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The Expanding Board Mandate for Human Capital Management Issues

The Character of the Corporation Year-End Briefing
Wednesday, December 8 at 2 PM ET

Join Semler Brossy's Managing Director, Blair Jones, Vanguard's former Chairman and CEO F. William McNabb III, and Directors & Boards Publishing Director, David Shaw as they focus in on best practices for human capital management.

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The pandemic has expanded the board’s focus on human capital management (HCM). The “great resignation” has only intensified this trend. Beyond executive succession and compensation, boards are sharpening their focus on talent strategy; diversity, equity, and inclusion; culture; employee wellbeing; and more. How are HCM issues being built into board and committee charters? Which topics are covered? What are best practices for how boards and compensation committees are engaging on HCM? How are boards allocating responsibilities and decision rights across committees, the board, and management? When is it right to include HCM metrics in incentives?

Blair Jones

Managing Director, Semler Brossy

Blair has 30 years of experience in executive compensation consulting, primarily advising public company boards but also private and pre-IPO companies. Blair has extensive experience across healthcare, retail, consumer products, automotive, and aerospace industries. She has expertise in advising boards on company transitions, significant investor concerns, and an expanding human capital management mandate.

Blair regularly speaks at leading board of directors and executive forums and is a prominent author in the executive compensation space. Her articles have been featured in many publications including NACD DirectorshipDirectors & BoardsHarvard Business ReviewWorkspanCorporate Board Member, and Bloomberg. Blair was a many-year member of the Executive Rewards Advisory Council for WorldatWork and co-founded WorldatWork’s Women in Executive Compensation and Regional Executive Compensation Roundtables. Blair participates in broader governance dialogue at the steering committee of the U.S. 30% Club and Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Roundtables.

Blair began her career at Bain & Company. Prior to joining Semler Brossy, Blair was Practice Leader in Leadership Performance and Rewards at Sibson Consulting. Blair holds a B.A. from Williams College in chemistry, with highest honors

F. William McNabb III

Former Chairman & CEO, Vanguard

F. William McNabb III is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Vanguard. He joined Vanguard in 1986. In 2008, he became chief executive officer; in 2010, he became chairman of the board of directors and the board of trustees. He stepped down as chief executive officer at the end of 2017 and as chairman at the end of 2018. Earlier in his career, he led each of Vanguard’s client-facing business divisions.

Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry and served as the chairman of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors from 2013 to 2016. A board member of UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Axiom, Tilney Smith & Williamson, and Altruist, he is also chairperson of Ernst & Young’s Independent Audit Committee and vice chair of the board of Nexii.

He is a board member and vice chair of CECP: The CEO Force for Good and co-chair of its Strategic Investor Initiative, a board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership, and the chairman of the board of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia.

In addition, Mr. McNabb is the executive in residence at the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute at the LeBow College of Business and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. He is a senior fellow of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. He also serves on the Dartmouth Athletic Advisory Board.

Mr. McNabb earned an A.B. at Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

David Shaw

Publishing Director, Directors & Boards

David Shaw is the publishing director of Directors & Boards and its sister publication, Family Business. With more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business and consumer media markets, he has served as an editor, publisher, publishing director, group publisher and group vice president of a variety of publications, trade shows, conferences and websites.

Prior to founding GRID Media, David served as senior vice president for Phillips Business Information Inc., where he oversaw nearly 100 discrete media properties, and helped build the business from $35 million to more than $100 million in annual revenues. He is a frequent author and speaker on issues related to business-to-business media, multi-generational family businesses and private and public company governance. He is married, with two grown children, one serving in the Navy and the other in law school.


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