Increasingly, Boards are being challenged to address high profile issues that are simultaneously being covered in depth by the media and drawing the attention of regulators and other stakeholders. These issues range from financial missteps and allegations of wrong doing by C-suite executives, to major product recalls, cyber breaches, demands for significant changes by activists and more. Crisis management has become a regular agenda item for Boards, and often an uncomfortable one. Our experienced panel will discuss common threads and governance lessons learned from companies which have successfully moved forward and those that did not.
Susan Engel has spent most of her career working with and in retail and consumer products companies. She spent the first 14 years of her career in consulting with Booz, Allen and Hamilton focusing on strategy, operations and organizational issues. During the balance of her career she was CEO of a variety of consumer product companies, including: Champion Athletic sportswear (a division of Sara Lee); Lenox Group Inc, a tabletop, Christmas collectible and general giftware public company; and a private equity backed e-commerce company offering pre-owned and vintage luxury handbags, watches and jewelry which was sold in mid-2013. Today she is working with a diverse group of start-up companies.
In addition, she has sat on a wide variety of public, private company and not-for profit boards. She served on the Wells Fargo board for 19 years as well on the boards of SuperValu, Piper Jaffrey, K2, Hills Department Stores, PennTraffic and Coty. Her not-for-profit experience includes President/Chair of the Guthrie Theater, Planned Parenthood of MNNDSD, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Acting Company, The Volunteer Consulting Group and todays serves on a charter school board, The Hyde Leadership School, in the poorest school district in NYC.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard.
Director, JPMorgan, Walmart, United Health Group and Alcoa Corporation
Mr. Flynn retired as Chairman of KPMG International in 2011. During his 32 year tenure at KPMG, he also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG LLP, the US Member Firm of KPMG International Global, Vice Chair of Audit and Advisory Services and Global Vice Chair of Human Resources.
Mr. Flynn is a director of JPMorgan, Walmart, United Health Group and Alcoa Corporation. Mr. Flynn is a trustee of The University of St. Thomas. He previously served as a director for Chubb, a trustee of the Financial Accounting Board, a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Counsel, a member of the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, established by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Board member of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and a director The International Integrated Reporting Committee.
Business Risk Consultant, Executive, High Level Government Official, Board Director
Richard H. Girgenti recently retired as a partner with KPMG. While at KPMG, Rich 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 US 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. Rich serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of K2 Intelligence.
Rich 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 co-authored 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, Mr. 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 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, Rich 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.
Matthew 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 M&A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises.
JOELE FRANK has earned numerous awards, including #1 in M&A league tables among PR Firms in number of deals for 2014 and 2013 (Corporate Control Alert), #1 in M&A league tables among PR Firms in value and number of deals for 2013 (MergerMarket), PR Firm of the Year for 2012 by The M&A Advisor and Financial Agency of the Year 2012 by The Holmes Report.
Matt received The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” Recognition Award in 2012, 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.
Non-Executive Board Director, Community Leader, and Advocate
Eugenia Ulasewicz is a corporate board member, empathic leader, and passionate advocate for creating opportunities that empower women in business. Her reputation for integrity, transparency, and deep engagement has enabled her to truly impact corporate strategy and vision. She harvests her years of experience as a retail industry executive driving growth and profitability to lead diverse global businesses at the Board level. She celebrates an inclusive approach to business, life, and community.
After a distinguished leadership career with industry giants, including Burberry, Saks, Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdales, she stepped away from corporate life to focus on a portfolio of corporate and community boards and advisory engagements. Seamlessly translating her ability to develop great brands, champion diversity of thought, and develop superlative consumer and employee experiences, she embraces the opportunity to live her beliefs.
Eugenia serves as Board Director for Bunzl plc, a UK-based FTSE 100, as well as on its Audit, Nomination, and Remuneration committees. She is also on Signet Jewelers’ Board of Directors, chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Additional corporate governance leadership includes Hudson Group’s Board of Directors and as Audit Committee member and Vince Holding Corporation Board of Directors, Compensation Committee Chair and Audit Committee member.
Eugenia’s passion for creating meaningful change extends to philanthropy and civic engagement. A guiding theme throughout her life is her strong desire to establish and elevate opportunity for all women—regardless of background or industry. She served as Vice Chair and Board of Directors member for Women in Need (Win), an organization that transforms the lives of homeless women in New York City. Her work with Win and advocacy earned her an honorary doctorate from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Woven throughout her leadership philosophy is a strong mentoring focus. A citizen of the world overflowing with natural curiosity, she is dedicated to learning about emerging professionals’ personal journeys and contributing actionable insights that help them thrive. Invigorated by the next generation’s boundless potential, she coaches both informally and in roles such as her Guess Distinguished Professorship in fashion business at New York University’s Gallatin School of Business.
Her passion for living a healthy lifestyle keeps her on the move with travel, golf, hiking, and biking, however she always devotes time to celebrate family.
Eugenia earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts. She is a National Association of Corporate Director’s Board Leadership Fellow. She also completed a Women’s Directors Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and was invited to serve as its Director in Residence.