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
How Should Companies Prepare for a Major Crisis Event? What Directors and Senior Management Need to Know
Are you prepared?
From corporate criminal incidents to catastrophic events such as airplane crashes, hurricanes, and oil spills, and from cyber breaches to highly publicized sexual harassment, discrimination, and other major social issues, no company and no board of directors is immune to a corporate crisis.
Although crises are unpredictable almost by definition, our panelists have seen certain patterns emerge through their experiences leading or counseling companies through crises.
In this program, our panelists reviewed best practices and the following questions:
How ready are your board and executives to manage a crisis? Are key players ready to work together?
How do you determine your “risk and readiness posture” associated with various crisis scenarios, including ones you may never have contemplated?
Does your company have the right governance, frameworks, communications tools, external advisors, and tactical tools (i.e., protocols, technology, security and safety procedures) in place to respond to a major crisis? How do you quickly mobilize and operate tactically when a crisis occurs?
How do you engage appropriately, while still protecting your organization, with key stakeholders in a major crisis, including government agencies, legislators, shareholders, employees, customers, the media (traditional and nontraditional), advocacy groups, local communities, and others?
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Managing Director, Abernathy MacGregor
Director, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Sydney advises companies on communications strategy during times of change and challenge, such as transactions, crises and executive changes. She also provides strategic investor relations and corporate communications counsel. She serves a wide range of industries with particular expertise in the oil and gas sector. She has helped several companies announce and position transformative or complex M&A transactions. She has also closely supported the successful bankruptcy reorganizations of more than two dozen companies.
Sydney regularly counsels companies as they work through difficult circumstances including regulatory investigations (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), litigation, proxy fights and responses to activist shareholders, data losses, unexpected management transitions, poor financial results, physical disasters and other crises.
She regularly advises companies as they prepare for potential activist investor engagement or respond to private or public overtures from activists.
A native Houstonian, Sydney leads the Houston office. She regularly speaks about trends in investor activism, crisis, investor relations and M&A communications. She graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a dual B.A. in Economics and Government.
Director, Noble Energy, Buckeye Partners, Genesys Works, MRC Global, West Monroe Partners, and NACD Texas TriCities Chapter
Ms. Duganier is a member of the Board of Directors of three public companies listed on the NYSE and one private company; Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL), a publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns and operates a diversified network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, consisting of the transportation, storage, processing and marketing of liquid petroleum products. Ms. Duganier chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the 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 chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee, which includes risk oversight; Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company (board committee memberships to be named imminently); and West Monroe Partners, a privately-held national business and technology consulting firm. Ms. Duganier is a former director of HCC Insurance Holdings (NYSE: HCC), an international specialty insurance group sold to Tokio Marine Holdings during Ms. Duganier’s tenure on the board. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow and received the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University. She is a licensed CPA.
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 in audit for a decade and financial consulting for over a decade. 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 led Duke Energy North America’s Finance Transformation Program, as an independent consultant reporting to the CEO.
Barbara completed INSEAD’s Executive Education Program in 2008, received her CPA in Texas in 1981 and earned her BBA in Accounting in 1979 from John Carroll University. Ms. Duganier is the former National Board Chair of Genesys Works, a national not-for-profit connecting at-risk students to career opportunities and continues to serve on that board. She is the President and a member of the Board of Directors of NACD Texas TriCities. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on leadership and governance and is an invited judge for both the NYU Stern School of Business and the Rice University business plan competitions.
Executive Advisor, Pilko & Associates
Owner, The Emmett Company
Professor in Public Policy, Rice University
Edward (Ed) Emmett recently joined Pilko as Executive Advisor. Mr. Emmett is a professor in the public policy practice at Rice University. He is also a senior fellow at the Rice University/Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at the Rice University/Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
In addition to his duties at Rice University, Emmett is the owner of The Emmett Company, a consulting firm advising public and private entities in transportation policy, emergency management, international marketing and strategic development.
From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as County Judge of Harris County, Texas. As County Judge, Emmett was the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience. A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 44 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.