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Is your board prepared to deal with shareholder activism? How do you prepare for and prevent, an activist attack and engage with the activist for the best outcome? How is activism evolving (e.g., employee shareholder activism, non-government organizations, and sustainability activism)?
Our experienced panel shared their experiences and thoughts on:
How to evaluate your board through the lens of an activist
Anthony T. Brausen joined Mosaic in February 2006 as Vice President – Finance & Chief Accounting Officer. He was promoted to Senior Vice President – Finance in October 2011 and to CFO in 2018. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Company’s leadership and will be retiring from Mosaic in August. While at Mosaic, Brausen led Mosaic’s Global Finance and IT Organizations.
Prior to joining Mosaic, Brausen served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tennant Company from 2000 to 2006. He also spent eleven years in several financial leadership roles with International Multifoods Corporation, including Vice President – Treasurer, Assistant Controller and Director of Investor Relations. Prior to joining International Multifoods, he spent eight years with KPMG.
Brausen is also a Corporate Fellow at the University of St. Thomas,where he teaches corporate finance at the MBA level. He also serves on the Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors. Brausen is a past president and Chair of the Board of UST Alumni Association
Anthony Goodman is a senior member of the Russell Reynold's Board & CEO Advisory Partners. Based in Boston, he has significant experience working with board directors and their stakeholders across sectors in the United States and Europe. Anthony advises boards of major public, private and family-owned businesses on a wide variety of confidential matters.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Anthony spent more than 12 years at Tapestry Networks, an organization convening board directors, investors and regulators for peer learning and mutual understanding. As a Partner, Anthony created and led many board director networks, including those for Fortune 500 lead directors and audit committee chairs. He was also founder and co-chair of the Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX), which developed the first protocol for board-shareholder engagement in the US. Before that, Anthony was the CEO of Smythe Dorward Lambert, Inc., a consultancy specializing in leadership development, change management and employee communication. He began his career in public relations in the UK.
Education & Affiliations
Anthony received his MA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, where he was also elected president of the Oxford Union.
He is Co-Chair of The Conference Board ESG Center’s Human Capital Oversight & Disclosure Working Group. Anthony is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the US and the International Corporate Governance Network. He is Governance Committee chair for Boston Scores, providing after-school programs in public schools.
Paul Stohr leads the Minneapolis office and works with leading organizations across the Industrial and Natural Resources Sector. He leads the Automotive/Mobility Practice for the firm globally and is a member of the Energy and Supply Chain Practices. Paul is also a member of the Board and CEO Advisory Partners group. He is a trusted client advisor, working primarily across the automotive, energy, industrial equipment and renewable energy sectors. Paul also specializes in helping leading companies navigate the various aspects of digital transformation, from commercial/omnichannel to R&D/technology to broad IoT transformation.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Paul spent 16 years in various roles with Cummins, Inc. Most recently, he served as Managing Director, Energy Solutions Business, where he led a global business focused on turnkey power solutions. In this role, Paul managed sales, marketing, channel development, product development and business strategy. Hel also led the development of power project joint ventures, project finance solutions, and he managed a portfolio of renewable and clean energy projects. Previously, at Cummins, Paul founded the Latin American business in Energy Solutions, while living in Brazil, and also worked in France as part of a joint venture with Wartsila NSD.
Paul received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and his MBA from Duke University.
Mr. Palmer is a co-founder of PL Capital, LLC. Prior to co-founding PL Capital in 1996, Mr. Palmer was employed by KPMG LLP, an international public accounting firm, from 1983 to 1996. While at KPMG, Mr. Palmer specialized as an auditor and a strategic advisor to companies in the commercial banking, consumer finance, thrift, mortgage banking and discount brokerage industries, serving publicly and privately held clients ranging in size from $25 million to $25 billion. He has extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and regulatory issues. He has advised numerous banking organizations regarding their strategic alternatives, including M&A, mergers of equals and opportunities to enhance or expand existing lines of business. In 1993, Mr. Palmer was promoted to the position of Director, KPMG Financial Services - Capital Strategies Group, a national corporate finance practice providing merger and acquisition advisory services to thrifts, banks, mortgage companies and other financial services companies. In this capacity, Mr. Palmer developed expertise in banking and financial industry mergers and acquisitions, thrift mutual to stock conversions, valuation, capital restructurings, strategic planning and asset purchases and divestitures. He has been involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions with transaction values of up to $600 million.
Mr. Palmer also instructed financial institutions classes for KPMG. He has been a guest speaker at numerous corporate governance and banking industry conferences, as well as quoted in many banking articles. Mr. Palmer has previously been designated as a “financial expert,” as that term is defined by the Sarbanes Oxley Act for members of audit committees of boards of directors of publicly-held companies.
Mr. Palmer was formerly a member of the board of directors of: BankFinancial Corporation, HF Financial Corp., Security Financial Bancorp, Inc., Franklin Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Franklin Bank, NA, CFS Bancorp, Inc. the parent holding company of Citizens Financial Bank, Clever Ideas, Inc., and Victory Garden Theater.
Mr. Palmer obtained his Bachelor of Accounting Degree from Walsh College. He formerly practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in Michigan and Illinois and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida CPA Society.