NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

"How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Activist Investor"

March 16, 2017
Tempe, AZ



Activist investors have and continue to reshape the corporate governance landscape, posing a challenge to the corporate governance practices of the past.  Panelists Charles Elson and Frank Placenti will discuss the origins, actions and consequences of activist investors, as well as taking questions from session attendees.  Matthew Semadeni will moderate the session.

Location and Time


University Club-Arizona State University
425 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

7:00-7:30am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:30-9:30am - Program

Speaker Spotlight


Frank Placenti

Frank Placenti serves as the chair of the US Corporate Finance & Governance Practice for Squire Patton Boggs. He has substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, private equity financings, antitakeover and shareholder engagement and activism issues. He serves as the Founding President and CEO of the American College of Corporate Governance Counsel and as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee on Corporate Governance. Frank has served as lead director for several public companies, and has served as Chair of Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Frank is the Editor of The Directors Handbook, A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom.

Matthew Semadeni

Matthew Semadeni is Associate Professor of Stragegy and Dean's Council Distinguished Scholar in the Management Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Matt's research interests include corporate governance, top managemet teams, competitive strategy, and innovation. His work has been published in top academic outlets, and has been discussed in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Washington Post. He has authored Director Notes from The Conference Board on the topics of CEO duality, say-on-pay, and interim CEOs, and is currently authoring one on lead independent directors.

Charles Elson

Charles Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also Of Counsel to the law firm of Holland & Knight. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors and is a frequent contribution on corporate governance issues to various publications. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section's Committee on Corporate Governance. He is a Board member of HealthSouth Corporation and Bob Evans Farms Inc. He is a trustee at the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance.



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