SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

Forum for Corporate Directors

February 02, 2010 19:53 ET

The Forum for Corporate Directors Announces Honorees for the 15th Annual Director of the Year Awards

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - The Forum for Corporate Directors announced today the 2010 Director of the Year Honorees who will be recognized at the 15th Annual Directors of the Year Awards and dinner on Wednesday, February 17, at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Jim Mazzo, president, Abbott Medical Optics Inc. and senior vice president, Abbott, is the Special Guest Host for the evening.

According to John Della Grotta, chair of FCD and a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, FCD has established a tradition of recognizing directors who have helped influence and guide companies and organizations to achieve both individual and corporate excellence. During these 15 years, 84 individuals have been honored by the organization. The five individuals and the award categories for which each is being recognized in 2010 are:

--  Scott Garrett -- Enhancement of Economic Value. Mr. Garrett is the
    president and chief executive officer of Beckman Coulter, Inc. and also
    serves on the board of directors of Beckman, AdvaMed and InHealth.

--  Randall R. Lunn -- Early Stage Companies. Mr. Lunn is the founder and
    managing director of Catalina Ventures. He also serves on the boards of
    directors of Autogenomics, Inc. and Continuous Computing Corporation.

--  Thomas McKernan -- Corporate Citizenship. Mr. McKernan is the chief
    executive officer of the Automobile Club of Southern California. He
    also serves on the boards of the Automobile Club, Payden & Rygel
    Investment Group, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, California Business
    Roundtable, California State Chamber of Commerce, the New Majority and
    the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

--  Scott Mercer -- Corporate Leadership and Service. Mr. Mercer is
    chairman and chief executive officer of Conexant Systems, Inc. He
    serves on the boards of directors of Conexant Systems, Palm, Inc., and
    Polycom, Inc.

--  Joseph Sullivan -- Corporate Growth & Development. Mr. Sullivan serves
    on the boards of directors of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
    AutoGenomics, Inc., Cymetrix, Inc., HCP, Inc., Maguire Properties, Inc.
    and Rand Health.

"The accomplishments of these 2010 Honorees exemplify effective corporate governance and are strong reminders of the serious commitment and diligence that can be found in today's board rooms. Whether overseeing business strategies to drive growth, building long-term value creation for investors, re-establishing credibility among shareholders, or making meaningful contributions of their time and leadership skills to the communities in which they live, these individuals have all played significant roles in creating success and excellence for their organizations. We are pleased to recognize each of them as Director of the Year Honorees in 2010," Della Grotta said.

In addition to its Director of the Year Awards, FCD works to promote the highest standards in corporate governance through a variety of educational programs each year, all of which are accredited by Institutional Shareholder Services/RiskMetrics, the leading provider of proxy voting and corporate governance services. These programs include the Corporate Governance Outlook, the Directors' Institute, In-Board Room Education as well as special events with nationally recognized governance experts, such as the recent Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable with Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court, which the UCI Paul Merage School of Business and the UCI School of Law co-hosted with FCD in November 2009.

"In a world of economic uncertainty, complicated by new legislation and increased regulatory oversight, there is more need than ever for a forum such as FCD where directors, C-Level officers and those who support boards can meet in a peer setting to exchange ideas on new and developing best practices to conduct business in a global and changing economy," Della Grotta said.

For more information about the 15th Annual Director of the Year Awards, please call 949-375-3323 or to register for this event, please visit the Forum for Corporate Directors website at www.fcdoc.org.

About the Forum for Corporate Directors

Founded in 1991, the Forum for Corporate Directors is a non-profit organization established to help directors, C-Level executives and others who support boards set the highest standards in corporate governance through peer relationships, education and thought leadership. FCD members include many of Southern California's top business and corporate leaders. Corporate members include Abbott Medical Optics; Alacer Corp.; California State University Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business & Economics; Conexant Systems, Inc; DDi Corp.; Emulex Corporation; George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University; Local.com; MFLEX; Microsemi Corporation; National Technical Systems; Powerwave Technologies; QLogic Corporation; Quality Systems Inc.; RealtyTrac, Inc.; Resources Global Professionals; SRS Labs, Inc.; and The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

The mission of FCD is generously supported by FCD Founding Sponsors Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth, and Ernst & Young LLP; Leadership Sponsor RiechesBaird; Legacy Sponsors KPMG LLP, Microsemi Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Heritage Sponsors Deloitte, Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP and Union Bank; Sustaining Sponsors Abbott Medical Optics Inc., BDO Seidman, LLP, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, Haskell & White LLP, and The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine; Supporting Sponsors Duff & Phelps, LLC, Emulex, Houlihan Lokey, Marketwire, The Orange County Register, RSM McGladrey, Inc., and Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

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