We are in the midst of a business revolution with profound implications for companies and how they are governed. Changes involving markets, global competition, regulation and, perhaps above all, technology are reshaping social and economic life in powerful ways.
Boards and their leaders need to perform against heightened, often short-term expectations and contend with ever-intensifying scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders. At the same time, they need to meet the demands of the future by fundamentally reshaping how the board thinks, operates and interacts with the business.
Join us on January 14th to hear from a panel of experts.
Don’t miss this discussion of insights on leading boards into the future and staying relevant as an active or aspiring board member. You’ll also receive a copy of the 2019 Blue Ribbon Commission Report, which contains useful tools for you and your boards.
Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving on the Boards of Directors of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, Frontdoor, Inc., and an advisor to numerous organizations. She is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and board member of the Texas/Tri-Cities Chapter. In the not-for-profit sector, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Houston Grand Opera, and co-founder and Board Member of The World Innovation Network.
With 30+ years of corporate experience including over fifteen years as a corporate director, Ms. Catalano is a renowned expert and frequent speaker on the topics of corporate governance, innovation, and leadership, and an outspoken champion for advancing women in business. Having held executive positions in Asia, Europe, and North America, she holds a broad perspective on the challenges of operating a complex business in a global environment.
As BP’s global head of marketing, she was instrumental in repositioning its corporate brand, and a primary voice behind the “beyond petroleum” campaign. She has advised numerous organizations on the topics of strategic marketing, brand and reputation management, and purposeful leadership in an environment of skepticism around corporate governance and responsibility.
Ms. Catalano has been recognized in Fortune Magazine’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business” and Director and Board's "Directors to Watch". She is a wife and mother of two, and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She divides her time between homes in Houston and Chicago, and shares her thoughts on leadership as author of the blog, www.shades-of-leadership.com.
Claudia H. Allen, a nationally recognized expert on corporate governance, is a Senior Advisor with KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, where she brings extensive experience advising boards, management and investors in public and private companies on corporate governance matters and related issues, such as shareholder activism and engagement, board/committee process and structure and fiduciary duties. Prior to joining the Center, she was a partner and co-chair of the Corporate Governance practice at the national law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she also represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.
Claudia is a frequent writer and speaker on corporate governance issues, and has made presentations to the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services’ Governance Exchange, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Investor Relations Institute, Practical Law Institute and the Society for Corporate Governance, among others. She has also appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch and Squawk on the Street.
Claudia’s landmark studies of forum selection provisions in charters and bylaws and majority voting in director elections have been widely cited, including by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Report of the New York Stock Exchange Commission on Corporate Governance.
Claudia is a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, Assistant Reporter for the Model Business Corporation Act, special consultant to the American Bar Association’s Corporate Laws Committee, member of the Executive Committee for the Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute at Northwestern University Law School, and co-chair of the Coordinating Committee for the Delaware Business Law Forum.
Claudia is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale and received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the retail and consumer products industry. Has chaired audit, finance, and compensation. Skilled in Business Planning, Board Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, and Finance.