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NACD Northern California Inaugural Director Forum

April 28, 2016
San Francisco, CA








1:00 – 2:00 pm Registration and Networking
2:00 – 2:10 pm Welcome and Introduction
2:10 – 3:00 pm Opening Keynote – Hon. Tom Davis – “Opportunities Arising out of Political Turmoil” 
Tom Davis

Keynote Speaker:
“I’ve never seen anything like this” is a common refrain used to describe the 2016 political landscape. Hon. Tom Davis will talk about how Congress has changed since his tenure and describe issues that may be addressed by the current Congress. He will also share his perspectives on the 2016 presidential race and respond to questions from Board members about the local and national landscapes.
Tom Davis, a former seven-term member of the U. S. House of Representatives is known as a brilliant political strategist. Tom has twice won National Journal’s Political Genius Award and is a frequent guest on cable television with his political commentary.
He served two successful cycles as Chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee and also served as Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, where he presided over Baseballs’ steroid hearings and authored over 100 Bills that became law.
Tom Davis serves as Deloitte’s Director for Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. Tom also is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he also serves as Rector (Chairman of the Board of Visitors). Tom is co-author of The Partisan Divide with former Democratic campaign Chair Martin Frost and Almanac of American Politics author Rich Cohen.

Tom received his degree in political science with Honors from Amherst College and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

3:15 – 4:30 pm Cyber Breach – A Board Member Simulation

Board members will actively participate in a scenario where the CEO, Chief Risk Officer (CRO), and other leaders of a fictitious multinational company respond to the unexpected, but realistic, events on the day of and subsequent months following a cyber incident. Board members will leave this session with practical tools for Board members in the case of a potential Cyber incident in their organizations.

  Keynote Speakers:

Mary E. Galligan
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mary Galligan is a Director in Deloitte & Touche’s Cyber Risk Services practice. Mary advises senior executives on the crisis management challenges they face, in particular cyber risks. She helps clients develop and execute security programs to prevent and minimize the business impact of cyber threats. This includes Board education, cyber war-gaming, and other strategy efforts as the public and private sector collaboration around cybersecurity in the US begins to takes shape.


Mary joined Deloitte after retiring in 2013 from a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Mary oversaw all FBI investigations into national security and criminal cyber intrusions in New York City, and advised numerous financial institutions, media entities and law firms during their high pressure situations. Her most recent position was with the New York Office as the Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Special Operations, where she led the largest technical and physical surveillance operation in the FBI.


She gained significant crisis management experience as the supervisor over the FBI's investigation into the terrorist attacks on 9/11, as one of the On-Scene Commanders in Yemen after the bombing of the USS Cole, and as the Special Agent in Charge of Special Events and SWAT in New York City.


Mary held other leadership roles during her 25-year tenure with the FBI.

First female Special Agent in Charge, New York, FBI
Chief Inspector of the FBI
Led a Director’s Initiative on Risk-Based Management


Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, a Master's Degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York, New York, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is an FBI-certified Crisis Negotiator and Crisis Manager.


Daniel Soo
Principal Deloitte & Touche LLP

Daniel is a Principal in Deloitte & Touche’s Cyber Risk Services practice, where he serves as the cyber war-gaming practice leader. Daniel assists many of Deloitte’s largest and most complex clients to assess, enhance, and sustain their technology strategies, operations, and risk management capabilities.


Over the past several years, Daniel has specialized in enterprise and infrastructure architecture and technology risk management. His illustrative cyber domain experience includes cyber security, cyber incident response, operational risk management, IT service management, IT infrastructure transformation and cost reduction, client computing transformation, and telecom expense management.


4:45 – 5:30 pm Best Practices for Long-Term Board and CEO Succession Planning

Few events carry greater risk to shareholder value than a change of leadership. So why do so many boards have an ineffective succession planning process or – even worse – no process at all for finding and preparing the next generation of leaders?  Securing a smooth succession for CEO and board-level roles is more than good governance; it’s sound business sense. That’s why the expectation among shareholders, regulators, financial analysts, and others is that boards will plan for it effectively. But in reality, very few do. This session will provide practical examples of both CEO and Board Succession planning leaving you with both thought leadership and tools to take back to your Boardroom.

  Keynote Speakers:

Joe Griesdedieck

Vice Chairman &
Board & CEO Services
Korn Ferry

With more than 30 years in the executive search profession, Mr. Griesedieck is considered to be one of the industry's premier leaders. His focus at Korn Ferry is primarily on engagements for Board Director searches across multiple industries, as well as working with Boards of Directors on succession planning and other related senior talent management solutions.
Mr. Griesedieck's prior experience includes two terms as global chief executive officer of another international search firm. He also served as co-head of the firm's Strategic leadership services practice in North America.
Mr. Griesedieck began his career in executive search with another leading firm, establishing their offices in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.
Prior to entering the executive search profession, he was a group vice president with Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and spent a number of years with the Falstaff Brewing Corporation, concluding his tenure as president and chief operating officer. He also served as a director of this NYSE company.
Mr. Griesedieck was named by The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to the 2010 Directorship 100, recognizing the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.
Mr. Griesedieck is a member of the Board of Jobs for America's Graduates, a national volunteer organization that provides comprehensive school-to-career programs to more than 85,000 at-risk high school youth in 27 states. He is also serves as a member of the Board of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based business services company.
Mr. Griesedieck is a graduate of Brown University.



Robin MacGillivray
Simpson Manufacturing

Robin recently retired from AT&T with nearly 15 years of executive leadership experience as a corporate officer. She capped off her career as Senior Vice President - One AT&T / Post Merger Integration. In this role she led the implementation of hundreds of world-wide initiatives designed to integrate merged organizations for optimal customer service, cultural alignment and financial performance. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President - Regional and Local Markets, responsible for service and sales to AT&T's small business customers nationwide. Over the course of her 35-year career, she held leadership positions in a variety of other areas, including engineering, operations, construction, finance, and human resources. Through these experiences, she garnered a reputation as an adept manager of complex businesses in highly competitive and rapidly changing environments.
Robin is on the Board of Directors of Simpson Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of structural connectors in the United States and Europe. She chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee, and is a member of the Audit and Strategy/Acquisition Committee. In recent years, Simpson has grown from a founder-led, niche-product company focused on the US residential housing market to a global concern that now spans numerous markets and product lines. Driven by this strategic evolution, her Nom/Gov committee has been instrumental in developing succession plans resulting in new directors, new officers, a new CEO and a first-ever outside, independent board chair.
Robin began her career after receiving her bachelor's degree in journalism from the School of Journalism and her master's degree in telecommunications management from the Annenberg School of Communications, both at the University of Southern California. She also completed the Executive Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the Harvard/MIT/Tufts Program on Negotiations.


John Simon
Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Human Resources &
PG&E Corporation

John R. Simon is Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Human Resources for PG&E Corporation.


Simon oversees the Corporate Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Strategy and Human Resources organizations for the enterprise. Previously, Simon served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for PG&E.


Simon has more than 25 years of experience in the human resources and legal sectors. Before joining PG&E, Simon held HR and legal leadership positions at TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a Denver-based provider of customer care services and solutions with 47,000 employees in 17 countries. His most recent position was Executive Vice President of Global Human Capital.


Simon received a bachelor's degree from Colorado College and a law degree from Georgetown University. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.


5:30 – 6:30 pm Closing Keynote – Dr. Chris Thornberg – “Economic Outlook: Beyond the Headlines 
  Beacon Economics' Founding Partner Dr. Christopher Thornberg will peel back the layers of the current economic forecasts and will shatter the concept of “miserablism” where we are being led to believe that things are really bad when they are really not. With his expertise and experience, he will take us through a top level analysis and break the panic points down one by one and focus us on the long-term issues facing us nationally and locally which Board members should really be monitoring. Attendees will gain insight into the direction the economy will take over the near and long-term future.


Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. He is also the Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the UC Riverside School of Business Administration. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the sub-­‐prime mortgage market collapse and of the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, Dr. Thornberg was named to California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. He also serves on the advisory boards of Paulson & Co. Inc., one of Wall Street’s leading hedge funds, and of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Southern California’s largest not-­‐for-­‐profit business federation. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office and was Chair of then State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



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  Tom Davis' presentation
  Thornberg - Economic Outlook

Event Notes




Opening Keynote – Hon. Tom Davis – “Opportunities Arising out of Political Turmoil”


Location and Time


555 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Networking and Registration 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Program 2:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking 6:30 - 7:30pm




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