Corporate Secretary Announces Finalists for Annual Corporate Governance Awards Legal, governance and compliance excellence recognized, from rising stars to CSR

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate Secretary, the leading governance and compliance publication, is excited to announce the finalists for the Corporate Governance Awards 2011. This annual event recognizes the leading practices and companies in the corporate compliance, governance and legal community.

The governance and legal professionals selected have demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from mergers and acquisitions to the use of technology in governance and compliance. A full list of the finalists is provided below.

Highlights from this year's finalist selection process include:

  • Broad governance success: Prudential Financial is a finalist in three categories: corporate governance team of the year (large cap), best proxy statement and governance professional of the year (for Peggy Foran, chief governance officer, vice president and secretary).
  • Head-to-head match-up: KLA-Tencor and AGCO Corporation are finalists in the same three categories: corporate governance team of the year (small to mid-cap), best overall governance compliance and ethics (small to mid-cap) and governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap).
  • Repeat performances: Cisco and Kraft Foods, both winners in 2010, are finalists in 2011. Cisco won the award for best overall governance, compliance and ethics last year and is a finalist for corporate governance team of the year this time around. Kraft Foods won best legal team in an M&A transaction last year and this year is a finalist for best proxy statement and best overall governance compliance and ethics. Best Buy won the award for the best governance team of the year in 2010 and is in the running for most innovative CSR disclosure policy this year.
  • New possibilities: Corporate Secretary has introduced a new category: best overall governance – international.

In the coming weeks, the panel of judges will review the finalists and identify the winners, who will be celebrated on November 10, 2011 at the Corporate Governance Awards in New York City.

Matthew Scott, editor, Corporate Secretary

'This year we see several past winners of our awards earning finalist nominations in other categories. This shows their commitment to maintaining high standards of governance over the long term.

'With technology playing such a major role in improving the efficiency of corporations, we were compelled to offer a new award category that celebrates the innovative spirit of executives who use new technologies to improve governance and compliance at their companies.'

Learn more about the Corporate Governance Awards 2011 at http://www.CorporateSecretary.com/events/2011/corporate-governance-awards-2011/.

Corporate Governance Awards 2011 finalists

Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

  • Brian Miller – AES Corporation
  • Debra Kuper – AGCO Corporation
  • Sarah Teslik – Apache Corporation
  • Brian Martin – KLA-Tencor
  • Stacey Geer – Primerica

Governance professional of the year (large cap)

  • Jay Martin – Baker Hughes  
  • Thomas Larkins – Honeywell International
  • Cary Klafter – Intel Corporation
  • Neila Radin – JPMorgan Chase
  • Margaret (Peggy) Foran – Prudential

Corporate governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

  • AGCO Corporation
  • KLA-Tencor
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Pitney Bowes

Corporate governance team of the year (large cap)

  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Prudential
  • PSEG
  • Visa

Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel

  • Christine Jones – Go Daddy
  • Cary Klafter – Intel
  • Doug Shia – Johnson & Johnson
  • George Long – PNC Financial Services Group
  • PSEG's office of corporate secretary

Most innovative CSR disclosure policy

  • Best Buy
  • Intel
  • Northern Trust
  • Pfizer
  • Raytheon

Best legal team in an M&A transaction

  • AES Corporation
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Gammon–Capital Gold merger)
  • NYSE

Best overall governance, compliance and ethics (small to mid-cap)

  • AGCO Corporation
  • KLA-Tencor

Best overall governance, compliance and ethics (large cap)

  • Graybar
  • Kraft Foods
  • Microsoft
  • Pfizer
  • Starbucks

Best proxy statement

  • GE
  • Intel
  • Kraft Foods
  • Prudential
  • Raytheon

Rising star

  • Monique Allaire – AVEO Pharmaceuticals  
  • Christine Peaslee – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Matt Lepore – Pfizer
  • Jason Mefford – Ventura Foods

Best overall corporate governance – international

  • Cisco Systems
  • Infosys  
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • TD Bank

About Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary provides news, information and insights to the corporate legal, compliance and governance community. Launched in 2002, it has grown to include a monthly magazine with a circulation exceeding 10,000, CorporateSecretary.com and several events across North America, including the annual Corporate Governance Awards.

About Cross Border Ltd

Cross Border Ltd publishes IR magazine and Corporate Secretary. Based in New York and London, the company reaches highly targeted audiences in the investor relations and corporate governance communities through the two magazines and accompanying newsletters, events and websites. With roots in the Economist Group, we are renowned for providing quality insight and a global perspective. Our flagship publications, IR magazine and Corporate Secretary, are essential reading for executives around the world. Our awards are a key part of the calendar in leading financial centers including New York, London and Shanghai. With an expanding portfolio of digital properties and more than 20 conferences and events each year, we are well positioned for growth.

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