SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

September 06, 2007 15:49 ET

FCD Elects New Directors and Officers for 2007-2008

Catherine Rose Is Added as New Executive Director

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - September 6, 2007) - The Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD), a leading Southern California resource for achieving corporate board excellence and best practices in governance, today announced the organization has elected new directors and officers for the 2007-08 year and has hired an Executive Director to manage FCD staff and provide operational support for the board of directors.

John Rehfeld, of Deerfield Technology Group, was reelected Chairman of the Board for a second term. Ben Frydman, of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, was reelected Secretary of the board. Alexander Marr, partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, was elected Treasurer.

Five new directors have been elected to the FCD board for 2007-08, including Karen Gifford, founder of Gifford Management & Leadership Coaching; Peter Hursh, Managing Director of ECG Advisors, LLC; Ann Jones, founding partner of Jones, Dolan & Company, Inc.; Alexander Marr; and Brenda Schowalter, Corporate Governance Officer, Powerwave Technologies, Inc.

FCD's new Executive Director is Catherine Rose, a management consultant who most recently served as Director of the Nonprofit Resource Center at Volunteer Center Orange County. In this new post, Ms. Rose will serve as the lead staff officer overseeing FCD staff and operational activities for the organization, reporting to the board of directors.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Catherine come aboard as our first Executive Director because she brings a strategic combination of corporate and association management that will serve us well," Rehfeld said. "Her great depth of experience in providing 'social enterprise' direction to non-profit associations will be invaluable as we grow an already successful professional organization into an even stronger force in the governance and board excellence arena in Southern California."

Ms. Rose spent the majority of her career at Fortune 100 corporations in marketing, sales and general management roles. She has launched dozens of new products and has overseen numerous advertising, market research and consumer promotion efforts, including the worldwide launch of consumer products and the turnaround of a major snack food brand through strategic repositioning and retail management programs. She earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Forum for Corporate Directors

Founded in 1991, the Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD) is a leading Southern California resource for assisting individual directors and entire boards to achieve excellence in corporate governance. 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 Corporation, 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.

For additional information, please visit the Forum for Corporate Directors web site at

Editors, photo of Ms. Rose is available.

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:
    Michelle Conry
    Operations Manager
    Forum for Corporate Directors
    (949) 375-3323
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