The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Names Corporate
Governance Communications Expert Elizabeth Saunders to the Prestigious
'Directorship 100': Governance Professionals and Institutions List
Corporate Governance and CEO Communications Among Public Companies are on the
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FTI Consulting, Inc.
(NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping
organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, congratulates
Elizabeth (Beth) Saunders on her recognition as a 2013 National Association of
Corporate Directors (NACD) 'Directorship 100': Governance Professionals and
Institutions honoree. Ms. Saunders is a Senior Managing Director and the
Americas Chairman of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting,
and is one of few communications strategists to be named to this prestigious
list, reiterating a growing importance of boardroom and executive
The 'Directorship 100' represents the most influential business professionals
in the boardroomcommunity, includingcorporate governance experts, directors,
journalists and regulators. This year's seventh annual 'Directorship 100' is
composed of 100 individuals, including 50 public company directors, who
exemplify excellence, knowledge and leadership in corporate governance.
"Beth's inclusion in this year's 'Directorship 100' is great recognition of
her impressive achievements and the gold-standard counsel she provides our
clients every day. Beth's recognition is significant for the Strategic
Communications segment at FTI Consulting, as well as for the greater
communications industry," said Edward J. Reilly, Global Chief Executive
Officer of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. "Our
research has found that shareholders are calling for greater transparency
among corporate boards of directors and management teams. Consequently, boards
and executives are facing more complex challenges magnified by an intensified
threat of shareholder activism, making corporate governance communications
experts such as Beth, a critical asset to public companies."
In addition to serving as the Americas Chairman of the Company's Strategic
Communications segment, Ms. Saunders leads the firm's Financial Communications
practice in North America. She has served as senior counsel to a range of
companies through leadership transition, post-merger-communication and
restructuring assignments, and is renowned for her expertise in corporate
governance and capital market communications strategies, including initial
"Since 2009, shareholder activism triggers have increased exponentially in
complexity, fueled by amplified 'balance-sheet activism' and more direct
involvement by institutions rather than advisors," said Ms. Saunders. "In the
face of these trends, our clients and other partners such as the NACD have
recognized the value of communications specialists in helping companies
activate communications, reputation management and stakeholder engagement
strategies to protect and enhance their enterprise value. As many
forward-thinking companies have recognized, no industry or company remains
untouched, and much like investor relations was 10 years ago, corporate
governance communications is quickly becoming a critical element to doing
business in the 21^st century."
'Directorship 100' nominations were submitted by a cross-section of directors
and NACD constituents, including the NACD board of directors, NACD chapter
leaders and previous honorees. Ms. Saunders and the other 2013 award
recipients will be formally honored at the NACD 'Directorship 100' gala on
December 3, 2013 in New York.
For more insights, strategies and critical action items specific to corporate
governance, shareholder activism and CEO communications, contact the Strategic
Communications segment at FTI Consulting.
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership
organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership.
Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets and
provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to
make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business
challenges and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate
director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director
training and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate
governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor
confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate
boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored
in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led
conferences, forums and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas
about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and
governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To
learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping
organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex
legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,000 employees
located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with
clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in
areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory
issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The
company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. More
information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.
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