Board members can play an important role for companies seeking to disrupt markets, transcend categories or launch innovations. They bring valuable experience, relationships and perspective. There can also be different dynamics for governance, risk management and board composition. Our panel of experts have experience in the boardrooms of market innovators and disruptors, both as executives and as board members. They’ll share insights on the nuances of serving on boards for these types of organizations, how boards can add value during periods of disruption and how executives can best work with their board to capitalize on innovation opportunities.
As President, CEO and Board Director of Charles & Colvard, Suzanne Miglucci is the driving force behind the company’s mission – to lead a revolution in the jewelry industry by delivering a brilliant product at an extraordinary value balanced with environmental and social responsibility. Charles & Colvard is the original and leading worldwide source of moissanite gemstones and jewelry. As the retail industry continues to transform, Suzanne leverages her expertise in marketing and e-commerce to create brand awareness for Charles & Colvard, and lead the company’s omni-channel strategy.
Prior to Charles & Colvard, Suzanne served as Chief Marketing Officer of ChannelAdvisor Corporation, an e-commerce software-as-a-service solution provider, where she oversaw marketing, product management, client services and business operations. She has also held executive positions at SAP, SciQuest, Inc., MicroMass Communications and Arsenal Digital Solutions. Suzanne holds a master’s degree from Colorado State University, and undergraduate degrees from Fitchburg State University.
Kris has 25 years of management consulting, auditing/financial analysis, and board of director experience. She currently focuses on the board agenda and serves on the firm’s long-term value executive committee. Focus areas include: value identification/measurement, shareholder activism, and linkages of value to investor communications and governance. She previously led EY’s Strategy and Customer consulting practices in the Americas and is one of the founders of EY’s Purpose Led Transformation practice.
Kris is an expert in large scale transformation with prowess in strategy consulting, value realization/financial engineering, operations, executive leadership, with vast experience executing ERP-led transformation initiatives as well. Process expertise includes Customer Relationship Management (digital selling, salesforce transformation, service management and customer journey/customer experience transformation) and Enterprise Operating Model. Industry experience includes high technology, consumer products/retail, industrial products, banking, automotive and telecommunications.
Previously, she was Vice President of Transformation within IBM’s Global Business Services organization where she managed multiple strategy and organization change practices overseeing both external client strategic transformation programs, plus internal IBM transformation initiatives. Prior, she was a management consulting partner at PriceWaterhouse, LLC, which was acquired by IBM in 2002. Earlier, Kris was a Consulting Manager with Gemini Consulting/the MAC Group, and before that, an Internal Auditor for Consolidated Electrical Distributors.
Kris has strong experience at the board level. She is currently an advisory board member for the NFL’s Alumni Association and is the programs chair of NACDCO (National Association of Corporate Directors, Colorado). Previous board roles included: Corporate Director and Audit Committee Member of Great Western Bank, Advisory Director of Microplas, a subsidiary of Nypro, and Board Member Windward Reports. Kris is also active in association boards including the Harvard Business School Women’s Advisory Board and previously was the Vice Chair of ASME (Association of Mechanical Engineers) Industry Board in officer roles for over 10 years.
Kris is a featured conference speaker in areas such as long-term value, purpose, corporate transformation, employee engagement, value realization, and women’s initiatives. She was recently awarded Consulting Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2016 and before that, honored as a Top 25 Consultant by the magazine in 2007.
Kris received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from UCLA.
She enjoys skiing, swimming, running, and golfing in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado with her family. She is also an avid flutist and plays together with her daughter.
W. Christopher Matton has served as General Counsel of Bandwidth since 2010. As General Counsel, Mr. Matton provides support and counsel for corporate, human resources, intellectual property, legal and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Bandwidth, Mr. Matton was a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Mr. Matton also previously served on the founding team and board of managers of Veritas Collaborative, an eating disorder treatment hospital system. Mr. Matton has worked with companies ranging from early stage to publicly traded companies and has represented clients in connection with venture capital financings, private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities and other corporate matters. Mr. Matton earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Wake Forest University where he also served as the Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review.
Deana's practice encompasses a broad range of business matters, from drafting
and negotiating corporate agreements and documents to managing all aspects of
mergers, acquisitions, and debt and equity financing transactions for a variety of
companies. She represents privately held companies, and assists them in all
aspects of their business, from corporate governance and transactions to business
structuring, development, and expansion opportunities. This includes serving as
outside general counsel to a number of closely held companies inside and outside of
Deana serves as the Raleigh office's Geographic Team Leader, and leads the
firm's Technology Practice Group by representing a number of local technology and
biotechnology companies in their corporate needs. Deana is an experienced
corporate transactional attorney, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions, and
other debt and equity financing from the seller, buyer, investor or borrower side.