Church Mutual’s® board chair named to list of influential leaders

Oct 18, 2023

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NACD Directorship 100 recognizes the most influential corporate directors and governance experts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.1 (a stock insurer), announced John “Jay” Williams, board chair, has been named one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as part of the 2023 NACD Directorship 100™, an annual list of leading corporate directors and governance advocates.


Honorees will be recognized at the upcoming 2023 Directorship 100 Awards Gala in New York City Wednesday, Dec. 13, in addition to being featured in NACD Directorship magazine’s annual list of The Most Influential People in Boardrooms and Corporate Governance. NACD will share honoree profiles with all 23,000 NACD members as well as with partner organizations and other key governance stakeholders.


“We are thrilled to see Jay Williams recognized by NACD as a 2023 NACD Directorship 100 honoree,” said Church Mutual CEO Rich Poirier. “We are honored he has served on our board of directors for the past 15 years, currently as chair. Williams’ commitment to the business community makes a positive impact on both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. We offer him our sincerest congratulations.”


The honorees represent a range of companies that include Best Buy, ScanSource, Inc., Equilar, American Eagle Outfitters, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and more. The complete 2023 NACD Directorship 100 list is available at https://directorship100.nacdonline.org/honorees/2023.


The 2023 NACD Directorship 100 recognizes leading corporate directors and governance advocates in several categories, including attorneys, audit and risk professionals, board advisors, compensation experts, governance advisors, investors, media, policy advisors, recruiters, and regulators and rule makers.


“Exemplifying board leadership is a top priority for our organization, and this year's peer-nominated Directorship 100 honorees demonstrate their excellence in governance,” said NACD president and CEO Peter Gleason. “The accomplishments and integrity of this year’s director honorees are inspiring, and we look forward to celebrating these individuals at our annual gala in New York.”


An independent selection committee reviews the nominees’ history of advancing board performance and leading corporate governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles form a framework that encourages corporate governance excellence in areas that include risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation and transparency.

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About Church Mutual
Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I., founded in 1897, offers specialized insurance for religious organizations of all denominations, public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, senior living facilities, secular and non-secular camps and conference centers, and nonprofit and human services organizations throughout the United States. To learn more, visit churchmutual.com.

About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the premier membership organization for board directors who want to expand their knowledge, grow their network, and maximize their potential.

As the unmatched authority in corporate governance, NACD sets the standards of excellence through its research and community-driven director education, programming and publications. Directors trust NACD to arm them with the relevant insights to make high-quality decisions on the most pressing and strategic issues facing their businesses today.

NACD also prepares leaders to meet tomorrow's biggest challenges. The NACD Directorship Certification® is the leading director credential in the United States. It sets a new standard for director education, positions directors to meet boardroom challenges, and includes an ongoing education requirement that prepares directors for what is next.

With an ever-expanding community of more than 23,000 members and a nationwide chapter network, NACD’s impact is both local and global. NACD members are driven by a common purpose: to be trusted catalysts of economic opportunity and positive change—in business and in the communities they serve.


1Church Mutual is a stock insurer whose policyholders are members of the parent mutual holding company formed on 1/1/20. S.I. = a stock insurer.


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