Corporate Governance New York 2018

Jun. 07, 2018
8:15 am - 6:00 pm

About This Event

For the third year, Jim Cramer and The Deal hosted an exclusive gathering of corporate decision makers and their key advisors to discuss the best strategies to meet and master the latest and most critical challenges in managing their companies to maximize shareholder value.

The conference’s keynotes, one-on-one interviews and panel discussions provided actionable insights into how to identify and implement practices that rise to the occasion.

Speakers

James J. Cramer
Founder, TheStreet, Inc.; Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC

James J. Cramer is the host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”, Co-Anchor of “Squawk on The Street” at CNBC and founder of TheStreet, Inc.

Scott A. Barshay
Partner, Paul Weiss
Sean Connolly
President and Chief Executive Officer, Conagra Brands
Arthur Crozier
Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Makan Delrahim
Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Matt DiGuiseppe
Head of Asset Stewardship, North America, State Street Global Advisors
Michelle Edkins
Global Head, BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship Team
Jeff Gennette
Chairman and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
Stephen Holmes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Worldwide
Cynthia Jamison
Director, Office Depot, Inc.; Darden Restaurants, Inc., Big Lots!, Inc.; Chairman, Tractor Supply Company
Suzanne Nora Johnson
Lead Director, Intuit Inc.; Director, American International Group, Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc.
Declan Kelly
Chairman & CEO, Teneo Holdings
Steven Lipin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Place Partners
Paula Loop
Leader, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Jeffrey Marell
Partner, Paul Weiss
Bob Marese
Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Steve Mollenkopf
Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated
Nelson Peltz
Founding Partner & CEO, Trian Fund Management, L.P.
Gary Retelny
President & CEO, Institutional Shareholder Services
Ron Shaich
Founder and Chairman, Panera Bread
Paul Singer
Founder and President, Elliott Management Corporation
Sarah Teslik
Partner, Joele Frank
Scott Wapner
Host, "Fast Money Halftime Report”, CNBC
Steven Williams
Partner, Paul Weiss
Lauren Taylor Wolfe
Founding Partner, Impactive Capital

Agenda

8:15am – 8:45am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45am – 8:50am
Opening Remarks
8:50am – 9:20am
Opening Keynote Interview

James J. Cramer, Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” & Co-Anchor, ‘Squawk on The Street”, CNBC; Founder, TheStreet, Inc. interviews Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated.

9:20am – 10:05am
How is the Agenda Changing?

As assets shift from active managers to passive investors, how will the biggest index funds exert influence on boardroom battles and the overall corporate governance agenda? This panel will look at governance standards and the role of the proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis, in setting governance standards. Plus, what differentiates good vs. bad activists?

Moderator: Paula Loop, Leader, Governance Insights Center, PwC

Panelist: Michelle Edkins, Global Head, BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship Team

Panelist: Matt DiGuiseppe, Head of Asset Stewardship, North America, State Street Global Advisors

Panelist: Gary Retelny, President & CEO, Institutional Shareholder Services

Panelist: Sarah Teslik, Partner, Joele Frank

10:05am – 10:35am
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Nelson Peltz, Founding Partner & CEO, Trian Fund Management, L.P.

10:35am – 10:55am
Networking Break
10:55am – 11:25am
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Paul Singer, Founder and President, Elliott Management Corporation.

11:25am – 12:10pm
Shareholder Engagement: Examining Board and Stakeholder Interaction

Now more than ever, companies must have clarity and transparency with shareholders so they have a clear understanding of the corporate plan. How can companies create long-term value by effectively engaging with shareholders, influential investors and the market? Panelists will also examine key regulatory issues, such as retail investor participation in proxy battles, a potential proxy fight rule change and a shifting SEC view of ‘wolf pack’ investors.

Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Arthur Crozier, Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Panelist: Steven Lipin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Place Partners

Panelist: Jeffrey Marell, Partner, Paul Weiss

Panelist: Suzanne Nora Johnson, Lead Director, Intuit Inc.; Director, American International Group, Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc.

12:10pm – 12:35pm
Keynote Address and Interview

Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

12:35pm – 1:45pm
Networking Luncheon & Keynote Presentation

Keynote Speaker: Ron Shaich, Founder and Chairman, Panera Bread.

1:45pm – 2:30pm
How a Positive Corporate Culture Can Drive Long Term Value

Headlines across the country highlight how poor corporate culture can lead to reputational disaster and negatively affect long term value. However, companies that foster a positive culture tend to drive bottom line results, increase customer satisfaction and attract top talent. Despite all best efforts, there is always a risk that things could go wrong. Is your company prepared with a strong, proactive crisis management plan? This panel examines the secrets to success as well as how to manage a crisis if one arises.

Moderator: Jim Cramer

Panelist: Sean Connolly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Conagra Brands

Panelist: Stephen Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Worldwide

Panelist: Cynthia Jamison, Director, Office Depot, Inc.; Darden Restaurants, Inc., Big Lots!, Inc.; Chairman, Tractor Supply Company

Panelist: Paula Loop, Leader, Governance Insights Center, PwC

2:30pm – 3:05pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Scott A. Barshay, Partner, Paul Weiss.

3:05pm – 3:30pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Scott Wapner, Host, “Fast Money Halftime Report”, CNBC.

3:30pm – 4:15pm
How Do You Handle Insurgents?

This panel will examine whether companies should dig in and fight, or settle and allow an activist investor into their boardroom. Why does one shareholder matter so much, and why should you bother to stop them? How do you keep the discourse civil – and what happens if you don’t, and that insurgent wins? How can boards be their own activist? Our experts will provide real-life examples of discourse that has worked, and discourse that has not worked.

Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Declan Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Teneo Holdings

Panelist: Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

Panelist: Steven Williams, Partner, Paul Weiss

Panelist: Lauren Taylor Wolfe, Founding Partner, Impactive Capital

4:15pm – 4:45pm
Closing Keynote Interview with David Kastin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.

IFranchise Group, Inc., the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, has recently announced their plans to acquire The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year and provides an immediate premium to current shareholders and aligns the company with a partner that shares their strategic vision to grow the business as a leader in health and wellness. Mr. Kastin was an integral part of this deal and he will explore the nuts and bolts of this transaction, including the influence of Vintage Capital Management in the process.

Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal
Speaker: David Kastin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.

4:55pm – 5:00pm
Closing Remarks

Jim Cramer interviews Jeff Gennette, Chairman and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.

4:45pm – 4:50pm
Closing Remarks
4:50pm – 6:00pm
Cocktail Reception

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