SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

October 08, 2007 09:00 ET

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt to Address FCD Dinner on Governance Issues

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - The Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD), a leading Southern California resource for promoting excellence in corporate governance and boardroom leadership, today announced that Harvey L. Pitt, former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, will address the FCD dinner event on Tuesday, Nov. 6, on today's most important governance issues and their impact on public company boards of directors.

"Harvey Pitt has had a long and distinguished career in the legal and financial fields and he brings a unique perspective to consideration of governance best practices and board excellence," said John Rehfeld, FCD Chairman. "He was appointed the 26th Chairman of the SEC by President Bush in 2001 and during his tenure he was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the SEC's response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, for creating the SEC's 'real time enforcement' program, and for leading the commission's adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated by the excesses of the 1990s.

"In addition to his great experience with the SEC -- including having served as a staff attorney, as executive assistant to two previous SEC chairmen, and as Chief Counsel of the SEC's Division of Market Regulation -- he was a senior partner in the international law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Washington, DC, and now serves as CEO of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC, in Washington, DC," Rehfeld noted.

"This important dinner event, sure to be of great interest to board members and corporate executives from throughout Southern California, is the highlight of FCD's two-day Directors' Institute, our annual educational program designed to keep directors up-to-date on the latest issues facing boards," Rehfeld said. "We are delighted to have Mr. Pitt join us as our keynote speaker and we fully expect he will have some interesting and perhaps controversial things to say about topics such as majority voting; shareholder proxy access and director nominees; executive compensation and pay for performance; shareholder activism; and board ethics and compliance."

The FCD dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Mr. Pitt's address at 7:30 p.m. The dinner is complimentary for FCD members and attendees at the Forum's fourth annual Directors' Institute. The cost is $90 per person for non-members and $72 per person for guests from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. For more information or to register for this event, please visit the FCD web site at

About Forum for Corporate Directors

Founded in 1991, the Forum for Corporate Directors is Orange County's leading resource for promoting excellence in corporate governance and boardroom leadership to help directors and executives grow their enterprise value. FCD is a non-profit organization that offers dynamic forums for director peer interaction, conducts ISS-certified director education and development programs, and provides directors and executives of public and private companies the opportunity to gain valuable ideas and information that promote board leadership and corporate governance.

The FCD's members include many of Southern California's top business and corporate leaders. In addition, corporate members include Advanced Medical Optics, Alacer Corp., Broadcom Corp., Commerce Energy, Emulex Corporation, Multi-Fineline Electronix, Microsemi Corporation, Powerwave Technologies, QLogic Corporation, Resources Global Professionals, SRS Labs, and The Paul Merage School of Business Executive MBA Programs at UC Irvine.

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