NACD / KPMG  Board Leadership Center: Lead Director Webinar
NACD / KPMG  Board Leadership Center: Lead Director Webinar

NACD / KPMG Board Leadership Center: Lead Director Webinar

This webinar will focus on the significant and expanding responsibilities of the lead director.

Crisis Prevention and Readiness: Lessons from Board Leaders

October 17, 2019 | 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)

Most organizations will face a crisis at some point—from product safety failure, natural disaster, or ethical lapse, to the sudden loss of a CEO or a major cyber security breach. As boards assess and monitor the effectiveness of management’s crisis readiness and response plans, board leaders play an important role in helping to ensure transparency and accountability, keeping the board informed, and maintaining the board’s independence.

This session will explore key questions for board leaders:

  • How prepared is the company to respond quickly and appropriately?
  • Are crisis scenarios played out in tabletop exercises?
  • Is the company’s culture built to minimize the chance of crises occurring?
  • Does management have the resources, skills, and plan to handle a major crisis?
  • What is our plan if the CEO is unavailable or otherwise disqualified?


Featured speakers

Claudia H. Allen

Claudia H. Allen

Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

KPMG Board Leadership Center


The KPMG Board Leadership Center champions outstanding governance to help drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Through an array of programs and perspectives—including KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and more—the Center engages with directors and business leaders to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement of public- and private-company governance. Drawing on insights from KPMG professionals and governance experts worldwide, the Center delivers practical thought leadership—on risk and strategy, talent and technology, globalization and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, and more—all through a board lens. Learn more at

National Association of Corporate Directors


The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 19,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for board leadership for more than 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit

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View prior webinars in the Lead Director Webinar series

Facilitating Board Engagement in Strategy: The Lead Director’s Role

Webcast replay is now available.