WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its mission to advance the highest standards of exemplary board leadership, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced that an additional 53 diverse companies joined the association as NACD Full Board Members during the first quarter of 2012. Representative lists of NACD's Full Board Member companies can be viewed at www.NACDonline.org/Members.
Several Fortune 500 companies, including DirecTV, Starbucks, Winn-Dixie and MGM Studios, recently joined nearly 1,000 other leading companies that are already NACD Full Board Members. These companies share NACD's mission to advance exemplary board leadership and promote the highest standards of corporate governance inside the boardroom. Their inclusion further enhances NACD's ever-growing membership, which now includes nearly 12,000 director members. NACD Full Board Member companies range from Fortune 50 corporations to small- and mid-cap, public, private and non-profit companies.
"NACD is honored to serve as a primary resource for these boards," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "Their commitment to the highest standards of boardroom leadership helps us reinforce investor confidence, and we are privileged to be able to introduce these new members to NACD's unique benefits and resources."
Full corporate boards, as well as individual directors, become NACD members to demonstrate their commitment to the corporate community while gaining proprietary insights about emerging issues and opportunities. NACD members can also hone their directorship skills through NACD's peer-to-peer and multi-media programs.
"In today's complex and volatile environment, it is vital that directors stay ahead of opportunities and issues. Our members are committed to advancing professionalism and furthering the utmost leadership in the boardroom," Daly added.
NACD Full Board Members receive best-in-class value, including custom-designed benefits for the board's chairman, lead director and key committee chairs; customized education and research designed specifically for the company; and the ability to include company c-suite executives in their membership.
NACD supplies Full Board Members with their own concierge to enhance and customize members' access to exclusive programs, events, advisory services, board evaluations, and benefits. All of these practical tools help directors oversee the affairs of the enterprise in the most effective manner possible.
Other Fortune 1000 companies which recently became Full Board Members of NACD include (with Fortune ranking): Exelon (141), Computer Sciences Corporation (155), Baker Hughes (170), Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (225), Ameren Corporation (313), Lorillard (532), QEP Resources (779) and Energy Solutions (956).
A larger sample of NACD's Full Board Members companies is available at www.nacdonline.org/Members.
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization dedicated to director education, director training, and board research. NACD promotes director professionalism by providing the information, insights, and boardroom resources that corporate board members need to confront complex business challenges. In addition to ongoing director education programs, NACD conducts board evaluations and provides strategic advice on improving board performance. To prospective board members, NACD provides a variety of information, including director research and education programs on how to become a director. Through all of their board education and board training programs, NACD's overarching mission is to help build better boards. To learn more about NACD, visit NACDonline.org. To join, please contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd@NACDonline.org or 202-380-1891.