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GC & The Board: Navigating Shareholder Activism & Getting Governance Right

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 50 minutes
Recorded Date: June 21, 2017
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  • What is Corporate Governance?
  • Building effective
  • Board Governance
  • The different roles related to the Board
  • Some Concluding Thoughts!
Runtime: 50 minutes
Recorded: June 21, 2017


In this session, the panel will discuss how to manage shareholder activism and how to get governance right.

This program was recorded on June 21st, 2017.

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Dan Churay

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
MRC Global

As executive vice president – corporate affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, Mr. Churay helped lead McJunkin Red Man Corporation, a Goldman Sachs rollup of private distributors, to become MRC Global Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, which is the largest global distributor of pipe, valves and fittings to the energy industry. Mr. Churay manages the company’s human resources, legal, risk compliance, corporate services and external and government affairs functions. He also acts as corporate secretary to the company’s board of directors. From 2007-11, as a board member, chairman of the compensation committee of the board and, ultimately, as president and CEO of Rex Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, Mr.?Churay provided leadership to Rex Energy’s efforts in the burgeoning Marcellus shale, natural gas play and to the company’s transformation from public to private ownership.

As executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of YRC Worldwide Inc., a Fortune 500 transportation and logistics company, Mr. Churay led YRC Worldwide through a number of acquisitions that tripled the company’s annual revenue from $3 billion to over $ 9 billion from 2002-05. He also led the company’s significant restructuring efforts as a result of the 2008 financial crisis in 2008-10. As deputy general counsel and assistant secretary of Baker Hughes Incorporated, a Fortune 500 oilfield service company, Mr.?Churay led the legal efforts in many acquisitions and divestures, including the formation of the industry leading seismic business, WesternGeco, which is now owned by Schlumberger Ltd.

Mr. Churay began his legal career in the Corporate and International Sections of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Houston, Texas, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the General Counsel Forum, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National Association of Wholesalers and Distributors and the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Churay received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas and a juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was a member of the Law Review.

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Ricardo Anzaldua

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Ricardo A. Anzaldua is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MetLife, Inc. He was appointed to this position in December 2012. Anzaldua leads the company’s global legal operations, and oversees MetLife's corporate secretary's office and corporate ethics and compliance group. Ricardo joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Ricardo was a Partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990. .

Before law school, Ricardo was the Publications Director and Senior Editor of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a University of California think tank. Since 2015, Ricardo has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and LatinoJustice. Since 2007, Ricardo has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and currently serves as its President. He is also a Trustee and Pro-Bono General Counsel of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world.

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Curt Kramer

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Navistar International Corporation

Curt A. Kramer is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International? brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at Prior to serving and SVP, GC and Secretary, Mr. Kramer served as the Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Navistar.

Prior to joining Navistar, Mr. Kramer spent seven years in private practice, primarily in Boston, Massachusetts and Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut.

Mr. Kramer received his B.B.A from the University of Miami, his J.D. from Quinnipiac University and his L.L.M. in Securities and Taxation from Georgetown University.

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