Lead Director Network

Leading boards in turbulent times for public companies

Most US public companies have appointed an independent, non-executive director to lead the independent board members. Whether called lead or presiding director or non-executive chair, these board leaders play a vital role in strengthening corporate governance. Even where the board has a CEO who is also the chair, the independent lead director is often called to step forward in moments of crisis, such as a hostile takeover attempt or an activist intervention.

The Lead Director Network (LDN) is a group of leading independent directors from America’s most successful companies who share a commitment to improving corporate performance and earning shareholder trust through more effective board leadership. LDN members gather several times each year to candidly and thoughtfully address critical issues confronting their boards and their companies. 

Our members include:

  • Alan Bennett – Lead Director, Fluor Corporation and TJX
  • Mike Calbert – Non-Executive Chair, PVH
  • H. James Dallas – Non-Executive Chair, Centene
  • Marcela Donadio – Lead Director, Marathon Oil
  • David Dorman – Non-Executive Chair, CVS Health
  • Paulett EberhartNon-Executive Director, Valero Energy
  • Cynthia Egan – Lead Director, Huntsman Corp
  • Curt Espeland – Lead Director, Lincoln Electric
  • Donald Felsinger – Lead Director, Archer Daniels Midland and Northrop Grumman
  • Lawton Fitt – Non-Executive Chair, Progressive Insurance
  • Karen FrancisNon-Executive Chair, Vontier
  • Ann Fritz Hackett – Lead Director, Capital One 
  • Anne Gates – Non-Executive Chair, Tapestry Inc. 
  • Fritz Henderson – Lead Director, Marriott International
  • Alexis Herman – Lead Director, Cummins
  • David Herzog – Lead Director, DXC Technology
  • Michele Hooper – Lead Director, UnitedHealth
  • Glenn Hubbard – Lead Director, MetLife
  • Johnny Johns – Lead Director, Genuine Parts Company
  • Molly Joseph – Non-Executive Chair, First Solar
  • Edward Kangas – Non-Executive Chair, Deutsche Bank US
  • Susan Kilsby – Non-Executive Chair, Fortune Brands Home & Security
  • Madeleine Kleiner – Lead Director, Hilton Hotels Corp.
  • Mel Lagomasino – Lead Director, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Steve Leer – Lead Director, Norfolk Southern
  • Stu LevenickLead Director, Entergy
  • General Les Lyles, USAF (Ret.) – Lead Director, KBR
  • Jay Morse – Non-Executive Chair, AES 
  • Oscar Munoz – Non-Executive Director, Salesforce.com
  • Bob Murley – Non-Executive Chair, Stericycle
  • Suzanne Nimocks – Lead Director, Owens Corning
  • Chuck Noski – Lead Director, Booking Holdings
  • Stu Randle – Lead Director, Beacon Roofing Supply
  • Pam Reeve – Non-Executive Chair, American Tower
  • Joe Reece – Lead Director, NCR
  • Elaine Rosen – Non-Executive Chair, Assurant
  • Pat Russo – Non-Executive Chair, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lead Director, General Motors 
  • Ted Samuels – Lead Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Doug SteenlandLead Director, AIG
  • Abhi TalwalkarNon-Executive Chair, Lam Research
  • Chris Thompson – Lead Director, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Bill Van Faasen – Lead Trustee, Eversource