WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, today announced that it has elected Brenda Gaines and M. Christian Mitchell to serve on its board, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Gaines currently serves as the audit committee chair for Tenet Healthcare and on the board of Southern Company Gas. She previously served on the boards of AGL Resources, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), Nicor, and Office Depot. She was president and chief executive officer of Diners Club North America, a division of Citigroup Inc., until her retirement in March 2004, and held a number of senior management positions within Citigroup. Gaines is a delegate to the NACD Audit Committee Chair Advisory Council, served on the NACD Chicago Chapter board, and was recognized as an NACD Directorship 100 honoree in both 2011 and 2012.

Mitchell currently serves as the chair of the board of Reis Inc., as the lead independent director of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp., and as a member of numerous private company boards, including Stearns Lending (Blackstone) and Parsons Corp. He retired from Deloitte as a senior partner in 2003, where he served as a national managing partner or regional managing partner for various practices during his 26-year career. He is the chair of the NACD Southern California Chapter. Mitchell is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and was named to the NACD Directorship 100 in both 2011 and 2012. 

"Brenda’s and Chris’s extensive management and governance experience will add valuable perspectives to our board," said Karen Horn, NACD chair. "As leaders of NACD Chapters, their intimate knowledge of our members’ challenges will prove critical as we help to prepare directors for the future.”

For more information about the NACD board, visit www.NACDonline.org/NACDBoard.

About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well-prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To become an NACD member, please contact Steve Kalan at Join@NACDonline.org or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at MembershipAdvisor@NACDonline.org to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

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