NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Monitoring Board Performance and Composition

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June 9, 2015
Minneapolis, MN



With an increasingly globalized economy, advancements in communications, and heightened regulation, boards face a vastly different business landscape from the last decade. In this session, we will discuss how high performing boards are constantly evaluating their composition and performance in this dynamic, rapidly shifting business and risk landscape. We will also cover:

  • Methods of evaluation (board, committee and individual)
  • Trends in board assessment (US and globally)
  • Best practices to increase the impact of a board assessment
  • Tips of things to avoid when proposing and conducting a board assessment

Location and Time


Minneapolis Club
729 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: 7:15 AM

Breakfast/Program: 7:30 - 9:30 AM

Speaker Spotlight

Eric Kalen

Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler is the 16th president of the University of Minnesota, having returned to his alma mater on July 1, 2011. Since taking office, President Kaler has focused on core priorities: academic excellence, access for qualified students, stewardship of tuition and public dollars, a world-class research enterprise that aligns with the needs of the state of Minnesota and its industries, and a deep commitment to public engagement and outreach, locally and globally. In 2014, he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. He was elected in two categories: for his work as a chemical engineer and as a higher education administrator. President Kaler, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the U in 1982, oversees a five-campus University system with nearly 26,000 employees, more than 62,000 students, and an annual operating budget of about $3.5 billion. He is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, a board member of the Guthrie Theater, the Big Ten Conference’s representative to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, and the founder and co-chair of Generation Next, the partnership of Twin Cities business, civic, philanthropic, and education leaders and organizations working to help close Minnesota’s educational achievement gap.

Jack W. Eugster

Jack W. Eugster

Jack W. Eugster is a director and private investor. He currently serves on the boards Black Hills Corp., Graco, LifeTime Fitness, Baker and Taylor, Trans-Alarm, Consignment Ventures, and RCG Ventures, LLC. Carleton College Board of Trustees, Minnesota Orchestra Association, and Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation: Board of Reference. His previous board experiences include both public and private corporate boards, as well as several boards in the education, arts and non-profit sectors. In January 2001, Jack retired from Musicland, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2013, Jack received the Fundraiser of the Year award from The Minnesota Professional Fund Raiser, a Human Relations Award from the Music and Video Division of the Anti-Defamation League, Video Person of the year from Billboard Magazine, Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Lifetime Achievement Award. He received a BA from Carleton College and an MBA in Finance from Stanford University.

Rusty O'Kelley

Rusty O'Kelley

Rusty O'Kelley is a Managing Director and member of Russell Reynolds Associates' CEO and Board Services Practice. He leads the firm's Board Consulting and Evaluation Practice globally. His other areas of expertise include CEO succession planning and board search. Based in New York, he has significant experience in the financial services, healthcare and retail industries. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Rusty led the Leadership Consulting Practice for the Americas for a global executive search and consulting firm where he focused on board effectiveness and governance, CEO succession planning and top team effectiveness. Rusty has led board effectiveness and board consulting engagements for Fortune 500 boards across a variety of industries. He also designed and managed CEO succession planning for Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, and hedge funds. Before that, he was with Katzenbach Partners, a leading organizational and strategy consulting firm, where he developed and led the firm's CEO succession planning and transition practice. Rusty began his career as a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell focusing on bank mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance. Rusty has served as a Director for Seventy-Fifth Avenue Investments and Trak Chicago 1 Investments. He has also served on the boards of Hampton University, Bennett College, New Yorkers for Children and the Yale Law School Fund. Rusty earned his B.S. as valedictorian, summa cum laude, in Accounting from Hampton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.



2 NACD collaborative credits

Thank you to our Gold Level Chapter Sponsor, Russell Reynolds, for offering this program.

Russell Reynolds


Question about this Event?

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