Are young and growing companies getting the most out of their boards? How might a fresh look at the board’s role better prepare private companies for marketplace challenges, unforeseen risks, and outsized opportunities? Indeed, the spotlight on private company governance has never been brighter as high-profile start-ups and their investors and directors have been thrust into the national conversation around workplace culture, board oversight, and business practices.
Join us for a panel discussion on how directors, investors, and executives can align on board composition, skills, and processes to help early-stage companies better prepare for the long term. We will cover questions such as:
How should boards add value to private companies?
What should an early-stage CEO be looking for when recruiting independent directors?
What are key considerations for those invited to join an emerging growth company board?
How can board members assess the company culture and assess any potential issues that may arise?
Panelists will draw on their extensive experience with local and national private and public companies, as well as insights from Building a Foundation for Growth: Governance in Investor-Owned Private Companies from the NACD Director’s Handbook Series.
Ari I. Weinberg focuses on content and programs for the KPMG Board Leadership Center (BLC), specifically private company governance and supporting the firm’s sponsorship of the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation. He was the lead contributor to Building a Foundation for Growth: Governance in Investor-Owned Private Companies from the NACD Director’s Handbook Series. Prior to joining KPMG in 2012, Weinberg led online content and application development for The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney, and FiLife brands within Dow Jones. He previously covered financial services companies, regulatory developments, and financial markets for Forbes and The Industry Standard. He has also worked for two private equity firms as an associate conducting due diligence and deal sourcing. After studying Classics at Princeton University, Weinberg earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Investment Management.
Hope F. Cochran was the chief financial officer (CFO) of King Digital Entertainment plc, creators of Candy Crush and other social mobile games, from October 2013 through the sale to Activision in 2016. Prior to that, she served as the CFO of Clearwire Corporation and was with the company from 2005 to 2013, when it was sold to Sprint. Cochran’s industry experience spans telecom, software, and mobile gaming, all with the consistent theme of intense growth and change. In the role of CFO, she has led companies through early-stage investments to large public entities. Cochran is currently a venture partner with Madrona Ventures in Seattle. She is a director of Hasbro Inc., MongoDB Inc., and New Relic Inc.
Tren Griffin is senior director at Microsoft. His is on the Board of Kymeta and is chair of the compensation committee. He writes the www.25iq.com blog and is active on Twitter. Griffin was formerly a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm controlled by Craig McCaw with investments telecommunications and startups. He is the author of seven books including Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor and A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs.
ndrew Bor is a partner in Perkins Coie, the largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. He has over 35 years of experience providing counsel in the areas of corporate governance, securities regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and spin-offs. He also handles significant strategic assignments for a number of public companies, boards of directors, and special committees, including advising on governance and oversight, relationships with activist shareholders, proxy contests, evaluating strategic alternatives, and responding to acquisition proposals. Bor works with leading public companies such as Blucora, Esterline Technologies, IDACORP, Itron, PACCAR, PotlatchDeltic Corporation, Puget Sound Energy, and Weyerhaeuser, among others. Representing both issuers and underwriters, he has served as the lead attorney on over 150 public debt and equity offerings. Bor has been recognized as one of Washington's top corporate/commercial lawyers every year since 2004 by Chambers USA and as Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and 2017 by Best Lawyers, and he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2002. He has served on the board of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) for 10 years and currently serves on the MOHAI Foundation Board and the Investment Committee of Northwest Kidney Centers.