The American College of Governance Counsel Names David J. Berger as President

April 3, 2023

Contact: Jenna Ayala

New York, NY — The Board of Trustees of the American College of Governance Counsel (ACGC) is pleased to announce that David J. Berger has been elected to serve as President.  Mr. Berger is a partner at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini, specializing in corporate governance advisory work and litigation.   The Board is also pleased to announce that Patricia Vella, a partner at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell who advises corporations on corporate governance matters and a variety of corporate transactions, has been elected Vice Chair and that outgoing President Holly J. Gregory, co-head of Sidley Austin’s corporate governance practice, has been named the ACGC’s Chair-Elect. 

“We are very pleased to have David Berger as our next President and honored that Holly Gregory will replace me as Chair as my term ends this year” said Larry Sonsini, Chair of the ACGC Board of Trustees.  “David will bring energy, commitment and thoughtful leadership to the ACGC, following in the footsteps of Holly’s outstanding tenure as President. The leadership of the College will be in a very good place.”

“I am grateful and humbled by the Board of Trustee’s decision to appoint me as President, and excited to work with the Board and our distinguished Fellows to lead ACGC over the next three years,” said Berger.  “I look forward to working with Holly and Tricia, and wish to especially thank Larry Sonsini for his mentorship to me during my career.” 

“I have been honored to serve as President of the College and know the College is in excellent hands under David’s leadership and with the addition of Tricia in the Vice Chair role” said Gregory.”

 ACGC is a professional, educational, and honorary association of leading corporate governance lawyers from the U.S. and Canada who are widely recognized for their achievements in the field of governance. The mission of ACGC is to promote a high level of professional standards among governance lawyers, along with a better understanding and broader adoption of best practices within business organizations. Through its programs, ACGC addresses major governance issues facing business enterprises, including developing challenges to traditional models of governance, risk management, shareholder engagement, and an increasingly complex regulatory and enforcement environment.

Membership is extended by invitation only to lawyers who have practiced law for a minimum of 15 years, and have focused their practice on the field of governance for at least 10 of those years. The college is currently comprised of 155 individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the governance community through their practices, speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Martin Lipton, Ira M. Millstein, and E. Norman Veasey are honorary founding chairs of the College.

To learn more about the ACGC, please click here.

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