Top Board Priorities for 2016
Directors have a responsibility to oversee the development and implementation of effective, long-term strategies in response to challenges that organizations have been facing, including rapidly changing technology, environmental risks, regulatory and legal requirements, and more. At the same time, the emergence of active - not activist - institutional investors is reshaping boardroom dynamics and the way boards are defining and contemplating key issues. Join representatives from the EY Center for Board Matters to discover what they are hearing from both directors and institutional investors in regards to 2016 board priorities.
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Jamie Carroll SmithPanelist: Jamie Carroll Smith, Assistant Director at EY’s Center for Board Matters, assists boards, institutional investors, and other members of the governance community on emerging trends and long-term developments in corporate governance. Jamie leads investor outreach and engagement efforts at EY. Jamie helped create and launch the program in 2011, which has grown to more than 50 participants representing more than $17 trillion in assets under management, including large asset managers; public, labor and faith-based funds; socially responsible investors; and other investor advisors and associations. Jamie also helps shape the Center’s products and content and lead the Center’s corporate governance dialogue events, which convene governance practitioners to share insights and experiences. Jamie has presented on corporate governance issues to corporate boards and a variety of companies and organizations, including the Council of Institutional Investors, Broadridge, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Recent panels and presentations include: board tenure and its connection to diversity and independence, proxy season developments and implications, trends in proxy statement disclosure, investor-company engagement and other initiatives, regulatory changes and long-term governance trends, and strategies for engaging investors as campaigns by activist investors increase in scope and influence. Jamie has a deep background in corporate governance related research and has specialized in corporate governance since 2003. Prior to joining EY, Jamie worked with labor and public funds and their boards on proxy voting, corporate engagements and specific governance initiatives at The Marco Consulting Group. She also managed shareholder proposal efforts at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Capital Strategies Department, and previously led research efforts at JMR Financial and the Center for Political Accountability. She began her career as a research analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center. Jamie is a member of the Council of Institutional Investors Markets Advisory Council and holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Richard GraffPanelist: Mr. Graff, a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP partner and mining industry audit leader for the United States, has served as a director on boards of public companies since 2005. Mr. Graff currently serves on the boards of directors of Alacer Gold Corp. (Alacer), Dynamic Materials Corporation (DMC) and Yamana Gold Inc. (Yamana). These companies, with listings on the NASDAQ and the New York, Toronto, and Australian Stock Exchanges, have operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. He chairs the audit committees of Alacer, DMC and Yamana. He is also a member of the governance and nominating committee of DMC and of Alacer's compensation and governance and nominating committees. Mr. Graff is past chairman of Alacer’s board of directors and currently serves as its lead director. He is the former chairman of the board of Craig Hospital, an internationally recognized rehabilitation hospital for patients recovering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. In addition to his board responsibilities, Mr. Graff has been an advisor to the mining industry and was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board task force for establishing accounting and financial reporting guidance in the mining industry. He represented the mining industry at the Emerging Issues Task Force's public meetings. Currently, he represents a consortium of international mining companies. In that role, he has provided recommendations on financial reporting issues in the mining industry to the International Accounting Standards Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Graff has served as an expert witness in an administrative and civil action proceeding for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, on the application of accounting principles and auditing standards. Mr. Graff has an undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College and a post-graduate degree in accounting from Northeastern University.
Rose RobesonPanelist: Rose Robeson currently serves on three public company boards, all of which are in the energy industry. She is currently serving on the Boards of SM Energy, Tesco Corporation and American Midstream Partners. She also serves on the Audit Committee for all three boards and the Compensation Committee for two of these boards. Prior to her Board service, Rose was a finance executive in the energy industry. She most recently was Chief Financial Officer for DCP Midstream until her retirement in 2014. Over her 32-year career primarily in the energy industry, she also worked in various finance and accounting roles for Kinder Morgan, Total Petroleum and Ernst & Young. Rose also serves on a non-profit board, JDRF, an organization committed to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Scott HefnerModerator: Scott Hefner, EY Denver Office Managing Partner and the Southwest Region TMT Market Segment Leader. Scott has more than 28 years of experience serving clients, ranging from start-ups to large multinationals in the telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, and diversified financial services industries. He has expertise in transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, carve-outs, initial debt and stock offerings and troubled debt restructuring. He played a key role in several merger and acquisition due diligence projects for transactions valued from $4 billion to $60 billion. He has participated and led many international conferences attended by EY employees, clients and governmental officials surrounding various topics. His experiences and relationships include both Channel 1 and Channel 2 clients. Past and current clients served include: AT&T, Belden, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dynamic Materials, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Newmont, tw telecom, Venoco and Western Union. Education Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Accounting emphasis, University of Missouri at St. Louis CPA in Missouri, California, Texas and Colorado