How have you considered enhancing your board’s skill set outside of gender? Are you taking digital risk into account while diversifying your board? How are you identifying the best talent to compliment your board’s current skill-set? What questions are you asking young directors and digital natives as they are onboarding to ensure their contributions are meaningful? How can the board utilize a young digital director in untraditional ways?
Our program on board composition was designed for experienced directors, aspiring directors, and young directors currently on boards.
Key takeaways included:
Board culture needed to get the best input from young directors
Best mentoring feedback to provide to young directors
How to create a pipeline for young directors
Nontraditional strategies to utilize young digital native talent
Leah Malone is a director in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.
Leah worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for eight years before joining PwC and has extensive experience in governance matters, in particular relating to executive compensation.
Leah has authored a number of publications for the Governance Insights Center, including the Annual Corporate Directors Survey, our Census of Directors Age 50 and Under, and the Executive Compensation Series.
Leah earned her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Martyn Chapman serves as head of Strategy for Nasdaq Governance Solutions, supporting the development of Nasdaq's best practice guidance materials on a variety of corporate governance matters, and directing the strategy for Nasdaq's governance technology solutions, including Nasdaq Boardvantage. He has over 15 years of governance industry experience serving boards of FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies with a focus on innovating corporate governance practices through technology.
Steven Aldrich is an entrepreneur and business leader who has helped grow multiple companies by creating teams, growing people, improving the customer experience, building partnerships, and championing acquisitions.
He spent seven years at GoDaddy, helping grow the company from 10 million to 18 million total customers; from 2 million to 8 million international customers; from $1billion to over $3 billion in revenue; from a private to a public company; and from domain-centric to a full line of products and services for entrepreneurs. He started GoDaddy’s California offices when he sold his start-up Outright to the company in 2012, eventually becoming chief product officer in 2016.
Earlier in his career, Aldrich spent over a decade helping Intuit grow its consumer and small business divisions, after joining in 1996 when he sold them InsureMarket, an online insurance marketplace he cofounded. Since leaving GoDaddy in February 2019, he has focused on board service and spending time with his wife Allison and their son, Jackson, at many sports and arts events. He is on the board of Blucora (BCOR); chair of the Oakland Roots, a pro soccer team; and chair of the Bay Area Glass Institute, a nonprofit glass studio.
Aldrich earned an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.A. in Physics from the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a member and co-captain of the fencing team.
Julie Johnson has been a global technology business leader for 29 years, creating growth and value in product lines and new market segments for the consumer electronics, enterprise, and fintech/payment markets. She has 20 months of experience serving on the boards of two Nasdaq traded companies (Nasdaq: LITE and SCON), where she serves on the compensation committee. Johnson was the senior vice president of Product Management and Marketing at Verifone, a global provider of technology that enables electronic payment transactions. Prior to Verifone, she was corporate vice president of Product Management at Lenovo, corporate vice president of Product Management at Google, and vice president of Product Management at Motorola. Johnson earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics from Albion College.
Sarah Van Dyck leads Egon Zehnder’s US Consumer Practice and is a core member of the Chief Marketing and Digital Practices. Based in San Francisco, she advises both industry leaders and emerging disruptors on executive search, leadership development, and board advisory services. Her 25 years of experience as a marketing executive with consumer and technology companies have shown her that organizational capacity is built when courageous and compassionate leaders invest in the potential of their teams. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Van Dyck was VP of Global Brand Marketing at Rosetta Stone. Previously, she was a marketing executive at LivingSocial, as well as managing director of MODO Group, where she oversaw global brand strategy initiatives for clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, Grupo Modelo, and Sony Ericsson. She began her marketing career at Procter & Gamble. Van Dyck received an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in History from Brown University. Outside of work, she enjoys watching her two teenage children develop their own passions and interests. She’s grateful they share their parents’ sense of adventure and curiosity so the family can explore the four corners of the earth together.