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Expect the Unexpected - the Board's Role in a Crisis

NACD New York Chapter
October 13, 2015
New York, NY



A Unique Simulation Exercise to Experience Some Common Crises Boards of Directors Face Today


Join your director peers in a unique simulation exercise to experience some common crises Boards of Directors face today, with Panelists George W. Madison, Partner of Sidley Austin, LLP and Matthew Sherman, Partner of JOELE FRANK,and moderated by Partner Andrea Rose of JOELE FRANK.   In this interactive workshop, directors will be asked to respond to several corporate crisis scenarios which will evolve as the session progresses.   Directors, attorneys and financial communications crisis management specialists will guide the simulation and discuss the communications and legal ramifications of what directors decide to do each step of the way.

Location and Time


Penn Club of New York
30 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

4:30-4:45pm – REGISTRATION
4:45-6:15pm – PROGRAM
6:15-7pm - COCKTAILS

Speaker Spotlight


Matthew Sherman

A founding member of the firm and named President in August 2013, Matt has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic corporate, financial and crisis communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of public corporations and private equity firms involved in M7A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises. His areas of expertise include:

• Shareholder Activism
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Investor Relations & Financial Public Relations

In 2012 Matt received The M&A Advisor's '40 Under 40' Recognition Award, and in 2007 he was named to PR Week’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Matt previously was a vice president in the M&A and crisis communications practice at Abernathy MacGregor Frank. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrea Rose

Andi has extensive experience developing and implementing investor relations and financial communications programs and also advises clients on special situations. Her areas of expertise include:

• Investor Relations and Public Relations
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Shareholder Activism
• Crisis Communications
• Spin-offs and IPOs

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/Investor Relations practice. She received a BA in English from Dartmouth College.

Bill Roskin

Mr. William A. Roskin, Bill served as a Senior Advisor of Viacom, Inc. since September 15, 2005., and also served as its Executive Vice President of Administration and Human Resources from November 2004 to September 15, 2005. Mr. Roskin also served as an Executive Officer of Viacom, Inc. since April 1988 to 2006. He founded Roskin Consulting, a consulting firm with a specialty in media-related human relations, in 2009. Mr. Roskin joined Viacom in 1988 and served as its Vice President of Human Resources and Administration from 1988 to 1992 and also served as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration from July 1992 to 2004. Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Roskin served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Coleco Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of children's toys, from 1986 to 1988. Prior to that, Mr. Roskin spent ten years Warner Communications Inc. (now known as Time Warner Inc.), a media and entertainment company, where he held several executive positions in labor relations, including Vice President of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mr. Roskin has been an Independent Director of Media & Entertainment Holdings Inc. since April 2006. Mr. Roskin has been an Independent Director of Ritz Interactive, Inc. since January 2005. He has been an Independent Director of ION Media Networks, Inc. (Formerly Paxson Communications Corp) since June 23, 2006. He has been a Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., since October 2008. He served as General Counsel to the City of New York's Department of Personnel and City Civil Service Commission from 1971 to 1976. Mr. Roskin holds an LLM in Labor law from New York University's School of Law, an L.L.B. from St. Johns University School of Law, and a B.B.A. from the City College of New York.

George W. Madison

Partner of Sidley Austin, LLP; former chief law officer of the Treasury Department and a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury; former executive vice president and general counsel of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF)



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