NEW YORK, NY – The American College of Governance Counsel, an organization of leading corporate governance lawyers from the U.S. and Canada, has elected its fifth class to include 11 new Fellows.

“We are excited to have this distinguished group join the ranks of the College and are gratified that they have chosen to do so. We know that they will make important contributions to our work,” said Larry W. Sonsini, Chair of the College. 
The election of the fifth group of Fellows will bring the ranks of the College to 120 Fellows and Honorary Fellows.
“As the College nears its 5th Anniversary, it has grown to become the preeminent group of governance practitioners in North America and is contributing measurably to thought leadership in the governance field,” added Frank M. Placenti, Founding President of the College. “The latest class includes leading  practitioners, general counsel and academic leaders from both the United States and Canada.”

The list of newly elected Fellows is available to download here.

The College also announced the appointment of several new members of its Board of Trustees, who will be joining the Board immediately. Mr. Sonsini stated: “We are pleased to add Frederick Alexander, Michelle Mayes and Patricia Vella to the ranks of our Board of Trustees, all of whom are highly-accomplished governance professionals.”

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. On March 18 and 19, 2020, The College will conduct its 2020 Governance Institute at the New York University School of Law where participants will be examining The Purpose of the Corporation in a day-long series lectures and panel discussions.