John Whitman, Investment Banker and Husband of Governor, Dies at 71


John R. Whitman with his wife, Gov. Christie Whitman, at a rally in East Brunswick, N.J., in 1997 as she sought re-election. John R. Whitman, an investment banker and the husband of former Gov. Christie Whitman of New Jersey, died on Thursday in Morristown, N.J. He was 71.
The cause was a catastrophic brain injury he suffered in a fall on June 19, said Heather Grizzle, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Whitman.
Mr. Whitman was a founder, president and managing partner of Sycamore Ventures, a venture capital firm. He began working for Citicorp in 1972, and he was chairman and chief executive of Prudential-Bache Interfunding Inc. from 1987 until 1990.
Mrs. Whitman was governor from January 1994 until January 2001, when she was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by President George W. Bush. At times Mr. Whitman took on an ambassadorial role of sorts for the state government, occasionally creating consternation among watchdog groups.
In 1999, the email company, of which Mr. Whitman was a shareholder and director, received a $1.6 million state tax incentive grant to move its offices from Manhattan to Jersey City. officials said Mr. Whitman was unaware that they had applied for the grant, and he left the company several days after the grant was awarded.
Mr. Whitman maintained that rumors of his impact on policy were greatly exaggerated.
“I try to convince my wife to follow her own views on any particular subject because I think she has better judgment than anybody,” he said in 1997. “The people of New Jersey didn’t elect me to anything.”
John Russell Whitman was born in Albany on June 8, 1944, the grandson of a former New York governor, Charles Whitman Sr., and the son of a New York City judge, Charles Whitman Jr. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 and served as a first lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam War before graduating from Harvard Business School in 1971.
Mr. Whitman knew his future wife sociallybefore their first date, at President Richard M. Nixon’s inaugural ball in 1973. They were married the next year.
Mrs. Whitman survives him, as do their daughter, Kate Whitman Annis; a son, Taylor; six grandchildren; his brother, Charles S. Whitman III; and a sister, Jan Whitman Ogden

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National Press Release for January 15, 2015

The American College of Corporate Directors to confer 34 Professional Director Certifications

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Professional Director Certification, the "Gold Standard," original, most recognized and respected, and most challenging public company director credential, will be conferred on 34 American College of Corporate Director members at their "sold out" Ponte Vedra, Florida, Director Forum.

These thirty-four public company director members will earn one of the four levels of ACCD Certification that includes Professional, Advanced Professional, Masters Professional and Executive Masters Professional Director Certification.

Public company directors earn this Certification by completing a minimum of 40 and up to 150 hours of American College of Corporate Directors instruction, taught by professors from some of America's most prestigious business and law schools. The topic of the Ponte Vedra Forum is "Activist Investors and the Public Company Director."

Directors who earn an American College of Corporate Directors Certification, have it appear in their personal bio and their company's annual proxy, demonstrating to shareholders and regulators alike that the Certification holder has completed THE most rigorous, and extensive program of public company director education available. It is a prestigious credential showing that the director is not only well trained, but has taken the responsibility of public company directorship seriously.

The Professional Director Certification is available ONLY to American College of Corporate Directors members who are also members of the Corporate Directors Group. The organization includes nearly 1800 directors, nearly all representing public companies. Public company directors may join the Corporate Directors Group and enter the Certification process at no charge. To join, directors can visit:

National Press Release for Monday: Announces " Distinguished Director Award"

The American College of Corporate Directors presented its annual "Distinguished Director Award" at their Director Forum in Ponte Vedra, Florida

BOSTON, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blythe J. McGarvie was honored by the American College of Corporate Directors and received the annual Distinguished Director Award on March 25, 2015. Ms. McGarvie serves on the boards of Accenture, Viacom Inc., Sonoco Products Co. and LKQ Corporation. She taught accounting at Harvard Business School in the full-time M.B.A. program from 2012 to 2014. Previously for ten years, she was chief executive officer of LIF Group, a firm offering a global perspective for clients seeking profitable growth and providing leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups. At LIF, Ms. McGarvie specialized in delivering keynote speeches and moderating company and association meetings. She is the author of two books: Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World and Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO Factor for Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life.

Prior to founding LIF, Ms. McGarvie was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bic Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of convenient disposable products. For five years prior to joining Bic, Ms. McGarvie was senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a supermarket retailer, which was acquired by the Delhaize Group in 1999. She has also held senior financial positions at Sara Lee Corporation and Kraft Foods.

A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McGarvie holds an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She served on the university's board of trustees from 1985 to 1987 and also received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, which honors alumni who are pre-Sceminent in their field and who provide outstanding service to Kellogg. Old Dominion University granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in December 2009. In addition, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Ms. McGarvie was named to the NACD/Directorship list of the "100 Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom."

Former "Distinguished Director Award " winners include Ellen Richstone, 2013 and Michael Jeans, 2014.

The American College of Corporate Directors, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is an organization of almost 2000 public company directors. The ACCD is the originator and sponsor of the Professional Director Certification, the "Gold Standard" public company director credential.

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