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Kevin Ryan

Keane UP names Kevin Ryan as Chief Executive Officer: Prior to being named as CEO, Ryan served, since 2014, as Keane’s Chief Financial Officer. “Kevin positions Keane for sustained growth and success. He has a proven ability to understand the business at a deeper level and drive results,” said Robert Belke, Chairman of Keane’s Board of Directors. “Through Kevin’s operational leadership and financial acumen, Keane saw record revenues in 2016 for its unclaimed property reporting division and continued expansion within its National Consulting & Advisory Services Group. We’re confident that Kevin’s strategic vision and leadership will allow Keane to strengthen and grow the services we deliver in a continuously regulated industry” the April 5th Press Release noted.

William H. Hinman

William H. Hinman, who recently retired as a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, LLP has been named as the new director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. “Bill is widely recognized for his judgment and expertise in the area of corporate finance. He also is a proven leader, mentor, and counselor. I know the SEC and the people it serves will benefit greatly from his valuable experience,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton in the SEC’s press release. “He has spent the last 37 years working in our public and private markets, and he understands the SEC’s mission to promote capital formation while ensuring that investors have the information necessary to make informed decisions.”

Michael Goedecke

Michael Goedecke, a securities industry veteran based in California - formerly with the Harris Trust and later the BNY-Mellon transfer agency sales teams, then as the West Coast sales rep for NASDAQ - has signed on with Broadridge Financial Solutions as a T-A sales rep. A really fine and knowledgeable guy.

Richard Ferlauto

Richard Ferlauto, one of the pioneers of the corporate governance movement and a leading spokesman for “socially responsible investment” passed away in his sleep on May 8th, at 60 years of age. A true innovator, and one of the most thoughtful and respected voices in the industry, Rich began his career as a community organizer and affordable housing activist. After an 11 year stint at ISS, he worked for union rights and rose to the position of Director of Corporate Governance and Pension Investments for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). He also helped launch the Office of Investments of the AFL-CIO, after which he served for several years as a Deputy Director at the SEC. Most recently, Rich co-founded the 50/50 Climate Project which persuades corporate boards to respond to the challenges of climate change. The OPTIMIZER was pleased and proud to have interviewed Rich for its 2008 Special Supplement: Still highly relevant and a wonderful demonstration of Rich’s ability to articulate complex and often controversial issues in a clear, well reasoned and non-confrontational manner. Here's a link to the interview:


Dan Fahey

Dan Fahey, a former Bank of Boston transfer agent veteran, then an investment advisor, who frequently volunteered time and talent to help senior citizens in his Boston-area community, then a wonderful and meticulous Inspector of Election for CT Hagberg LLC, passed away peacefully in his sleep in April, after ten courageous months dealing with glioblastoma. Dan will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, clients and fellow citizens, who turned out in force, we are told, for a joyful memorial service in his hometown.

Maura Byrne

Maura Byrne, a 17-year-old Connecticut high school student who plans to enter university this fall, has been chosen to receive the SSA’s 13th award under the James R. Smith Scholarship Program. Her selection was announced by Scholarship Management Service, the independent organization that administers the program and oversees the annual application process on behalf of the SSA’s Board of Directors. Maura is the daughter of Ken and Cathy Byrne of Stamford and the granddaughter of long-time SSA and Society member Gordon G. Garney, formerly of Mobil Corporation, who many readers will still remember with affection. Maura plans to study journalism at American University in Washington, D.C., and sees herself in a writing career focused on issues ‘that are interesting and relevant.” Like all of the previous recipients of the Scholarship award, Maura is a highly accomplished, multitalented and community-minded star - and we feel certain she will continue the unbroken 12-year old tradition of remaining eligible for the Scholarship for her entire college career.

James Kristie

James Kristie, the distinguished editor and associate publisher of Directors & Boards magazine is retiring after more than three decades running the publication. Kristie is likely the longest-tenured magazine editor currently in the publishing industry, beginning his 36th year as editor of Directors & Boards in September - and he is, without a doubt, one of the bestconnected and most widely regarded people in the corporate world, and in the corporate governance space. “I just put out a 40th anniversary issue of Directors & Boards, and I originally thought I would retire with this issue — the old ‘going out on top…knowing when to quit’ trick…But management asked me to stay on to put out the first issue of 2017 so it looks like my last day will be Feb. 3 when that issue gets shipped to press” he posted on LinkedIn. Jim is an advisory board member of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and the Center for Corporate Governance at the LeBow School of Business at Drexel University - so we are hoping that he will remain an active observer and commenter on governance matters.

Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase Chair & CEO, has been named Chair of The Business Roundtable for a 2-year term beginning January 1st, succeeding Doug Oberhelman, Chair & CEO of Caterpillar. Dimon was one of the prime movers behind the recently published Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance that aim to promote long-termoriented governance, and in December he was among the approximately 15 CEOs and other business leaders appointed to the President-Elect’s new Strategic & Policy Forum.