SMU Cox Associate Dean Shane Goodwin Recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow

by SMU Cox|

NACD Fellows Demonstrate Their Commitment to the Highest Level of Leadership in the Boardroom

University Park, Texas, January 23, 2020 – The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University today announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Dr. Shane Goodwin, Associate Dean and Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. NACD Fellows, who earn NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®— stand within the highest echelon of those committed to excellence in the boardroom.  

As the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals, NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers Fellows with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices—year after year.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Fellow community and who are committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence,” said Dr. Goodwin. “The resources, insights, and connections I’ve made through NACD Fellowship will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Dr. Shane Goodwin is the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education and serves as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance at The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Dr. Goodwin leads The Applied Corporate Governance Institute at The Center for Global Enterprise, an organization that advises companies to understand, engage, and succeed with their investors in complex and contested shareholder matters.  Most recently, Dr. Goodwin served as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia University, a research institute established by Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and as a Postdoctoral Fellow of Business Economics at Harvard Business School.  His research is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism.  Dr. Goodwin serves as an expert witness on complex litigation issues regarding M&A, corporate governance, capital markets and corporate finance matters. 

Dr. Goodwin has 25 years of strategic advisory, M&A and corporate finance experience at:

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Citigroup
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

Most recently, he was a Managing Director and the Head of Investment Banking for the Southwest U.S. at Wells Fargo Securities.  He has advised on over 250 M&A assignments totaling over $50 billion in transaction value, including sell-side and buy-side transactions, anti-raid, takeover and activism defenses, cross-border M&A and restructuring advisory assignments.  Additionally, he has executed over 100 public and private debt and equity investments totaling over $40 billion and has extensive private equity and corporate restructuring experience.  Dr. Goodwin is the Chairman of Argus Capital Partners and is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, where he serves as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

“We are proud to announce that Dr. Goodwin has joined NACD’s credentialed directors and has taken the next step in the pursuit of boardroom excellence,” said Peter Gleason, CEO of NACD. “Our fellows help advance the highest standards for those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening our businesses, and driving director professionalism. The impact of this program is unmatched and they should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development.”

Representing hundreds of today’s largest and most-diverse corporations in the world, NACD Fellows serve on boards of NASDAQ OMX- and NYSE-listed companies such as Baker Hughes Inc., Citigroup Inc., DuPont, Foot Locker Inc., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment, SpartanNash Co., UnitedHealth Group Inc., and more.

NACD Fellows provide a snapshot of the caliber of directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD—the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices that more than 17,000 directors rely on to lead with confidence.

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