Arthur Rock (chairman)
Arthur Rock is Principal of Arthur Rock & Co. and was a partner in Davis & Rock from 1961 to 1968, both venture capital firms. He was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Data Systems and a member of the Board of Directors of Teledyne Inc., Xerox, Argonaut Insurance, Apple Computer, AirTouch, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Echelon Corporation. Mr. Rock was a founder of Intel Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee and lead director.
Mr. Rock has also served as trustee of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School, the California Institute of TechNology, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Opera. He is a recipient of the Medal of Achievement of the American Electronics Association and the American Academy of Achievement, the Arents Pioneer Medal of Syracuse University, the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship & InNovation Award from the University of California, the Northern California Business Leader of the Year from the Harvard Business School Association, and the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award. He has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, the California Business Hall of Fame, the Bay Area Business Council Hall of Fame, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
He founded the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, and he and his wife Toni founded the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Mr. Rock was co-founder and past president of The Basic Fund which gives scholarships to inner city children to attend K-8 private schools. He is also on the board of Teach for America and Children’s Scholarship Fund and an active funder of KIPP. Mr. Rock received a BS degree in Political Science and Finance from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Toni Rembe is the co-founder of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the president of the Van Loben Sels Rembe Rock Foundation, a private foundation specializing in social justice and related legal services. She is a former partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she served as a member of the firm’s governing executive committee and managing partner of its tax practice. She has represented a number of major corporations on Federal and California tax matters with special emphasis in the construction industry and international tax planning. She is renowned in the state and local tax field and has lectured extensively in the area.
Ms. Rembe has been a guest lecturer for the New York University Tax Institute, the University of Southern California School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, the California Franchise Tax Board and the Multistate Tax Commission.
In addition to being involved on the boards of several Not for profit organizations, including The Commonwealth Club of California, The American Conservatory Theater and Mills College, she has been a director on the boards of several public companies, including Potlatch Corporation, AT&T Inc. and AEGON N.V. (an international insurance company headquartered in the Netherlands).
Lydia Beebe is Senior Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on corporate law and governance. Lydia has more than 35 years of significant experience as an attorney and legal counsel provider.
Prior to joining the firm, Lydia was corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron, and the first woman officer at the company. For the 20 years in which she held that role, she advised the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and managed Chevron’s corporate governance function. In addition, Lydia directed stockholder services for Chevron and its subsidiaries, as well as served as secretary to Chevron’s board, its executive committee, and its board nominating and governance committee.
Previously, Lydia was a senior manager and attorney in Chevron’s tax department and a legislative representative for the company in Washington, D.C. She began her legal career at Chevron as a contracts attorney in 1977.
Lydia has taken on multiple leadership roles in the community, serving on various boards of directors. She currently serves as an advisory board member of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, as well as on the governing boards of the Kansas University Endowment Association, Kansas University Law Alumni, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Lydia has also served on the board of directors of the National Judicial College, to which she was appointed by the American Bar Association; the Presidio Trust, to which she was appointed by President George W. Bush; and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, to which she was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson and for which she was recognized as a Civil Rights Hero by the state of California.
William E. Green, founder of William Green & Associates is a retired lawyer who practiced in the City of Palo Alto for more than 40 years after serving as Associate General Counsel for Boise Cascade Corporation and Sybron Corporation. Mr. Green also acted as Special Counsel in Intellectual Property areas for Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis & Greene in San Francisco. Mr. Green is former Chairman of the American Red Cross Equal Opportunity Committee, a past member of the Red Cross National Service Delivery for the 21st Century Committee and its National Information Services Committee, and a former member of the National Board of GoverNors of the American Red Cross, serving on the Executive, Audit and Strategic Planning Committees. He was Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Green served as a member of the Board of GoverNors of United Way of America, Member of its Executive Committee, former Chair of its Program and Services Committee, and a member of its Strategic Planning and its Agency Involvement Committees.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of The Williams Companies, a major energy company. Williams has exploration and production divisions, oil and gas processing divisions and is the nation’s largest volume transporter of natural gas. During his tenure there he served as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Mr. Green also serves on the boards of directors of Ramsell Corporation, Flower’s Community Initiatives, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
Priya Cherian Huskins
Priya is a recognized expert in D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on D&O issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s annual Directors’ College, among others. She has authored articles for publications as diverse as Directors & Boards, Stanford Law Review, and Insurance Journal.
Priya is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, The Monthly Dividend Company®, (NYSE: O). She serves on the Technology Risk Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and is chair of the Compensation Committee. She is also on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance as well as the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX).
Priya began her career as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of Silicon Valley’s leading law firms. At WSGR, Priya worked with public and private companies through all stages of their development, including IPOs, ongoing public reporting and M&A transactions. Priya served as judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Northern California from 2009-2011.
A member of the California Bar, Priya earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from HarvardUniversity. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the LawSchool at the University of Chicago, where she was managing editor of the University’s Legal Forum publication. Following law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Magill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Richard H. Koppes
Rich Koppes, one of the most respected leaders in corporate governance, is known as a pioneer in the field. He is the former Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States, with over $230 billion in assets. He led the CalPERS corporate governance program after building it from the ground up, and he has spent the past 15 years advising boards on how to navigate the institutional investor community. He is the founder, past President, and former Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA), and he serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute. Mr. Koppes also is a current Program Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. He was a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions on Board Evaluations and Board-Shareholder Communications, as well as of the NACD-CII Task Force on Shareholder/Director Communications. In 2007, NACD presented him with the group’s highest honor, its lifetime achievement award for contributions to corporate governance. Mr. Koppes also served on four Corporate Boards.
Marshall Small serves as Senior of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster. Mr. Small has been engaged in a diversified business practice, which includes counseling boards of directors and serving as special counsel to board committees, compensation arrangements, and corporate and other public disclosure and securities law matters.
Mr. Small is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has served as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Corporate Governance Project from 1982 through its completion in 1993. He is a member of, and has served as a Business Law Advisor to, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He served as a member of the Section’s Committee on Corporate Laws from 1974 to 1982. As a member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Functions and Responsibilities of Directors, he participated in the preparation of the Committee’s original “Corporate Directors’ Guidebook” and “The Overview Committees of the Board of Directors.” Mr. Small has also lectured and written extensively in the fields of corporate and securities law.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Small served as Law Clerk to Justice William O. Douglas at the U.S. Supreme Court, and thereafter, served on active duty as an officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. Following a brief period on the faculty of Stanford Law School as an Acting Assistant Professor of Law, Mr. Small joined Morrison & Foerster in 1954, was a partner from 1961 through 1992, and has served as Senior of Counsel to the firm since 1993. Mr. Small has also served as General Counsel to the firm and presently serves as General Counsel Emeritus.
Mr. Small received his A.B. from Stanford University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.