Irene Chang Britt
Norman Sorensen Valdez
Kenneth P. Kopelman is a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, as well as cochair of the Corporate Governance practice within the Corporate Department. He advises businesses, boards, board committees (compensation, audit, and governance), and directors on a full range of governance, compliance, and disclosure matters, providing counsel both on a regular, ongoing basis and in the context of special situations, including contests for corporate control and internal inquiries and investigations. His areas of focus include representation of compensation committees (including advice regarding say on pay, executive compensation plans, and individual packages), evolving director responsibilities, corporate democracy issues, and formulation and implementation of the full range of board policies, including best practices. Kopelman's approach to working with boards is informed by his own 20+ years of service as a director of public companies, including an S&P 500 consumer products company (NYSE) and a computer software firm (NASDAQ).
Most recently, Kopelman was recognized as one of the most influential people in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACDs') national magazine, Directorship, which named him to its annual list of the Directorship 100. He has written extensively on governance-related topics and lectures regularly on a variety of governance, compensation, and related topics, including at the New York City Bar Association, NACD, TIAA-CREF, NYSE, and The Conference Board. He has been named as a New York Super Lawyer in Corporate Governance since its inception, and he is also chairman of the NACD New York Chapter.
Over his career, Kopelman has regularly acted as corporate counsel to a number of significant companies in a wide variety of industries, with a special concentration within the apparel and fashion fields. His work includes the full range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing arrangements, financings, joint ventures, and executive compensation. He organized and is chair of the program Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues, held annually at the New York City Bar Association.
Kopelman also has extensive experience in the corporate side of bankruptcies, being the seniormost member of the Kramer Levin corporate team in the firm's representations of the creditors' committees in the Chrysler, GM, and Capmark cases and of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell and received a general course certificate from The London School of Economics.
Pamela J. Packard is president and a member of the board of directors of the NACD New York Chapter. She is recognized as an NACD Governance Fellow and holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. She has experience serving as chair of the board and as a member and chair of audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committees. She is a qualified audit committee financial expert and has held senior management roles with P&L and operational responsibilities at a major public accounting and consulting firm.
Packard currently serves as an independent director of Gray & Company Inc., a diversified holding company for a portfolio of businesses including financial services and oil and gas investments.
Packard is a former independent director and chair of the Audit Committee of BJI Holdings (Brown Jordan International), a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of quality home furnishings and contract furnishings. She is also a former member of the board of directors of BDO Seidman LLP (now BDO USA LLP), the U.S. member firm of BDO International and the fifth largest global accounting and consulting firm. She previously served on the advisory boards of Planitax Inc., a leading software-as-a-service provider to corporate tax departments, and Pension Governance LLC, a web-enabled information services company focused on the pension community.
Packard served as chairperson of the board of directors of the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. and as chairperson of the Audit, Compensation and Succession Planning, and Nominating and Governance Committees during her tenure as a member of the Board of Directors. She has also served as director and secretary of the Women's Forum Inc., a community of preeminent New York women leaders, and as director and president of the Financial Women's Association of New York, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women. .
Packard provides strategic advisory services to senior executives and businesses primarily in the professional and financial services sectors through a company she formed, Strategic Enterprises LLC. Previously, she spent nearly 25 years with the public accounting and consulting firm BDO Seidman LLP. There she rose to the positions of vice chairman and national business line leader for tax services, with P&L and operational responsibility for the tax practice, after years serving as a tax and business advisor to middle market entrepreneurial, family-owned, management-controlled, and multinational companies in the professional services, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors. She is a published author, editor, and speaker on tax topics, corporate governance matters, business strategy, and leadership issues.
Packard graduated from the NC School of the Arts High School as a Ballet major. She earned a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Baruch College and an MS in Taxation from Pace University, and she attended Harvard Business School for executive education. She is a CPA licensed by New York State and a member of the International Women's Forum and Women Corporate Directors.
Patrick S. Smith is an experienced audit partner with KPMG LLP, serving a broad array of global audit clients in the electronic, consumer, and industrial markets and media and telecommunications. He has over 30 years of experience and currently serves as the East Region Professional Practice partner of KPMG.
In his current role, Smith is in charge of audit quality and professional practice matters for the eight business units (consisting of 35 offices) that compose the East Region of KPMG LLP. In addition, he has served as lead audit engagement partner for multinational audit engagements, which include responsibility for global coordination, planning, and audit execution. .
Smith's experience has brought him extensive knowledge of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting matters, as well as experience in working across a global network within the KPMG global member firms. From June 1997 to June 2000, Smith was partner in charge of the U.S. Capital Markets Desk in Sydney, Australia, providing audit and technical accounting support to engagement teams serving clients in Australia and New Zealand, which had U.S. reporting obligations. In this role, he was actively involved in numerous capital raisings and had extensive experience assisting clients with SEC filing matters.
Smith received a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Tulane University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of Connecticut and New York.
Richard H. Girgenti recently retired as a partner with KPMG. While at KPMG, he served as a board member and chaired the Professional Practice, Ethics and Compliance Committee, and the firm's Governance Task Force. He also led the U.S. and Americas Forensic Advisory Practice where he provided investigative, compliance, risk, and crisis management services to dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he is serving as a special advisor to KPMG's chairman, leading the firm's efforts to recruit independent directors and assisting with a cultural assessment of the firm.
Girgenti is a recognized thought leader in compliance and served as the executive sponsor for the KPMG's Chief Compliance Officer Exchange for 80 of the Fortune 350's chief compliance officers. He is a frequent author and lecturer who has coauthored two books: The New Era of Regulatory Enforcement: A Comprehensive Guide for Raising the Bar to Manage Risk (McGraw Hill, April 2016) and Managing the Risk of Fraud and Misconduct: Meeting the Challenges of a Global, Regulated and Digital Environment (McGraw Hill, March 2011).
Prior to joining KPMG, Girgenti held a number of high level legal and law enforcement positions. Under the late Governor Mario M. Cuomo, he served as New York State Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, where he oversaw and coordinated the policies and initiatives of all of the state's criminal justice agencies. He is also a former senior prosecutor and executive in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney under Robert M. Morgenthau, where he handled investigations, trials, and appeals in both the state and federal courts.
Since his retirement from KPMG, Girgenti is the managing partner of his own firm, IDPL Consulting LLC, where he provides advice and executive coaching for senior leaders and board members who are interested in driving and promoting high performance with integrity within their organizations.
Maureen S. Bateman has been a director of Entergy Corporation since 2000 and is chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Nuclear and Audit Committees. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. It is the second-largest producer in the United States.
Bateman was partner of Holland & Knight LLP and the special senior counsel for Bank of America. She was also the former executive vice president and general counsel of State Street Corporation and former managing director and general counsel of United States Trust Company of New York.
Bateman is also a director of Evercore Trust Company and serves on its Audit Committee and is a director of the New York Charter School for Autism. She is the vice president general of the American Irish Historical Society, trustee of the Gregorian University Foundation, director of the Boston Bar Foundation, fellow of the American Bar Association, trustee-fellow of Fordham University, and a treasurer and director of Fordham Law Alumni Trustees.
Irene Chang Britt
Irene Chang Britt is an experienced and forward-thinking independent board director, currently serving on the boards of global coffee and donut chain Dunkin Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN; chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance), menswear leader Tailored Brands Inc. (NYSE: TLRD; chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance), top 10 life insurance company Brighthouse Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF; chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance), and privately held BayBridge Seniors Housing Inc. (chairperson of the board). In addition to her current boards, Britt previously served on the boards of food and energy biotech TerraVia Inc. (chairperson of the board) and energy company Sunoco Inc.
She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow and a frequent speaker on both leadership and corporate governance best practices.
Britt is a highly accomplished former Fortune 500 C-suite executive with a long track record of transforming businesses to achieve industry-leading growth. From 2012 through 2015, she was president, Pepperidge Farm, and senior vice president, Global Baking and Snacking, for the Campbell Soup Company, capping a decade of executive service at the company that also included tenure as global chief strategy officer, president of North America Foodservice, and vice president and general manager, Sauces and Beverages.
Before joining Campbell Soup in 2005, Britt held a number of leadership positions within Kraft Foods/Nabisco in both the United States and Canada, including senior vice president and general manager of the Salted Snacks division and Post Cereal division. Before that, she spent more than a decade at Kimberly-Clark, where she held key assignments in marketing, sales, and R&D leadership.
Britt is a member of the NACD New York Chapter Board of Directors, where she is chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance, and a member of the Programming Committee. She has been honored with a number of recognitions for her business and community accomplishments, including NACD Directorship 100 (2017), a Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Award (2014), and a New Jersey Business Hall of Fame award (2011).
Britt earned her BA from the University of Toronto and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Candace Cox has 18 years of experience as a mutual fund director and has also served on the boards and/or investment committees of several prominent not-for-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Financial Women's Association. She has also served on governance and nominating committees.
Cox is currently the chief investment officer of MMBB Financial Services, a 100-year-old provider of retirement and other employee benefits. Her leadership achievements include building a professionally staffed investment capability, expanding the breadth of portfolio diversification, establishing formal asset-liability modeling, and managing expenses. She has built a distinguished career as an institutional investor, including serving as president of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Asset Management Company and chief investment officer for its nearly $60 billion in assets. In government, she was principal investment officer for the City of New York's nine retirement plans. Earlier in her career, she managed pension fund assets for several other NYSE-traded corporations, including Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck and Co.) and AMF Incorporated.
Cox was voted one of the Next Generation of Financial Leaders by Institutional Investor and named to the Pension Fund Officers' Honor Roll by Plan Sponsor magazine. She served on the Advisory Committee to the NYSE and is a published author on the topics of board investment committees, hedge funds, currency overlay, and investment time horizons.
Earlier in her career, she served on the editorial advisory boards of Investment Risk Alert and the Journal of Pension Plan Investing; was president of Pension Group East, a professional organization; and was one of the original 100 members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds (now 100 Women in Finance).
Cox is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University. She has attended Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School for executive education. She has frequently been invited to speak to professional forums on a variety of investment-related topics.
Jeannie H. Diefenderfer is a business leader who turns the challenges of modern corporations into profitable opportunities. With extensive experience as a senior executive in a Fortune 20 environment, she understands how to transform operations to focus on customers for competitive advantage.
During her 28 year career at Verizon Communications, Diefenderfer held a range of roles including SVP of Global Engineering & Planning, chief procurement officer, and SVP of Customer Care. She managed organizations with up to 10,000 staff, budgets up to $12 billion, and capital programs up to $10 billion. She ran and expanded the world's largest voice and data network to connect six continents and shifted the complexities of customer care into a strategic growth driver. She rallied her teams around a common vision and strategy, shifted routine thinking into continual innovation, and improved important business drivers such as capital productivity and cost efficiency.
Along the way, Diefenderfer celebrated the human side of business. She cultivated workplace cultures that empowered and engaged employees, developed strong business relationships, and operationalized Verizon's commitment to diversity. She initiated a consortium of Fortune 100 companies to support procurement from minority suppliers and served on employee resource groups including the Minority Multicultural Association of NYNEX, Women's Association of Verizon Employees, and the Asian Focus Group.
Her work won her recognition from business and industry groups, including Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business and Asian Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award. She was listed in Crain's New York Business "40 under 40" publication and was a member of the 1999 class of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program.
Diefenderfer is currently an independent director on the board of Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ: WIN), chair of the Accenture Network Advisory Council, an advisor to Sedona Systems, and vice chair and a trustee of Tufts University. She previously served on the boards of MRV Communications, Westell Technologies, Citizens Funds, and the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Diefenderfer holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Babson College. She resides with her family in Chester, New Jersey. A native of South Korea, she immigrated to the United States at age 13.
Thomas J. Opladen has served on five corporate boards of both public and private companies since 1977. He has served as chairman of the board of a public company; chairman of the Audit Committee, including qualifying as a financial expert; chairman of the Finance Committee; chairman of the Compensation Committee; and member of the Executive Committee of these companies. He also serves on the Board of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is chairman of its Membership Committee. He is an NACD-certified Governance Fellow.
Opladen worked in the corporate finance area of investment banking from 1973 until 1988, including serving as director of Corporate Finance and director of Private Placements for Bank of America and in the Corporate Finance Department of Shearson Loeb Rhoades. He was interim CEO as well as chairman of the board of Graham-Field Health Products Inc., a distressed company in Chapter 11 proceedings. As the longest serving director of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a worldwide engineering and construction management company, he worked with management to profitably grow the company from slightly over $100 million in revenue to almost $2.5 billion. He is currently executive chairman of Metal Morphing Technologies Inc.
Opladen has a BS from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University, and he served as chief engineer and third in command of a destroyer in the U.S. Navy.
J. Thomas Presby is a company director, investor, and adviser. He is a director of World Fuel Services Corp., where he chaired the Audit Committee for over 10 years and served as lead director for five. He also is a board member of Montrose Environmental Group, a large privately owned company, and a director of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Over the past 15 years, Presby served as director and Audit Committee chair of eight other NYSE- or NASDAQ-listed companies, including First Solar, Invesco Ltd., Tiffany & Co., ExamWorks Group Inc., Practice Works Inc., TurboChef Technologies Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., and Greenpoint Financial Corp. He previously served as a trustee of Rutgers University and Montclair State University and as director and chairman of the Audit Committee of The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
He started his board activities in 2002, after retiring as global deputy chairman and chief operating officer of Deloitte, where he spent 30 years as a partner in the firm. While at the firm, he held numerous other leadership positions, including 10 years on overseas assignments.
A frequent speaker and panelist, Presby was honored as one of the Top 100 Directors of 2011 by NACD.
Presby received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Business. He is a life member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
William A. Roskin serves as a member of the Compensation Committee of the Sony Corporation of America, and from 2008 through 2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., where he chaired its Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees and was a member of its Audit Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Mailpix Inc., a privately held company in the digital imaging business, and previously served on two publicly held companies, iON Media Inc. and Media and Entertainment Holdings Inc. He also served on the Board of Ritz Interactive Inc., a private company in the online photo finishing business.
Roskin is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and of Lyons, Benenson & Company Inc., a broad-based management consulting firm with an emphasis in executive compensation and organizational development consulting services to various public and private companies.
Roskin was a member of NACD's Blue Ribbon Commission that issued the well-received report The Board and Long-Term Value Creation. In 2015, he was selected as one of 50 of the country's most influential directors in corporate governance and in the boardroom by NACD and listed in Directorship magazine's Directorship's 100 for 2015.
Roskin was the senior executive responsible for the human resources and administration functions of Viacom from 1988 to 2008, ultimately serving as executive vice president. Before joining Viacom, he was the senior vice president of Human Resources at Coleco Industries Inc. (1996-1998) and spent 10 years at Warner Communications, where he held several executive positions in labor relations, including vice president. He was also the general counsel to the City of New York's City Civil Service Commission from 1971 to 1976.
Roskin earned his LLM (Labor Law) from New York University's School of Law, his JD from St. John's University School of Law, and his BBA degree from the Baruch School of the City College of New York.
Norman Sorensen Valdez
Norman R. Sorensen is the former chairman, president, and CEO of Principal International, the global business holding company of Principal Financial Group (NASDAQ: PFG), where from 1998 through 2012 he was responsible for managing over $120 billion in pension, retirement, annuities, mutual funds, and asset management businesses with over 10 million customers in 12 countries.
Prior to Principal, Sorensen was a senior executive at American International Group (NYSE: AIG) from 1989 through 1998, where he was responsible for managing the company's global credit and mortgage insurance business through multiple bancassurance businesses in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Earlier, Sorensen was a senior vice president at Citigroup (NYSE: C) from 1984 to 1989, where he was responsible for managing the consumer credit business and marketing divisions of Citibank N.A. of Florida. Previously, he was at American Express Company (NYSE: AMX), where he worked in increasingly senior direct marketing and general management positions in the United States, Latin American, Asian, and Canadian credit card markets from 1972 through 1984.
Currently, Sorensen is chairman and a member of the board of Codere S.A., Madrid, where he chairs the Nominating, Governance & Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee; a member of the Board of Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ: ECPG, San Diego) and a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee; a member of the board of Cabot Credit Management (CCM, London) and a member of the Consumer and Compliance Committee; a member of the Council of Asset and Investment Management (CAIM) of the Institute of International Finance (IIF, Washington); a member of the Board of the NY Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD, New York); and a senior advisor to Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York.
Formerly, Sorensen served as chairman of the board of DE Master Blenders (NYSE Euronext: DE, Amsterdam); as a member of the board of Sara Lee Corporation (NYSE: SLE, Chicago); a board member of Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP); chairman of the International Insurance Society (IIS, New York); and chairman of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries (CSI, Washington).
Sorensen has appeared before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at hearings on the U.S.-China economic relationship; before the Senate Finance Committee at hearings on the U.S. free-trade agreements with Singapore and Chile; before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Trade at hearings on the governance of the World Trade Organization (WTO); and before the WTO Council in Geneva at hearings on the future of the Doha Round of trade liberalization.
Sorensen is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA, Colorado Springs, Colorado) and of Columbia University's Executive Program for International Managers.
Sheila Stamps is a finance executive with substantial experience working with both corporations and financial institutions. As a corporate board member, investment manager, P&L leader, and banker, she has worked through various economic cycles and market dislocations, giving her expansive insight into risk and opportunities domestically and internationally.
Stamps is a Board and Audit Committee member of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. She also serves on the Board of CIT Group Inc. and CIT Bank N.A. and is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. Her prior board committee experience at CIT includes Risk Management and chair of Regulatory Compliance. As a commissioner on the Board of Directors of the New York State Insurance Fund, Stamps participates in the oversight of the largest worker's compensation insurance provider in the state. She is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Business Operations Committee.
Her senior-level operating roles combine both private sector experience and public service. Stamps most recently served as executive vice president of DBI LLC (a private mortgage company) and director of Fixed Income and Cash Management for the New York State Common Retirement Fund, respectively. Her leadership roles in the banking industry include managing director and group head, Financial Institutions at Bank of America (formerly FleetBoston Financial) and, prior to that role, managing director, Asset Backed Securitization and Management Committee Member at Bank One London (now, JP Morgan).
Stamps has been recognized as one of 2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors by Savoy Magazine. She also serves on the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Advisory Services, is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and a director of the NACD New York Chapter.
Stamps earned a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Management Sciences from Duke University and completed a Harvard University Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She held a long-standing interest in motivating youth and women. She's provided scholarships through the United Negro College Fund, participated in youth workshops, and currently pursues this interest through her board work at IES Abroad, an international studies program.