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OVERVIEW

Directors’ College, now in its twenty-fourth year, is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms. The program addresses a broad range of problems that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in setting business strategy, CEO and board succession, crisis management, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, international trade issues, the global economy, and cybersecurity threats.

 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Joseph A. Grundfest

Joseph A. Grundfest

Joseph A. Grundfest

W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-Founder and Director, Financial Engines;

Joseph A. Grundfest ’78 is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. Professor Grundfest previously served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters.

 

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Amanda K. Packel

Amanda K. Packel

Managing Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Amanda K. Packel coordinates and executes Rock Center programs and research projects and oversees the center’s communications strategy, finances, and academic fellowship program. Packel speaks and conducts research on corporate governance issues, with publications on diversity on corporate boards, leadership, and ethics in nonprofits. She serves on the board of directors of the Thirty Percent Coalition and the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX). Packel previously practiced white-collar criminal defense at Covington & Burling and at Orrick.

 

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F. Daniel Siciliano

F. Daniel Siciliano

Co-Director, Stanford Directors’ College; Independent Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; Chair, American Immigration Council

F. Daniel Siciliano is a Co-Director of Stanford’s Directors’ College, Co-Chair of the We Robot Conference on AI/Robotics, Law, and Policy, and is the immediate past faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Along with Joe Grundfest, Larry Kramer, David Larcker and Rob Daines, he co-founded the Rock Center in 2006 and, as a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School, led the Center until 2017. His teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and the two-part Stanford Venture Capital series. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Siciliano was also co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the US, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015.

Siciliano is a co-founder and board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association.

Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate compliance, the legal and social impact of autonomous (AI/robotic) systems, and corporate technology strategy and security. He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of dozens of Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy and Applied Materials), is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America, and currently serves as an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He lives in Los Altos, California.

 

ABOUT THE ROCK CENTER

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance was founded at Stanford University in 2006 with a generous donation from Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock, with the belief that by examining what constitutes good corporate governance and how to measure it in new and more rigorous ways, we could shape the future of corporate governance. For more information, please visit the Rock Center website.

 

OUR AFFILIATES

The Rock Center Affiliates contribute through sponsorship and program input on an annual basis and support sustained scholarship, policy, relevant research and teaching, and program development that bridges the gap between academia and the real world. You can find more information about the Affiliate Program here.