[Republished from NACD Online]
Recently, a panel discussion took place at NACD’s Strategic Asset General Counsel event in New York. The panel focused on the personal and professional ramifications of a crisis and featured Miracle on the Hudson passenger and experienced public company director, Maryann Bruce; senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Spirit Airlines, Thomas Canfield; and Andrew Cole, co-president and board member at Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC), a global strategic communications firm. Key takeaways from the discussion follow.
The right person at the helm is critical.
Having courage in a crisis is a must, and preparation can help
Put the corporation ahead of yourself.
Stick to the script in a crisis.
Kimberly Simpson was the panel moderator. She is an NACD regional director, providing strategic support to NACD chapters. Simpson, a former general counsel, was a U.S. Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2005.
Maryann Bruce is an experienced corporate director and former Fortune 100 division President & CEO — Dynamic and Collaborative Leader