Our Past “Director of the Year” Honorees

For the past 25 years, Corporate Directors Forum honors San Diego’s top board directors in various categories for their work in the boardroom and “behind the scenes”.   View the 2016 Director of Year Honorees.

Please click on the categories below to view all past “Director of the Year” honorees. Click here to download a PDF of all past honorees. 

Akins, Robert P. - 2008, Enhancement of Economic Value

Bateman, Giles H. - 1998, Enhancement of Economic Value

Berglund, James - 2005, Lifetime Achievement

Berthelot, Michael J. - 2011, CDF Board Director of the Year

Beyster, J. Robert - 1999, Lifetime Achievement

Bish, Reynolds C. - 2008, Companies in Transition

Blair, Jack R. - 2013, Corporate Governance

Blakley, Bruce - 2007, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Bradbury, Daniel - 2012, Enhancement of Economic Value

Brown, Julia - 2016, CDF Board Director of the Year

Buechler, Jim - 2016, Companies in Transition

Buell, Robert D. - 2009, Corporate Citizenship

Burnham, Malin - 2010, Lifetime Achievement

Candland, Michelle - 2004, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Cassidy, Cass - 2003, CDF Board Director of the Year

Chandler, Richard H. - 1997, CDF Board Director of the Year

Chang, Carol - 2016, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Collato, Rich - 2002, Corporate Governance

Comma, Leonard A. - 2015, Corporate Citizenship

Cook Jr., Joseph C. - 2006, Enhancement of Economic Value

Cook, Jr., Joseph - 2002, Companies in Transition

Crooke, Stanley T., MD, PhD - 2013, Companies in Transition

Dankberg, Mark D. - 2016, Enhancement of Economic Value

de Vaca, Christina - 2012, CDF Board Director of the Year

Demski, Martha - 2017, Corporate Governance

Derbes, Daniel W. - 2004, Lifetime Achievement

Dittamore, Raymond V. - 2005, Corporate Governance

Eastham, Karin - 2014, Lifetime Achievement

Eastham, Karin - 2007, Corporate Governance

Edwards, Charles C. - 2001, Lifetime Achievement

Evans, Anne L. - 2002, Lifetime Achievement

Farman, Richard D. - 1999, Companies in Transition

Farrell, Peter, PhD - 2002, Enhancement of Economic Value

Farrell, PhD, Peter C. - 2016, Lifetime Achievement

Felsinger, Donald - 2007, Enhancement of Economic Value

Flatley, Jay T. - 2011, Enhancement of Economic Value

Flowers, David R. - 2000, Corporate Governance

Fowler, Ron - 2017, Corporate Citizenship

Francis, Steven - 2007, Companies in Transition

Gallahue, Kieran T. - 2015, Companies in Transition

Garner, Cam - 2017, Companies in Transition

Geppert, William K. - 2002, Corporate Citizenship

Goodall, Jack W. - 2000, Lifetime Achievement

Gorman, Kevin - 2017, Enhancement of Economic Value

Greene, Jr., Howard "Ted" - 1991, CDF Board Director of the Year

Grimm, Donald W. - 2004, Enhancement of Economic Value

Guiles, Edwin - 2004, Corporate Citizenship

Hale, David - 1992, CDF Board Director of the Year

Hale, David F. - 2016, Lifetime Contribution To Life Sciences (SPECIAL AWARD FOR 2016)

Hering, Paul - 2012, Corporate Citizenship

Hertzog, Karla J. - 2008, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Hixson, Jr., Harry - 2012, Companies in Transition

Horsman, Robert B. - 2003, Corporate Citizenship

Howe, Lesley H. - 2008, Lifetime Achievement

Hutcheson, S. Douglas - 2010, Corporate Citizenship

Hutchison, Murray H. - 2009, Companies in Transition

Iannuzzi, Guy - 2000, CDF Board Director of the Year

Ings, D. M. (Don) - 1999, Corporate Citizenship

Jacobs, Dr. Irwin M. - 2000, Enhancement of Economic Value

Jacobs, Irwin - 2011, Lifetime Achievement

Jacobs, Jeffrey - 2015, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Johnson, John W. - 2001, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Jones, William D. - 2006, Corporate Governance

Kassebaum, Janice A. - 2005, CDF Board Director of the Year

Katz, Linda L. - 1999, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Katz, Mel & Philip C. Blair - 2007, Corporate Citizenship

Knight, Jr., Jessie J. - 2013, Corporate Citizenship

Kozarich, John W., Ph.D. - 2014, Companies in Transition

Lanthorne, Rodney N. - 2006, Corporate Citizenship

Loper, Farrest - 1998, CDF Board Director of the Year

Lucier, Greg T. - 2013, Enhancement of Economic Value

Lukianov, Alexis V. - 2011, Corporate Citizenship

Mallory Sr., Susan H. (Ten Eyck) - 2003, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Marquet, PhD, Magda - 2016, Corporate Governance

Mathews, Charles A. - 2003, Corporate Governance

Matricaria, Ronald A. - 2009, Corporate Governance

McCloskey, Michael - 2014, CDF Board Director of the Year

Moores, John - 2008, Corporate Citizenship

Murphy, Michael W. - 2009, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Muto, Frederick T. - 2014, Corporate Governance

Nelles, Duane A. - 2004, Corporate Governance

Newmin, W. Gerald - 1999, CDF Board Director of the Year

Obenshain, Doug - 2017, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Olson, Kenneth E. - 1994, CDF Board Director of the Year

Pace, Gary W. - 2011, Corporate Governance

Page, Thomas A. - 1998, Lifetime Achievement

Page, Tom - 1993, CDF Board Director of the Year

Proehl, Gerald T. - 2014, Enhancement of Economic Value

Purcell, David A. - 1999, Enhancement of Economic Value

Rady, Ernest - 2006, Lifetime Achievement

Randolph, Ann - 2001, CDF Board Director of the Year

Rastetter, William H. - 1999, Corporate Governance

Rastetter, William H., Ph.D. - 2015, Lifetime Achievement

Ray, Dr. Gene W. - 2000, Companies in Transition

Raymond, John C. - 2000, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Reardon, John - 2005, Enhancement of Economic Value

Reed, Debra L. - 2012, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Rickey, David M. - 2001, Enhancement of Economic Value

Ridge, Garry O. - 2010, CDF Board Director of the Year

Ridge, Garry O. - 2003, Enhancement of Economic Value

Roth, Duane J. and Theodore D. - 1998, Corporate Citizenship

Sahba, Lauree M. - 2013, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Salka, Susan R. - 2014, Corporate Citizenship

Savage, Peter P. - 2000, Corporate Citizenship

Schaefer, John F. - 2010, Corporate Governance

Schenk, Lynn - 2012, Lifetime Achievement

Schlotterbeck, David L. - 2010, Enhancement of Economic Value

Schmale, Neal E. - 2008, Corporate Governance

Schreiber, Daniel P. - 2009, CDF Board Director of the Year

Sellick, Kathleen - 2014, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Senyei, Andrew E. - 2009, Enhancement of Economic Value

Sewitch, Stan - 2008, CDF Board Director of the Year

Shah, Pratik, Ph.D. - 2015, Enhancement of Economic Value

Shea, Lawrence W. - 2005, Corporate Citizenship

Shiley, Darlene Marcos - 2011, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Snow, Susan H. & Julie Meier Wright - 2005, Companies in Transition

Stambaugh, Larry - 2007, CDF Board Director of the Year

Stambaugh, Larry - 2002, CDF Board Director of the Year

Stambaugh, Larry - 2006, CDF Board Director of the Year

Stanton, Scott - 2015, CDF Board Director of the Year

Stickel, Thomas C. - 1998, Corporate Governance

Stiska, John C. - 1998, Companies in Transition

Suennen, Lisa - 2011, Companies in Transition

Sullivan (Ret.), The Honorable Alice D. - 2005, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Sullivan, Robert S. - 2012, Corporate Governance

Sulpizio, Richard - 2015, Corporate Governance

Sweeney, James M. - 2009, Lifetime Achievement

Taylor, Ron - 2007, Lifetime Achievement

Taylor, Ron - 1995, CDF Board Director of the Year

Thornton, John - 1996, CDF Board Director of the Year

Townsen, Duwaine - 2003, Lifetime Achievement

Van Gorder, Chris D. - 2006, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Waltz, Robert - 2004, CDF Board Director of the Year

Warner Jr., John H., Ph.D. - 2006, Companies in Transition

Watkins, Robert J. - 2010, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Wenaas, Eric P., Ph.D. - 2001, Companies in Transition

Wheat, Douglas D. - 2010, Companies in Transition

White, Harvey - 2017, Lifetime Achievement

White, Harvey P. - 2001, Corporate Citizenship

Whitworth, Ralph V. - 2004, Companies in Transition

Wollaeger, Timothy - 2013, Lifetime Achievement

Wollaeger, Timothy J. - 2001, Corporate Governance

Wright, Julie Meier - 2002, Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board

Yakatan, Gerald J., Ph.D. - 2003, Companies in Transition

Yelverton, Jack - 2013, CDF Board Director of the Year

Martha Demski, Director, Chimerix & Neothetics - 2017

Magda Marquet, Ph.D., Chairman, Ajinomoto Althea Inc. - 2016

Richard Sulpizio, director, ResMed, Inc. - 2015

Frederick T. Muto, Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. - 2014

Jack R. Blair, NuVasive, Inc - 2013

Robert S. Sullivan, Cubic Corporation - 2012

Gary W. Pace, ResMed, Inc - 2011

John F. Schaefer, Director, Websense - 2010

Ronald A. Matricaria, Director, Life Technologies - 2009

Neal E. Schmale, Chairman, WD-40 Company - 2008

Karin Eastham, Director, SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - 2007

William D. Jones, Sempra Energy - 2006

Raymond V. Dittamore, Director, Invitrogen & Qualcomm, Inc. - 2005

Duane A. Nelles, Director, Qualcomm, Inc. - 2004

Charles A. Mathews, CEO, DermTech International - 2003

Rich Collato, President & CEO, San Diego County YMCA - 2002

Timothy J. Wollaeger, General Partner, Kingsbury Associates, Chairman, Digirad Corporation - 2001

David R. Flowers, former Chairman and CEO, Pulse Engineering, Inc. - 2000

William H. Rastetter, IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corp. - 1999

Thomas C. Stickel, American Partners Capital Group - 1998

Ron Fowler, Director, San Diego Padres
& University of San Diego
- 2017

Leonard A. Comma, chairman & CEO, Jack in the Box, Inc. - 2015

Susan R. Salka, President & CEO, AMN Healthcare - 2014

Jessie J. Knight, Jr., San Diego Gas & Electric - 2013

Paul Hering, Managing Principal & CEO, Barney & Barney LLC - 2012

Alexis V. Lukianov, Chairman & CEO, NuVasive, Inc. - 2011

S. Douglas Hutcheson, President, CEO & Director, Leap Wireless International, Inc. - 2010

Robert D. Buell, Partner, Luce Forward - 2009

John Moores, Chairman, San Diego Padres - 2008

Philip C. Blair/Mel Katz, Manpower, Inc. - 2007

Rodney N. Lanthorne, Kyocera International - 2006

Lawrence W. Shea, Director, YMCA - 2005

Edwin Guiles, Group President Regulated Business Units, SDG&E - 2004

Robert B. Horsman, President & CEO, San Diego National Bank - 2003

William K. Geppert, Vice President & General Manager, Cox Communications - 2002

Harvey P. White, Chairman & CEO, Leap Wireless International - 2001

Peter P. Savage, former President and Chairman of the Board, AppliedDigital Access - 2000

D. M. (Don) Ings, Solar Turbines, Inc. - 1999

Duane J. and Theodore D. Roth, Alliance Pharmaceutical - 1998

Kevin C. Gorman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer,
Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.
- 2017

Mark D. Dankberg, chair & CEO, ViaSat, Inc. - 2016

Pratik Shah, Ph.D., president, CEO & director, Auspex Pharmaceuticals - 2015

Gerald T. Proehl, President, CEO & Director, Santarus, Inc. - 2014

Greg T. Lucier, Life Technologies - 2013

Daniel Bradbury, President & CEO, Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. - 2012

Jay T. Flatley, President & CEO, Illumina, Inc. - 2011

David L. Schlotterbeck, Chairman & CEO CareFusion Corporation - 2010

Andrew E. Senyei, MD, Chairman Genoptix, Inc. - 2009

Robert P. Akins, Chairman & CEO, Cymer, Inc. - 2008

Donald Felsinger, Chairman & CEO, Sempra Energy - 2007

Joseph C. Cook, Jr., Amylin Pharmaceuticals - 2006

John Reardon, Director, One Stop Systems - 2005

Donald W. Grimm, Director, Invitrogen - 2004

Garry O. Ridge, President & CEO, WD—40 Company - 2003

Peter Farrell, PhD, President & CEO, ResMed, Inc. - 2002

David M. Rickey, Chairman, President & CEO, Applied Micro CircuitsCorp. - 2001

Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, Chairman, CEO and Founder, QUALCOMM, Inc. - 2000

David A. Purcell, (head of Encad), Metallic Power, Inc. - 1999

Giles H. Bateman, CompUSA - 1998

Doug Obenshain, Director, Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute - 2017

Carol Chang, chair, UC San Diego Foundation - 2016

Jeffrey Jacobs, director, Challenged Athletes Foundation - 2015

Kathleen Sellick, President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital - 2014

Lauree M. Sahba, Voices for Children - 2013

Debra L. Reed, Chair, San Diego Region Economic Development Corp. - 2012

Darlene Marcos Shiley, Director, University of San Diego & others - 2011

Robert J. Watkins, Director, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. - 2010

Michael W. Murphy, President & CEO, Sharp HealthCare - 2009

Karla J. Hertzog, Director, YMCA of San Diego County - 2008

Bruce Blakley, San Diego Foundation - 2007

Chris D. Van Gorder, Scripps Health Board of Trustees - 2006

The Honorable Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.), Chairman, Scripps Research Institute - 2005

Michelle Candland, Chairperson, The Monarch School Project - 2004

Susan H. (Ten Eyck) Mallory. Sr., Banker, UCSD Athena - 2003

Julie Meier Wright, President & CEO, San Diego Regional EDC - 2002

John W. Johnson, Retiring President & CEO, San Diego Urban League - 2001

John C. Raymond, President, The Greystone Group, L.P. - 2000

Linda L. Katz, Senior Community Centers of San Diego - 1999

Cam L. Garner, Chairman & Director, Zogenix, Oncternal Therapeutics, Kalyra Pharmaceuticals and others - 2017

Jim Buechler, fmr. chair & CEO, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits - 2016

Kieran T. Gallahue, director, Volcano Corporation - 2015

John W. Kozarich, Ph.D., Chairman, Ligand Pharmaceuticals - 2014

Stanley T. Crooke, MD, PhD, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - 2013

Harry Hixson, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Sequenom Inc. - 2012

Lisa Suennen, Director, PatientSafe Solutions, Inc. - 2011

Douglas D. Wheat, Chairman, AMN Healthcare Inc. - 2010

Murray H. Hutchison, Director, Jack in the Box, Inc. - 2009

Reynolds C. Bish, Director, Iomega Corp. - 2008

Steven Francis, Chairman, AMN Healthcare, Inc - 2007

John H. Warner Jr., Ph.D., SAIC - 2006

Susan H. Snow & Julie Meier Wright, Directors (Co-Honorees), Maxim Systems - 2005

Ralph V. Whitworth, Chairman, Apria Healthcare - 2004

Gerald J. Yakatan, Ph.D., CEO, Avanir Pharmaceuticals - 2003

Joseph Cook, Jr., President & CEO, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - 2002

Eric P. Wenaas, Ph.D., Chairman, President & CEO, Jaycor, Inc., Chairman, JNI Corporation - 2001

Dr. Gene W. Ray, Founder, The Titan Corporation - 2000

Richard D. Farman, Sempra Energy - 1999

John C. Stiska, Qualcomm Inc. (no longer with Qualcomm) - 1998

Harvey P. White, Director, ViaSat and various others - 2017

Peter C. Farrell, Ph.D., founder & chair, ResMed, Inc.; director, NuVasive, Inc. & others - 2016

William H. Rastetter, Ph.D., director, Neurocrine Biosciences; chairman, Illumina; & others - 2015

Karin Eastham, Director, Various Boards - 2014

Timothy Wollaeger, Director, Various Boards - 2013

Lynn Schenk, Director, Various Boards - 2012

Irwin Jacobs, Director, Various Boards - 2011

Malin Burnham, Director, Various Boards - 2010

James M. Sweeney, Director, Various Boards - 2009

Lesley H. Howe, Director, Various Boards - 2008

Ron Taylor, Director, Various Boards - 2007

Ernest Rady, Various Boards - 2006

James Berglund, Director, Various Boards - 2005

Daniel W. Derbes, Chairman, WD—40 Company - 2004

Duwaine Townsen, Principal, EndPoint Late—Stage Funds - 2003

Anne L. Evans, Chairman, Evans Hotels - 2002

Charles C. Edwards, MD - 2001

Jack W. Goodall, Chairman, Jack in the Box Inc. - 2000

J. Robert Beyster, Science Applications International Corp. - 1999

Thomas A. Page, SDG&E and Enova (recently retired from both) - 1998

Julia Brown - 2016

Scott Stanton - 2015

Michael McCloskey - 2014

Jack Yelverton - 2013

Christina de Vaca - 2012

Michael J. Berthelot - 2011

Garry O. Ridge - 2010

Daniel P. Schreiber - 2009

Stan Sewitch - 2008

Larry Stambaugh - 2007

Larry Stambaugh - 2006

Janice A. Kassebaum - 2005

Robert Waltz - 2004

Cass Cassidy - 2003

Larry Stambaugh - 2002

Ann Randolph - 2001

Guy Iannuzzi - 2000

W. Gerald Newmin - 1999

Farrest Loper - 1998

Richard H. Chandler, Sunrise Medical Inc - 1997

John Thornton - 1996

Ron Taylor, Pyxis Corp - 1995

Kenneth E. Olson, Proxima Corp - 1994

Tom Page, SDG&E - 1993

David Hale, Gensia Pharmaceuticals - 1992

Howard “Ted” Greene, Jr., Amylin Corporation - 1991

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