TAMPA – The Florida Directors’ Institute (FDI) announces the date for its Ninth Annual Conference on Friday, October 11, 2013 at The University of Tampa, Vaughn Center. This highly acclaimed, intensive, one-day program is designed exclusively for directors of public and large private companies. A limited number of registrations are also available to senior executives serving as directors.
Note these highlights:
· Our keynote lunch panel features CEOs Mark Mondello of Jabil Circuit, Jay Freeland of FARO Technologies, Inc., and Gary Enzor of Quality Distribution, Inc. We have preliminary word that The Honorable Spencer Abraham, CEO of The Abraham Group and a former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Energy, will also join us for this panel. Secretary Abraham serves as an Occidental Petroleum director.
· We are privileged to be joined by The Honorable Leo Strine, Chancellor of the Delaware Chancery Court, to discuss new Delaware governance developments and best governance practices. Directors will be able to hear the first-hand perspective of Chancellor Strine, who plays a vital role in establishing Delaware law governing directors.
· John F. Olson of Gibson Dunn leads a panel on best governance practices. In addition to Chancellor Strine, this panel features Peggy Foran of Prudential Financial and Bill Roskin, a director of Martha Stewart Omnimedia and executive compensation expert. Peggy also serves on the Occidental Petroleum board. We also welcome Glenn Booraem, governance chair of institutional investor Vanguard Group, to discuss its governance program.
· We will do a case study of two recent Tampa Bay-based public companies that have been particularly successful, featuring Mindy Grossman (CEO) and Judy Schmeling (COO and CFO) of HSN, Inc. and David Deno (CFO) and Joe Kadow (EVP and Chief Legal Officer) of Bloomin’ Brands. These executives will discuss HSN’s highly successful spin-off transaction and Bloomin’s IPO and secondary offerings, as well as key ingredients in their success since becoming public.
· Our afternoon panel will offer advice on managing a crisis in another case study. David D. Johnson, CFO of Chicago-based Molex, Inc., will discuss his company’s experience in addressing an internal fraud and business interruption from the recent Japanese tsunami that affected its operations in Japan. Mr. Johnson will be joined by four crisis management experts with deep experience in advising Board special committees on all aspects of this process, including three with experience in the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The Florida Directors’ Institute is hosted by Hill Ward Henderson and EY. Additional sponsors include TECO Energy, Raymond James, Florida Trend, Nasdaq Omx, Aon, Korn/Ferry International, RR Donnelley, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, The Florida Venture Forum and NIRI Central Florida Chapter.
This year’s program is expected to be approved for six National Association of Corporate Directors continuing credits and eight CPA continuing professional education credits and is expected to be approved for continuing legal education credit by The Florida Bar.
For additional information, including the full program and panel, please go to www.ut.edu/centers/fdi or all Dave Felman at 813-227-8483.