NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Activist Investors - Friends or Foes?

September 29, 2016
Charlotte, NC



Governance in the age of year-round activism requires directors to continuously seek tools and information about the views of their shareholders, as well as insights on activist campaigns and methods of influence.  Our panel will provide a brief look at the 2016 proxy season and activism before engaging in a more detailed conversation of key tactics and public responses by management and activists.  Panelists will share experience from institutional investor, communications and legal perspectives on critical governance issues.  In light of the outcomes of particular campaigns, is there a clear answer—are activist investors friends or foes?


  092916 Meeting Recap

Location and Time


Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

5:30pm - 6:00pm Networking

6:00pm - 7:30pm Program

Speaker Spotlight


Ann Yerger

Ann Yerger (Executive Director at EY's Center for Board Matters) advises boards and other members of the governance community on emerging trends and developments in corporate governance. Before joining EY in 2015, Ann spent 10 years as executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of investors with over $3 trillion in assets under management.

Lex Suvanto

Lex Suvanto (Global Managing Director, Financial Communications & Capital Markets at Edelman) advises the senior management and boards of public companies on strategic communications including financial and corporate public relations, shareholder activism, transaction communications, litigation and crisis communications, and leadership transitions. Lex also leads Edelman's global Financial Communications and Special Situations practice. Lex has advised companies across industries and countries on more than 100 transactions and shareholder activism assignments.

Chris Gyves

Chris Gyves (Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP) advises boards and senior management of public companies on every-day and leading-edge issues in corporate governance, as well as their full spectrum of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Chris also leads Womble Carlyle’s Public Company Advisors Team, a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys who serve the firm’s public-company clients. Chris successfully advised a public company client through a complete corporate governance turnaround leading to the company being recognized by Corporate Secretary Magazine for outstanding corporate governance.

Kyle Cerminara

Kyle is CEO, Co-Founder & Partner of Fundamental Global Investors, a well known investor and activist. He is also Co-Chief Investment Officer of Capital Wealth Advisors, and has recently been named as Chairman and CEO of Ballantyne Strong (NYSE: BTN). Kyle also sits on many Boards, including Blueharbor bank, a publicly traded community bank in Mooresville, NC., and Relm Wireless Corporation (NYSE: RWC). Prior to co-founding Fundamental Global Investors and partnering with Capital Wealth Advisors, Kyle was a Portfolio Manager at Sigma Capital Management from 2011-2012.



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