NextGen Directors Faculty


Sandra Beach Lin – Ms. Lin served as chief executive officer of Calisolar, Inc., a solar silicon company, until her retirement in 2011.  Previously, she held senior leadership roles at Celanese Corporation, Avery Dennison and Alcoa.  Ms. Lin currently serves on the boards of American Electric Power (AEP), Interface Biologics, PolyOne Corporation and WESCO, is the co-chair of Paradigm for Parity and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council.

Niko Canner – Mr. Canner is the founder of Incandescent, a firm focused on turning ideas into businesses.  He was co-founder and Managing Partner of the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners.  Most recently, Mr. Canner was a member of the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates.  He began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company.  He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and has initiated and co-leads China 2024, a study of the development of business leaders in China. Mr. Canner is a founding Board Member of the Directors Academy.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is Senior Counsel at Baker McKenzie and has held various management positions at the Firm for over 40 years, including an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training.

Lee Dutra – Mr. Dutra has been the San Francisco Office Managing Partner for EY since 2010 and a firm member since 1983.  He has provided assurance services to multinational clients across a variety of industries and also held a number of firm leadership roles, including Managing Partner of EY’s Pacific Northwest Advisory Services and Managing Partner of the Walnut Creek office. Additionally, he provided assurance and transaction advisory services to multinational clients in Germany for eight years.

Robert Glauber – Mr. Glauber is a Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as Chairman and CEO of NASD (now FINRA), from 2000 to 2006. Previously he was Under Secretary of the Treasury for Finance from 1989 to 1992 and a Professor of Finance at the Harvard Business School for 25 years. Mr. Glauber is chairman of Northeast Bancorp, and a director of XL Group Ltd. and Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A.

Daniel Goelzer – Mr. Goelzer is a Senior Counsel at Baker McKenzie focusing on corporate governance, compliance with SEC disclosure and financial reporting requirements.  He served as seven years as General Counsel of the SEC and he was a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the organization responsible for the oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies and securities broker-dealers.  Mr. Goelzer was the Acting Chairman of the PCAOB from 2009-11.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Brocade. Prior to joining Brocade, Ms. Heckart served as executive vice president of strategy, marketing, people, and IT at ServiceSource, a provider of cloud applications and services for managing recurring revenue. Previously, she was chief marketing officer at NetApp and Juniper Networks.  She was also general manager of Microsoft’s TV, video, and music business and president of TeleChoice.  Ms. Heckart is a member of the board of directors at Lam Research and 6sense.

Penny Herscher – Ms. Herscher serves on the boards of Rambus, Lumentum and FirstRain where she is the Executive Chair and former CEO.  She previously was the CEO of Simplex Solutions prior to the sale of the company to Cadence Design Systems.  Ms. Herscher was also a senior executive team member at Synopsys prior to its IPO.

Heather Hiles – Ms. Hiles has founded six ventures over the past two decades, including Pathbrite, a leading digital portfolio platform that was acquired by Cengage in 2015.  Pathbrite is the largest digital portfolio platform in the market and serves more than five million users.  Ms. Hiles also recently accepted the position of Deputy Director, Solutions, Post Secondary for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She has an extensive track record of raising capital and holds the distinction of having raised most venture capital funding for any African American woman founder.  After receiving her MBA from Yale University, she worked in the financial services sector in M&A roles.  Ms. Hiles has served on over a dozen boards including Liberty & Justice, a clothing company, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Hiles is a founding Board Member of the Directors Academy.

Beatriz Infante – Ms. Infante is the chief executive officer of BusinessExcelleration a strategic consulting firm focused on corporate transformation and renewal.  She is a director on the boards of Liquidity Services and Sonus Networks along with the advisory boards of Guardian Analytics, Infrascale, Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science and Shoe Lovers.  Ms. Infante was previously chief executive officer of ENXSuite (acquired by Infor) VoiceObjects (acquired by Voxeo) and Aspect Communications.  Ms. Infante’s prior board service includes Ultatech, Emulex, 1010Data, RNA Networks, Netli and Sychron (including interim CEO role).

Terese Kemble – Ms. Kemble is senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Juniper Netowrks.  Previously, Ms. Kemble served as senior vice president of human resources at Lam Research, where she guided strategy across all aspects of compensation, benefits, employee development, staffing and systems while the company underwent major growth. Prior to that, she held senior executive roles with TE Connectivity and Applied Materials.

Robert Maricich – Mr. Maricich is Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers. The former president and chief executive officer of World Market Center Las Vegas and Hickory, N.C. based Century Furniture Industries, he has an established record of building companies into internationally respected brands. Prior to assuming that post, Maricich spent 11 years at Century Furniture Industries as Chief Executive Officer. From 1989-1996 Maricich was president and CEO of American Drew Furniture and American of Martinsville, divisions of LADD Furniture. Prior to that, he was an executive with Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Early in his career he was an executive with Texaco and the R.S Bacon Veneer Co. Currently Maricich serves on the Board of Directors of Flexsteel Industries, Inc.

Aeisha Mastagni –  Ms. Mastagni is an investment officer in the Corporate Governance Unit of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the nation’s largest teacher retirement fund.  Her main areas of focus corporate engagement, executive compensation, and selecting and monitoring managers in the activist manager portfolio.  Ms. Mastagni is a board member at the Golden 1 Credit Union, the seventh largest credit union in the U.S., and she is a member of the Board of Governors for the International Corporate Governance Network, whose mission is to promote effective standards of corporate governance world-wide. Before joining CalSTRS, Ms. Mastagni worked in the Corporate Governance Unit of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) overseeing the proxy voting program and the corporate governance manager portfolio. Prior to CalPERS, she worked in the operations department of Salomon Smith Barney before moving to Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and assistant operations manager.

Glen Messina –  Mr. Messina, is currently the CEO and president of PHH Corporation. His previous leadership roles included serving as CFO of GE’s equipment services business; CEO of GE’s mortgage services business and CEO of GE Chemical and Monitoring Solutions.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the President of the Directors Academy and Global Practice Leader of the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was Founder and Managing Partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. During the past 20 years, Mr. Meyer has helped build high-performing boards and recruited diverse directors to Fortune 500, mid-cap and national not-for-profit organizations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice.

James Nevels – Mr. Nevels is Chairman of The Swarthmore Group, an investment advisory firm which he founded in 1991. He has more than thirty years of experience in the securities and investment industry.  Mr. Nevels is a director of Alcoa Corporation, First Data Corporation, Hershey Trust Company, WestRock Company, and MMG Insurance Company. Previously, Mr. Nevels was the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Tracy Porter – Mr. Porter is the Executive Director of the NextGen Directors Program and the President/CEO of Premiere Solutions, LLC, a fleet management and equipment procurement services firm. Mr. Porter is a Trustee at the University of San Francisco where he is Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Football League Alumni Association where he Chairs the Ethics Committee.

Eric Rangen – Mr. Rangen was executive vice president, strategic initiatives for Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group) until his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Rangen was previously senior vice president and chief accounting officer at UnitedHealth Group, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Alliant Techsystems and a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP.  Mr. Rangen currently serves on the board of International Market Centers, Flexsteel Industries  and LTC Reinsurance.

Lisa Wardell – Ms. Wardell is Chief Executive Officer of DeVry Education Group Inc. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer of RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company spanning financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming industries. Prior to RLJ, Ms. Wardell was a Principal at Katalyst Venture Partners. She is currently a director of DeVry Education Group Inc. and previously served as the Board Chair for Christopher and Banks Corporation.

James D. White – Mr. White is the chairman of the board of the Directors Academy. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement last year. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of Panera Bread Company. He is currently Executive Chairman of Bradshaw International and serves on the boards of Adtelem Global Education and CallidusCloud. He also served on the board of Hillshire Brands prior to the company’s acquisition by Tyson Foods. Mr. White is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Chris Wightman – Mr. Wightman is a partner at CamberView Partners and a founder of the firm. Before joining CamberView, Mr. Wightman led global corporate governance and portfolio compliance oversight programs for Vanguard, one of the world’s leading investment management firms. Prior to Vanguard, Mr. Wightman was an associate attorney at a corporate law firm where he worked on business combinations and regulatory issues for financial services and healthcare clients.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners and a partner with Major Lindsey & Africa. Paul is a member of the board of directors for Essendant, Bob Evans Farms and Compass Minerals.  He currently is the Compensation Committee chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals. Paul is also the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation and sat on numerous charitable and educational boards.  Paul served for several years as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the large law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Southern California and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease.

Billie Williamson – Ms. Williamson has over three decades of experience auditing public companies as a partner of Ernst & Young.  In addition, she served as senior vice president, finance and corporate controller of Marriott International and chief financial officer of AMX Corporation.  While at Ernst & Young, Ms. Williamson served as the Americas Inclusiveness Officer, a member of its Americas Executive Board and head of the Center for Strategic Transactions in the southwest region.  Ms. Williamson serves on the boards of CSRA, Energy Future Holdings and Pentair plc.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times conference series for public company directors. In her role, she works with FT journalists, governance experts and sitting board leaders to set the agenda and engage speakers for ODX events in the US, Europe and Asia. She also runs the Outstanding Directors awards program, which has recognized exemplary independent board members annually since 1998. Prior to joining the FT in 2004, Ms. Wolf spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career at Aon Hewitt.

Dennis Zeleny – Mr. Zeleny is founder of Zeleny Consultants LLC and works closely with senior C-suite leaders including CEOs, boards, chief human resources officers and their teams. Mr. Zeleny was senior vice president, administration and chief human resources officer for Sunoco and concurrently served as senior vice president human resources for Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Mr. Zeleny served as a member of the board of directors of Sunoco Logistics and of SunCoke Energy during its IPO. Mr. Zeleny also held several human resources leadership positions at PepsiCo and later global head of human resources  roles at Honeywell, DuPont, and Caremark Rx.

Rob Zivnuska – Mr. Zivnuska is a Partner at CamberView Partners, the leading investor-led advisor to public companies on shareholder engagement, activism, contested situations and other complex governance matters.  Mr. Zivnuska previously served as head of the Americas Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock where he managed all aspects of the corporate governance function for the firm’s equity investment in over 5,000 companies based in North America and South America.  Prior to BlackRock, he a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.

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