The American College of Governance Counsel, an organization of leading corporate governance lawyers from the US and Canada, has elected its Second Class of 20 Fellows and one Honorary Fellow.

“The election of this group of distinguished lawyers from private practice, as well as several prominent general counsel and respected academics, will enhance the ability of the College to pursue its mission of promoting a high level of professional standards among governance practitioners and a better understanding and broader adoption of best governance practices,” said John F. Olson, Chair of the College.

The election of the second group of Fellows will bring the ranks of the College to 69 Fellows and Honorary Fellows.

“The newly-elected Fellows were elected following a rigorous selection process that considered the candidates’ professional accomplishments as well as their contributions to the field of governance through speaking, writing or other thought leadership activities,” added Frank M. Placenti, President of the College.

Through its programs, the College, which was established in 2014, addresses the major governance issues facing business enterprises, including challenges to traditional models of governance, risk management, shareholder engagement, and an increasingly complex regulatory and enforcement environment.