TMCnet - World's Largest Communications and Technology Community

TMCNet:  Russell Reynolds Associates to Co-lead NACD Master Class on Board Leadership in Information Technology

[December 10, 2013]

Russell Reynolds Associates to Co-lead NACD Master Class on Board Leadership in Information Technology

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading global executive search and assessment firm, announced today that Shawn Banerji, a managing director serving the global technology sector, will co-lead with Virginia Gambale, director of JetBlue and managing partner, Azimuth Partners LLC, a Master Class for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in Miami, Florida. Notable findings from Russell Reynolds Associates' latest study examining digital transformation on boards and NACD's governance survey on how public company boards prioritize IT, will also be discussed.

Banerji will join Gambale in leading an in-depth master class session on the role of technology in the enterprise and what boards can do to ensure that the company is fully leveraging all available resources to secure the long-tern sustainability of the enterprise.

"The role of IT has evolved rapidly but our research has found that boards may not be adequately aligning their enterprise IT strategies with the requisite leadership," said Banerji. "We're glad to have the opportunity to work with a group of seasoned board members in examining the state of IT development in their firms and in identifying what new roles and talent may be needed to get to the next level of enterprise IT efficiency."

"The ideal role that IT can play in an organization is driving innovation, not merely supporting overall business strategy. This is especially significant in today's world of digital transformation," said Gambale. "I'm delighted to draw from my experience as board director and technology executive in helping boards set their IT priorities and expand needed capacities as they steer their organizations along the digital transformation continuum."

Entitled "Information Technology: Impact & Influence on Corporate Performance," the presentation will be held at the NACD Master Class on Information Technology on December 12. Highlights from the session include:

  • Evolution of traditional CIO responsibilities to those of IT leaders today
  • Findings from the 2013-2014 NACD Public Company Governance Survey - more than 75% of board members rating boards need improvement in IT knowledge
  • Findings from Russell Reynolds Associates' Digital Board Study - only 16 of the largest 100 US companies (9 are tech firms) had highly digital boards in 2012
  • The "Digital Transformation Journey":
    • Fortune 1000 firms will move from digital awareness to digital maturity over the next three years
    • Diagnosing which stage of the Digital Transformation Journey a firm is in
    • How key players in Digital Transformation include new catalyst roles and existing roles that require new leadership skills

The NACD Master Class fosters thought leadership on the latest topics and trends affecting the boardroom. Led by veteran directors, leading practitioners and corporate governance experts, these sessions focus on what boardroom directors need to know to stay ahead of the curve on emerging issues and enhance board performance.

The NACD Master Class is designed for experienced directors (5 or more years of experience) who are looking to delve more deeply into strategy and complex challenges. The Master Class is essential for all candidates earning the NACD Board Leadership Fellow credential.

About Russell Reynolds Associates

Leadership, Succession and Search. Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for Chief Executive Officers, boards of directors, and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 300 consultants in 41 offices around the world, we work closely with both public and private organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build boards and executive teams that can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. Follow us on Twitter (News - Alert): @RRAonLeadership

About NACD

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 14,000 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

[ Back To Technology News's Homepage ]


Technology Marketing Corporation

800 Connecticut Ave, 1st Floor East, Norwalk, CT 06854 USA
Ph: 800-243-6002, 203-852-6800
Fx: 203-866-3326

General comments:
Comments about this site:


© 2014 Technology Marketing Corporation. All rights reserved.