NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

05/07/15 | Houston | Blindsided: Managing Unknown Risks

May 7, 2015
Houston, TX



Even the best-run companies will confront a critical unforeseen event – whether it’s a cyber breach, financial restatement, or fraud. And what about the warnings of a more fractured geopolitical environment as countries become ever more preoccupied by domestic challenges.  This disorder threatens to impede progress in industries that are critical to global development, such as energy, healthcare, and financial services.  This fireside chat addressed these curve-balls and some of the significant global threats that exist today, how they might affect your organization, suppliers, and customers and what your Board can do to prepare for and manage them.


To view the recorded session of this program, click HERE.




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Location and Time


Houstonian Hotel and Spa
111 N Post Oak
Houston, TX, USA 77024

7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation

9:15 am Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Rob Mosbacher, Jr.

Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company Director, Calpine Corporation, Devon Energy, Initiatives for Global Development, Global Communications, Americas Society, Center for Global Development Mr. Mosbacher is Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Houston, Texas. From 1986 to 2005, he was President and CEO of MEC. He was also Vice Chairman of Mosbacher Power Group, an independent electric power developer, which began in 1995, and was sold in 2003. Mr. Mosbacher was sworn in as the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in October, 2005, following confirmation by the United States Senate. OPIC is a self-funding, independent agency of the United States Government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world. OPIC currently operates in over 100 countries and has over $14 billion in commitments. He stepped down from his position at OPIC in January of 2009. In 2009, Mr. Mosbacher joined the Board of Calpine Corporation, the largest independent power company in the United States, with over 28,000 MWs of generating capacity. He also rejoined the Board of Devon Energy Company, a large, independent gas and oil producer. He is Chairman of the Boards of the Initiatives for Global Development, and Global Communities (formerly CHF International), and serves on the Boards of the Americas Society and the Center for Global Development. Robert Mosbacher, Jr., is founder, Chairman, and CEO of BizCorps, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that places graduates of top American business schools with SME entrepreneurs in emerging markets. These graduates work with the entrepreneurs to develop business plans and other strategies for growth. BizCorps is currently operating in Colombia and Kenya. Mr. Mosbacher was Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership in 2004, a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the city’s chamber of commerce. Mr. Mosbacher has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Methodist Hospital, the Salvation Army, and the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, all in Houston. He is founder and former co-Chairman of Rebuilding Together Houston (formerly PSI HomeSavers), which organizes volunteers to deliver free exterior home repairs and has resulted in the repair of over 6,000 houses for qualified low-income elderly or disabled Houstonians. He also served on the Board of South Texas College of Law. Mr. Mosbacher received a law degree in 1977 from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1973.

Chase Untermeyer

Director, Episcopal Health Foundation Chase Untermeyer has been an international business consultant since returning in 2007 from Qatar, where he served three years as United States ambassador on appointment of President George W. Bush. He is a 1968 graduate of Harvard College with honors in government. During the Vietnam War he served as an officer in the United States Navy aboard a destroyer in the Western Pacific and as aide to the commander of US naval forces in the Philippines. Upon his return to Texas, Ambassador Untermeyer was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and a member of the Texas House of Representatives, elected for a district on the near west side of Houston. He left the Legislature in 1981 to go to Washington as executive assistant to then-Vice President Bush. Three years later, President Reagan appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. When George Bush became president in 1989, Mr Untermeyer returned to the White House as Director of Presidential Personnel and in 1991 was appointed Director of the Voice of America. Ambassador Untermeyer is a member of the Texas Ethics Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the board of the Episcopal Health Foundation.

Thomas Ryan Moderator

President & CEO, Service Corporation International Director, SCI, Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI), Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK), United Way of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater Houston Community Foundation Governing Board, University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council Thomas L. Ryan has been Chief Executive Officer of Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) since 2005 and has served as President of SCI since 2002. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Ryan was Chief Operating Officer of SCI, and from 2000 to 2002 he was Chief Executive Officer of SCI European operations. From the time he joined SCI in 1996 to 2000, Mr. Ryan served in a variety of financial management roles. Before joining SCI, Mr. Ryan was a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand LLP for eight years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Ryan serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Greater Houston. Mr. Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, Greater Houston Community Foundation Governing Board and the University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council. Mr. Ryan is a member of the Board of Trust Managers of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) and serves as a director of SCI and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK).



2 NACD skill-specific credits

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