NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Boise I Fireside Chat with Bill Whitacre, CEO, J.R.Simplot Company

December 8, 2016
Boise, ID



NACD members have a rare opportunity to hear from Bill Whitacre, CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the nation’s largest privately held food and agribusiness companies. Mr. Whitacre will visit candidly with moderator Skip Oppenheimer, Chairman & CEO, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., on a wide range of topics during this 90-minute fireside chat.  Participants will be able to ask questions of Mr. Whitacre in this intimate and exclusive setting.   

Topics include:

•    the Board’s role in defining and building a strong corporate culture

•    building and sustaining Board-CEO trust

•    the role of Boards and Management in times of rapid change

•    Board diversity and recruitment

•    Private vs. public company board governance

•    strategic planning, and creating organizational alignment around short and long term goals

•    Board and Management succession and succession planning

……and more!

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Location and Time


JUMP - Loft Room, 5th Floor
1000 W Myrtle St
Boise, ID 83702

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Check-in & Networking

5:30 - 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat

Speaker Spotlight


Bill Whitacre

In 2009, Bill Whitacre was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agribusiness firms in the nation. He joined the Company in March 2000 as President, Turf & Horticulture Group and became President of the AgriBusiness Group in 2002. Mr. Whitacre has over 30 years’ experience in the agriculture industry. Prior to joining Simplot he was President & CEO of Research Seeds, Inc., a Land O’Lakes subsidiary. Mr. Whitacre currently serves as a board member of St. Luke’s Health System and is a former board member of The Fertilizer Institute, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and the Farm Foundation. He is also a past president of the American Seed Trade Association, Western Seed Association and North American Seed Institute.

Skip Oppenheimer

Skip Oppenheimer is the Board Chair of the St. Luke’s Health System Board. He is also the Chair/CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., and President of Oppenheimer Development Corporation. Oppenheimer Companies, Inc. is a national food processing, sales, marketing and distribution organization. Oppenheimer Development Corporation is a commercial real estate development and property management company. Skip is currently the board chair of St. Luke’s Health System Board and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco. He is also a member of the University of Washington Medicine Board and the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board.



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