Webinar | The Board’s Compliance Oversight Role

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CST

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event



Oversight of a corporation’s compliance risk profile had been an operating management responsibility.  However, with the emergence of cyber-security and other significant risks that can have a material negative effect on a corporation’s operations, Boards of Directors have assumed an increasing oversight responsibility with respect to compliance risk.  Boards typically focus on risk management via their Audit or Risk Committees.  This webinar will explore the Board’s Compliance Oversight Role.  Key topics to be discussed include:

  • Board Oversight of Risk
  • Risk Identification
  • Oversight of Cyber-security Risk
  • Director & Officer Legal Liability Issues and Insurance
  • Oversight of Compliance Programs
  • Oversight of Internal Audit
  • Codes of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest Policies
  • Risks and Controls – Audit Committee Role
  • Considerations During Investigations
  • Additional considerations

This webinar will be presented by Paul Marcela, Vice President & Secretary of the Private Directors Association and President of Governance Partners Group, a professional services firm that provides outsourced Corporate Secretary services for private and small to mid-cap public corporations and not for profit organizations.  Suzanne Saxman, a partner at the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, will moderate the session.  Suzanne is the Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.

Thank you to our National sponsors!


Thank you to our Presenting Chicago Chapter Sponsor!




Paul Marcela
Governance Partners Group, LLC

Paul Marcela is President of Governance Partners Group, a corporate governance services firm that specializes in providing external Corporate Secretary services to companies that seek support in attending to the corporate governance requirements of their Boards of Directors. GPG focuses on providing governance services to private companies, small to mid-cap public companies and not-for-profit organizations that may not have sufficient internal resources to practice good governance in a robust manner.

Paul is the Vice President & Secretary of the Private Directors Association and has served the Society for Corporate Governance as Chair of the Society’s Private Companies Committee, as a member of the Society’s National Board of Directors and the Southeast Chapter Advisory Council and as President of the Detroit Chapter.

Previously, Paul has been Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel of two Cerberus Capital Management private equity portfolio companies and Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation.

Paul earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, a M.B.A. from Central Michigan University and a B.S. from Allegheny College.


Suzanne L. Saxman
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Suzie Saxman is an equity partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP with over 35 years of experience representing privately held businesses and entrepreneurs.  She is the Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Practice Group, a member of Seyfarth’s Corporate Department Leadership Team, and serves on the firm’s Pension, Audit and Client Intake Committees.  

Suzie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois College of Law, and Managing Editor of Illinois Corporate Practice and Forms -The Seyfarth Shaw Manual (DataTrace Publishing 2002, Supplements 2003-2019). Suzie serves on the Board of ACG - Chicago and is a Past President.  She also serves on the University of Illinois College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board.