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Nicole Sandford

Deloitte & Touche LLP
Partner, National Practice Leader of Governance Services
Stamford, CT, USA


Nicole M. Sandford

Ms. Nicole Sandford is the national practice leader for Deloitte & Touche LLP's Governance Services. She specializes in board of director and governance consulting, focusing particularly on improving board and board committee practices through a progressive approach to assessment and education. In this role since 2001, Ms. Sandford has worked with dozens of public company boards and executive teams to address board governance challenges.  She led the development of the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance, and Deloitte's Diversifying the American Board program, which works to match board-ready executives from nontraditional backgrounds with corporate boards seeking diverse members.

She is a frequent speaker on governance issues. Her past appearances include governance events hosted by Deloitte, The Conference Board, The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Practising Law Institute, Institute of Internal Auditors, Financial Executives International, Corporate Board Member Magazine, Yale University, Rice University and Columbia University, among others. In 2010, she published a Deloitte whitepaper on board diversity entitled "Diversifying the American Board: Thought leaders collaborate on current challenges and practical solutions." Ms. Sandford also has been published in Corporate Secretary, BusinessWeek Online, The Wall Street Journal, NACD Directorship, Agenda, and Directors & Boards, led the publication of several executive reports coauthored by Financial Executives International, including Earnings Guidance: The Current State of Play (2009); and Audit Committee Trends and Tools (2003).

Ms. Sandford co-chairs the Financial Women Association's Directorship and Governance Committee. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and previously served as the Audit Committee Chair. In 2008, Ms. Sandford was named a "Rising Star of Corporate Governance" by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University's School of Management. She is a CPA in New York and Connecticut and serves as a lead audit partner for a publicly traded technology company.  Ms. Sandford holds a BBA with honors from Niagara University.

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