New Jersey Chapter Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Martin M. Coyne is a board director and advisor to CEOs, boards of directors, and investors. He currently serves as lead independent director of Akamai Technologies and as a director of BioClinica and RockTech. He is also president and CEO of the NACD New Jersey Chapter. In the past, he served as a director of OpenPages and Avecia Group Plc, director and chairman of Welch Allyn, and member of the board of AdvaMed. He is the recipient of the Directorship 100 Award in 2011.
Coyne is the chairman and founder of the CEO Learning Network and the author of many articles on board governance, CEO leadership, and improving CEO relationships with their boards of directors. His book, How to Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You, is a practical guide to help CEOs and directors work more effectively together.
Coyne has served in a variety of senior management positions at Sterling Drug and Kodak, including president of Health Imaging, president of the Commercial Business Group, and executive vice president of Eastman Kodak and group executive of the Photography Group. He left Kodak in 2003 to pursue his passion for CEO leadership development and more effective board governance.
Coyne earned a BS in Pharmacy from Fordham University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business in 1989.
Anita Allen is an NACD Certified Board Leadership Fellow and an independent director, chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee, and member of the Audit Committee for Tingley Rubber Corporation, a leader in the PP&E industry. She is an independent director of Currant Inc., a startup company building technologies to connect people and organizations after natural disasters, and she is on the board of the NACD New Jersey chapter. She is a member of the Strategy Committee of the board of YWCA Bergen County and is a former trustee and past president of the Board of the Center for Hope and Safety.
Allen is the founder and managing partner of Allen Advisory Group, a management consulting firm guiding clients to improve business performance by defining and developing improved processes, organizational models, and systems. She also provides mentoring and coaching to executive- and management-level individuals at Fortune 500 firms to improve development opportunities, career path direction, and performance results.
Before establishing Allen Advisory Group, she was a top-performing partner at KPMG Consulting, focused on serving global organizations and enabling clients to achieve breakthrough results. Allen was a practice leader with P&L responsibility and a key contributor to the growth of the management consulting business, driving product development and revenue in solutions across several industry sectors. A former auditor and a financial expert, she has significant experience in the life sciences and professional services industries.
A licensed CPA in the state of New Jersey, Allen has a BS in Accounting from Monmouth University. She was recognized as a 2015 NJ Leading Women Entrepreneur.
Pamela Craven served as the chief administrative officer and general counsel of Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions with 14,000 employees operating in more than 90 countries. She also served as the company's chief compliance officer, before retiring from Avaya in December 2014. Under her leadership, the chief administrative officer organization consisted of approximately 300 employees and hundreds of contractors worldwide and included, in addition to the law organization, human resources; internal audit; government affairs; corporate security; global trade; global real estate; ethics and compliance; environmental, health, and safety; and philanthropy. Craven also served as Avaya's corporate secretary. She is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Compensation Committee of Amber Road, and she has served on the Board of Directors and Remuneration Committee of AGC Networks Limited (India).
In addition, she was a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School for a 10-year term 2004-2014 and continues to be actively involved at the Law School where she and her husband cosponsor the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the rule of law in 21st century warfare and national security. Craven joined the board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers' Association in 2014 and cochairs the in-house counsel committee. She is a member of the DirectWomen Board Institute and was elected to the American Law Institute in 2015.
Craven graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and with a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She also earned a Master of Laws with honors from New York University School of Law in Taxation.
Nominating and Governance Chair
Thomas Fuller is an NACD Certified Board Governance Fellow and an independent director and chair of the Compensation and Nominating/Governance Committees for Tingley Rubber Corporation, a leader in the PP&E industry. He is also a board director and America's Council treasurer of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), director of the NACD New Jersey Chapter, and former board director of IMD International. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Intervarsityâ€”an interdenominational, evangelical Christian campus ministry founded in 1941 that works with students and faculty on U.S. college and university campuses.
Fuller is the founder of Epsen Fuller Group, a leading executive search, board, and leadership consulting firm, and has served as its managing director and CEO since 1997. He has delivered over 300 board and leadership projects for Fortune 500 and subject-matter experts, as well as private equity or venture-backed clients in the consumer and lifestyle, life science, and technology/digital media sectors.
Fuller is an author and frequent speaker on leadership, board composition, succession planning, and building high-performance organizations. He has delivered keynote addresses and panel presentations to various business groups, including NACD, The Human Capital Forum, AESC, New York Venture Association, New Jersey Technology Council, Council of Growing Companies, BioNJ, Pennsylvania BIO, and New York Entrepreneurs Forum.
A Fordham University alum, Fuller has two adult children and lives with his wife of 31 years, Nancy, an award-winning elementary school educator. He is very active in a number of professional, civic, and community organizations and is the founder and president of Freedom Riders Cycling Club, a cycling team dedicated to raising funds to support cancer research and increasing public awareness on the fight against cancer.
William Casey's career with SI Systems (a Paragon Technologies Inc. brand) spanned 44 years prior to his retirement in 2012. During his distinguished career, he served the company in several senior management and executive positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility. While president and CEO (2006-2012), he had complete P&L responsibility for the company's growth and financial performance. His resume includes experience in manufacturing assembly, distribution and supply chain management, international business, joint venture partnering, and technology licensing.
Throughout his career, Casey has led business development efforts and served clients from numerous Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government agencies, and mid-range manufacturing and distribution companies. From July 2001 to December 2003, he held a similar executive position with The Casey Group, a business and technology services firm specializing in IT system development, application design, integration, and outsourcing. Previously (1965-2001), Casey held a variety of senior management positions at SI, including executive vice president and vice president, Sales and Marketing. He is a well-known and published leader in the material handling industry. A member of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association for over 31 years, he served as its board president in 2002-2003, as a member of its board of directors from 1997-2010, and as a chair of numerous committees. Currently he serves on the board of directors of Body Logic MD and Physicians Lab Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, and is the chairman of its Audit Committee.
He has been a member of the National Association Corporate Directors (NACD) since 2015. He currently serves on the NACD New Jersey Chapter Board of Directors and its Program Committee, and he is an NACD Governance Fellow. He holds a BS in Business and Commerce from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Membership Committee Chair
Patrick A. Cozza is a managing partner and advisor at OnetoOne Corporate Finance, a middle market investment bank headquartered in Madrid, Spain. He has previously served in many senior executive leadership roles in the financial services industry, most recently as CEO and regional head of Insurance and SEVP of Wealth Management in North America for HSBC, one of the world's largest international banks, where he spent 28 years, the last 14 of which leading financial services businesses as a group CEO.
Cozza currently serves as a strategic advisor, Wealth Management, at the Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickenson University, where he is also an adjunct professor and Advisory Board member. He is also an independent consultant. He has served on many financial services industry boards and is currently on the board of directors to nonprofit organizations, including Junior Achievement of New Jersey and NACD New Jersey Chapter, as well as private companies.
Cozza received his BS from Seton Hall University and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and he completed the American Financial Services Association Executive Program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and has received numerous awards and recognition as a successful business executive and philanthropic supporter. Cozza is a lifelong New Jersey resident.
Frank Gatti has been a board member of numerous public, private, and tax-exempt companies and served on an array of committees: Special, Governance & Nominating, Finance, and Audit. He was directly involved with the $1.8 billion 2011 sale of Blackboard Inc., and he has been directly involved with over $10 billion of M&A, equity and debt transactions, turnaround and transformation strategies, credit ratings, investor relations, and benefit and compensation plans. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the NACD New Jersey Chapter, and he serves on the board of H.S. Grace & Co. and the Finance Committee of The Conference Board. He has also served on the board of directors and chaired the Audit Committee of Blackboard Inc., Peoples Educational Holdings Inc. and Prometric Inc. He also served on the board of directors of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the New York City Chapters of Financial Executives International and the National Investor Relations Institute.
From 1997 to 2011, Gatti served as CFO and a member of the Office of the President at ETS. In addition, he was directly involved in the development and execution of a transformational strategy that quadrupled revenues to $1.3 billion by 2011 (35% from outside the United States) and generated over $500 million of net free cash flow that was reinvested in technology, product and service quality, innovation, diversification, and R&D. Prior to that, he was vice president of Financial Management and vice president/chief accounting officer at The New York Times Company.
Gatti began his career with Deloitte providing an array of services in the chemical, publishing, consumer products, tax-exempt, and professional services markets. He earned a BBA from Baruch College and an MBA from the Rutgers Business School, attended various Executive Programs at the Harvard Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant and an NACD Leadership Fellow.
John Boyd has been an independent board director, a portfolio CEO, and an interim CEO for the past 10+ years. He focuses on building sustainable enterprise value by strengthening strategies, expanding global market coverage, driving process and margin improvement, and empowering leadership teams. His experience spans technology, communications, business process outsourcing, energy (electricity and solar), and digital media.
At AT&T for 30+ years, he held multiple roles, including International Computers president, Consumer Products Marketing and Strategy vice president, and distribution channels developer/vice president. Subsequently, he was CEO of Con Edison Solutions (unregulated energy and energy services) and chairman and CEO of EUR Systems (business process outsourcing for the telecom industry). Among his subsequent independent roles, he was interim CEO and later board member of a private equity-sponsored technology company, as well as leader of an investor-backed partnership including American Idol, Google, and Universal Music.
Boyd has been a director at a variety of businesses and nonprofits. Currently, he is on the board of Lattice and executive chair of Documenting Hope. In the nonprofit arena, he chaired the advisory board of Pace University's Lubin School of Business and chaired the Telecommunications Industry Association.
Anthony R. Buonaguro is CEO and president of A.R. Buonaguro & Associates, an international legal and business strategy advisor to organizations in transition. His firm assists growing entrepreneurial companies at the C-suite and board levels in creating and utilizing legal, political, and public relations functions in their business activities, in the United States and in Canada. An area of the firm's special focus is assisting organizations that find themselves in crisis mode.
A graduate of the Harvard Law School, Buonaguro was trained at the internationally respected Wall Street law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He has had a career of more than 40 years as a senior lawyer and business professional, including service for 12 years as company chief legal officer/general counsel, including at Prudential Capital Corporation.
He is a board member and vice president of the SR Civic Association, a nonprofit educational association dedicated to maintaining public awareness about emerging civic and political issues in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was a board member of Executive Life Insurance Company of California after it was declared insolvent and was a key architect in formulating and implementing the rescue plan for policyholders ultimately adopted by regulators and the courts in that state. He has also served on the boards of the life insurance guaranty associations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, which funded policyholder rescue plans in several other large insurance company insolvencies. For several years, he served as a board member of KTI Energy Inc., a developer of alternative energy facilities in northern New England, which was saluted by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's fastest growing private companies at that time.
Joseph Caruso has been an active leader in the shareholder communications, intelligence, and advisory industries for both corporate issuers and mutual funds since 1995. In his role as client advisor, he has worked with hundreds of public companies and mutual funds collaborating with executive management and boards to craft shareholder engagement and outreach programs as well as advise on governance-related matters.
As chief operating officer and cofounder of Alliance Advisors and its affiliate company Alliance Shareholder Communications, Caruso leads the ongoing development and expansion of the firm's service offerings. Through his oversight of the marketing and business development teams, Alliance now maintains a 20% market share in its industry. He is also responsible for overseeing the executive management personnel and operations, including IT, facilities, and call center operations of Alliance Advisors and its affiliate Alliance Shareholder Communications. He serves the companies' nine-member board and participates in the strategic planning, operational, and finance committees.
Caruso earned a BS in Political Science and Business from St. John's University/The American University of Rome. He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He also serves as chairman for the Organization For Economic Growth, a New Jersey-based economic political action committee.
Paul DeNicola is a managing director at PwC's Governance Insights Center where he works to extend the firm's thought leadership in the area of corporate governance. A frequent speaker at forums for directors and governance professionals, he advises boards, executive teams, and investors on emerging governance issues. He has twice been named to Directorship magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in U.S. corporate governance. DeNicola is also an associate professor at New York University's Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in corporate governance and professional responsibility.
He serves on the boards of the Society for Corporate Governance and the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also a member of the Markets Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. Prior to joining PwC, DeNicola was director of The Conference Board Governance Center, where he oversaw educational and research initiatives in corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and business ethics.
Audit Committee Chair
William Kraut is an NACD Certified Board Governance Fellow and an independent board director and advisor to CEOs and boards of directors for corporate strategy/finance and governance. He has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon and NACD. He currently is lead independent director and chair of the Audit Committee of an NYSE company, a leader in the semiconductor/heat management field. He is also director of a private company and previously of a community bank. He is a former partner of Newport Board Group, a partnership of board directors and senior executive leaders with deep knowledge of business strategy, operations, and capital markets that helps middle market and emerging growth companies navigate transitions and improve their performance.
Kraut's background includes over 30 years as a senior partner with EisnerAmper LLP, Certified Public Accountants (tenth largest in the United States), and he was chief information officer and chief quality officer of Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and consultants. He is also an author. His publication, The CEO and Board Member's Survival Guide: Strategic Governance for Small to Mid-cap Entrepreneurial Organizations, is a practical guide for onboarding new directors.
He is a resident mentor with the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a prior adjunct professor with the Graduate Program at Monmouth University. He earned a BS from Saint Peter's University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Richard C. Lufkin is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in founding and growing a range of life science companies. He currently is serving as CFO and is a director of Anima Cell Metrology Inc., a startup biotech platform company. He has held founder, general management, and/or corporate board member roles with DUSA Pharmaceuticals Inc., Linguagen Corp., Medical Market Specialties Inc., Proanagen Corp., ClinDAR Corp., Synectiq Corp., New Life Health Products, M-Biosystems Inc., among others. Earlier in his career, he served as a Naval Officer and held operating management positions with Corning Inc. in production planning, with American Research and Development in venture capital, and with Johnson & Johnson in business development.
Lufkin has long been involved in entrepreneurial support organizations, notably as a founder and long-serving officer of the New Jersey Entrepreneurs Forum and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ross Miller is a director on multiple boards, applying his 30+ years of senior global operational experience in Fortune 500, U.S. and non-U.S., family-owned, and closely held businesses, including 18 years based in six European countries. He currently serves as an independent director of the FLEXcon Corporation and the W.A. Cleary Corporation. He is also secretary and a director on the Board of the Montgomery Academy in Basking Ridge, which is a New Jersey private approved school for the learning disabled, and a secretary and a trustee of the Montgomery Academy Foundation.
Miller is also a founder and director of The Intergrow Group LLC, which is an international business strategy consulting group assisting companies to create, increase, or relaunch their global footprint. Most recently he served as president at OPEX International where he was responsible for all operations outside the United States and Canada and led the entrance into Brazil and Mexico while greatly expanding sales in Asia/Pacific. Previously, he was executive vice president of LAPP Holding NA, for the German privately owned Lapp Group, with responsibility for operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the United States. He was previously responsible for Global Sales and Marketing for Messer Industries within the Hoechst group of companies.
Miller holds a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and is fluent in French and German.
Trish Oelrich is an experienced corporate board member and invaluable resource for helping companies create strategies that deal with the risks that emerge as business reinvents itself in a digital world. With a focus on moving to the emerging global marketplace, she guides the conversation and inspires others to think more broadly about the impact of technology, the importance of building a moral and ethical culture, forming a balanced approach to enterprise and social risk management, and addressing cybersecurity risks. She has served as audit committee chair for public company boards and has expertise in enterprise risk management, IT security, social media, accounting, auditing, financial reporting, and IT strategy.
As vice president of Global IT Risk Management at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and member of the CIO management team, Oelrich was influential in guiding the organization's technology strategy. Previously, at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, she had worldwide responsibility as the vice president of Internal Audit. She was also instrumental in initiating the first corporate ethics and compliance function at SmithKline Beecham. Earlier, she rose through the ranks of Ernst & Young to Partner and Practice Leader. She headed the leading-edge Information Systems Audit and IT Security Practice in Chicago and serviced audit clients across industries. She has been cleared from any independence concerns with E&Y clients.
Oelrich, a CPA, holds a BBA in Accounting and Information Systems and an MA and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems. Her PhD focused on moral and ethical behavior in the use of social technologies. She currently serves as Audit Committee chair for the FHLB Office of Finance Board of Directors and previously served as Audit Committee chair for Pepco Holdings, a Fortune 500 utility company, before its sale to Exelon. She is a faculty member for Drexel University's Director Academy. Oelrich also has been active on various industry and not-for-profit boards as board chair, treasurer, and committee chair.
Corey Temple is an audit partner of KPMG LLP and also serves as the New Jersey Office managing partner. He joined the firm in 1983 in Short Hills and was promoted to partner in 1995. He has extensive experience in providing accounting and auditing services to public companies in New Jersey for a variety of industries, principally the pharmaceutical and retail industries. He has significant international experience and has traveled extensively throughout the world on client assignments, as his clients throughout his entire career have been globally focused. He has also worked on several very significant worldwide acquisitions for his clients in recent years. Temple is experienced in various financing transactions, including IPOs, private and public debt offerings, and private stock offerings. He also serves as account executive overseeing KPMG services for a dozen public KPMG audit clients in New Jersey and was in charge of staffing and recruiting for the New Jersey Commercial Practice of KPMG.
Temple is the lead partner of Aramark Corporation, the international food and facilities service provider. In 2013, he finished five years as the lead audit partner of Celgene Corporation, a very large international bio/pharmaceutical company, and in 2012 finished five years at Bed Bath & Beyond. He sits on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and recently finished a three-year term on the board of Canoe Brook Country Club.