The 16th Annual NACD Directorship 100™ List Recognizes the Most Influential Corporate Directors and Governance Experts
Submitted by Franklin Templeton
July 8, 2022 /CSRwire/ - The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) announced the 2022 NACD Directorship 100™ — the most influential peer-nominated leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Included among this year’s esteemed honorees is Anne Simpson, Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of Sustainability. This is Ms. Simpson’s 12th consecutive year on the NACD’s list.
Franklin Templeton President and CEO Jenny Johnson notes, “We are very fortunate to have someone of Anne’s caliber leading our global stewardship and sustainability efforts. We recognize that an organization of our scale can have a major impact on sustainability issues, and Anne has been a very important and prominent voice in advancing efforts in this critically important area.”
Ms. Simpson provides Franklin Templeton with overall strategic direction on stewardship, sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategy globally. Previously, she served as Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); she led the development and execution of CalPERS’ award-winning Sustainable Investment Strategy across a global portfolio of $500 billion.
Prior to joining CalPERS, Ms. Simpson was a Senior Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, Head of the Global Corporate Governance Forum at the World Bank, Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network and Joint Managing Director of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) Ltd.
Ms. Simpson also brings experience in the international regulatory and policy arena. She served on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Investor Advisory Group and the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council. She is an advisory council member for the Official Monetary Financial Institutions Forum, a board member at Ceres and serves on the Leadership Council for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Ms. Simpson was recently appointed a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University by the Chancellor and teaches at University of California, Berkeley Haas Business School as a Lecturer in Sustainable and Impact Finance.
Now in its 16th year, the NACD Directorship 100 awards recognize peer-nominated leading directors and governance professionals. Honorees are evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment and high-performance standards. A selection committee reviewed the nominees’ histories of advancing board performance and leading corporate governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles are a framework that encourages excellence in areas that include risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation, and transparency.
“The NACD Directorship 100 continues to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary board leadership and innovation in corporate governance,” said Peter R. Gleason, NACD President and CEO. “We honor these individuals’ forward-thinking minds and their ability to lead their board and organizations to current and future success.”
The complete list of the 2022 NACD Directorship 100 is available at https://directorship100.nacdonline.org/honorees/2022.
Honorees were recognized during the NACD Directorship 100 Gala, a black-tie event being held on June 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. To learn more about the NACD Directorship 100 Gala, please visit the Directorship 100 Gala and sponsorship site.
For more than 40 years, NACD has been on the leading edge of corporate governance, setting standards of excellence that have elevated board performance. NACD arms today’s directors with insights and education that drive their mission forward, while preparing a new generation of boardroom leaders to meet tomorrow’s biggest challenges. NACD is a community of more than 23,000 directors driven by a common purpose: to be trusted catalysts of economic opportunity and positive change—in businesses and in the communities they serve. To learn more about NACD, visit nacdonline.org.
About Franklin Templeton
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in fixed income, equity, alternatives, and multi-asset solutions. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.45 trillion in assets under management as of May 31, 2022. For more information, please visit www.franklintempleton.com.
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