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CT: All Aboard! How to Land Quality Board Seats

  • April 08, 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Office Suites of Darien


  • Special price for members

Getting that first board seat remains a challenge, even for highly qualified business leaders.  Securing the right seats can be even more difficult.  As an active CEO, with a corporate limit on outside boards, how do I target and land the right seat, or multiple seats?  How do I determine which are best for me?  Are there issues with trading or jettisoning seats down the road?  And why are some qualified execs eschewing boards altogether?  This panel discussion will help us understand the unwritten ground rules of navigating board search, and illuminate a path for picking the right board placements for ourselves, our priorities and our companies.


7 - 7:30 p.m. - Mingling  
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Program

Mike Lorelli - President & CEO, WaterJel Technologies

Kerry D. Moynihan - Managing Director, ZRG Partners

Lionel L. Nowell III - Board of Directors: Bank of America, Reynolds American, and American Electric Power


MIKE LORELLI, CEO of WaterJel Technologies, accepted his first Board assignment in 1990.  He has since served on the board and chaired the compensation committees of 3 publicly traded companies and served on 5 private equity boards. Mike is presently on the board of CP Kelco and Rita’s Italian Ices. He has master’s level accreditation at both the National Association of Corporate Directors and The American College of Corporate Directors. Mike is a Founding Trustee of CEO Trust’s NY & CT Chapters and served two tours of duty as a PepsiCo division president in the 90’s.

KERRY MOYNIHAN, Managing Director at the executive search firm, ZRG Partners, specializes in board search and the strategic restructuring of boards of directors. Previously, Kerry was a partner with two of the world’s largest executive search firms. He has served on a number of advisory boards for emerging companies in technology and business services. He has written about and is sought by the media for his views on corporate governance, human capital, and executive compensation.

LIONEL NOWELL has held senior leadership roles over the past thirty years with fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo, RJR Nabisco and Diageo PLC.  Lionel currently serves on the boards of Bank of America, American Electric Power, and Reynolds American, as well as the Dean's Advisory Board at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.  A requested speaker at conferences and seminars, and a contributor to numerous publications, Lionel is also author of the self-help book "You Are Better Than Your Best.”

JOE TAIT, CIO of Lydall, is a senior IT leader with 20+ years of leadership and IT management experience in diverse industries.  Joe actively supports the IT industry through his participation on numerous Society For Information Management committees, university technology advisory boards, and presenting at seminars on topics of current interest.  Prior to Lydall, Joe held senior IT roles at NMS Labs, Covance, Scunci International, The Campbell Soup Co., and Nutri/System.


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