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Arthur Rock

Arthur Rock

Chairman

Arthur Rock is Principal of Arthur Rock & Co. and was a partner in Davis & Rock from 1961 to 1968, both venture capital firms.  He was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Data Systems and a member of the Board of Directors of Teledyne Inc., Xerox, Argonaut Insurance, Apple Computer, AirTouch, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Echelon Corporation.Mr. Rock was a founder of Intel Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee and lead director.Mr. Rock has also served as trustee of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School, the California Institute of Technology, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Opera.  He is a recipient of the Medal of Achievement of the American Electronics Association and the American Academy of Achievement, the Arents Pioneer Medal of Syracuse University, the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award from the University of California, the Northern California Business Leader of the Year from the Harvard Business School Association, and the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award.  He has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, the California Business Hall of Fame, the Bay Area Business Council Hall of Fame, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.He founded the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, and he and his wife Toni founded the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Mr. Rock was co-founder and past president of The Basic Fund which gives scholarships to inner city children to attend K-8 private schools.  He is also on the board of Teach for America and Children’s Scholarship Fund and an active funder of KIPP. Mr. Rock received a BS degree in Political Science and Finance from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Toni Rembe

Toni Rembe

Toni Rembe is the co-founder of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the president of the Van Loben Sels Rembe Rock Foundation, a private foundation specializing in social justice and related legal services. She is a former partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she served as a member of the firm’s governing executive committee and managing partner of its tax practice. In addition to being involved on the boards of several not for profit organizations, including The Commonwealth Club of California, The American Conservatory Theater and Mills College, she has been a director on the boards of several public companies, including Potlatch Corporation, AT&T Inc. and AEGON N.V. (an international insurance company headquartered in the Netherlands).

Lydia Beebe

Lydia I. Beebe is corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation. Since 1995, she has served as secretary to the board of directors, the Executive Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. Beebe provides advice and counsel to the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and manages the company’s corporate governance function.

Throughout her career, Lydia has been active on many public and non-profit governing boards. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed her to the board of directors of the Presidio Trust, where she served until 2008. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Beebe to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1991, where she was chairperson from 1995 through the end of her term in 1999. In recognition of the accomplishments made during her tenure leading the commission, she was recently honored as a Civil Rights Hero by the state of California.

Lydia serves on the governing boards of the National Judicial College, the Council of Institutional Investors, Kansas University Endowment Association, Kansas University Law Alumni, the National Association of Corporate Directors of Northern California and the San Francisco Symphony. She has also served on the governing boards of Professional Business Women of California, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the San Francisco Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee.

She is a frequent speaker and panelist on corporate governance topics.Lydia has been named Corporate Secretary of the Year by Corporate Secretary magazine and a distinguished alumna by both Golden Gate University and the University of Kansas School of Law. In May 2010, she received the Founder’s Award for exceptional business leadership from the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She received the Breakthrough Award from the Professional Business Women of California in 1996. The San Francisco Business Times has named Beebe one of the most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area every year since 1999.

Priya Cherian Huskins

Priya Cherian Huskins is a recognized expert in D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to being an integral part of the D&O brokerage team for the clients she serves, Priya counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on D&O issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s Directors’ College, among others. She has also authored numerous articles for various well-respected industry publications.Priya serves on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE: O) as well as the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter.

Priya was listed as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012. She was a judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Northern California from 2009-2011. Priya was named one of the “Top 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley” in 2009 by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer, Priya practiced corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Priya has worked with both public and private technology companies through all stages of their development. Priya was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago. She earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. Priya is a member of the California Bar.

William Green

William E. Green, founder of William Green & Associates is a retiring lawyer who practiced for more than 40 years in the City of Palo Alto, California. Mr. Green also acted as Special Counsel in Intellectual Property areas for Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis & Greene in San Francisco.Mr. Green is former Chairman of the American Red Cross Equal Opportunity Committee, a past member of the Red Cross National Service Delivery for the 21st Century Committee and its National Information Services Committee, and a former member of the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross, serving on the Executive, Audit and Strategic Planning Committees. He was Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.Mr. Green served as a member of the Board of Governors of United Way of America, Member of its Executive Committee, former Chair of its Program and Services Committee, and a member of its Strategic Planning and its Agency Involvement Committees.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Williams Companies, a major energy company. Williams has exploration and production divisions, oil and gas processing divisions and is the nation’s largest volume transporter of natural gas. He serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Audit Committee

Mr. Green also serves on the boards of directors of Ramsell Holding Corporation, Flower’s Heritage Foundation, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

Richard H. Koppes

Mr. Koppes is the former Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States with over $200 billion in assets.  He is the founder, Past President, and current Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute.  Mr. Koppes is a Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (formerly ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), and a former Director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc.  He retired from the international law firm of Jones Day in December 2009 after 13-plus years of service, and is a current corporate governance fellow at Stanford Law School.  Mr. Koppes was a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluations and of the NACD-CII Task Force on Shareholder/Director Communications, and is a former board member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.  In 2007, NACD presented him with its lifetime achievement award for contributions to corporate governance – its highest honor.

Marshall Small

Marshall Small serves as Senior Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP. Mr. Small has been engaged in a diversified business practice, which includes counseling boards of directors and serving as special counsel to board committees, compensation arrangements, and corporate and other public disclosure and securities law matters.  Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Small served as Law Clerk to Justice William O. Douglas at the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1951 Term, and thereafter served on active duty as an officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. Following a brief period on the faculty of Stanford Law School, as an Acting Assistant Professor of Law, Mr. Small joined Morrison & Foerster in 1954, was a partner from 1961 through 1992, and has served as Senior Counsel to the firm since 1993.

Mr. Small is a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has served as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Corporate Governance Project from 1982 through its completion in 1993.  He is a member of, and currently a Business Law Advisor to, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He served as a member of the Section’s Committee on Corporate Laws from 1974 to 1982.  As a member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Functions and Responsibilities of Directors, he participated in the preparation of the Committee’s original “Corporate Directors’ Guidebook” and “The Overview Committees of the Board of Directors.”  Mr. Small has also lectured and written extensively in the fields of corporate and securities law.

Mr. Small received his A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1949, and his J.D. degree from Stanford University School of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. Mr. Small was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford University.

The Honorable Vaughn R. Walker

Judge Walker is the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 2004 to 2010. He served as a judge for United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1989 to 2011.

In his 21 years on the federal bench, Judge Walker presided over an estimated 8,000 cases, more than 250 jury and bench trials, numerous settlement conferences and sat by designation on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. He was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Civil Rules, which promulgates procedural rules for the federal courts. Walker performed judicial training and education in many foreign countries under the auspices of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the U.S. Department of State.

During his tenure Judge Walker presided over several complex and noteworthy cases, including his August 2010 ruling holding California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional; a 2007 multi-district series of cases challenging telecommunications carriers’ alleged cooperation with the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the Bush Administration; copyright infringement cases between Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation; and Oracle’s merger/hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, approved despite Justice Department opposition.

Prior to his nomination to serve as a federal judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, Judge Walker was a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Walker is a 1966 graduate of the University of Michigan. He studied law at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (JD 1970), and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Walker is a member of numerous professional organizations, has been published in legal journals and lectures internationally on business law and judicial topics.

Frank Zarb

Frank Zarb

Mr. Zarb is a Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman. His primary area of focus is the financial services industry. Mr. Zarb is currently Interim Chairman of American International Group and Non-Executive Chairman of the Promontory Financial Group.Prior to joining the Firm in 2002, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASD, Inc. and The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. Previously, Mr. Zarb was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of insurance brokerage firm Alexander & Alexander Services, Inc., Vice Chairman and Group Chief Executive of The Travelers, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Barney. Before joining Smith Barney, he served as a Senior Partner at Lazard Frères & Co. and a General Partner at Goodbody and Co. Mr. Zarb has also served in various capacities in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.Mr. Zarb graduated from Hofstra University where he also received his MBA and an honorary Doctor of Law degree.
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