NextGen Directors Faculty


Dr. Homa Bahrami – Dr. Bahrami is a senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a faculty director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and on the board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Bahrami has served on the board of directors of three public technology companies, including Fabrinet, where she is the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair.  She is active in executive education and executive development in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Bahrami works with boards and executive teams on strategic alignment, enterprise transformation, leadership development, complex re-organizations, acquisition integration and governance challenges.

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.

Theresa Boyce – Ms. Boyce is founder, chair and CEO of the CEO Trust, a group of associations for top executives based in New York. Prior to the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce managed start-ups, business unit ramp-ups, and turnarounds across a number of entrepreneurial ventures and multi-billion dollar companies. She started her career at KPMG and obtained her initial marketing and sales training with P&G. In addition to leading the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce is active in various for-profit and non-profit boards, including Chippenhook Corporation and Hodak Value Advisors.

Chris Brindisi – Mr. Brindisi is a principal in the Dallas office of Pay Governance where he advises U.S. and global clients on a wide range of compensation issues.  Mr. Brindisi has over 15 years of experience in the design and development of executive, non-executive director and broad-based employee remuneration programs.  Prior to joining Pay Governance, he worked in Citigroup’s compensation team and previously was a consultant at Towers  Perrin.

Coco Brown – Ms. Brown is the founder and CEO of the Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the boardroom and by preparing women for board service. In addition to leading Athena, she is the founder and CDO of Executive Kinections, a CXO focused Silicon Valley consulting firm. She was previously president and CEO of Taos, a market leader in IT services.

Chris Bruner – Mr. Bruner is the Managing Partner of EY’s Philadelphia office and has 30 years of experience leading national and global clients across all industry sectors.  Previously, Mr. Bruner was the Strategic Growth Markets Leader for EY’s Mid-Atlantic Region.  He is the chairman of the board of the Mann Center and has served on the boards of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the CEO Council for Growth and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Deborah Byers – Ms. Byers is the Americas Sector & Solutions leader at EY. She previously served as the U.S. Oil and Gas leader, managing partner of the firm’s Houston office, and also the Southwest region’s energy market transaction leader and managing partner. Ms. Byers has more than 30 years of experience serving multinationals with in-depth expertise on structuring and financing corporate expansions and joint ventures.

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.

Martyn Chapman – Mr. Chapman serves as head of strategy for Nasdaq Governance Solutions, supporting product development and commercial strategies for Nasdaq’s flagship governance offering, Nasdaq Boardvantage. He has over 15 years of governance industry experience serving boards of FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies with a focus on innovating corporate governance practices through technology. Prior to joining NASDAQ, he was principal, governance strategy and innovation for GRC Technology Limited. He spent six years with ICSA Software, between 2011 to 2017 he was executive management, of ICSA’s software division, The Governance Institute and in 2017 he was the integration lead, ICSA Software and ICSA Boardroom Apps into Diligent Corporation.

Peter da Silva Vint – Mr. da Silva Vint is vice president, Investment Stewardship at BlackRock.  He previously worked in the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan and was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and Linklaters LLP.  Mr. da Silva Vint was the founder of LusoInvest LLC and is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Michigan Law School and the Yale School of Management.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is a retired Baker McKenzie partner and held various management positions at the Firm for over 40 years, including serving as an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training. He has served on numerous not-for-profit, privately held and reporting company boards. Mr. Deignan is a Directors Academy board member.

Patricia Diaz Dennis – Ms. Diaz Dennis joined SBC Communications in 1995 as a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel and she served in a variety of positions for the company, which later became AT&T. Prior to SBC/AT&T, Ms. Diaz Dennis served as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in 1992-1993. She was also appointed to the National Labor Relations Board in 1983, and as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission three years later. Ms. Diaz Dennis is currently a director of Amalgamated Bank, Entravision Communications Corporation and U.S. Steel. She is also a member of the NHP Foundation and LBJ Family Wealth Advisors boards.

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 chief executive officer 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 has served on the boards of Freddie Mac, Moody’s, Northeast Bancorp, Pioneer Global Asset Management S.P.A. and XL Group Ltd. Mr. Glauber is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Daniel Goelzer – Mr. Goelzer is senior counsel at Baker McKenzie and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, compliance with SEC disclosure and financial reporting requirements and financial institution regulatory issues.  He became partner in 1990 after seven years as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The SEC appointed Mr. Goelzer as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).  The PCAOB is responsible for oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies and securities broker-dealers.  He was acting chairman from August 2009 through January 2011 and then left the PCAOB at the end of his term in 2012 and returned to Baker McKenzie.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart most recently was senior vice president and marketing leader at Cisco and previously 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 Delphix, Faurecia, PROS, Lumentum and Verint. She was previously on the boards of Rambus and FirstRain where she was the Executive Chair and CEO. Ms. Herscher was the CEO of Simplex Solutions prior to the sale of the company to Cadence Design Systems. She was also a senior executive team member at Synopsys prior to its IPO.

Wayne Hewett – Mr. Hewett is chairman of DiversiTech Corporation and the former chief executive officer of Klockner Pentaplast Group. He previously was chief executive officer of Arysta LifeScience Corporation prior to the sale of the company to Platform Specialty Products Corporation. Mr. Hewett’s early career included over 20 years with General Electric where he was chief executive officer of GE Advance Materials; president of GE Plastics Pacific and Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations and a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Hewett currently serves on the board of Home Depot and Wells Fargo. He previously was a director at Ingredion.

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 most recently founded Imminent Equity, an investment start-up, where she is the chief executive officer and managing partner. She was previously the 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 Directors Academy board member.

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, Ribbon Communications, and PriceSmart, and is also on the advisory boards of Guardian Analytics, Infrascale, Private Machines, and Rulai. Ms. Infante was previously chief executive officer of ENXSuite (acquired by Infor) VoiceObjects (acquired by Voxeo) and Aspect Communications, where she was also executive Chair. Ms. Infante’s prior board service includes Ultratech, Emulex, Sonus Networks, 1010Data, RNA Networks, Netli and Sychron (including interim CEO role). Ms. Infante is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, was named to the NACD’s Directorship 100 honoring top governance directors, and was named by Financial Times to its Top 50 Digital Directors list.

Rajive Johri – Mr. Johri is the former president of First National Bank of Omaha and executive vice president, marketing, Chase Cardmember Services at JPMorgan Chase.  He began his career with IBM in India and joined Citibank in 1985 as the Eastern India Area Director charged with launching their local consumer banking business. Mr. Johri later started Citi’s credit card business in Asia Pacific and then led the company’s regional card products organization.  Today Mr. Johri is a member of the Conagra Brands board and previously a member of the boards of Charter Communications and First National of Nebraska, Inc.  He is the former chair of the board of Semantifi Inc. and chair emeritus of Boys Town USA.

Terese Kemble – Ms. Kemble is the former senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Juniper Networks.  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.  Ms. Kemble currently serves on the advisory board of Mezzetta.

Steve Klemash – Mr. Klemash is the Americas leader for EY’s Center for Board Matters where he regularly engages with board and committee members to understand their views, exchange ideas and discuss best practices. Prior to his current role, he served as the Managing Partner-Accounts for the Central Region of EY where he managed a $2.4 billion revenue steam that integrated the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services and Advisory service lines. Mr. Klemash serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Robert Morris University and was a past board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Michelle Lewis – Ms. Lewis is a principal at the CapStreet Group in Houston. She is the Nominations and Governance Committee Chair at Hardwoods Specialty Products in Vancouver, Canada. She is also an advisory board member at Energy Tubulars. Ms. Lewis was previously chief strategy officer and senior vice president corporate development at DistributionNOW. She also was a senior executive at National Oilwell Varco, Mercer and Alvarez & Marsal.

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.

Jonathan Mariner – Mr. Mariner served as chief financial officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2002 to 2014 when he was named chief investment officer of the $1.5 billion pension plan and the league’s strategic investment fund. Mr. Mariner retired from the MLB in 2016 and launched a new app, TaxDay, that tracks the time you spend working or living in different states to facilitate accurate residency reporting when individuals file their tax forms. Prior to his tenure at MLB, he was the chief financial officer of the Florida Marlins and the chief operating officer of Charter Schools USA. Mr. Mariner  currently serves on the boards of McGraw-Hill Education, IEX Group and Ultimate Software.

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.

Robert McCormick – Mr. McCormick is a partner with CamberView Partners and previously served as chief policy officer of Glass Lewis where for over a decade he oversaw the analysis, voting recommendations and report writing on management and shareholder proposals on over 20,000 shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries.  He also led the firm’s engagement efforts and was responsible for developing Glass Lewis’ proxy voting guidelines.  Prior, to Glass Lewis, Mr. McCormick was director of Investment Policy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina is the CEO and president of Ocwen Financial and the former CEO 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. Mr. Messina also served as CFO of GE Capital Mortgage and had prior financial leadership roles at Bell Atlantic.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the president of the Directors Academy and global head 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. 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.  He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.  Mr. Meyer is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Mike Millegan – Mr. Millegan served as president of Verizon Global Wholesale group, a business unit of Verizon Communications, where he focused on global carrier, wireless and cable company network requirements from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Millegan was senior vice president/market president for Verizon’s Midwest Operations and senior vice president Enterprise/Wholesale business unit. Mr. Millegan also led the Logistics/Supply Chain business unit as the senior vice president from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Millegan served on the advisory board of FINSPHERE, a leader in mobile identity authentication. In addition, he is an advisor/investor in WINDPACT, an innovative sports technology company. Mr. Millegan is a member of Wireless Telecom Group board  of directors and is a NextGen Directors program alum.

Matt Quarles – Matt Quarles is a partner with Pay Governance with nearly 20 years of executive compensation consulting experience. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Matt was a principal with Compensia, a consulting firm he joined in 2009. Prior to Compensia, Matt’s experience includes approximately 10 years with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Heather Redman – Ms. Redman is the co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Partners and a member of the boards of Coldstream Wealth Management, Yesler, Beneficial State Bank and Washington State University. She was most recently a senior executive at Summit Power and previously co-COO at Atom Entertainment, and general counsel at Getty Images and Photodisc.

Barbara Scherer – Ms. Scherer is the former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Plantronics and was senior vice president and CFO at Micropolis Corporation, and at StreamLogic Corporation after its spin-off.  She currently serves on the boards of NetGear, Ansys and Ultra Clean with Audit Committee Chair experience on each board.  Previously, Ms. Scherer served on the board of Keithley Instruments where she also was the Audit Committee Chair.

Eric Stang – Mr. Stang is chairman, president, and CEO of Ooma, a leading provider of cloud based telecommunications and other connected services for small business, home, and mobile users. Eric joined Ooma from Reliant Technologies, a medical technology company, where he served as president and CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Reliant Technologies, he was chairman, president, and CEO at Lexar, now a subsidiary of Micron. Eric has also held senior roles at Raychem (now a division of Tyco), Monitor Company, and McKinsey & Company. Eric also serves on the board of directors of Rambus, InvenSense, and other private companies.

Lynn Tetrault – Ms. Tetrault s the former executive vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca plc. Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Affairs and vice president of Human Resources and Global Drug Development for AstraZeneca U.S., a subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc. Ms. Tetrault joined Astra USA as associate general counsel and was previously in private law practice specializing in general corporate and health care law. She currently serves on the boards of NeoGenomics Laboratories and Women’s Way. She is active in the development of the Paradigm for Parity initiative focused on achieving corporate leadership gender parity by 2030 and is the founder of Anahata Leadership.

Jennifer Vogel – Ms. Vogel has 25 years of leadership experience in the airline and energy industries, and has served on four public company boards.  She is the former senior vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer of Continental Airlines.   Ms. Vogel serves on the board of AAR and was previously a director of Virgin America, American Science and Engineering, Inc. and Clearwire.  She also served on the national board of directors of the General Counsel Forum and is the founder of InVista Advisors.

Yvonne Wassenaar – Ms. Wassenaar is the CEO of Puppet, a leading software automation company based in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the board of Forrester and Harvey Mudd College. Previously, Ms. Wassenaar served on the board of MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce last year) and Bitium (acquired by Google in 2017). Prior to Puppet, she was the CEO of Airware and was a senior executive at New Relic and VMware following a twenty year career at Accenture.

Donna Wells – Ms. Wells is the founder and CEO of Valencia Ventures and currently serves on the boards of Betterment, Happy Money and is a board advisor to Mitek Systems. She was the CEO of Mindflash from 2010-2017 and previously chief marketing officer of following senior marketing roles at Expedia, myCFO and Schwab. Ms. Wells began her career at American Express where she held leadership roles in their Travel Related Services, Flight Insurance and Corporate Card businesses.

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. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is currently chairman of the board of Adtelem Global Education, executive chairman of Bradshaw International and a director of Panera Bread Company.  He was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud and Hillshire Brands.  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 retired co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners. He is a member of the board of directors for Compass Minerals where he is the Compensation Committee chairman. He is also the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Previously, Mr. Williams was the Nominating and Governance Committee chairman for Essendant. He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation, as well as the Compensation Committee chairman and CEO Search Committee chairman for Bob Evans Restaurants. Prior to his executive search career, Mr. Williams served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 company. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. Mr. Williams is a Directors Academy board member.

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 has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Annies, Beneficient Company Group LP, CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, Pentair plc and XL Group Ltd. Ms. Williamson is a Directors Academy board member.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is a managing director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners and the former program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times (FT) conference series for public company directors. She also ran 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. Ms. Wolf is a Directors Academy board member.

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 managing director at PJT Partners in San Francisco. He advises 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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