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Corporate Governance Roundtable
Strategies to Avoid the Chutes & Climb the Ladders to Success

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110




Not Your Average Board Game: Corporate Governance Best Practices
Jim Morris, Senior Manager, Consulting Practice, Baker Tilly

This session will provide an overview of best practices based on experiences with boards in the United States and around the world. You will have an opportunity to measure your company’s corporate governance through the lens of tried and true methods. Fundamental questions, and the accompanying nuances, such as, “What is the role of the board?” and “What is the role of management?” will be addressed. The important topic of board diversity will also be discussed. The presenter will walk attendees through how to put together a comprehensive and effective corporate governance structure, so regardless of whether you are looking for a place to start or want to ensure that what you have in place is as robust as possible, this session will provide you with valuable information.

Play Chess Not Checkers: The Board’s Role in Investments
William Piel, CFA, Vice President, Co-Head of Portfolio Management, Opus Investment Management, Inc.

Insurance entities typically require a great deal of customization in their investment portfolios, due to their unique business considerations (lines of coverage, short/medium/long tail mix, severity vs. frequency, etc.), management and the board’s risk appetite, as well as regulator and ratings agency considerations. Therefore, effective investment management of insurance entities requires a thorough understanding of both sides of the balance sheet. This presentation will explore each of these topics to help the audience appreciate the complexities involved in managing insurance assets and the myriad of issues that must be addressed by the asset manager. In addition, common themes on key business and investment metrics used by insurance entities both within and outside of New York will be discussed.

Play Your Cards Right with the Right Players: Board Recruitment and Retention
Marc Gyimesi, Senior Search Consultant, The Carlisle Group

The success of the board starts with the people who are elected to serve as directors and officers. It is important that strong choices are made during the recruitment process. It is just as critical that policies and procedures are put into place to retain board members, but also ensure that the company has the advantage of continually benefitting from new perspectives. This presentation will focus on tricky situations that can develop and how to handle these situations without making it personal. Succession planning is a key component of well-functioning boards—learn how to make it an integral part of your company’s corporate governance.

Regulatory Focus: Getting Past Go as You Prepare for CGAD
Jim Morris, Senior Manager, Consulting Practice, Baker Tilly

Now it’s time to talk compliance. While New York has yet to officially propose a law based on the NAIC Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure (CGAD) model, it is anticipated that CGAD will be coming to New York in the not so distant future. This session will provide the regulator’s view of corporate governance, focusing on regulatory prep and highlighting areas where insurance companies have had issues or questions arise.

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