NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

CEO Succession

September 21, 2016
Atlanta, GA



A dynamic discussion on "CEO Succession", hosted by NACD President Peter Gleason and featuring:

Frank Blake, Retired CEO and Chair of Home Depot, and Director of Delta Air Lines, Inc.; 

Martha Brooks, Director of Bombardier Inc. and Jabil Circuit, Inc.;

Richard Anderson, Retired CEO and current Chair of Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Director of Cargill and Medtronic.


September 21, 2016

11:15 a.m. Networking

11:30 a.m. Seated Luncheon

11:45 a.m. Presentation


Program Description:

Succession Planning is a strategic matter.

No longer is succession planning treated as a personnel manner typically left for the outgoing CEO.   Surveys indicate CEO succession is now a top 5 issue for boards…..viewed as a strategy matter and a risk management issue. More interested and engaged participants are now involved: most CEO’s wish to continue to play a role in the selection process: the Nominating Committee sees succession planning as their mandate for the full board; even activist investors are demanding a voice in the selection of a CEO; and the Chairman takes the task seriously. A lot of cooks are in the kitchen these days!

Event Notes




Location and Time


The Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Speaker Spotlight


Richard Anderson

Richard H. Anderson - Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Richard H. Anderson became Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors on May 1, 2016, following nearly nine years of service as Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Anderson served as Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Airlines, Inc. from 1998 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2004, as Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Delta, Anderson was Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group and served as President of UnitedHealth Group Commercial Markets. He also serves as a director of Cargill Inc. and Medtronic Inc.

A native of Galveston, Texas, Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.

He and his wife, Susan, live in Houston, Texas.


Martha Brooks

Martha Finn Brooks - Bombardier Inc, and Jabil Circuits

Ms. Brooks is a pioneer among women in operations and heavy industry, working 25 years in line management with Cummins, Alcan and Novelis. She retired from Novelis as the leader of the $11 billion company in 2009. As a true global operator, she has lived on three continents, done business in over 40 countries and in a wide variety of industries from automotive to marine to aerospace to packaging.

Ms. Brooks currently serves as a Director of Bombardier (TSE), Jabil Circuit (NYSE) and Constellium (NYSE and EURONEXT) and is a former Director of International Paper and Harley-Davidson. Over several decades of cumulative public company board experience, she has served on numerous audit, compensation, nominating and governance, risk and strategy committees.

Ms. Brooks is deeply engaged in addressing poverty and education system gaps in Atlanta and the developing world. As a board member of CARE, she champions social enterprise and actively puts her private sector experience to work. Locally she is a board leader of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Chair of the Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, and former Chair of the Carter Center Board of Councilors.

She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Public and Private Management, both from Yale University. She has served her alma mater on the Presidents Council of International Advisors and as Trustee and Chair of the Yale-China Association and in various alumni organizations.


Frank Blake

Frank Blake- Former Chairman and CEO, The Home Depot

  Frank Blake served as Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot from January 2007 through November 2014, and then as chairman through January 2015. Frank joined The Home Depot in 2002 as executive vice president, business development and corporate operations.

  Frank previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive roles at General Electric, including senior vice president, Corporate Business Development. 

Frank’s public sector experience also includes having served as general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to Vice President George Bush and law clerk to Justice Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frank serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium, Delta Air Lines, Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s, and Grady Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law. 

Peter Gleason

Peter Gleason is President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the only membership organization devoted exclusively to serving the information and educational needs of corporate directors. Mr. Gleason also serves as Treasurer for the NACD Board of Directors and oversees NACD’s Research Department, which produces guidance on leading practices to enhance board performance. Mr. Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance. He serves as a member of NACD’s national faculty, is regularly quoted in the national media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, board-shareowner relations, and board evaluation. He has served as a Commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report issued over the past 14 years, including the most recent releases on Strategy Development, Talent Development, and Board Diversity. Mr. Gleason is currently a member of the Board of Nura Health, Inc., a development-stage health care company, serves as Chair of the International Professional Practices Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and is a director of the Capital Area Chapter of NACD. He was formerly a director of The Patriot Fund and was also a member of the Executive Advisory Panel for the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG). Mr. Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College, has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Virginia Tech, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.



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