Modern Governance

Diligent Honors Groundbreaking Governance Leaders with Second Annual 'Modern Governance 100' Program

General counsels, corporate secretaries, and other governance professionals to be honored for their commitment, resilience, and compassion amidst this year's unique challenges

November 5, 2020 - New York, NY - Diligent, modern governance leader and home to the largest network of global corporate directors and executives, today announced the honorees of the 2020 Modern Governance 100, a program dedicated to the recognition of influential governance leaders. Now in its second year, the program shines a light on general counsels, corporate secretaries, paralegals and others who have demonstrated resilience, dedication and empathy in the face of complex and challenging times, when good governance matters more than ever. Comprised of 100 individuals from the US to South Africa, the list recognizes professionals from companies including AlterDomus, AstraZeneca, Aviva, Barclays, Canadian Western Bank, Coca-Cola European Partners, DocuSign, EY, Lyft, National Grid, ViacomCBS, and Wynn Resorts.


In 2020, governance professionals in all industries faced an array of new challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to increased cyber threats and global civil unrest, putting their governance practices to the test. Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Wynn Resorts Limited, elaborated that, 'As general counsel of a company deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I've found that the corporate governance processes that we have established over the last few years have been instrumental in ensuring an appropriate response to the challenges we have faced.'


Similar global pressures have also created new opportunities for governance experts to redefine their roles and build stronger governance practices. The dynamic professionals recognized by the Modern Governance 100 program have demonstrated an exceptional ability to support their organizations throughout the year, driving greater diversity and sustainable practices, providing sharper insights for company leadership, and ensuring strong governance practices across the board. Company leaders, from executives to the board room, had to rely on their governance teams more than ever before to ensure the near-universal shift to remote work was smooth and that communication, collaboration, and community remained intact.


'Amidst all of the changes and hardships we've faced this year, the Modern Governance 100 program reminds us that there is a very human side to governance. Every day, there are talented people working behind-the-scenes to drive real change for their organizations,' said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. 'At the end of the day, it's important to remember that it's individuals who navigate the complex realities of our world to make good governance decisions. At Diligent, we strive to honor those who have excelled in their roles and gone above and beyond to help their organizations thrive in turbulent times.'


Diligent introduced the category of modern governance to the market in 2019, defining it as the practice of empowering leaders with the technology, insights, and processes that fuel good governance. Honoring the dedicated professionals who enable modern governance is critically important, especially in such a transformational time.


To view the full list of the 2020 Modern Governance 100 honorees and learn more about how they are leading through change, visit


About Diligent Corporation
Diligent Corporation is the pioneer of modern governance, empowering leaders to turn effective governance into a competitive advantage. Leveraging unparalleled insights from a team of industry innovators, as well as highly secure, integrated SaaS technologies, Diligent's industry-leading suite of solutions changes how work gets done at the executive and board levels. Leaders rely on Diligent to drive accountability and transparency, while addressing stakeholder and shareholder priorities. Its applications also help streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees, and support collaboration and secure information sharing. Designed for both public and private sector organizations, Diligent is helping to usher in a new era of modern governance.


The largest global network of directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by 19,000 organizations and nearly 700,000 leaders in more than 90 countries. With an eye towards inclusivity and accessibility, Diligent serves some of the largest public governing bodies, including more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

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