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Dennis Chookaszian

Dennis Chookaszian

Dennis Chookaszian was Chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies from 1992 until 1999.  He is currently a director of the CME Group, which owns the Chicago Board of Trade and three other exchanges, and serves on the board of Career Education Corporation, defense contractor Maxar Technologies, Inc., and Prism Technologies Group, Inc.  He has served on over 13 publicly traded boards, and 50 private and non-profit boards.  He is a frequent speaker and moderator at the National Association of Corporate Directors, and teaches corporate governance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China.

Carl D Liggio Sr

Carl D. Liggio, Sr

Carl D. Liggio, Sr. was General Counsel of Ernst & Young and its predecessor for over 20 years.  He was named several times by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the United States.  He continues to serve as a faculty member on financial information, accounting, and the law for federal judges through the Federal Judicial Center and for state court judges through the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.  From 2002 to 2007, he was Director of Ethics Point, a compliance hotline provider, and has been on the board of several other companies.  He was also Chairman of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and is a frequent lecturer and author. 

Aulana Peters

Aulana Peters

Aulana L. Peters is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1984-1988). In February 2003, the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni named her the 11th recipient of the William O. Douglas Award for significant contributions to the development of the Federal Securities Law and to the SEC and Financial Community.

Mrs. Peters has served on the Boards of Directors of several Fortune 500 companies and non-profit companies, including Northrup Grumman, John Deere & Co., 3M Corporation, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Mayo Clinic. She is a retired litigation partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and is a frequent lecturer and author on federal securities regulation and corporate governance.

From 2000 to 2002, Mrs. Peters served on the Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and from 2005 to 2012, she served on the International Public Interest Oversight Board for Auditing, Education and Professional Ethics Standards. In October 2010, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for distinguished service by a non-accountant to the accounting profession. Mrs. Peters currently serves on the United States Comptroller General’s Accountability Advisory Panel and on the Advisory Board to the Public Company Accountants Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Jan Stern Reed

Jan Stern Reed

Jan Stern Reed was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., a Fortune 20 company, until 2016. Before Walgreens, she was EVP for Human Resources and General Counsel for a $2.5 billion privately held manufacturer, and from 1997 to 2004 she was Chief Corporate Governance Officer and Associate General Counsel of Baxter International Inc. In 2013, she was elected as one of Corporate Counsel magazine’s “Top 100 In-House Counsel.”

Ms. Reed serves on the boards of two publicly traded companies, AngioDynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGO), a $300 million (revenue) medical device company, and Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL), a $2 billion (revenue) global specialty chemicals manufacturer, where she chairs the Compliance Committee. Directors & Boards magazine named her a “Director to Watch” in July 2018.

Ms. Reed received a J.D. degree at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she also is an Adjunct Professor, and earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Robert Mednick

Robert Mednick

Robert Mednick was worldwide Managing Partner of Professional and Regulatory Affairs at Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) for close to a decade before retiring in mid-1998. He was also Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1996-1997, having previously served on its Auditing Standards Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and the SEC Practice Section Executive Committee. Other Board service included the Rand Corporation Institute for Civil Justice and the Ray Garrett Jr Corporate and Securities Law Institute at Northwestern University Law School.

Since retirement, Mr. Mednick has served as a senior consultant to the World Bank, the founding Chairman of a Compliance Advisory Panel at the International Federation of Accountants, a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., and a member of three advisory groups to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. He has taught graduate seminars at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at two universities in Israel.

Michael Helfer

Michael Helfer

Michael Stevens Helfer was Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) from 2012 to 2014, and served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2003 to 2012, leading over 800 attorneys in approximately 100countries. Before joining Citigroup in 2003, Mr. Helfer was President of Strategic Investments and Chief Strategic Officer at Nationwide Insurance. Until 2000, he was a Partner and Chairman of the Management Committee of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) in Washington, D.C., where he had practiced since 1973.

Mr. Helfer is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Audit Advisory Committee of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He formerly served as Chairman of The Clearing House Association, a trade association representing 24 of the largest commercial banks which collectively employed over two million people and held more than half of all U.S. banking deposits, and was Vice Chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represented the 100 largest financial services firms. The two trade associations merged in July 2018 to become the Bank Policy Institute. Mr. Helfer served as a Director, and Chairman of the Governance Committee, of EP Energy Corp. (NYSE:EP) from 2014 to 2017, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Nacional de Mexico, S.A. (Banamex), an indirect subsidiary of Citigroup and the second largest bank in Mexico.

He previously served as a member of the board of directors of Lincoln Center Theater, and as a Trustee of the Wexner Center for the Arts. A founding Member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Children America, Mr. Helfer served as President of the Legal Aid Society in Washington, D.C. and has been a Member of the Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Society of New York. In 2004, he received the Brennan Center for Justice Award for his long involvement in providing legal services to those living in poverty. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Claremont Men's College.

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