Press Release May 27, 2011

Goodwin Procter Announces Fifth Annual Public Company Directors Forums in Silicon Valley and Boston

BOSTON, May 27, 2011Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, will host its fifth annual Directors Forums on June 2 in Silicon Valley and June 9 in Boston.  The 2011 Forums will address changes to whistleblower laws and their implications for public company directors; executive compensation issues resulting from Dodd-Frank and other SEC rule changes; and the perils and pitfalls of public company M&A activity. This is the first year that the Forum will be held on both the East and West Coasts.

The West Coast Forum will feature a keynote address from Maynard Webb, chairman and CEO of LiveOps, which provides on-demand call center technology and solutions to enterprise companies. His presentation, “Catalysts for Change,” will focus on risk versus innovation, the speed at which technology platforms are changing and how all of these trends facet the actions and decisions of boards of directors. Webb has more than 30 years experience developing and leading high-growth companies. Before joining LiveOps, he was chief operating officer of eBay and senior vice president and CIO of Gateway. He has also held leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corp., Thomas-Conrad Corp. and IBM, and sits on the boards of several successful companies.

The East Coast Forum will feature a keynote address from Dr. Matthew Slaughter, an associate dean of the MBA Program at the Tuck School and the Signal Companies’ Professor of Management. His keynote will provide an overview of the findings of The Squam Lake Report, which was authored by 15 of the world’s leading economists and contains recommendations on fixing troubled financial markets. An expert in the economics and politics of globalization, Slaughter’s work focuses on the global operations of multinational firms and the labor-market impacts of international trade, investment and immigration. From 2005 to 2007, he served as a member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President.

“Now in its fifth year, our Directors Forum provides a compelling alternative to traditional corporate governance programs in the marketplace,” said Stuart Cable, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s M&A/Corporate Governance Practice and founder of the Forum. “We look forward to once again addressing the most pertinent issues affecting public company directors.”

“The Forum is one of the firm’s flagship events, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to the West Coast this year,” added Anthony McCusker, co-chair of the firm’s Technology Practice and a member of the Forum’s Steering Committee.

In addition to Goodwin Procter partner participants, including Stuart Cable, Lisa Haddad, Rick Kline, Deborah Birnbach, Steven Feldstein and Heidi Goldstein Shepherd, Forum speakers and panelists will include: 

  • Amy Bilbija, senior vice president, MacKenzie Partners
  • Mark Borges, principal, Compensia
  • M. Eric Johnson, director, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Ken Klein, president, Wind River
  • Christopher Lowe, chief business officer and chief financial officer, Anthera Pharmaceuticals
  • Edward Fraioli, board member
  • Reggie Sommer, board member 

The 2011 Directors West Coast Forum will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at 2050 University Avenue in East Palo Alto, CA on Thursday, June 2 from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm PT. The 2011 Directors East Coast Forum will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Boston at 776 Boylston Street in Boston, MA on Thursday June 9 from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm ET. Advance registration is required.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms, with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm provides corporate law and litigation services, with a focus on matters involving real estate, REITs and real estate capital markets; private equity; technology companies; financial services; intellectual property; products liability and mass torts; and securities litigation and white collar defense.  For additional information, visit  www.goodwinprocter.com.  Follow us on Twitter @GoodwinProcter.