Battlefield to Boardroom
Battlefield to Boardroom
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Battlefield to Boardroom

The two-day program covered topics ranging from the role and responsibilities of corporate directors and board members’ fiduciary duties to more complex issues related to the oversight of strategy, risk, and cybersecurity; committees; and board/shareholder engagement.

KPMG continued its long-standing support of Battlefield to Boardroom, a board development program hosted by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to help prepare retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers to serve in the boardroom.

KPMG is a founding sponsor of the annual program, now in its 8th year. KPMG’s Stephen Brown, Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center; Philip Smith, Partner, Audit; and Constance Hunter, Chief Economist, served as speakers at the 2019 event, which drew nearly 70 attendees. Dennis T. Whalen, Leader of the KPMG Board Leadership Center, is a member of the Battlefield to Boardroom Steering Committee.

“KPMG is proud to have a lead role in helping our service men and women apply their skills and leadership qualities in a business and boardroom setting,” said Whalen.

The two-day program covered topics ranging from the role and responsibilities of corporate directors and board members’ fiduciary duties to more complex issues related to the oversight of strategy, risk, and cybersecurity; committees; and board/shareholder engagement. Participants also interacted with directors and corporate governance professionals who have decades of hands-on experience, and networked with experienced flag and general officers who are now board members.

“NACD’s program is the only practical board development program of its kind, aimed at helping former senior military leaders translate their leadership skills and experiences into boardroom know-how,” said Peter Gleason, president and CEO of NACD. “These people are helping to bring fresh, diverse perspectives into the boardroom.”

To date, more than 400 admirals and generals have participated in NACD’s Battlefield to Boardroom program, with more than 200 having gone on to fulfill a board seat.

To learn more about Battlefield to Boardroom, contact the KPMG Board Leadership Center, or visit www.NACDonline.org/Military.  

To learn more about KPMG Veterans Network visit https://info.kpmg.us/veterans.html.