The NACD Blue Ribbon Commission identifies how boards can play an active role in shaping corporate culture to promote growth and avoid crisis. This program was an interactive insiders look at the new 2017 Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Culture as a Corporate Asset. We were fortunate to host one of the co-chairs of the Report, Nick Donofrio for this highly anticipated publication. Local board leadership fellow and corporate director, Nora Denzel, was moderator. This subject will continue to be one of the most important topics facing companies and boards this year.
Nick Donofrio currently serves on the boards of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Delphi Automotive plc, and chairs the innovation and technology committee for both companies. In addition, he sits on the board of Bank of New York Mellon, where he chairs the technology committee, and is a director of Liberty Mutual and The MITRE Co. Mr. Donofrio brings to NACD a wide range of executive management skills and significant technological expertise. He began his career in 1964 at IBM, where he remained for 44 years in increasingly responsible roles, including those of division president for advanced workshops, general manager of the large-scale computing division, and executive vice president of innovation and technology. In 2008 he was elected an IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical honor, and in the same year received the first U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration Gold Medal ever conferred on a non-U.S. government employee. He has long been focused on advancing educational and career development opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM disciplines, a commitment that has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of Britain's Royal Academy of Engineering, and the 2010 recipient of the IRI Medal. Recently he chaired a National Academy of Engineering initiative that resulted in the March 2015 release of a report titled Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work.
Nora is currently a public company board member of Ericsson and AMD. She previously served on the public boards of Outerwall, Saba Software and Overland Storage. She also serves on the nonprofit board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Nora is an experienced corporate executive, having held senior executive positions at HP, IBM and Intuit along with being the interim CEO of Outerwall.