A Balancing Act: How GCs and Boards Share Risk Management Duties

A Balancing Act: How GC's and Boards Share Risk Management

Presented by Major, Lindsey & Africa, Allegis Partners and Dentons

Risk management is a key concern for both a company's general counsel and its board of directors. But their roles and responsibilities are quite different:

  • How do the GC and the board optimally communicate about risks stemming from new regulations, proposed transactions, sudden crises or other events?
  • What role, if any, should the board play in formulating and communicating a company’s response?
  • How are boards and GCs addressing today's most prevalent risks, including cyber threats, compliance issues and reputational damage?

Our panelists, which includes three sitting public company directors, all former general counsel, will discuss the interplay between senior management and directors, as well as their own transitions from GC roles to board positions. They will share their unique perspectives and the lessons they have learned from being on both sides of the boardroom table.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016


3:30 p.m.
Registration and networking

4–5:15 p.m.
Session 1: GCs and Board Interaction

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Session 2: GCs and Board Preparedness

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception


Allen Tanenbaum, Partner, Dentons; Jenny has significant experience advising executives and boards of directors on matters of corporate governance. Previously she served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Human Resources of Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Kevin Carome, Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, Invesco Ltd., a global investment management firm. He is responsible for Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit, Security and Government Relations at Invesco.

Sara Hays, Managing Director and Co-Leader of the North American Board Practice, Allegis Partners and Managing Director with Major, Lindsey & Africa; board memberships include Apogee Enterprises, Inc. Sara is an independent director for ECI Group and a member of the board of Apogee Enterprises. She has served as general counsel and managing director of operations for Wrightwood Capital LLC, now a part of Ares Management; and as general counsel and senior vice president for Hyatt Hotels.

Paul S. Williams, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa and Co-Leader of the North American Board Practice, Allegis Partners; board memberships include Bob Evans Farms, Compass Minerals, Essendant. Paul leads his firm's Chicago/Midwest In-House Practice Group. He is currently a director of three public companies and was formerly chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Fortune 20 company Cardinal Health.


Melba Hughes, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Melba has served as the Executive Director, Board Member and Officer of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. As a member of the In-House Practice Group, she has successfully completed placements throughout the country and in a variety of industries and organizations.


R. William "Bill" Ide, Partner, Dentons; board memberships include MetaJure and Rimidi Diabetes. Bill formerly served as senior vice president and General Counsel of Monsanto Company.He was Counsel to the United States Olympic Committee and President of the American Bar Association.


Please contact Katharina Wohl at kwohl@mlaglobal.com or (415) 274-0736.

This event is by invitation only.