Corporate Governance Awards 2013

New York, UNITED STATES / Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sponsors

American Stock Transfer and Trust Company (AST)


American Stock Transfer & Trust Company provides comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to over 2,800 public companies and maintains approximately 6,000 issues. AST’s clients are located throughout the United States and in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies. Founded in 1971 and headquartered in New York, AST provides clients with customized solutions along with access to the best systems, services, processes and products available today — around the globe.

For more information about AST, visit www.amstock.com or contact us at 888-267-8625.

Broadridge


For corporations that are looking to simplify shareholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance requirements, and gain further insights about their shareholders, Broadridge Financial Solutions offers a uniquely flexible and customizable shareholder program. Broadridge's proven and trusted technology and service structure provides corporations with the only single-source solution for access to all shareholders, across a range of offerings, including a comprehensive transfer agent solution, data services, proxy processing, and annual meeting services. Broadridge provides issuers with the technology, data, and expertise to capture inherent efficiencies and opportunities from their entire shareholder base. For more information, see www.broadridge.com/corporateissuer.

CAQ


The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C. The CAQ is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by: fostering high quality performance by public company auditors; convening and collaborating with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention; and advocating policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. The CAQ has nearly 600 members and is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. To learn more about the CAQ’s policy and research agenda, visit www.thecaq.org or follow us on Twitter @thecaq.

Computershare


Computershare is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust services, tax voucher solutions, bankruptcy administration and a range of other diversified financial and governance services. Many of the world’s leading organizations use these core competencies to help maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors, members and customers.

Georgeson is the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. We offer unsurpassed advice and representation for annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and other extraordinary transactions. Our core proxy expertise is enhanced with and complemented by our strategic consulting and asset reunification services, as well as by the Georgeson inVUTMplatform, a software tool that provides insight into investor ownership and voting profiles.

For more information, visit www.computershare.com or www.georgeson.com.

Diligent Board Member Services


Over 3,500 boards and 77,000 individual directors, executives and administrators worldwide rely on Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. to speed and simplify how board materials are produced, delivered and reviewed.
Providing the world's most widely used secure board portal, Diligent has pioneered ease of use, stringent security, and superior training and support since 2001. The Diligent Boardbooks secure iPad app takes board communications to the next level. For administrators, board meetings are easier to manage. No printing, no laptops, not even a WiFi connection are needed. Because the app runs with full features offline – in airplane mode, en route to the board meeting, and in the boardroom – directors and executives come prepared with everything they need already loaded on their iPads. With a 97% client retention rate, Diligent knows what drives successful board portal adoption. Couple this with service that consistently delights our clients, and security that exceeds industry standards, and you’ll begin to see why so many companies worldwide choose Diligent.

EMC Corp


EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.  Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.emc.com.

Ernst & Young

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General Electric


GE is a diversified technology, media and financial services company. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and media content, GE serves customers in media content and advanced materials. GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com

Innisfree M&A Incorporated


Innisfree provides sound advice and results-oriented implementation in domestic and cross border proxy solicitations, tender/exchange offers, mergers and other corporate actions, as well as consulting services on strategic management issues, including corporate governance and investor relations.

MacKenzie Partners


MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions related transactions. The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and London.

MacKenzie's services include corporate governance consulting, securityholder solicitations, information agent services for tender and exchange offers, beneficial ownership identification, market surveillance and associated financial, investor and media relations services. We work in close partnership with our client's attorneys, investment bankers and other consultants, providing advice and counsel at each stage of the transaction.
www.mackenziepartners.com

Marsh & McLennan


Marsh & McLennan Companies is a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy, and human capital.
Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter is a global leader in risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investment consulting; and Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. Our 54,000 colleagues provide analysis, advice, and transactional capabilities to clients in more than 100 countries.

To learn more, visit www.mmc.com.

Merrill Corporation


Founded in 1968 and headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Merrill Corporation is a leading provider of solutions for complex business communication and information management. We serve the legal, financial services, health sciences, insurance and real estate industries with document and data management, litigation support, language translation services, branded communication programs, fulfillment, imaging and printing. Our unmatched proprietary technologies and more than 5,000 people in locations around the world empower the communications of the world’s leading companies.

Monsanto


Monsanto is the world’s leading company focused on sustainable agriculture. We discover and deliver innovative products that support the farmers who feed, fuel and clothe our growing world. Farmers around the world use our products to address the challenges they face and to reduce agriculture’s impact on our environment.

Monsanto’s commitment to sustainable agriculture means increasing global food production in the face of growing demand, limited natural resources, and a changing climate. We work in partnership with other businesses, citizen groups, and governments to do our part to meet these challenges. To learn more about our commitment, visit www.monsanto.com.

NACD


The National Association of Corporate Directors is the recognized authority focused on advancing exemplary board leadership and establishing leading boardroom practices. Informed by more than 35 years of experience, NACD delivers insights and resources that more than 15,000 corporate director members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions and confidently confront complex business challenges. NACD provides world-class director education programs, national peer exchange forums, and proprietary research to promote director professionalism, ultimately enhancing the economic sustainability of the enterprise and bolstering stakeholder confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership.  To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.  To join, please contact Kelly Dodd @kkdodd@nacdonline.org or 202-380-1891.

Okapi Partners


Okapi Partners LLC is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to our clients. We represent listed companies, mutual funds and investors, providing our clients with superior service, established industry relationships and outstanding execution capabilities.  For more information, please visit us at www.okapipartners.com

RR Donnelley


RR Donnelley is the preferred global provider of financial disclosure solutions and analytics, helping our clients efficiently meet regulatory obligations and make more informed business decisions. We collaborate with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to facilitate regulatory compliance and help bring the world's largest financial transactions to market. RR Donnelley's global platform, industry leading service organization and enduring financial stability offer a reliable, single-source solution for all of your financial communications needs. Our portfolio products include: RRD ActiveDisclosureSMstreamlines content creation, review and distribution improving efficiency, governance and the overall quality of all financial reports; RRD ProxySolutions delivers the knowledge and expertise to help companies optimize their shareholder communications; Venue (R) Virtual Data Rooms, business process outsourcing services, translations solutions and innovative technologies simplify content creation and distribution. To learn more, visit www.financial.rrd.com and activedisclosure.com.

Wells Fargo


A trusted provider for more than 80 years, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services knows how to expertly serve your company and its shareowners. Our clients have rated Wells Fargo as the industry’s best for 15 of the past 16 years. Combine that with our innovative technology, robust controls, and the industry’s most recognizable name, and you have the solution your shareowners need. Whether you’re switching transfer agents, executing a complex corporate action, or taking your company public, start a conversation with Wells Fargo Shareowner Services today.