Aimed at people who are thinking about becoming a non-executive director, this workshop looks at the duties and liabilities of being a non-executive director, effective boardroom behaviour and how to go about getting that all important first role with advice on how to present your CV and tips on interview techniques.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and finishes with an opportunity to hear from a very experienced non-executive director about their personal experiences followed by the opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates informally at a drinks reception.
- Effective Behaviour in the Boardroom
- An Introduction to Committees - Audit, Nomination, Remuneration
- Legal Liabilities and Corporate Governance
- Getting Your First Role
- Life as a Non-Executive: A Personal View
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Frank is a partner in Ashurst's corporate department. He advises on international capital markets, M&A transactions and compliance matters. Frank has more than 10 years of experience of acting for corporates and investment banks on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, private placements, follow-on offerings and debt programmes, as well as on public and private M&A, privatisation, joint ventures, spin-offs and other corporate restructurings. He has worked on matters throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and US, including for companies listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom.
His recent experience includes transactions for companies in the consumer & retail, health care, education, technology, financial services, as well as for investment funds.
Board of DirectorSee bio
Taiwan Mobile Group & Christian Action Asia×
Board of Director
Taiwan Mobile Group & Christian Action Asia
Drina currently serves as Christian Action Asia Board of Director and Taiwan Mobile Non-Exec Board of Director. She has extensive board experience, prior to the current roles, she also served as GSMA Senior Advisor Asia from 2015-2016 and served on Brambles Asia Advisory Board from 2011 – 2014. She has been elected as Gemalto Non-Executive Board of Director, and member of Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, 2011-2016.
Drina has a wealth of experience in the finance and telecommunications industry. She retired as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Western Union, responsible for the Asia Pacific region 43+ countries/territories (2010-2014). Prior to that, she was head of Motorola’s Asia Pacific Broadband Communications, Home & Network Mobility business (2004-2010); and COO then CEO of iSteelAsia, developing it into the world’s first listed steel vertical portal (2000-2004). She was previously Chief of Staff to the President of Motorola’s wireless infrastructure business in China (1999-2000); and held various roles with BellSouth (1984-1994) receiving eight US patents in telecommunications services. She began her career at AT&T as a development engineer and systems analyst (1980-1984). She was also a Board member of HK’s Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee (2000-2006).
FTI Consulting, India×
FTI Consulting, India
Alice is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global board of directors and leads Spencer Stuart’s global Financial Services Practice out of Hong Kong. She also leads the Board Practice in Asia Pacific. Alice is also currently a member of the Private Equity Practice. A global citizen with deep relationships across industries, she brings more than 20 years of executive search and leadership counsel experience to her clients. She helps multinationals, principal investors, Asian and Chinese businesses, as well as family businesses, strengthen their governance practices and succession planning, and build and renew their boards and leadership to meet their strategic goals.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Alice was a senior partner with another leading international executive search firm. She led the firm’s CEO and board services practice, as well as the private equity practice in Asia Pacific; guided the rebuilding and expansion of the Hong Kong office; and helped numerous Asian and multinational companies and private equity firms meet their senior leadership needs across Asia.
Alice began her career as a semiconductor engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in the U.S. She then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in New York, where she advised Fortune 100 clients on strategic, organizational and technology issues. She later joined International Paper Company as an executive in corporate development, leading cross-functional teams in negotiating acquisitions in North America, Europe and Asia.
Alice returned to Hong Kong in 1993 to establish a China fund and advise midsize international companies on their China entry strategies, then joined the executive search industry in 1995. She took a one-year leave from the business in 1999 to lead strategic planning and e-commerce at AsiaContent.com, which successfully listed on NASDAQ in 2000.
Alice has a bachelor‘s degree in chemical engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. From 2010 to 2012, she served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR from 2013 – 2019, she was a member of the Human Capital Committee of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) in Hong Kong SAR. Alice speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Bob “re-wired” by retiring from EY in 2016 and since spends his time consulting on board-level matters to corporations and private equity firms, while taking on selected director roles. Bob, who resides in Hong Kong, also serves as an expert on fraud matters and in arbitration disputes arising from Asia Pacific transactions.
Bob established EY’s Transaction and Private Equity practices across Asia, having led both for 15+ years. During this time he also served on regional and global EY management boards, while also providing company boards and management teams with strategic advice on making, maximizing and divesting investments across Asia, and the importance of strong corporate governance. He has worked with over half of the Dow Jones 30 companies and has been involved in many landmark China/Asian transactions and Chinese overseas transactions.
Bob’s industry experience is diverse. He is a frequent speaker on the challenges of investing across China/Asia, Chinese companies “going out,” private equity firms investing across China/Asia and board-level corporate governance.
Bob is a certified public accountant (California, USA). In his free time, Bob is a dog fanatic (and on the board of Hong Kong Dog Rescue) and loves paragliding, skydiving, hiking and simply being outdoors.
Practice Group Head, Corporate Transactions - AsiaSee bio
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Practice Group Head, Corporate Transactions - Asia
Ashurst Hong Kong
Joshua is a partner based in Hong Kong who specialises in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures throughout Asia.
Joshua has advised on a number of high-profile international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures throughout the region and across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy and resources, and retail.
Joshua is qualified in Hong Kong and Australia.
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Melody has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the United States. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state owned enterprises as well as high growth companies on global offerings and listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings and listing rules compliance matters. Her expertise spans across a wide range of industries, including TMT, real estate, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy, natural resources, consumer products, manufacturing, retail and food & beverage.
Melody is a native Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese speaker qualified in both the United States and Hong Kong.