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The Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Fit for the Future:
Changes involving markets, global competition, demographics, regulation and perhaps above all, technology are reshaping social and economic life in powerful ways. Businesses are confronting a wave of major, simultaneous, and interconnected trends that are redefining how companies create and preserve value.
The Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Fit for the Future is about leading boards into the future and about positioning boards to help their companies meet the challenges of the future.
You’ll hear from Commissioners Whalen and Winston as to the conclusions the Commissioners reached regarding what will assist boards in identifying and developing leaders capable of renewing the board’s human capital, of adapting board structures and operations, and of delivering incisive board oversight and engagement on critical long-term issues, while demonstrating transparency and accountability.
Dennis Whalen leads the KPMG Board Leadership Center, which supports directors in their board service roles through an array of events, peer exchanges, in-boardroom briefings, and thought leadership. In that role, he oversees the Center’s various programs, including KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute, Board Peer Exchange, collaboration with the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation and other board diversity initiatives.
Whalen is a frequent speaker and writer on board governance issues, including board composition & succession, diversity, culture, investor interests and the corporation’s role in society, as well as issues of special interest to audit committees, including risk, financial reporting and controls, and audit quality. He has been named as one of the most influential people in governance in America by Directorship magazine. He is a Board Leadership fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and he has served on numerous NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions. Whalen currently serves as an advisory board member of the Strategic Investor Initiative of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).
As a senior audit partner, Whalen serves several of KPMG’s top clients. He previously served on the firm’s US and Americas boards of directors, chaired the board’s Audit, Finance & Operations Committee and led audit practices in Houston and Kansas City. Whalen started his career in Stamford and had been seconded to the Hong Kong office where he led teams throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to becoming leader of the Center in 2015, Whalen served as partner in charge and executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute.
Corporate Board Member Bed Bath & Beyond, Domtar, Dover, and Acuity
Ms. Winston is an experienced financial executive and corporate board member who has years of experience serving as an SEC financial expert on public company boards and audit committees, where she brings her financial, business and corporate governance knowledge to benefit public companies. She currently serves on the following public company boards and committees:
• Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV) since 2005, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial products with approx. $8 billion in revenues and market cap over $17 billion. After serving as Chair of the Audit committee for ten years, she now serves on the Finance and Compensation committees.
• Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) since 2015, a manufacturer of paper, pulp and fiber-based consumer products with over $5 billion in revenue, where she serves on the Audit and Finance committees.
• Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) since 2017, a manufacturer of lighting & energy management technology solutions with approx. $4 billion in revenue, where she serves on the Governance and Compensation committees.
• Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) since 2019, a leading retailer with approx. $12 billion in revenue, where she serves on the Business Transformation & Strategy committee.
She previously served on the boards of SuperValu Inc. and Plexus Corp.
Winston serves as Chair of the Board of the Carolinas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), as well as several other non-profit boards.
Previously, Ms. Winston served in three EVP, Chief Financial Officer roles; including at Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading discount retailer with almost $11 billion in revenue and 8,500 retail stores; Giant Eagle, Inc., a leading grocery and fuel retailer with almost $11 billion in revenue; and Scholastic Corp, a global leader in publishing, education and media. With broad financial responsibility, as well as experience managing strategy, M&A, investor relations, procurement and communications functions, as well as leading major cost-reduction programs, and implementing strong internal control & corporate governance programs, Ms. Winston was a valued strategic advisor to these company’s CEOs, executive committees and board of directors. Ms. Winston has also held executive-level positions with Visteon Corporation, and with Pfizer, Inc. She started her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Among several honors, Ms. Winston was named one of the “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors”, the “Most Powerful Women in Business” and the “Most Influential People in Finance”. Ms. Winston has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Bloomberg Business radio and has been quoted in Reuters Business News and the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Winston holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Ms. Winston is a CPA and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
President & Chief Executive Officer, NACD NJ, MODERATOR
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 Intervarsity - 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.