NACD New England Chapter Announces 2016 Director of the Year Award Recipients

Board leaders to be honored as part of 10th anniversary award celebration

BOSTON--()--The National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACDNE) announced today the recipients of its annual Director of the Year Awards. This year marks the 10th anniversary of awards that recognize independent directors of public, private, and non-profit boards who have embraced high standards of corporate governance and who have made valuable contributions to the companies and organizations they serve. The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony on May 5, 2016 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

“As we close out a decade of honoring exemplary board leaders, we look ahead to an evolving corporate governance landscape that demands higher standards than ever before,” said R. Robert Popeo, President of NACD New England Chapter and Chairman and President of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. “This year’s honorees have demonstrated they possess the skills, values, and good judgment to enable their companies to succeed in today’s changing and increasingly globalized economy. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.”

Nominations for consideration of the awards are reviewed by nominating and selection committees made up of New England business and community leaders.

“The men and women we are honoring epitomize the highest levels of leadership in their boardrooms and in their communities,” said William A. Earon, Board Chair of NACD New England Chapter. “These honorees are transformational leaders. Each has fostered a culture of integrity and ethical stewardship of their board governance, and we look forward to celebrating them as role models for all public, private, and non-profit directors.”

Through the Director of the Year Awards, NACD New England Chapter honors three individual board members and two boards. The 2016 honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement in Governance: Arthur L. Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein is a technology pioneer with more than 40 years of experience as a director and executive. He led Ionics, Incorporated, a water desalination, purification, and supply company, to remarkable growth in his positions as chairman, president, and chief executive officer. Ionics was purchased by General Electric in 2005. Mr. Goldstein was also a founder and Chairman of the Board of Sun Catalytix Corporation, which is now part of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Goldstein’s achievements as a director span the fields of technology, healthcare, finance, and higher education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. His previous directorships include Cabot Corporation, State Street Corporation, A123 Systems, Jobs for Massachusetts, and Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. He has served as a Director, as well as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer, of Partners HealthCare System, and as Chairman of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. He is a former member of the Visiting Committees at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and was President of the Rensselaer Council. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an emeritus member of the Energy Initiative External Advisory Board at MIT and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Overseers of the International Business School at Brandeis University. Mr. Goldstein is lauded by fellow board members for his ability to create consensus and keep board focus on major issues. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Leadership in Corporate Governance: John S. Clarkeson. Mr. Clarkeson has focused his career on helping some of the world’s leading companies develop strategies for long-term competitive advantage. He is Chairman Emeritus of The Boston Consulting Group, for which he previously served as chairman and chief executive officer. Under Mr. Clarkeson’s leadership, The Boston Consulting Group has become one of the most prestigious management firms in the world, and is consistently ranked one of the best places to work by Fortune magazine. Beyond his work with The Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Clarkeson has developed a stellar reputation as a leader in governance of both private and non-profit organizations. He serves as a Trustee of Eversource Energy and a Trustee Emeritus of Wellesley College and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. He is an advisory council member of INSEAD and a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, for which he previously served as chair. He also previously served as Lead Director of Cabot Corporation and as a Director of Educational Testing Service. Mr. Clarkeson is admired for his keen strategic instincts and his ability to bring stakeholders together toward a common goal, and he lectures extensively around the world on the subject of leadership. He received an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was a Harvard National Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Myra H. Kraft Award for Non-Profit Leadership: Linda Mason. Described as a leader adept at “joining the head to the heart,” Ms. Mason has devoted her life to confronting some of the world’s most pressing challenges. As a director and executive, Ms. Mason approaches her work with the values of humanitarianism and compassion ingrained in her through decades of service. She is the Chair and Co-Founder of Bright Horizons, the largest provider of worksite child care and early education, employing 25,000 people and caring for more than 100,000 children at 850 high quality child development centers for employers in 45 states, Europe, and India. She is the Global Leadership Council Chair & Honorary Board Chair of Mercy Corps, an international development organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. She also serves on the boards of Horizons for Homeless Children (which she co-founded), the Yale University School of Management, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Packard Foundation, and the Boston Foundation. Ms. Mason currently serves as Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Public Company Board of the Year: American Tower Corporation. American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator, and developer of global communications real estate, with a portfolio of approximately 100,000 sites in 13 countries on five continents, including wireless towers, broadcast towers, and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks. American Tower’s 10-person board has guided it to a current market cap of approximately $37 billion, making it the fifth largest company in Massachusetts by market capitalization. The board is well-regarded for its diversity of skills, ability, and experience, which enables it to develop innovative solutions leading to enduring success. The board is also committed to corporate responsibility, which plays a critical role in its business strategy and focuses on the four core elements of philanthropy, ethics, environment, and people.

Private Company Board of the Year: Amica Mutual Insurance Company. Amica Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1907, is the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles. Based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the company is a national writer of auto, home and life insurance. It employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. In what is undoubtedly a credit to the corporate culture, employees frequently spend their entire careers with Amica. Amica’s board of 12 directors, which features members of the business, finance, law and education communities, has been praised for its commitment to leadership diversity. Amica has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the communities it serves through community sponsorships, charitable grants, and corporate citizenship activities.

NACD New England Chapter is the leading source in New England for corporate governance information, education, and training for directors and CEOs who are committed to raising boardroom standards. The chapter hosts panel discussions and other educational programming to foster connectivity between boards and promote corporate best practices. It includes a large number of regional directors and business leaders.

NACD New England Chapter is part of the larger NACD network, the only not-for-profit membership organization founded by and for corporate directors. NACD has a national presence in Washington, D.C., with 22 active regional chapters, and more than 17,000 director and key executive members around the country. NACD’s resources include an annual leadership conference, fellowships, downloadable publications, and in-boardroom education programs.

NACD is also part of the Global Network of Director Institutes, a 100,000-member strong international collaboration of directors who share expertise from around the world. Learn more about NACD membership and general governance information online at


For NACD New England Chapter
Katherine Adam, 617-482-0042

Release Summary

The National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter announced today the recipients of its 10th annual Director of the Year Awards.


For NACD New England Chapter
Katherine Adam, 617-482-0042