2/25/16 Austin | Top Hot Topics for Directors in 2016
U.S. public and private companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2016. The NACD Texas TriCities Chapter is hosting a Top Hot Topics for Directors program in Austin on February 25, 2016. Board leaders and advisors will address some of the hottest topics and committee issues on the table this year including:
Corporate Strategy - what it is, how to best establish it, how often to revisit it, and what a good one does for the company.
Cybersecurity as part of risk management protocol – emphasizing the director’s role in assessing and addressing these risks.
Talent Development and Succession Planning – ensuring it is in place as the company grows or experiences change.
Social Media Developments – what boards should and should not be doing and the impact on the company’s business strategy.
Recent M&A Developments – current trends and lessons learned for directors.
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Location and Time
110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
7:00am Check-in and Networking Breakfast
7:30am Roundtable Discussions
7:45am Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
9:15am Closing and final networking
Chris LaFollette ModeratorPartner in Charge - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Director - National Association of Corporate Directors – Texas TriCities Chapter and Texas General Counsel Forum
Christine B. LaFollette is the partner in charge of the Houston office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and a member of the firm-wide management committee. Ms. LaFollette has more than 30 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, restructurings and financings, including master limited partnerships, as well as federal and state securities laws matters. Ms. LaFollette also represents clients in public and private M&A and disposition transactions, particularly in the energy industry. In addition, she represents public companies, boards of directors and special committees with respect to general corporate issues, compliance with corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, periodic reporting, proxy solicitation, audit committee standards and insider trading requirements of the federal securities laws.
Ms. LaFollette has recently represented— • a private energy company in a $350 million senior note Rule 144A private placement • an investment fund in the purchase of a private energy service company • a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $6.4 billion • a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $1.26 billion • a public energy company in its $1.25 billion senior notes offering • a public energy company in its public company merger for approximately $1.5 billion • a public company in its sale of a joint venture interest for $2.2 billion • a public energy company in a series of dispositions of its offshore Gulf of Mexico assets for approximately $900 million • energy companies in their initial public offerings • a public energy company in a tax-free exchange and a $300 million equity offering • the special committees of the general partner of several publicly traded energy master limited partnerships in connection with the transformation of two PLPs, the sale of securities as well as the acquisition of assets • a leading natural gas compression services company in its $150 million initial public offering, followed by seven acquisitions and related debt and equity financings • a public energy company in its $3 billion disposition through a tender offer and merger • a public company in several public underwritten offerings, including $175 million of preferred stock, $150 million of debt in mandatory putable/remarketable securities, and $200 million additional series of senior notes and $100 million of medium term notes, with each offering from shelf registration statements • investment funds in the purchase of majority equity positions as well as disposition of assets from private energy companies Ms. LaFollette received her B.S. with highest honors from the University of Texas in 1974 and her J.D. with honors from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1980.
Ms. LaFollette served as a director of the Houston World Affairs Council and serves as a director for the National Association of Corporate Directors – Texas TriCities Chapter and the Texas General Counsel Forum. Additionally, she serves as a trustee for the Houston Grand Opera. She is a speaker and moderator at various seminars, including those sponsored by the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Houston Bar Association. She has been listed every year since 2007 in The Best Lawyers in America; and has been listed since 2004 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in corporate/M&A law. The M&A Advisor named Ms. LaFollette “Female Dealmaker of the Year” in 2010. In addition, she is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and a past chair of the Board of Stewards for St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Ms. LaFollette is also a founding member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a founding member of the Houston Advisory Council for Tahirih Justice Center.
Melissa FrugeSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, HomeAway
Vice President, Association of Corporate Counsel - Austin Chapter
Melissa Fruge is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of HomeAway, the leading marketplace for online vacation rentals. She is responsible for the worldwide legal department and all legal matters affecting the company. Prior to joining HomeAway in 2009, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Borland where she was responsible for the worldwide legal department. She worked closely with senior management and the Board of Directors to advise on key strategic matters, including the sale of the company in 2009.
Prior to Borland, Ms. Fruge practiced corporate law with DLA Piper and General Counsel Associates. She earned her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. at the University of Southern California.
Casey FlemingChairman and Chief Executive Officer, BLACKOPS Partners Corporation
Casey Fleming serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BLACKOPS Partners Corporation, the leading multi-disciplinary cybersecurity management advisors and cyber intelligence firm to boards and C-level executives of the Fortune 1000.
Mr. Fleming is regarded as a leading expert in cybersecurity and the protection of intellectual property, sensitive data and competitive advantage in reducing risk of economic espionage. He leads BLACKOPS Partners and advises its clients with cutting-edge vision, strategy and execution to assist in protecting boards and organizations’ most valued assets in today’s advanced threat environment. Prior to BLACKOPS, Mr. Fleming served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Security Partners, a counterintelligence, cybersecurity and enterprise risk management consulting firm working with the Fortune 500. (BLACKOPS acquired Strategic Security Partners in 2011)
Previously, Mr. Fleming served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Good Technology, a Silicon Valley mobile software and security company and Executive Vice President of SevenSpace, a managed services company specializing in security and critical applications.
He previously served as Managing Director of high-growth management consulting organizations for both IBM Global Services and Deloitte Consulting. He was the founding Managing Director for IBM’s highly successful Cyber division. Earlier in his career, he served in senior management positions with both Oracle and IBM Corporation.
Mr. Fleming has served on numerous for-profit, non-profit and local government boards including several emerging technology boards and the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association. Mr. Fleming also serves as an executive advisor to several leading cybersecurity organizations such as CyberTexas and DBI DarkNet. He also serves as executive advisor to Blackmore Partners, a private equity consultancy.
He regularly contributes his time to non-profits dedicated to national security, veteran and children’s causes. He served as a member of The White House Office of Presidential Advance.
Mr. Fleming earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. He has participated in executive programs with IBM Executive Leadership, Harvard Business School and The Wharton School.
Barbara DuganierDirector, Buckeye Partners, Genesys Works, and MRC Global
Ms. Duganier is a current member of the Board of Directors of two public companies listed on the NYSE; Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL), a publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns and operates a diversified network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, primarily consisting of the transportation, storage, and marketing of liquid petroleum products. Ms. Duganier is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of BPL and a member of its Compensation Committee; MRC Global (NYSE: MRC) is the leading global distributor of pipe, valve and fitting products and services to the energy and industrial markets. Ms. Duganier is a member of MRC’s Audit Committee. Ms. Duganier is a former board member and member of the Enterprise Risk Oversight and Compensation Committees of HCC Insurance Holdings (NYSE: HCC), an international specialty insurance group. She was a member of the board that oversaw the sale of HCC for a significant premium to Tokio Marine Holdings, the largest property/casualty insurance company in Japan.
Barbara’s most recent corporate experience was with Accenture. Between 2004 and 2013, she was a senior leader with Accenture’s Outsourcing business, which accounted for ~50% of corporate revenues, and of the Resources Operating Group serving energy, chemicals, utilities and mining companies. Her executive roles included Chief Strategy Officer, Global Growth and Offering Development Lead, and Global Finance Business Services Lead. She was a successful Sales Executive with Accenture as well.
Her most tenured corporate experience was with Arthur Andersen, where for 23 years (1979-2002), Barbara served in C-suite and increasingly responsible business leadership roles. She was an equity partner for the final 12 years, in audit for a decade and for 10+ years in financial consulting. Barbara served as Andersen’s Global CFO during the challenging last two years of the company’s history. She was chosen Global CFO after being one of eight finalists in an intensive Global CEO selection process. Prior, she was Partner-in-Charge (P&L) of the Southwest Region Business Consulting Practice and earlier still, was Partner-in-Charge of the US Strategy, Finance and Economic Consulting Business. Barbara was selected for firm-wide leadership roles on major committees, including the Nominating Committee (Board selection), US Executive Council, and Chairman’s Advisory Council (Selected to serve by the CEO), where she was Vice-Chair.
Between Andersen and Accenture, Barbara was retained by Duke Energy North America to lead their Finance Transformation Program, reporting directly to the CEO.
Ms. Duganier is the former National Board Chair of Genesys Works, a national not-for-profit connecting at-risk students to career opportunities. She is currently Chair of the National Nominating and Governance Committee; she was previously Audit Committee Chair as well as active with the local Houston Board.
Barbara completed INSEAD’s Executive Education Program in 2007, received her CPA in Texas in 1981 and earned her BBA in Accounting in 1979. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Texas TriCities. She is an NACD Governance Fellow and a frequent speaker.Between Andersen and Accenture, Barbara was retained by Duke Energy North America to lead their Finance Transformation Program, reporting directly to the CEO.
Ms. Duganier is the former National Board Chair of Genesys Works, a national not-for-profit connecting at-risk students to career opportunities. She is currently Chair of the National Nominating and Governance Committee; she was previously Audit Committee Chair as well as active with the local Houston Board. She is on the Houston Advisory Board of NACD, a member of the Program Committee and a frequent speaker on business and leadership.
Barbara completed INSEAD’s Executive Education Program in 2007, received her CPA in Texas in 1981 and earned her BBA in Accounting in 1979. She is a frequent speaker on strategy, governance, risk management and other business issues in various corporate and academic forums.