Learn about Activist Investors
The interactive panel discussion will include:
Evelyn D’An, of D’An Financial Services, brings her board experience and extensive knowledge on corporate governance matters to this panel. A former Big 4 Audit Partner, she currently advises business owners and senior management teams on the financial significance of strategic business decisions, corporate and operating structures, and growth of enterprises. Evelyn will share her perspective as director and former Chair of Nom & Gov of onboarding activist investors.
Evelyn Dilsaver spent the first 17 years of her career in the audit and finance function as Controller for a bank and for Charles Schwab and as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer for U.S. Trust. She was given the opportunity to hone her skills in marketing, business development, strategy, M&A and product development, culminating in the role of EVP of Charles Schwab, member of the Management Committee and President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.
Melissa Sawyer, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice, will moderate the event. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.
Quentin Koffey is the Portfolio Manager for Strategic Investments at the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with over $50 billion in assets under management. Based on extensive research and consultation with well-respected and highly experienced operating partners, Mr. Koffey seeks to work actively with management teams of portfolio companies to unlock long-term value for shareholders. Mr. Koffey engages actively with management teams, boards of directors, and shareholders of portfolio companies in strategic, operational, and corporate governance matters.