Ira M. Millstein

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Ira M. Millstein "is a senior partner at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where, in addition to practicing in the areas of government regulation and antitrust law, he has counseled numerous boards on issues of corporate governance, including the boards of General Motors, Westinghouse, Bethlehem Steel, WellChoice (fka, Empire Blue Cross), the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), Tyco International, The Walt Disney Co., and the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Millstein is a member of the board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center and serves as pro bono counsel to the Board of Directors of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency overseeing the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan. Most recently, he was appointed Chairman of the New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform by Governor George Pataki.

"In addition to his active legal practice, Mr. Millstein is the Senior Associate Dean for Corporate Governance and the Eugene F. Williams Jr. Visiting Professor in Competitive Enterprise and Strategy at the Yale School of Management. In November 2006, the School of Management renamed its Corporate Governance Center in honor of Mr. Millstein, naming it the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. Mr. Millstein is the Chairman Emeritus, having served as Chairman from 1999-2005, of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Global Corporate Governance Forum founded by the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He served as Chairman of the OECD Business Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance in 1997-1998 and Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Improving the Effectiveness of Corporate Audit Committees (sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers) in 1998-1999. In 1997, he was appointed by Vice-President Gore and Prime Minister Chernomyrdin to the U.S.-Russia Capital Markets Forum Working Group on Investor Protection. In 1996, Mr. Millstein chaired the National Association of Corporate Directors' Blue Ribbon Commission on Director Professionalism. He formerly has served as: Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Columbia University's Center for Law & Economic Studies' Institutional Investor Project; Chairman of the New York State Pension Investment Task Force; Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law; and Fellow of the Faculty of Government at Harvard University's J.F.K. School of Government.

"An Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Mr. Millstein is a frequent lecturer and author on corporate governance, antitrust, and government regulation. In 2001, he received the first Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance by the International Corporate Governance Network. In June 2006, the National Law Journal named Mr. Millstein to its list of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. Included among his many publications are: The Recurrent Crisis in Corporate Governance (co-author, Palgrave, 2003; paperback by Stanford University Press, August 2004); a trilogy of articles published in The Business Lawyer - "The Evolution of the Certifying Board" (1992), "The Professional Board" (1995), and "The Responsible Board" (1997); The Limits of Corporate Power (co-author, MacMillan, 1981); The Impact of the Modern Corporation (co-editor, Columbia University Press, 1984); The Battle for Corporate Control: Shareholder Rights, Stakeholder Interests, and Managerial Responsibility (contributing author, New York University, 1991); and "Can the Board of Directors Help the American Corporation Earn the Immortality It Holds so Dear?" in The U.S. Business Corporation: An Institution in Transition (contributing co-author, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Ballinger Publishing Co., 1988).

"A graduate of Columbia Law School, Mr. Millstein is a Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of the Central Park Conservancy, Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a member of the Chairman's Council of the American Red Cross of Greater New York. He is a member of the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), serves on the Advisory Council of Transparency International, and is a former member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board. He is a former Chairman of the Antitrust Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association." [1]

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  1. Ira M. Millstein, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, accessed November 26, 2007.