SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

September 11, 2007 10:00 ET

Fourth Annual FCD Directors' Institute Offers Expert Instruction on Current Board Issues

Intensive Eight-Hour, ISS-Certified Program Fulfills Two-Year Director Education Requirement

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - The Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD), a leading Southern California resource for achieving corporate board excellence and best practices in governance, today announced program details for its fourth annual Directors' Institute, to be held November 6-7, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

Key topics to be covered in this year's program include compensation committee issues, corporate governance, corporate performance and shareholder value, and the board's role in strategic planning and M&A activity. This program is offered once a year and is designed to fulfill director education requirements in just two consecutive half-day sessions.

Featured instructors for the 2007 program include: Dan Artusi, President & CEO of Conexant Systems, Inc.; William Cernius, Partner, Corporate Department, Latham & Watkins, LLC; Bonnie Hill, President, B. Hill Enterprises and board member of Home Depot; Sam Inman, board member, Comarco, Inc.; Fred Jager, President & CEO, Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC; Dana Kopper, Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies; Jim McCluney, President & CEO, Emulex; and Carol Miltner, CEO, Positive Impact.

The Directors' Institute is an eight-hour Accredited Director Education Program certified by Institutional Shareholder Services, the world's leading provider of proxy voting and corporate governance services. The two-day program will present strategies and action plans for maximizing individual director contributions to corporate boards and for improving overall board performance. The program will be held from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine (located at the 405 Freeway and Jamboree Road in Irvine, Calif.).

"This is our fourth Directors' Institute, and we expect it to continue the success of the previous three programs," explained John Rehfeld, FCD Chairman. "We specifically design these sessions to be highly interactive discussions on the major issues concerning directors today. This informal and intimate environment provides attendees the opportunity to candidly discuss complex or difficult topics with industry experts and their local peers. It is an economical and effective way to focus on some timely and very important issues.

"Our FCD faculty is composed of people who are not only experts on their topics but who are also active board members," Rehfeld added. "They will share both governance theory and their real world experience on the subject matter. A significant amount of time will be provided for moderated question-and-answer sessions to maximize attendee participation and takeaway value.

"The number of attendees is limited in order to preserve the interactive nature of the sessions. This is a great opportunity for all directors and those who aspire to become board members to join us for the Directors' Institute," added Rehfeld.

The cost for the two-day Directors' Institute is $395 for FCD members and $495 for non-members. A special FCD dinner on Nov. 6 featuring Harvey Pitt, former SEC Chairman, is complimentary for FCD members and Directors' Institute attendees and costs $90 per person for non-members. For additional information or to register for these important events, 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 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., 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.

Contact Information

  • Editors, for additional information, please contact:
    Michelle Conry
    Operations Manager
    Forum for Corporate Directors
    4675 MacArthur Court, Suite 800
    Newport Beach, California 92660
    (949) 375-3323