2020 Mundheim Speaker Series Kicks Off March 16

Jan. 29, 2020

The popular annual speaker series from Professor of Corporate Law and Finance Robert Mundheim, Conversations with Bob Mundheim, will welcome its first guest on Monday, March 16. 

Mundheim moderates informal conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in and perspectives about corporate governance, markets, ethics, and career development. 

The series is free and open to the public and will be of particular interest to law and business students.

All sessions take place noon-1:15 p.m. at University of Arizona Law, Room 237 (Faculty Lounge). Lunch is provided, and seating is limited.

2020 Schedule  

March 16 

Ron LeMay, chairman of the board of directors of Gogo, Inc. and managing director and co-founder of OpenAir Equity Partners and chairman of many of its portfolio companies 
OpenAir Equity Partners specializes in “Internet of Things” and related data science investments with portfolio companies that focus on connected car, home, aircraft and ag machinery businesses. LeMay has over 47 years of experience in the wireless industry and his unique expertise has helped place OpenAir Equity Partners portfolio companies at the forefront of transformation.  Previously, LeMay served as President – COO of Sprint.  As the first employee and CEO of Sprint PCS, he guided the company from start-up to $10B in annual revenue faster than any company in U.S. history. 

March 23 

Simon M. Lorne, vice chairman and chief legal officer at Millennium Management, LLC 
Lorne currently oversees Millennium Management, LLC’s compliance, legal, regulatory, and internal audit functions. Previously, Lorne served as a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. In 1996, he became a managing director at Salomon Brothers, where he served as global head of Internal Audit. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance. 

From 1993 to 1996, Lorne was the general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is an independent director of Teledyne Technologies Inc., and Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association. 

March 30 

Bob Denham, partner in Munger, Tolles & Olson 
Denham advises clients on strategic, financial and corporate governance issues, including mergers and acquisitions. He also regularly provides disclosure and corporate law advice to public and private corporations and boards of directors. Denham was an associate and partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson from 1971-1991 (Managing Partner 1986-1991), and rejoined the Firm as a Partner in 1998 after returning from Salomon, where he served as General Counsel and then Chairman and CEO of Salomon Inc (parent of Salomon Brothers, Phibro and Basis Petroleum). Denham has served as an independent director on many corporate boards, including as Lead Director of Chevron, and as Audit Committee Chair of Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent, and US Trust. He presently serves on the New York Times Board (Compensation Committee Chair and formerly Lead Director) and Fomento Economico Mexicano (“FEMSA”). He chaired the boards of both the MacArthur and Russell Sage Foundations. 

April 6 

Linda Rappaport, Of Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP 
Rappaport, Of Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York, has been a partner at the firm for over 30 years. As a lawyer, she focuses on executive compensation and corporate governance. Her not-for-profit activities have included membership on the boards of the Legal Aid Society, the New York Women’s Foundation, and Wesleyan University. She is currently Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of The New School. Rappaport is the Chair of the Board of Governors of Mannes College, a music conservatory in New York City and part of The New School. 

April 13 

Holly Gregory, partner at Sidley 
Gregory is co-chair of Sidley Austin’s global corporate governance and executive compensation practice, counsels corporations on sensitive governance issues often in the context of corporate crisis. Gregory recently counseled the Business Roundtable on its Statement of Corporate Purpose. She played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. Gregory recently completed her term as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee, and chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the SEC in 2009. Widely recognized for her work, she has been named among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2019 and all prior years (13 total).  She is President-Elect of the American College of Governance Counsel. 

April 20 

John J. Cannon, III, senior member of the Compensation, Governance and ERISA Group and co-chair of Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group 
In his practice, Cannon focuses on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including ERISA and corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment, and tax laws. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the compensation issues raised in the mergers and acquisitions context. Cannon joined Shearman & Sterling in 1985 and became a partner in 1994. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance.