JOIN US FOR: Director Of The Year | Directors Summit


Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122


May 12 2022


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Board’s Mission: Finding the Right CEO

One of the most important responsibilities of the board of directors is finding the right CEO, regardless of the stage in which the organization may find itself. A great CEO for one stage of a company’s growth might not be the right fit as circumstances shift. The organization’s success depends on the board’s ability to match the skills and expertise of a potential CEO with the challenges that individual will be facing in the role.

  • How can board members strike a balance between “playing it safe” and practically ensuring stability, versus “playing it too safe” and potentially stifling innovation and creativity?
  • How can the ability to lead in today’s complex and public-facing environment be determined?

Our expert panelists will discuss the impact of selecting the right CEO to ensure that all stakeholders feel motivated and inspired to continually strengthen the organization and enhance its long-term performance.

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Partner, CEO & Board Practice, Spencer Stuart; Chairman, Islandwood

Jason Baumgarten

Chair, Corporate Governance Committee, Tractor Supply Company; Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare

Denise Jackson

CEO, Nabriva Therapeutics

Ted Schroeder

Partner, CEO & Board Practice, Spencer Stuart; Chairman, Islandwood

Jason Baumgarten

Jason Baumgarten helps organizations across industries to find and assess CEOs who drive results and inspire senior leadership teams to perform at the highest levels. He also works with boards on director recruitment, CEO succession and identifying next-generation leadership.

Jason believes there’s a huge opportunity to unlock the potential of top talent to drive differentiated returns. He helps companies from startups to multibillion-dollar global enterprises recruit CEOs, board directors, COOs and other C-level leaders who will have a lasting impact on their organizations. He is also a member of Spencer Stuart’s board of directors. He is also a former member of Spencer Stuart’s Operating Committee. In addition, Jason is active in the Seattle nonprofit community and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Islandwood.

Examples of Jason’s recent work include:

»Led more than 250 CEO and board transitions

»Helped many founders with their succession and transition plans

»Worked with new CEOs to improve top team effectiveness and culture alignment

»Led a pioneering diversity initiative for a Fortune 200 company including rebuilding their board into one of the highest performing and most diverse boards

Previous Experience

»Associate principal and a leader in the technology, media and service operations practices at McKinsey & Company

»Program manager at Microsoft


»M.B.A. from Stanford University

»B.A. in economics from Vassar College

Chair, Corporate Governance Committee, Tractor Supply Company; Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare

Denise Jackson

Denise Jackson joined AMN Healthcare in October 2000. Ms. Jackson is responsible for our legal, corporate governance, privacy and compliance, equity compensation strategies, risk management, real estate, and government and community affairs functions.

From 1995 to September 2000, Ms. Jackson worked for The Mills Corporation serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel from 1998 to 2000. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Arizona.

Ms. Jackson is licensed as an attorney in California, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and New York. Ms. Jackson holds the role of Corporate Governance Chair on the Board of Tractor Supply Company. She previously served on the Board of PipelineRX, LLC where she also held the role of Chairperson of the Compensation Committee and the Board of Girls on the Run International, where she served as Chairperson.

CEO, Nabriva Therapeutics

Ted Schroeder

Ted Schroeder joined Nabriva Therapeutics plc in July 2018.  During the last 30 years, he has been focused on drug development and commercialization in both large and small pharmaceutical companies.  Most recently, Ted served as president, chief executive officer and director of Zavante Therapeutics until its acquisition by Nabriva Therapeutics in 2018.  Ted co-founded Cadence Pharmaceuticals in 2004 and previously held leadership roles at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Dura Pharmaceuticals and earlier in his career, Bristol-Myers Squibb. He currently serves on the board of Cidara Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CDTX), Otonomy (Nasdaq: OTIC) and Collegium Pharmaceutical (Nasdaq: COLL). He is a former chair of BIOCOM, the Southern California life sciences trade association and in 2014, he was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the San Diego region and was listed as a national finalist. He received a bachelor’s degree in management from Rutgers University.

11:00 am to 11:35 am Coffee & Peer Networking
11:35 am to 1:00 pm Lunch & Program

CDF Members: FREE
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FCD Members: FREE
Non-Members: $75

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