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Neil Asks, "Can Corporate Boards Successfully Navigate The Interests Of Shareholders, Stakeholders, And The Public At Large? 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Invesco Global Asset Management Inc.
1555 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1800

Atlanta, GA 30309

Join us for lunch and an engaging discussion between our distinguished moderator and panelists.  

This event is free to attend.  Advanced registration is required.

Our panel will be moderated by Ben Johnson, currently Chairman of Invesco’s Board, and retired Managing Partner with Alston & Bird. View bio.

Here are the panelists:

John Brown ran Stryker Corp., a medical device and software company for 32 years before retiring as Chairman in 2009.  He has served on numerous boards and divides his time between Atlanta where his two daughters and four grandchildren reside and Kalamazoo, Michigan. View bio.

Kevin Carome is the General Counsel of Invesco Ltd.  View bio.

Suzanne Christensen is Treasurer, Head of Investor Relations and Risk at Invesco.  View bio.

Jack Hardin is one of the two founding partners of the Atlanta law firm or Rogers & Hardin and an acknowledged and well-respected expert on corporate governance.  View bio.

Special thanks to our sponsors Invesco and CIBC Atlantic Trust


NeilAsks.org extends the legacy of L. Neil Williams Jr., an Atlanta-based leader in the fields of law, education and the arts. We seek to honor his example of asking important questions, listening to disparate views, and inspiring others to ask the questions that would guide us toward greater understanding, innovation, service, and hope.


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