Public Company Management & Boards

Best Practices in Engagement & Communication
JUNE 8, 2017
CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON
1 LIBERTY PLAZA
NEW YORK, NY

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
PROGRAM AGENDA

Time Description
8:00-8:30 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30-8:35 Welcome Remarks
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Skytop Strategies
8:35-8:45 Opening Remarks
Board and Management Communication

Presenter:
Arthur H. Kohn, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
8:45-9:25 Interview
Corporate Governance and Value Creation: Aligning Board and Management Views Concerning Effective Performance Temporally and Substantively
Interviewer:

Interviewee:
John Seethoff, Corporate Secretary, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Jamey Seely, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ION Geophysical
9:25-9:55 Panel Discussion
Putting An Activist on the Board: How It Affects the Dynamic Between Board and Management
Moderator:

Ethan A. Klingsberg, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Panelists:
David Kastin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Vitamin Shoppe
James A. Mitarotonda, Chief Executive Officer, Barington Capital Group L.P.
Jim Snyder, President, Global Mobile, LLC
9:55-10:25 Networking Break
10:25-11:05 Panel Discussion
Insight Versus Oversight: How Do Boards Balance their Strategic Oversight Against Management’s Operational Insight?
Moderator:

Panelists:
Rolin P. Bissell, Partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
James Smith, Senior Counsel, Corporate, Hilton Worldwide
Paul Washington, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Time Warner Cable
11:05-11:30 Presentation
What Went Wrong: Wells Fargo’s Incentive Plans and Yahoo!’s Cyber Breach
Presenter:
11:30-12:10 PM Panel Discussion
Transparency: How to Ensure That the Board has the Information it Needs
Moderator:

Panelists:
William Horton, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Verizon
Scott McLester, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer, Wyndham Worldwide (unconfirmed)
12:10-1:10 Networking Luncheon
12:10-12:45 Presentation
The Rise of the Super-Director: How Boards Depend on Management for Informational Capture, and How to Mitigate It
Co-Presenters:

Kobi Kastiel, Research Director, Project on Controlling Shareholders, HLS Program on Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School
Yaron Nili, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School (unconfirmed)
12:45-1:25 Panel Discussion
Corporate Governance Best Practices: Separation of Board Chair and CEO, Board Composition and Shareholder Engagement Update
Moderator:

Panelists:
Shelley J. Dropkin, Managing Director, Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.
Catherine Hall, Director, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Jared L. Landaw, Chief Operating Officer, Barington Capital Group L.P.
1:25-2:25 Concurrent Breakout Sessions Begin
Concurrent Breakout Session 1
Avoiding Groupthink: How to See the Signs of a Bubble, and How to Pop It
Facilitator:
Concurrent Breakout Session 2
Evolving Legal and Practical Standards of Director “Independence”
Facilitator:
Concurrent Breakout Session 3
Topic: TBA
Facilitator:
2:25-2:55 Networking Break
2:55-3:35 Concurrent Breakout Session Findings Panel
Moderator:

Panelists:
3:35-4:15 Panel Discussion
Responding to a Politician’s Social Media Attacks: Board/Management Alignment and Crisis Management in a Fraught Environment
Moderator:

Arthur H. Kohn, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Panelists:
4:15-4:20 Closing Remarks
4:20 Program Adjourns, Networking Reception Begins

SESSION LEADERS
  1. Rolin P. Bissell
    Partner
    Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
    Philadelphia, PA
  2. Shelley J. Dropkin
    Managing Director, Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance
    Citigroup Inc.
    New York, NY
  3. Catherine Hall
    Director, Governance Insights Center
    PwC
    New York, NY
  4. William Horton
    Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
    Verizon
    New York, NY
  5. Kobi Kastiel
    Research Director
    Project on Controlling Shareholders, HLS Program on Corporate Governance
    Harvard Law School
    Boston, MA
  6. David Kastin
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,
    The Vitamin Shoppe
    New York, NY
  7. Ethan A. Klingsberg
    Partner
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    New York, NY
  8. Arthur Kohn
    Partner
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    New York, NY
  9. Jared L. Landaw
    Chief Operating Officer
    Barington Capital Group L.P.
    New York, NY
  1. Scott McLester (unconfirmed)
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, & Chief Compliance Officer
    Wyndham Worldwide
    Skillman, New Jersey
  2. James A. Mitarotonda
    Chief Executive Officer
    Barington Capital Group L.P.
    New York, NY
  3. Yaron Nili (unconfirmed)
    Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School
    Madison, WI
  4. Jamey Seely
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    ION Geophysical
    Houston, TX
  5. John Seethoff
    Corporate Secretary, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Microsoft
    Redmond, WA
  6. James Smith
    Senior Counsel, Corporate
    Hilton Worldwide
    Washington, D.C.
  7. Jim Snyder
    President
    Global Mobile, LLC
    Atlanta, GA
  8. Paul Washington
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
    Time Warner Cable
    New York, NY

DELEGATES
  1. Rolin P. Bissell
    Partner
    Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
    Philadelphia, PA
  2. Shelley J. Dropkin
    Managing Director, Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance
    Citigroup Inc.
    New York, NY
  3. Catherine Hall
    Director, Governance Insights Center
    PwC
    New York, NY
  4. William Horton
    Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
    Verizon
    New York, NY
  5. Kobi Kastiel
    Research Director
    Project on Controlling Shareholders, HLS Program on Corporate Governance
    Harvard Law School
    Boston, MA
  6. David Kastin
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,
    The Vitamin Shoppe
    New York, NY
  7. Ethan A. Klingsberg
    Partner
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    New York, NY
  8. Arthur Kohn
    Partner
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    New York, NY
  9. Jared L. Landaw
    Chief Operating Officer
    Barington Capital Group L.P.
    New York, NY
  1. Scott McLester (unconfirmed)
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, & Chief Compliance Officer
    Wyndham Worldwide
    Skillman, New Jersey
  2. James A. Mitarotonda
    Chief Executive Officer
    Barington Capital Group L.P.
    New York, NY
  3. Yaron Nili (unconfirmed)
    Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School
    Madison, WI
  4. Jamey Seely
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    ION Geophysical
    Houston, TX
  5. John Seethoff
    Corporate Secretary, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Microsoft
    Redmond, WA
  6. James Smith
    Senior Counsel, Corporate
    Hilton Worldwide
    Washington, D.C.
  7. Jim Snyder
    President
    Global Mobile, LLC
    Atlanta, GA
  8. Paul Washington
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
    Time Warner Cable
    New York, NY

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