What do private company corporate boards plan to prioritize in 2018?
A Conversation with Friso van der Oord,
Director of Research at NACD
NACD Northern California Chapter Directors
Private companies are transitioning again: the number of initial public offerings in the United States is increasing. Such an environment suggests that entrepreneurs, executive teams and directors of private companies—from startups to mature businesses—would benefit from assessing the current state of the company's governance structure and processes.
Such an assessment will help them ensure that they are keeping pace with the company's strategy and expectations, adding real value, and preparing the company for short-term challenges and long-term opportunities.
The panelists will share findings from NACD's latest private company governance survey, including:
The top business trends that, according to corporate directors, will most significantly impact their companies' performance
The governance areas that demand most significant improvement
Approaches corporate boards are using to strengthen oversight of cyber-risk
Strategies corporate boards are pursuing to better understand and shape corporate culture
Please join us for a dialogue moderated by Friso van der Oord, Director of Research at NACD. He is responsible for all NACD content development and is an experienced governance advisor and business line manager. Van der Oord has worked over the last 15 years with Fortune 500 and global executives on major risk, compliance and integrity challenges, including serving in leadership roles at CEB and LRN. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Program. He will be joined by two NACD Northern California Chapter directors.
Friso van der Oord is director of Research, responsible for all NACD content development. He is an experienced governance advisor and business line manager, who has worked over the last 15 years with Fortune 500 and global executives on major risk, compliance, and integrity challenges, including serving in leadership roles at CEB and LRN. He holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Program.
Tony Perazzo is the California Market leader and managing partner for Grant Thornton’s Greater Bay Area offices. He leads a team of audit, tax, and advisory experts providing high-quality results and valuable business insight to senior management, boards of directors, and other key decision-makers across geography and industries. During a career that has spanned nearly 25 years, Mr. Perazzo has worked extensively with privately held companies ranging from family-owned to private equity and venture capital–backed entities. This experience has equipped him with a deep understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges faced by private company owners and executives. He also serves large public companies (primarily in the Russel 2000 space). His diversity of clients allows him to identify business risks and best practices, bringing significant value to his clients. Mr. Perazzo has focused primarily on the technology and consumer and industrial products industries, though he also has deep experience in leasing.