Steve Howe and Ann Yerger Receive National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) 2016 Directorship 100 Honors

New York, 22 November 2016

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Stephen R. Howe, Jr. and Ann Yerger have been named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) 2016 Directorship 100 honorees, a national list which annually recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Howe serves as the U.S. Chairman and Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP and EY Americas Managing Partner. Yerger is an Executive Director of Ernst & Young LLP with the EY Center for Board Matters.

“It is an honor to be recognized again by NACD and to be included with such an esteemed group of dedicated directors and corporate governance thought leaders,” said Howe. “Boards are flat-out more important than ever before. EY, and specifically the EY Center for Board Matters, views its relationships with corporate governance leaders as fundamental given our role in the capital markets. We will continue to help foster increased dialogue among boards, auditors and investors. Enabling excellence in governance is paramount and also a key element of EY’s own purpose of building a better working world.”

“Heightened scrutiny of boards is here to stay and directors increasingly have to rethink how they communicate fundamental issues – from board composition all the way to information presented in the proxy statement,” said Yerger. “Institutional investors don’t see good governance as just a compliance exercise anymore, but rather as a way to increase shareholder value. Understanding the changing needs of investors is paramount and the EY Center for Board Matters remains committed to ensuring directors are prepared to effectively respond and engage.”

This year’s honorees will be recognized during a gala dinner at the ninth annual NACD Directorship 100 Gala on November 30 in New York City. The full list of the 2016 NACD Directorship 100 honorees can be found at

Howe has been with EY for 34 years. In addition to his role as U.S. Chairman and Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP and EY and Americas Managing Partner, he leads the U.S. and EY Americas Executive Committees and is a member of the EY Global Executive Board. Howe previously served as Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young LLP Financial Services Office.

Howe represents EY and the US firm in regulatory relationships and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Audit Quality. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, and the Board of the Partnership for New York City and the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall.

Yerger joined EY after nearly 20 years with the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of funds and endowments that focuses on effective corporate governance practices. As a leader of the EY Center for Board Matters, she guides the Center’s team in advancing EY’s engagement with investors shaping viewpoints and policy around corporate governance. Yerger served as executive director at CII for nearly ten years and had been with the organization since 1996.

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