Culture is a core organizational asset that contributes to competitive advantage. Building on the topic of this year's Blue Ribbon Commission report on the board's role in driving an ethical culture, directors and experts in this session will discuss how to think about values and culture in the context of long-term value creation, how to measure the cultural health of the enterprise, and the warning signs that may indicate trouble.
Nick Donofrio currently serves on the boards of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
and Delphi Automotive plc, and chairs the innovation and technology committee for both companies. In addition, he sits on the board of Bank of New York Mellon, where he chairs the technology committee, and is a director of Liberty Mutual
and The MITRE Co. Mr. Donofrio brings to NACD a wide range of executive management skills and significant technological expertise.
He began his career in 1964 at IBM, where he remained for 44 years in increasingly responsible roles, including those of division president for advanced workshops, general manager of the large-scale computing division, and executive vice president of innovation and technology. In 2008 he was elected an IBM Fellow,
the company's highest technical honor, and in the same year received the first
U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration Gold Medal ever conferred on a
non-U.S. government employee.
He has long been focused on advancing educational and career development opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM disciplines, a commitment that has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of Britain's Royal Academy of Engineering, and the 2010 recipient of the IRI Medal. Recently, he chaired a National Academy of Engineering initiative that resulted in the March 2015 release of a report titled Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work.
Nick co-chaired the 2017 Blue Ribbon Commission Report entitled, "Culture as a Corporate Asset".
Dr. Taylor is a seasoned independent corporate director, having served on publicly traded, privately-owned, non-profit and advisory boards. Currently he serves as president and board member for the National Association of Corporate Directors (So Cal), board member for the African American Board Leadership Institute, board trustee for Claremont Graduate University, chairman of Novaria Aerospace Group’s Board of Management Representatives, vice chairman of the CapEx Innovation Council and chairman of The Creighton Group, Inc.
He has written numerous articles and several books on Tone-at-the-Bottom as it relates to organizational culture. Further, he was a contributor to the 2017 NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on culture and spoke at the 2017 NACD Summit on organizational culture.