Financial crises and broad-sweeping changes to financial regulations over the past two decades have put a spotlight on the boards of financial services institutions globally. From banks to credit unions to investment services and insurance, board directors in this industry are highly regulated and highly visible. Learn the ins and outs you need to know to be an effective board director in financial services during this panel featuring Athena members Diane Dewbrey (board director at MBIA & BBSI), Dotty Hayes (board chair of First Tech Federal Credit Union, strategic advisor and SPAC board member at GigCapital Global, audit committee chair at Intevac), and Erin Selleck (board director at Lending Club/Lending Club Bank, and former director at Broadway Federal Bank) and moderated by Carol Coughlin (former Board Chair, Hamilton Bancorp). Together, they will walk you through the unique challenges facing these companies as well as the terms of art and best practices you need to know to be successful.
Carol is an experienced public company board leader, board and audit committee chair, and is highly skilled in corporate governance, including board refreshment, strategic alternatives and M&A for growth and highly regulated companies. She is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD) and sits on the boards of the University of MD Medical Center and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair, she led the board through acquisitions that doubled the size of the company, followed by a merger with a larger company. A qualified “financial expert”, she is an accomplished healthcare CFO with a track record of achieving profitability through growth, highly successful turnarounds and M&A. She is known as an energetic, collaborative leader and a quick learner in both organizational and board settings. In 2006, Carol launched BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory firm helping CEOs of privately held companies to transform enterprise value through best practice financial and operations strategies. Carol is a graduate of Loyola University in MD (MBA) and Towson University (BS Business), is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD), and a Certified Public Accountant.
Dotty Hayes serves as non-executive Board Chair of First Tech Federal Credit Union, with $14 billion in assets plus $5 billion under management in its wealth advisory subsidiary. During her tenure, as Chair of the Enterprise Risk Committee and subsequently as Board Chair, First Tech completed the largest merger in credit union history in 2011, and has nearly tripled in size organically since then to become among the top 10 credit unions by asset size in the U.S. She also serves on the board and as Audit Committee Chair of Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC), an industry- leading developer and manufacturer of thin film processing equipment and digital imaging systems, and as strategic advisor and SPAC board member for GigCapital, a serial SPAC issuer. She previously served as Audit Committee Chair and Independent Director of the Vantagepoint Funds, an SEC-registered mutual fund complex with total assets of $17 billion invested in 31 separate series, and chaired the Audit Committee for Range Fuels, a development-stage biofuels company, and the Finance Committee for Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union. Key career roles included Chief Audit Executive at Intuit and Hewlett-Packard; Corporate Controller/Chief Accounting Officer at Intuit, Agilent Technologies and Apollo Computer; and financial executive for Hewlett-Packard’s $5 billion revenue Measurement Systems Organization. Key leadership projects during her career included program managing the successful spin-off and Day One operations of Agilent from Hewlett-Packard; Agilent’s IPO and related business transformation projects, including replacement of myriad legacy systems with a full-suite Oracle implementation; and Intuit’s clean first year SOX 404 attestation. Early in her career, she was a key leader in the finance team for Apollo Computer from pre-revenue to IPO, Fortune 500 status, and acquisition by H-P. She currently serves the community through board leadership roles with the Computer History Museum, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, and Encore.org. Ms. Hayes holds an MSBA with Accounting Concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Finance from Bentley University. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and a several-time attendee at Stanford Directors College. She participates actively in Women Corporate Directors (WCD), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Athena Alliance. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley, was a recipient of the YWCA TWIN award, and was named to AGENDA Magazine’s Diversity 100 – Top Diverse Board Candidates.
Erin Selleck is an experienced financial executive, advisor, and corporate director. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of Lending Club Corporation and Lending Club Bank, where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committees. She previously served on the board of Broadway Financial Corp (NASDAQ: BYFC) and its subsidiary, Broadway Federal Bank, where she served as Chair of the Audit Committee, and member of the Risk/Compliance and Loan Committees. She also previously served on advisory boards for several early-stage companies. Prior to becoming a director and advisor, Erin had a successful 30- year career in the financial services industry. She served as Senior Executive Vice President and Treasurer for MUFG Union Bank, where her many accomplishments include successfully guiding the bank through the most significant financial crisis of the modern era, presiding over meaningful growth (2.6x) in the bank’s balance sheet, and expertly navigating an increasingly challenging economic and regulatory environment in the banking industry. She is the recipient of a number of professional honors, including being named a “Woman to Watch” by American Banker Magazine in 2012. Erin currently serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Southwest Chapter, where she chairs the Member Engagement Committee.
Diane Dewbrey serves on the board of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) (Audit, Finance, & Compensation), and on Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBSI) (Risk and Nominating/Governance) where she is the Chair of the Nom/Gov Committee. Additionally, she is the Board Advisor to Organic Valley Co-op where she assists the board with governance, audit, and compensation. Dewbrey previously was the Chair and director of Enventis (NASDAQ: ENVE) until its merger with Consolidated Communications. Dewbrey earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Xavier University. Dewbrey was CEO of Foundation Bank (Bellevue, WA) after an extensive career with Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) (Cincinnati, OH). She has received numerous accolades for her community service work and currently is the Investment Chair for the YMCA of the USA.
Panel: Serving on the Board of a Financial Services Organization
Thu, May 13 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)
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