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19th Annual Stanford Directors' College 2013

2013 Keynotes

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell
Chairman of the Board and former President and CEO, Intuit, Inc.

Bill Campbell assumed his role as chairman of the board of directors in August 1998. He previously served as Intuit’s president and chief executive officer from 1994 to 1998 and as chief executive officer from September 1999 until January 2000.

During Campbell’s tenure, Intuit solidified its position as the clear leader in tax, personal finance and small business accounting software. During that time, the company also invented a new class of Web-based finance businesses delivered through Quicken.com, Intuit’s website.

For the three years before joining Intuit, Campbell was the president and chief executive officer of GO Corp., a pen-based computing software company. Previously, he founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Claris Corp., which was purchased by Apple Computer Inc. in 1990.

Before starting Claris, Campbell was Apple’s executive vice president, group executive of the United States. He joined Apple in July 1983 as vice president of marketing and added the title of vice president of sales in January 1984. In September 1984, his duties were expanded to include distribution, service and support when he was promoted to executive vice president. In June 1985, Campbell was named group executive of the United States and has served on its board of directors since August 1997.

Campbell joined Apple from Eastman Kodak Co. where his last assignment was general manager of consumer products for Kodak Europe. Prior to joining Kodak, he was vice president of J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based advertising agency.

Before entering the technology industry, Campbell was the head football coach at Columbia University for six years, and has been chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees since 2005. He is also a director of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

John Donahoe

John Donahoe
President and CEO, eBay Inc.; Director, eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.

John became President and CEO of eBay Inc. on March 31, 2008. In this role, John leads a global ecommerce and payments leader with revenues of $11.7 billion in 2011 and hundreds of millions of users in nearly every country on Earth. John has driven a strong focus on innovation and customers across eBay Inc.’s core businesses, which include eBay, PayPal, GSI Commerce and X.commerce, the company’s platform division. Under his watch, the company has aggressively grown payments, made major strides in reinvigorating its core marketplace business, and established an early lead in mobile commerce.

John joined eBay in March 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces, responsible for all elements of eBay’s global ecommerce businesses. In this role, he focused on expanding eBay’s core business, which accounts for a large percentage of the company’s revenues. John also oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions, including Shopping.com, StubHub and classifieds sites, such as Gumtree. During his three-year tenure as President of Marketplaces, revenues and profits for the division doubled.

Prior to eBay, John spent more than 20 years at Bain & Company, a worldwide consulting firm based in Boston. Starting as an Associate Consultant, John rose to become the firm’s president and CEO in 1999, overseeing Bain’s 30 offices and 3,000 employees.

John received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Additionally, John serves on the Board of Directors for eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.

David Einhorn

David Einhorn
Founder and President, Greenlight Capital

DAVID EINHORN is president and co-founder of Greenlight Capital, a long-short value-oriented hedge fund, which started with $1 million under management in 1996. Over the ensuing years, Greenlight has generated greater than a twenty-one percent annualized net return for its partners.
Einhorn is Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) and serves on the boards of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Einhorn graduated summa cum laude with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer
CEO, President and Director, Yahoo!; Director, Walmart

Marissa Mayer was named Yahoo! CEO, President and Director in July 2012.

Prior to Yahoo! Marissa Mayer was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile.

During her 13 years at Google, Marissa held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products. She played an instrumental role in Google search, leading the product management effort for more than 10 years, a period during which Google Search grew from a few hundred thousand to well over a billion searches per day. Marissa led the development of some of Google’s most successful services including image, book and product search, toolbar, and iGoogle, and defined such pivotal products as Google News and Gmail. She is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.

Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a M.S. in Computer Science. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. While at Stanford, she taught computer programming to more than 3000 students and received the Centennial Teaching and Forsythe Awards for her contributions to undergraduate education. In 2008, the Illinois Institute of Technology awarded her an honorary doctorate of engineering.

Marissa serves on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is also on the board of various non-profits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, and the New York City Ballet.

Russ Feingold

Sen. Russell Feingold
former US Senator

For eighteen years, Russell D. Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees. He also served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1983 to 1993 and practiced law for six years at Foley & Lardner and LaFollette & Sinykin in Madison, Wisconsin. Feingold graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, received a degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1977, and then went on to Harvard Law School, where he earned his degree in 1979.
Since leaving the Senate, Feingold has been a visiting professor at Marquette University Law School and the inaugural Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University during winter quarter 2012.
Feingold is also the author of the New York Times bestseller While America Sleeps, about what America has done wrong both domestically and abroad since the terrorist attacks of September 11, and what steps must be taken to ensure that the next ten years are focused on the international problems that threaten America and its citizens.

Richard Parsons

Richard “Dick” Parsons
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners, LLC; former Chairman, Citigroup; Chairman and CEO, Time Warner

Richard Parsons is a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communications and information companies.  He is the former Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc.  Prior to serving in those roles, he was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Time Warner, Inc., the world’s largest media and entertainment company, from 2002 to 2008.  In its January 2005 on America’s Best CEOs, Institutional Investor magazine named Mr. Parsons the top CEO in the entertainment industry.

Before joining Time Warner, in 1995, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States.  Previously, he was the managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler.  Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford.  Mr. Parsons received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and his legal training at Union University’s Albany Law School.

In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then President-Elect Barack Obama’s Economic Transition Team.  More recently, he serves as a member of President Obama’s President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He also is the Chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission.  His other civic and non-profit commitments include Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theater Foundation and of the Jazz Foundation of America. He also serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mr. Parsons is also a member of the boards of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., Lazard Frères and Company, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.


Gary Retelny
President, ISS Inc.; Managing Director and Corporate Secretary, MSCI Inc

Gary Retelny is President of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and is a Named Executive officer (“NEO”) and Managing Director of MSCI and a member of its Executive Committee. As President of ISS, the leading global provider of corporate governance solutions to institutional investors, corporations and other constituencies,
Mr. Retelny is responsible for the overall leadership of the business, which includes over 550 employees across 14 global offices. He works across all key ISS functions globally to expand the company’s current range of governance solutions, ensure the quality of its research and the reliability of its proxy voting operations.

Mr. Retelny has been with MSCI Inc., ISS’ parent company, since 2003. He has close to 30 years of experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and investment management. Gary is the Corporate Secretary and Secretary of the MSCI Board of Directors serving as the liaison to MSCI’s Directors and Board Committees.

As Head of Strategy and Business Development Gary is also responsible for major strategic initiatives and deal sourcing, as well as evaluating and executing acquisitions for MSCI. Most recently, Gary led the deal team in MSCI’s $1.6 billion acquisition of RiskMetrics Group (NYSE: RISK) in June 2010, a leader in risk management and corporate governance. He worked on the separation of MSCI from Morgan Stanley, including the implementation of MSCI’s independent governance processes and global benefit programs and led the team that took the Company public on the NYSE in a $290 million IPO in November 2007.

Gary received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1980 from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Stanford in 1983.

Myron T. Steele

Chief Justice Myron T. Steele
Supreme Court of Delaware

The Senate confirmed Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s nomination of Justice Myron T. Steele as Chief Justice on Wednesday, May 5, 2004. Chief Justice Steele is the 7th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Before his appointment as Chief Justice, he served as a Supreme Court Justice from July 28, 2000 to May 5, 2004. Previously, he served as a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery from 1994 to 2000, as Resident Judge of the Superior Court in Kent County from 1990 to 1994, and as a Superior Court Judge from 1988 to 1990.

Chief Justice Steele graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A., Foreign Affairs, 1967) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1970; LL.M. 2005). He served on active duty in the U.S. Army and retired as a Colonel in the Delaware Army National Guard. He was a Deputy Attorney General, Senate (Delaware) Attorney and Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board. Before being appointed to the bench, he was a litigation partner in Prickett, Jones & Elliott of Wilmington and Dover. He also served as outside counsel, Director and Chairman of the Central Delaware Health Care Corporation.

In addition to his judicial activities, Chief Justice Steele has been appointed to the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction by Chief Justice John Roberts. He is an advisor to the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, a member of and judicial liaison to the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section, and a member of the Judicial Section. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the first member of the Delaware Judiciary selected.

As Vice Chancellor and Superior Court Judge, Chief Justice Steele presided over major corporate litigation and LLC and limited partner governance disputes. Some of the most noteworthy trials over which he presided include the Viacom/Universal Studios dispute over ownership of the USA Television Networks; Painewebber v. Centocor, an internal governance dispute in a nationally traded limited partnership; CFLP v. Cantor, et al., a dispute seeking injunctive and contractual remedies between limited partners and a general partner in a closed partnership; and the DuPont v. Admiral environmental insurance coverage litigation. Chief Justice Steele has published over 400 opinions resolving disputes among members of limited liability companies and limited partnerships, and between shareholders and management of both publicly traded and closely held corporations.

Chief Justice Steele speaks and writes frequently on issues of corporate document interpretation and corporate governance. His thesis for the LL.M. degree, Judicial Scrutiny of Fiduciary Duties in Delaware Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, focused on the application of common law fiduciary duties within the contractual framework of alternative business organizations. It was published in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (32 Del. J. Corp. L. 1 (2007)). The November 2005 issue of The Business Lawyer included an article he co-authored with Sean J. Griffith entitled On Corporate Law Federalism: Threatening the Thaumatrope (61 Bus. Law. 1 (2005)). Most recently, he co-authored an article with J.W. Verret entitled Delaware’s Guidance: Ensuring Equity for the Modern Witenagemot to be published in the Fall 2007 issue of the Virginia Law & Business Review (2 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 188 (2007)). That article formed the basis for a keynote speech to the Business Section at the 2007 ABA Annual Meeting.

In September 2007, Directorship Magazine ranked Chief Justice Steele as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States. In December 2007, Ethisphere Magazine ranked Chief Justice Steele second in its list of “the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for 2007.” Lawdragon Magazine has consistently placed Chief Justice Steele among its annual Lawdragon 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” and “Top Judges in America.”

His current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends May 26, 2016.

Chairman Elisse B. Walter

Commissioner Elisse B. Walter
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Elisse B. Walter was appointed Commissioner by President George W. Bush and was sworn in on July 9, 2008. She was later designated the 30th Chairman of the SEC by President Barack Obama, and she served as the agency’s leader from December 2012 to April 2013. She served as Acting Chairman in January 2009.

Prior to her appointment as an SEC Commissioner, Ms. Walter served as Senior Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Programs, for FINRA. She held the same position at NASD before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation.

Ms. Walter coordinated policy issues across FINRA and oversaw a number of departments including Investment Company Regulation, Member Education and Training, Investor Education and Emerging Regulatory Issues. She also served on the Board of Directors of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Prior to joining NASD, Ms. Walter served as the General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Before joining the CFTC in 1994, Ms. Walter was the Deputy Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission. She served on the SEC’s staff beginning in 1977, both in that Division and in the Office of the General Counsel. Before joining the SEC, Ms. Walter was an attorney with a private law firm.

Ms. Walter is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York and the inaugural class of the ABA’s DirectWomen Institute. She also has received, among other honors, the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished), the ASECA William O. Dougalas Award, the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, the SEC’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Federal Bar Association’s Philip Loomis and Manuel F. Cohen Younger Lawyer Awards.

She graduated from Yale University with a B.A., cum laude, in mathematics and received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Ms. Walter is married to Ronald Alan Stern, and they have two sons and a daugter-in-law, Jonathan, Evan, and Grace So.