A recent study by GovernanceMetrics International found that 40% of boards at the largest 4,200 global companies had no women. In the United States, this number is 28%. Numerous studies have found that there is a link between board diversity and good corporate performance. This session will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the development of diversity issues for corporate boards and what it means for corporate performance.
John Jarrett is GovernanceMetrics’ director of global research. Jarrett heads up the Global Research team and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences on key corporate governance topics. He is a member of the Business Ethics Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and its Working Group on Political Donations and Lobbying. Jarrett was also on the ICGN’s Corporate Risk Oversight Steering Committee that drafted its Corporate Risk Oversight Guidelines. He is also a former member of the Corporate Governance Roundtable in Australia.
Erika Karp serves as chair of the Global Investment Review Committee managing the UBS Global Sector Research effort encompassing analysts and strategists around the world. She was appointed to the UBS Investment Bank Board in 2007 and serves on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee, the Americas Equity Business Forum, the Values-Based/Sustainable Investment Working Group reporting to the UBS Group Executive Board. Formerly as the global head of research product management, Karp developed the UBS family of global equity research products including the trademarked UBS "Q-Series" initiative which she continues to manage. Karp's work has been featured in Investment Dealer's Digest, Euromoney, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Wharton Magazine to which she is a regular contributor. For 2011, Karp was named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne. Additionally, Karp serves on the board of the world's largest GLBT synagogue. She holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a BSE from the Wharton School.
Nicole M. Sandford has led Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Governance Services practice since 2003, specializing in governance consulting related to board and audit committee practices, as well as board of director continuing education. She has advised companies of all sizes, including many Fortune 500 companies.
Deborah M. Soon is responsible for Catalyst’s business strategy and planning, market assessment, and overall marketing operations. She is also responsible for brand management, corporate events, public affairs, IT, and Catalyst's Corporate Board Services. Prior to working at Catalyst, Soon was a consultant at Spencer Stuart, one of the leading global executive search firms. Her search engagements focused on the areas of technology, education, and healthcare, with specific functional emphasis on CEO, other senior executives, and board placements. Prior to Spencer Stuart, Soon was the CEO of Larscom, a telecommunications company. Soon holds a BA in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She also completed special studies in Mathematics at Cambridge University, England. Soon is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Advisors of DirectWomen Board Institute and a member of the Advisory Panel to the Diverse Director DataSource, a CalPERS/CalSTRS board diversity initiative.
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John Jarrett, Director of Global Research, GovernanceMetrics International
Erika Karp, Managing Director, Head of Global Sector Research, UBS
Nicole Sandford, Partner, Governance Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Deborah M. Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Catalyst
Steve Loren, CFA
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