a two-part series, Nancy May and Perry Granof , discuss the basics that every director should know about Directors and Officers Liability Insurance , from understanding your coverage to what to consider to ensure you’re adequately protected.


Perry S. Granof is the Managing Director at Granof International Group LLC, where he provides insurance consulting, expert witness, and claims resolution services specializing in international and domestic Professional Liability Insurance, having previously served as Vice President and Claims Counsel with The Chubb Corporation. He is the principal editor of and contributor to The Global Directors and Officers Deskbook published by the ABA in September 2014, authored the chapter on “International ADR” for the book entitled Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial, published by the ABA in June 2018, and has spoken on Professional Liability Insurance throughout the world.

Mr. Granof is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Washington State Bar, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he attained his Fellowship designation in International Arbitration (FCIArb). He is also an Illinois Licensed Property and Casualty Producer. Mr. Granof graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, and completed his training in Mediation Skills through Northwestern University.

He currently serves on State Bar of Wisconsin Dispute Resolution Section Board and the CIArb-North American Executive Board, having previously served as Chair of the Torts Trial and Insurance Section (TIPS) Dispute Resolution; Professionals’ Officers’ and Directors’ Liability; and International Committees of the American Bar Association (ABA). He is a designated Elite Expert with IMS Expert Services. He also sits as a Public Arbitrator for the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a certified ARIAS Arbitrator, and a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial and Consumer Panels.


To ask for more information on this show and others, please go to BoardBench.com and our contact page.

2019-1-11

How Talent, Integrity, and Culture Drives Financial Outcomes

Ep. 13

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies

Guest: Kevin Silva, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Voya Financial,

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and member of the Board, New York Institute of Technology

  

Companies that build their backbones on wisdom, judgment and character and use them to conduct their business seem to be the ones able to come out on top in any fray. Doing what’s right doesn’t happen by accident, but doing so consistently needs the right talent at the top and in the boardroom.  

Learn the five key elements needed to get the right talent boards need to keep their companies at peak performance. 

 

Kevin Silva is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer for Voya Financial®, responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility and Voya Foundation. In this role, Silva directs a strategy aimed at building the organization’s human capital by attracting, retaining and developing world-class employees and incenting them to deliver superior performance. Silva also serves on Voya Financial’s Executive Committee.

 

Mr.Silva has also served in senior human resources leadership roles as head of human resources Argo Group International, MBIA Insurance Corporation, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, as well as chief human resource officer for MasterCard International; and as the executive director for PepsiCo Management Institute/PepsiCo.

In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Board, New York Institute of Technology.

2018-12-25

Holiday Episode - How The Hole In The Wall Gang Leads With Grace.

Ep. 11

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies

Guest: Ray Lamontagne, Chairman of the Board, The Hole In The Wall Gang Fund, Inc.

Leading, from the start of an idea through to building an international phenomenon, takes vision, persistence, and some keen skills. When it’s a not-for-profit vision, building from the ground up, with volunteers, is far more challenging, and takes greater strength and talent.  

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was the vision of Paul Newman, who, with the adept leadership of Ray Lamontagne, was able to create and expand it into a great success.  Working with such a celebrity has its advantages, yet there were still bumps along the road, and never any guarantees of success. 

Ray Lamontagne, Chairman of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and I discuss, the ups, downs, head spinning successes, and visions for what’s to come for this world-famous mission-driven organization. He and the entire staff have done much to touch the lives of ill children and their families. 

The holidays are a time for giving. This show is our holiday gift to all our listeners. Subscribe and enjoy!

Happy holidays and may the New Year bring you much joy, good health, and success.


Raymond Lamontagne is the President of the Encore Company. and served as President of Seavest Inc. He has had a diverse career in business, public policy, and philanthropy. He serves as the Chairman of City Center, the New York City-based arts center and theater. He serves as the Chairman of The Hole In The Wall Gang Fund Inc. He serves as a Director at The Dyson Foundation and Amplify Education, Inc. (formerly Wireless Generation, Inc.). He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Chairman of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, Paul Newman's camps for children with cancer and other serious blood diseases.

 

2018-11-23

Deriving More Value From The Boardroom

Ep. 10

Independent Directors can keep relevant, by integrating their thinking across multiple industries, thus contributing more than the average board member. 

Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies

Guest: Michael J. Critelli, Board Member, Eaton Corporation; Director Emeritus, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; Former CEO and Chairman, Pitney Bowes.


In this episode, Nancy May speaks with Mike Critelli, corporate director and former CEO of one of the most recognized Fortune 500 companies, about how he and his board peers bring out the best from the company leaders they oversee.

Learn more about his inside perspectives on:

  • How good directors build their voices in the boardroom by aligning better with the company, its employees, customers and investors
  • Understanding when to best challenge the convictions of a CEOs
  • Understanding and predicting the impacts of disruption
  • How to keep your “hands on the steering wheel” and not become a “problem” director
  • Understand that even the best intentions can go astray
  • The challenges of CEO succession

And, when all this happens at once, how to remain morally courageous, in even the worst times. 


Michael J. Critelli serves on the board of Eaton Corporation and most recently served as Chief Executive, President and Director of Dossia Services Corporation, a personal and population health management systems company, from 2011 until 2016. In 2017 he served as the CEO of CloudParc, Inc., a smart cities and transportation technology company. He completed that assignment and retired as both an officer and director of CloudParc in December 2017. Mr. Critelli is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc., a provider of global mailstream solutions. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pitney Bowes from 1997 to 2007 and as Executive Chairman from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Critelli served as a director of ProHealth Physicians, Inc. from 2012 until 2015. Director since 1998.