Disruptive Risks: Board Agility and Resilience in a VUCA World
Businesses are increasingly faced with the volatility of an always-on global information network, shifting business models, disruptive natural events, transformative technological, social and demographic trends, and unpredictable global economics and geopolitics....in short, we are operating in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment. As a result, directors need to assess, discuss, and oversee disruptive risks that could have a significant economic, operational, and/or reputational impact—and provide guidance that helps our companies and organizations be better prepared to respond when the unforeseen does occur.
Join directors from Dunkin Brands and Umpqua Bank, along with the general counsel from Abercrombie & Fitch and the author of NACD’s new Blue Ribbon Commission report on atypical risk, for a discussion on what it takes to build board proficiency in adaptive governance and turn uncertainty into sustainable advantage.
Attendees will receive a copy of theReport of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Adaptive Governance: Board Oversight of Disruptive Risks.
Director of Strategic Content Development, National Association of Corporate Directors
Robyn Bew is NACD’s Director of Strategic Content Development. She focuses on driving innovation in NACD’s thought leadership, including Blue Ribbon Commission reports and other research workstreams. She leads NACD’s Advisory Councils and other multi-stakeholder dialogues on governance topics, and also contributes to NACD educational programming, including serving on the faculty for NACD director education courses. She serves on the Research Advisory Council for JUST Capital and the Methodology Advisory Committee for Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. Before joining NACD, Robyn was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she worked with large-cap public company board members. Earlier in her career, Robyn was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group. Recent conference and media appearances include the International Corporate Governance Network, Bloomberg BNA, CFO Magazine, Corporate Secretary, Agenda Week, and Directors and Boards.
Senior Vice President and Special Counsel, Abercrombie & Fitch
Senior Vice President and Special Counsel as of October 1, 2018. Previously, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Abercrombie & Fitch with global oversight and management responsibility for all legal, compliance, ethics and regulatory strategies, services, and resources, corporate governance matters and the corporate secretary function. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a global specialty retailer that operates stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and e-commerce websites.
Bob was a member of the Board of Directors of NeuLion, Inc. (TSX:NLN) a technology product service provider that specializes in the digital video broadcasting, distribution, and monetization of live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange until it was acquired in May 2018 by Endeavor for 250 million dollars.
Previously, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Freddie Mac from February 2006 to July 2011. Bob had oversight and management responsibility for all legal and regulatory strategies, services, resources and corporate governance matters. Bob oversaw Freddie Mac's response to multiple inquiries and investigations initiated by Congressional committees, the SEC and other Federal regulators, as well as to multiple securities class and derivative actions. As General Counsel of Freddie Mac, Bob played a pivotal role during the financial crisis and recovery directing Freddie Mac’s legal strategy through the conservatorship, investigations, enforcement actions and litigation.
Bob joined Abercrombie & Fitch from Greenberg Traurig where he was Co-Chairman of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group and previously was with SNR Denton where he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions and Funds Sector.
Bob was selected by The National Law Journal as among Washington’s most influential in-house counsel in 2011, the recipient of the 2018 Burton Legends In Law Award, the recipient of the 2016 New York Stock Exchange Governance Series Distinguished General Counsel Award, and the recipient of the General Counsel of the Year Award by the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2015. Freddie Mac, under Bob’s leadership, was recognized by Corporate Counsel magazine, as among the Best Legal Departments in 2011 and received the MCCA Employer of Choice Award in 2008. He is also a Fellow in The American College of Governance Counsel, a Vice-Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and a Member of the Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute Advisory Board.
Prior to Freddie Mac, served as Managing Partner of the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP, a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Head of its Financial Institutions Group.
Prior to that, as Executive Vice President of Legal, Regulatory and Compliance and General Counsel of National Westminster Bancorp (NatWest), a $32 billion bank holding company from 1992 to 1996. In his role at NatWest, he was the executive officer responsible for corporate governance, legal, regulatory and compliance affairs, including regulatory examinations and supervisory relationships. He was a member of the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, the Management Committee and the Risk Policy Committee. Bob also served on the board of directors of NatWest Bank (Delaware) and Coutts International.
Irene Chang Britt is a former Fortune 500 C-Suite executive, with 30 years of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. She has a distinguished track record at companies such as Campbell Soup, Kraft Foods, Nabisco and Kimberly-Clark, and was, most recently, President of Pepperidge Farm. She has led many businesses to transformational success and has also held key positions in strategy, including Chief Strategy Officer for Campbell Soup Co., globally.
Irene currently serves as an Independent Director on three public company boards: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., Tailored Brands Inc. and TerraVia Inc. She also formerly served as a Director to the Board of Sunoco, Inc. Her not-for-profit service includes the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Catalyst Board of Advisors and the Board of the American Bakers Association. She has been honored with many awards for her business and community accomplishments, including Top Women in Grocery, NJ Business Hall of Fame and Pink Magazine’s Top 15 Innovators.
Irene earned her B.A. degree from the University of Toronto and her M.B.A., with honors, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Susan Stevens is an experienced independent director who operates effectively at the intersection of technology, business model and innovation. She currently serves on the Board of Umpqua Holdings (NASDAQ – UMPQ), a bank holding company with $25B in assets where she is Chairman of the Enterprise Risk & Credit Committee, a member of the Audit (and is SEC defined “Financial Expert”), Nominating & Governance and Executive Committees. She is on the board of Red Duck Foods, a start up in the food condiment sector where she brings her financial acumen and leadership experience. Susan is, also, a Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation board, where she is the Treasurer and a member of the Investment, Finance & Capital and Executive Committees and a past member of the Audit& Risk Committee.
Susan is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the banking industry culminating with the leadership of Corporate Banking for the Americas at JPMorgan Chase where she had P&L responsibility for the delivery of banking products to large corporations in the US and Latin America. She has broad experience and expertise in client management, corporate finance, capital markets and credit & risk management. Susan has demonstrated her ability to start and grow businesses. Prior to JPMorgan Chase she was and Executive Vice President at Well Fargo Bank where she built its capital market business. Susan was with Bank of America for 11 years before joining Wells Fargo.
She is part of Golden Seeds, a New York/San Francisco based angel investment group, focused on women entrepreneurs in the technology and life science sectors.
She has a MS in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon.