September 12, 2019

Modern Governance 5.0: Diligent Recognises Exceptional Industry Leaders with the Inaugural Modern Governance 100

New program celebrates the impact of General Counsels, Corporate Secretaries, and other governance professionals during first-ever Modern Governance Summit

[September 12, 2019 – New York, NY] – Diligent, the leader in modern governance and largest network of global corporate directors and executives, today announced the honorees of the inaugural Modern Governance 100. The list recognises top professionals – nominated by board directors, executives and their peers – who are rising to the challenges of governing in the digital age and implementing governance best practices at their organization.

With challenges posed by today’s global landscape, modern governance is at the core of an organisation’s ability to perform for shareholders AND stakeholders with an eye towards not just organisation performance but also succession planning, cyber risk, activism, and diversity. The practice of modern governance allows leaders to more quickly spot risks and identify opportunities to outperform the competition while keeping employees, the community, and the world top of mind.

 “We frequently hear inspiring stories from board members about the great work of individuals in their organisation who are enabling good governance and helping them succeed in this time of constant change. We wanted to bring those stories forward with public recognition of their work,” said Brian Stafford, CEO, Diligent. “Board administrators, general counsels, and corporate secretaries are often on the forefront of modern governance, and the Modern Governance 100 ensures they are celebrated for their contributions and empowered to keep pushing ahead.”

Since launching the new category, modern governance, in market this May, Diligent has been leading the charge to equip governance professionals with the technology, insights, and processes that fuel good governance. Modern governance adoption is driven by internal champions — individuals who recognise that good governance can be a competitive advantage in today’s digital landscape. These internal champions and honorees were announced during the first-ever Modern Governance Summit taking place this week in Orlando, Florida.

“Being recognised as one of the first Modern Governance 100 is quite an honour,” said Victoria Garvin, Aviva, United Kingdom. “Playing an active role in shaping the way governance practices are developed and applied within a business puts the General Counsel and Company Secretary in a truly unique role to help implement the governance agenda and act as trusted advisors to the boards we support. Having our accomplishments celebrated in this way is wonderful.”

To view the full list of the Modern Governance 100 and sign up to be notified when nominations open next year, visit here.

About Diligent

Diligent is leading the way in modern governance. Diligent empowers leaders to turn governance into a competitive advantage through unparalleled insight and highly secure, integrated SaaS applications, helping organisations thrive and endure in today’s complex, global landscape. The company’s trusted, cloud-based applications streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees, support collaboration and secure information sharing throughout the organisation, manage subsidiary and entity data, and deliver the insights and information leaders need to mitigate governance deficits and seize new opportunities.

The largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 16,000 organisations and 650,000 leaders in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

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