Alan A. Rudnick

rudnick-colorAlan Rudnick’s specialization in all aspects of corporate governance has developed through a broad range of experience, including service as a corporate general counsel and corporate secretary, work in the corporate finance and treasury arenas, education of corporate boards and staff, practice with a private law firm, and as a principal of his own governance consulting firm. Drawing on his legal training and experience with boards, he works extensively with CEOs, boards, and corporate staffs to help them become aligned with the company’s strategic goals and plans, evaluate their effectiveness, resolve internal disputes, and establish governance processes that are best for the enterprise’s long-range goals, and risk profile.

As an expert in corporate governance and board responsibilities, Alan was a Senior Advisor at The Conference Board where he served as Counsel to its Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise, a blue-ribbon group of 12 business, finance, and government leaders. He has also served as Program Chair and faculty member for The Conference Board’s Directors’ Institute, established for the training of corporate directors. He is also a member of the International Finance Corporation’s (World Bank Group) Global Corporate Governance Forum’s Private Sector Advisory Group where he and his co-principal, Jon Masters, are among the co-authors of a tool kit for handling corporate governance disputes.

Alan is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches corporate governance. He has been a speaker and panelist about corporate governance issues at The Conference Board, the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), the University of Delaware Center for Corporate Governance, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Officials.

Prior to co-founding Masters-Rudnick & Associates, he was principal in Alan A. Rudnick LLC, where he provided a full range of corporate governance consulting services to corporations, directors, and corporate staffs. He began his consulting practice following his retirement as Vice President-General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the CSX Corporation, a major transportation company. During his 25 years at CSX and its predecessor companies, Alan held a variety of positions in the law and finance areas.

Prior to joining a CSX predecessor, Alan worked as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General and as Deputy Chief of the Ohio Consumer Protection Agency. He was also in private practice, concentrating on commercial and bankruptcy law. He is trained as a mediator, and he is admitted to the bars of Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia, He is also a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Officials.

Alan has also been actively engaged in all aspects of non-profit governance, both as former Chairman of CSX’s corporate philanthropic program, overseeing grants to nonprofit organizations, and as a trustee serving on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations in the Richmond, Virginia, area. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Visual Art Center of Richmond, Virginia, for which he earlier served as Chairman. He was also president of the former TheatreVirginia and a former member of the board of the Arts Council of Richmond.

Alan received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. He received his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the law review.

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