Boston | Private Company Board Governance During Crisis: COVID-19

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM EST
Video Conferencing Information Will Be Emailed Upon Registration



Board members of privately held companies are wondering how they should respond to the Coronavirus crisis. Our panel discussion will feature four board leaders to address the following questions:

  1. What role does the Board play in helping the CEO and the leadership team navigate the Coronavirus crisis?

  2. What shareholder and investor concerns should the Board be addressing during this period?

  3. How can Boards interact effectively at a time of restricted travel and limited in-person meetings?

As we all know, there are no right answers to these questions at this stage.  The panel will discuss these issues to surface some of the issues and possible solutions.  The session will then be turned over to the attendees for a question and answer period. Prepare to ask the experts your theories or questions!



Tim Cabot
President & CEO at Katahdin Industries; President Precision Coating; Chairman of Southworth International.
Katahdin Industries; Precision Coating; Southworth Industries

Repositions mid to late stage manufacturing businesses in the specialty chemical and materials field to enhance growth and profitability.

Specialties: Business leadership, Mergers & acquisitions, Industrial marketing, Operations restructuring, Business development, New technology assessment, Organization change management and alignment, International ventures and expansion.


Caleb E. White
Principal, Board Director, PDA Boston Founder
CFAR, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.

Caleb E. White, specializes in the complex strategic and operational issues facing today’s organizations. He draws on his experience as a high impact leader in both privately-held and large public companies, at different stages of development and across multiple industries. This includes leading his sixth-generation family business, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. Caleb brings both personal and professional insight to leadership and governance dilemmas facing clients.

As a member of CFAR’s Owner-Led business practice, Caleb’s work is driven by an ability to create strategic value: identifying investment/acquisition opportunities, strong P&L acumen, and dedication to building a culture of operational excellence. From his experience in his family’s business, he is also particularly attuned to high stakes shareholder issues and complex multi-generational family business dynamics.

Prior to joining CFAR, Caleb was President and CEO of Ensign-Bickford, a privately held portfolio of diversified manufacturing companies, where he furthered expansion and spearheaded nearly ten acquisitions helping transform the portfolio into new areas. He is now a member of its Board of Directors. Caleb also serves as a Director of the Lee Company, Axiam Inc., and has been a member of numerous not-for-profit boards throughout his career, including St. Mark’s School of Southboro, MA and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, which was founded by his father.


Ken Marshall
CEO, Founder, Board Member,Trusted Advisor
Marlborough Street Partners

Ken is the Managing Partner of Marlborough Street Partners, a team of senior operating executives that work with private equity and venture backed companies. He is currently Executive Chairman of Centage Corporation where he recently served as interim CEO. Previously he was Chairman, co-founder and CEO of Extraprise/QuickPivot, Chairman and CEO of Correlsense, Chairman and CEO of Carbonflow, President and COO of Giga Information Group, and CEO of Object Design (a #1 company in the Inc.500).  Mr. Marshall was also a group vice president at Oracle Corporation and was the founder of Oracle’s consulting services business. He has served as an independent Director of several technology companies including; Actuate Corp., Streambase Systems, Current Analysis and Visix Software. He has a B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.A. from Boston College.


Doug Ferguson
Lead Director


Doug works with leaders, teams and Boards to optimize strategic thinking, organizational development and financial returns.

Current clients are predominantly high tech and health care companies looking to develop new markets based on cutting edge technology and unique customer insights. Combining American and East Asian investors in partnerships is a focus as well.Doug has authored several articles, including the white paper “The Company One Keeps” about using strategic partnerships to spur corporate innovation and a featured Business Week article, “Your Success Depends on your Talent”. I regularly author a blog about interesting innovation management practices.

In addition to his work as an advisor, strategist and consultant, he has held senior executive positions at Lotus Development, Next Era/Planning technologies and Cambridge Management Consulting. Doug is also actively involved with issues of corporate governance. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of two NASDAQ companies: Centra Software and Saba Software and am currently a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


  • Organizational design and implementation

  • Strategic partnership alliance relationship development and execution

  • Corporate strategy development

  • Business valuation

  • Marketing a business’ assets to its industry partners

  • Negotiating asset sales



David Rosen
CEO, Founder, PDA Boston Chair

Acrelic, Tech Foundry

David A. Rosen is a successful serial Entrepreneur, Turnaround Operator, Board Director, Executive Business Leader, and Strategic M&A Adviser.  He is currently the CEO of TechX Foundry; CEO of the Acrelic Group; Adviser and Mentor at Signal Lake (Venture Capital) & TechLaunch (Accelerator) and recently Founded and Chairman of the Boston Chapter of the Private Directors Association.  He mentors, judges, and lectures at Northwestern University Business (Kellogg) and Engineering (McCormick) Schools.

David’s business experience includes direct involvement in >40 M&A transactions, more than 10 Joint Ventures, along with other forms of Innovation Models such as license arrangements, startup businesses, partnerships, and business dispositions.  He has worked directly with more than 50% of the Tech 250 and led hundreds of strategic management assignments which lead to his M&A follow-up.

David currently sits on several private company boards and has held Board Director roles in 8 prior companies, public and private.  David founded seven (7) startups, invested in more than 12 companies to date, lead Company and Business Unit turnarounds, managed engagement teams and executed hundreds of successful strategic advisory efforts that have led to $Billions in net-new business.