Kellie Huennekens, Associate Director at EY’s Center for Board Matters, assists boards and committee members in their oversight roles by providing insights for directors tackling complex boardroom issues. She also assists institutional investors and other members of the governance community on emerging trends and long-term developments in corporate governance.
Kellie leads the Center’s research and data analysis efforts, covering a universe of 3,000 US listed companies, and creates thought leadership content and benchmarking products on company, industry and index specific practices. As a liaison with the corporate community and with other subject-matter experts across EY, Kellie integrates corporate governance insights with those from audit, tax, advisory and SEC regulatory affairs to address a wide range of governance matters. Kellie also spearheads collaborations with external organizations including large-scale research projects for the Society for Corporate Governance and the IRRC Institute.
Kellie has presented on corporate governance issues to corporate boards and a variety of organizations, including the Tapestry Audit Committee Leadership Network and The Conference Board. Kellie’s recent work addresses governance challenges for boards, board and committee composition, board and corporate disclosures and ESG (environmental, social and governance) matters. Other focus areas include the institutional investor community, management and shareholder proposals, proxy voting results, and board and executive compensation.
Kellie has specialized in governance since 2005, when she joined Proxy Governance Inc (PGI) as one of the proxy advisory firm’s first hires. At PGI, she made recommendations to institutional investors on corporate ballot items, with a particular focus on proxy contests, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Kellie joined EY in 2011 when the firm acquired PGI’s research team and proprietary database.
Kellie’s previous experience includes investment banking and corporate finance at Credit Suisse, Legg Mason, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the US Department of Treasury. Kellie holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA from the College of William & Mary.