NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

What a Board Needs to Know During Rapid Business Growth

September 14, 2017
Darien, CT



Your company is growing fast, really fast. That bring opportunities yet corresponding change. Learn how you as a director need to work with management to address this quickly evolving landscape: the need for more capital, an ever growing workforce, overwhelmed management, more and increasingly aggressive competitors, a shifting technological platform.




Location and Time


The Country Club of Darien
300 Mansfield Avenue
Darien, CT 06820

7:30-8:00am  Registration and Breakfast

8:00-9:00am  Program

9:00-9:30am  Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Michael A. Eck

Michael A. Eck, Board Member, Blue Buffalo. Michael has been a trusted advisor to public and private boards, senior management teams, entrepreneur owners and financial sponsors. Michael built and led the Global Consumer and Retail Investment Banking practice at Morgan Stanley from 2008 until the end of 2014. He led the transformation of the group to one of the leading industry franchises among the global peer set. Prior to this role, he was Global Head of the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking segment at Citigroup, where he spent 15 years. In this role he managed a team of professionals across North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Alongside his banking career, Michael also experienced entrepreneurship directly as he founded and helped grow a health and wellness business, which was later sold. Currently Michael is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Steer for Student Athletes, Inc., a highly innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with school systems and provide services for at risk youths using positive sports experiences as the vehicle to improve outcomes. He was also recently elected as an Independent Director to the board of USA Ultimate, the National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States. Michael received his Masters in Management from Northwestern University and a BS in Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Norman Sorensen

An experienced financial services executive and board director with a proven track record of generating revenue, earnings and shareholder value. Norman Sorensen is the former Chairman, President & CEO of Principal International, the global business holding company of Principal Financial Group (NYSE: PFG), where from 1998 through 2012 he was responsible for managing over $120 Billion in pension, retirement, annuities, mutual funds and asset management businesses with 10 million customers in 12 countries. Current and former Boards Insperity, Inc (NYSE: NSP), Houston - member of the Audit Committee and Independent Advisory Committee - 2015-Present. Encore Capital Group (Nasdaq: ECPG), San Diego - chairman of the Nominating & Governance Committee, member of the Compensation Committee and Consumer Experience and Compliance Committee - 2011- Present. Cabot Credit Management (a subsidiary of Encore in the UK), London - member of the Consumer Compliance and Regulatory Committee - 2013-Present. Codere S.A., (CDRE: IBEX) Madrid, Spain - Lead Director of the Board, chairman of the Nominating Committee and member of the Audit Committee - 2016-Present. National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), New York - 2014-Present. International Insurance Society (IIS, New York) - 1999-Present (chairman, 2011-2013). DE Master Blenders 1753 BV (Euronext: DE), Netherlands - Chairman, 2011-2013. Sara Lee Corporation (NYSE: SLE) - Nominating & Governance Committee, Compensation Committee - 2007-2011. Principal International, Inc. (International holding company of Principal Financial Group), Des Moines - Chairman, 2005-2012.



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