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Corporate Directors From the American Heart Assoc., E*TRADE Financial Corp., Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Nasdaq, SeaWorld Entertainment, and More Achieved NACD Fellowship at the 2017 Global Board Leaders’ Summit

/EIN News/ -- WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 17,000 board members, today announced 102 corporate directors who earned NACD FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®. The directors earned NACD Fellowship® while attending the 2017 Global Board Leaders’ Summit in October. These corporate directors serve on the boards of Fortune 500, nonprofit, and private companies that include the following organizations:*

American Gas Assoc.
American Heart Assoc.
Aspen Technology Inc.
Cascade Engineering
E*TRADE Financial Corp.
Eldorado Resorts Inc.
Denny’s Corp.
Hershey Trust Co.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Interpublic Group of Cos. Inc.
NueLion Inc.
Retail Properties of America Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.
St. John’s University
The Wendy’s Co.
*Partial Listing

NACD Fellowship, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors, is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers directors with the latest boardroom insights, intelligence, and practices—equipping them to lead their boards with confidence.

Directors can earn one of two NACD Fellowship credentials, which Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance for CalSTRS, has called “the gold standard” in director credentialing. NACD Governance Fellows build proficiencies in the fundamentals of governance, while NACD Board Leadership Fellows continue to refine their board leadership competencies year after year.

“At a minimum, individuals serving as independent chairs and/or lead directors should earn NACD Fellowship status to bolster confidence in their leadership, both inside and outside the boardroom,” said Patrick McGurn, special counsel and head of strategic research and analysis at Institutional Shareholder Services.

Sheehan concurred: “America needs well-rounded directors who are sensitive to public-company shareowners, and who can clearly demonstrate their value on proxy disclosures. I always look forward to meeting NACD Fellows.”

NACD Fellowship is backed by 40 years of NACD experience and represents thousands of the world’s largest and most-diverse companies.

"Directors who choose to enhance their skills and acumen by becoming NACD Fellows demonstrate to company management, shareholders, and their peers a desire to perform their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities," said Peter Gleason, president and CEO of NACD. "I am pleased to recognize these distinguished leaders, who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of governance."

The new cadre of NACD Fellows includes 54 Board Leadership Fellows and 48 Governance Fellows, whose boards span a wide range of industries: aerospace and defense, agriculture, banking, computer software, energy and utilities, engineering, financial services, food services, health care, higher education, industrial machinery, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.

Individuals Named NACD Board Leadership Fellows

Charlene Begley Robert DeAlmeida John Kennedy
Michael Belz Tanuja Dehne Shelley Leibowitz
Bonnie Biumi Ana Dutra Michael MacDonald
Jim Borel Mel Flanigan Rafael Matute
Robert Bostrom James Fogarty Jeffrey McCreary
Vesta Bovair Patricia Galloway Tom McGimpsey
David Boyer Ben Halpert Jim McKinney
Jeffery Bray Gregory Hedges John Montgomery
Joyce Cacho Robert Heist Richard Munro
Eileen Campbell Edgar Heizer Peter Nelson
Mollie Carter Douglas Hile Susan Rheney
Jocelyn Carter-Miller Mark Hipp Dante Robinson
Mel Collazo Douglas Holtby Donald Robinson
Jackie Cushman Rajive Johri John Robinson
Jody Davids Dennis Kass Len Rodman
Jane Sadowsky Myrna Soto Alan Wells
Dwight Smith Paulo Vasconcellos Michael White
Lauren Smith Andrea Weiss Paul Williams

Individuals Named NACD Governance Fellows

Derek Adair Lucy Fato Janet Miller
Robert Bagley Kaye Foster Thad Minaldi
Elijah Barnes Gary Gates Isabel Monteiro
Matt Becker Rex Geveden Linda Moore
Sandra Beretta Al Glowasky Florie Perellis
James Blackledge Joseph Hoff Antonio Pietri
Glenn Brooks Joe Johnson Michael Premo
Karen Brown Nikan Khatibi Bonnie Reitz
Michael Carreon Amos Khim David Shaffer
Teresa Castanias Patrick Khoury Sam Smolik
Tom Cink Michael Klein Bret Snyder
Shelva Clemons Frank Kurre Gail Stewart
James Cook Joseph Leo Roger Sugarman
Matthew Coon Come Richard Mark Brian Talley
Roger Dow Hope Mason  
Marie Eckstein Larry Mazza  
Jamal Farhat Nathan McKinley  

For more information about NACD Fellowship, visit or contact Meghan Metzbower at or 571-367-3638.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit

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