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Senior officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to speak at FGCU

By Staff | Dec 23, 2009

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Institute for Responsible Corporate Governance is bringing cutting-edge education and information to Southwest Florida. Current and former corporate directors, senior executives, governance professionals and other interested parties are invited to hear and interact with David Hirschmann, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The program, titled “A Washington Insider’s Look at How Current Legislative and Regulatory Developments Will Impact Corporate Governance,” runs from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Sugden Welcome Center on campus. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and a speaker reception follows from 5 to 6 p.m. Participants may obtain educational credits from the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Following on the heels of legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd has included proposals for major governance “reform” in his omnibus financial reform bill. Proposals affecting disclosure of executive compensation, “say on pay” and proxy access would cause major changes in how American corporations are governed.

Hirschmann is at the epicenter of the debate on these issues. His insight into what may happen in the regulation of governance makes his presentation to the Institute insightful and timely. Hirschmann leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to making U.S. capital markets the most fair, efficient, transparent, and attractive in the world. This effort addresses domestic and international securities regulation, as well as challenges to the auditing profession, proxy rules, business due process and a host of other issues. This program is a must for everyone involved in public companies.

Register on-line at www.fgcu.edu/cob/ircg/programs.html or by calling Jennifer Hernandez at 239-590-7308. The cost is $100 for the series and $25 per session with advanced registration; or $35 at the door. Seating is limited.