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Arthur Rock

Arthur Rock


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 a member of the board of directors of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., serving as chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. She also serves as a Co-Director of the Stanford Institutional Investors’ Forum. In April 2015, she retired as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation, where, since 1995, she served as secretary to the board of directors, the Executive Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Beebe provided advice and counsel to the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and managed the company’s corporate governance function.

Throughout her career, Ms. Beebe 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 honored as a Civil Rights Hero by the state of California.

From 2008 until 2014, Lydia served on the governing board of the National Judicial College and was awarded the Advancement of Justice Award in 2015. She has also served on the governing boards of Professional Business Women of California, the Society of of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the San Francisco Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee. She has been active on the governing boards of the Kansas University Endowment Association, Kansas University Law Alumni, the Presidio Trust, the Olympic Club, Golden Gate University, the National Association of Corporate Directors of Northern California, and the San Francisco Symphony.

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

Listed as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012, Priya Cherian Huskins is a partner at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., a full-service insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Priya is a recognized expert in D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance matters, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations.

Ms. Huskins is a frequent speaker on D&O issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s Annual Directors’ College, among others. She’s also the author of the popular D&O Notebook blog and a regular contributor to Inside Counsel magazine.

Ms. Huskins is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, The Monthly Dividend Company®, (NYSE: O), where she serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and is the chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. She is also on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance as well as the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX).

Ms. Huskins began her career as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of Silicon Valley’s leading law firms. At WSGR, Priya worked with public and private companies through all stages of their development, including IPOs, ongoing public reporting and M&A transactions.

A member of the California Bar, Ms. Huskins earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago, where she was managing editor of the University’s Legal Forum publication. Following law school, Ms. Huskins was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Magill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

William Green

William E. Green, founder of William Green & Associates is a retired lawyer who practiced in the City of Palo Alto for more than 40 years after serving as Associate General Counsel for Boise Cascade Corporation and Sybron Corporation. 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 is a past 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. During his tenure there he served as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

Mr. Green also serves on the boards of directors of Ramsell Corporation, Flower’s Community Initiatives, 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 $230 billion in assets. He is the founder, Past President, and former Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA). He currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute, and RiceBran Technologies Corporation. Mr. Koppes was a Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from 2002 to 2010, and a Director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc. from 1998 to 2008. He retired from the international law firm of Jones Day in December 2009 after 13-plus years of service, and is a current Program Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School, and a Senior Advisor to CamberView Partners. Mr. Koppes was a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions on Board Evaluations, Board-Shareholder Communications and The Diverse Board, as well as of the NACD-CII Task Force on Shareholder/Director Communications. He 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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