Lead Director Network

Leading boards in turbulent times for public companies

Most US public companies have appointed an independent, non-executive director to lead the independent board members. Whether called lead or presiding director or non-executive chair, these board leaders play a vital role in strengthening corporate governance. Even where the board has a CEO who is also the chair, the independent lead director is often called to step forward in moments of crisis, such as a hostile takeover attempt or an activist intervention.

The Lead Director Network (LDN) is a group of leading independent directors from America’s most successful companies who share a commitment to improving corporate performance and earning shareholder trust through more effective board leadership. LDN members gather several times each year to candidly and thoughtfully address critical issues confronting their boards and their companies. The network is supported by EY.

Our members include:

  • Alan Bennett – Lead Director, TJX
  • Frank Blake – Non-Executive Chair, Delta Air Lines
  • Paul Bowers – Lead Director, Aflac
  • Gregory Brenneman – Lead Director, Home Depot
  • Peter Browning – Lead Director, Acuity Brands
  • David Calhoun – Independent Chair, Caterpillar
  • Jaime Chico – Lead Director, Honeywell
  • Sanford Cloud, Jr. – Lead Trustee, Eversource Energy
  • W. Don Cornwell – Lead Director, Avon
  • David Dorman – Non-Executive Chair, CVS Health
  • Paulett Eberhart – Lead Director, Anadarko
  • Curt Espeland – Lead Director, Lincoln Electric
  • Donald Felsinger – Lead Director, Archer Daniels Midland and Northrop Grumman
  • Jim Fogarty – Non-Executive Chair, Assertio Therapeutics
  • Ann Fritz Hackett – Lead Director, Capital One Financial Corporation
  • Glenn Hubbard – Lead Director, MetLife
  • Johnny Johns – Lead Director, Genuine Parts Company
  • William Johnson – Lead Director, United Parcel Service
  • Edward Kangas – Lead Director, United Technologies
  • Mel Lagomasino – Lead Director, Coca-Cola
  • Lou Lavigne – Lead Director, Zynga 
  • Steve Leer – Lead Director, Norfolk Southern; Non-Executive Chair, USG 
  • General Les Lyles, USAF (Ret.) – Non-Executive Chair (elect), KBR; Non-Executive Chair, USAA
  • Mike McCarthy - Lead Director, Union Pacific
  • Jay Morse – Lead Director, AES 
  • Bob Murley – Non-Executive Chair, Stericycle
  • Craig Omtvedt – Non-Executive Chair, Oshkosh Corporation
  • Pam Reeve – Lead Director, American Tower; Non-Executive Chair, Frontier Communications
  • Steven Reinemund – Lead Director, Exxon Mobil
  • Vicki Sato – Lead Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Daniel Schulman – Non-Executive Chair, Symantec Corporation
  • Steve Specker – Lead Director, Southern Company
  • Doug Steenland – Non-Executive Chair, AIG and Performance Food Group 
  • Chris Thompson – Lead Director, Jacobs Engineering Group
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