Join us for our exciting program on Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 pm at Queens University Sports Complex. Our moderator and panel of distinguished directors and committee chairs will offer insight on how they will identify and set priorities for their boards and committees, the subjects and issues they will tackle next year, the leadership skills required for success, and the strategies they will employ to ensure long-term shareholder value.
Winston is an experienced C-suite executive, SEC financial expert, and corporate board member. Formerly, she served as CFO at three large industry-leading corporations, across multiple industries. She currently serves on the board of four Fortune 500 firms: Dover Corporation, Domtar Corporation, Supervalu Inc., and Acuity Brands Inc. She has been a past audit committee chair and is now serving as a member on various committees including audit, finance, compensation and governance. Winston is also the board chair and president of the NACD Carolinas Chapter. With her extensive board experience, she will lead our panelists through a discussion of what they, as lead director and committee chairs, view as the pressing issues for boards and committees in 2019 and beyond.
Browning is currently the founder and managing director of his own board advisory consulting service, with a wide range of experience in business and governance. After his retirement from full-time work, the latter half of which he spent in the C-suite as CEO, president, and COO, and his service as Dean at the McColl School of Business at Queens University, Browning transitioned easily into various board roles. Since 1989, he has served on the board of directors of 14 publicly traded companies, including 10 years at Wachovia Corp., 16 years at Lowes Companies, 16 years at Nucor Corporation where he served as non-executive chairman and lead director, and 14 years at EnPro Industries. In that time, he has been chairman, non-executive chair, lead director, and chair of audit, compensation, and governance/nominating committees. Browning is currently the lead director of Acuity Brands and a member of the Board of Directors of ScanSource Inc. and GMS Inc. In January 2013, he joined the board of the private company Equilar, the leading provider of compensation and governance data, as lead independent director.
Frias is chief financial officer, treasurer and executive vice president of Nucor Corp. He joined Nucor in 1991 as controller for Nucor Building Systems Indiana. He went on to serve as controller for Nucor Steel Indiana in 1994. Frias was promoted to corporate controller in 2001, and to vice president in 2006. In January 2010, he began his current roles at the company. Frias is responsible for all matters of corporate finance, including corporate tax and accounting, treasury, investor relations and fiscal planning. Aided by his strong background in both Nucor’s operational divisions and corporate headquarters, he provides proven leadership to Nucor’s financial stewardship. In addition to his role at Nucor, Frias has served on the Board of Directors of Carlisle Companies Inc. since February 2015, acting as the chairman of the Audit Committee since May 2016. Prior to joining Nucor, Frias served in a variety of financial management positions for several manufacturing companies.
As partner in charge and executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI), Rodriguez champions leading governance practices and continuous improvement for audit committees and their boards. He oversees the ACI’s development of thought leadership and events to help audit committees address the challenges and opportunities facing their companies and foster peer learning. He is a frequent speaker on board governance, audit committee, and financial reporting issues. Rodriguez serves as the lead audit partner for a major consumer products company, an SEC reviewing partner for KPMG matters related to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the ombudsman for KPMG LLP. He is an advisory board member of the Wake Forest University School of Business and a member of the board of overseers at the University of Miami School of Business. He previously served as chief operating officer for KPMG International’s global audit practice and as a member and lead director of KPMG’s US and Americas Board of Directors.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Stevens has been an entrepreneur, CEO, public company board director, financier, and higher education leader. In each of those roles, he has been dedicated to the highest and best standards for director performance. In 2008, he founded the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity, which serves as a forum for sharing and teaching best practices of corporate governance and for discussing and debating issues relating to creating cultures of high integrity in business. Because of his founding of the Dean Institute, he was named by Ethisphere Institute in December 2009 as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business Ethics. Presently, Stevens serves as a director of KCAP Financial, where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation and Valuation Committees. He is a graduate of the UCLA Director’s College and is an NACD Board Fellow. He is Dean Emeritus of the Lipscomb University College of Business.