Lawrence A. Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, was named this year's recipient of the Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 19,000 corporate board members.
The NACD recently announced the 2018 NACD Directorship 100, an annual recognition of the leading corporate directors, corporate governance experts, policymakers, and influencers—leaders who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. From among this list of 100, Professor Cunningham was nominated and selected by a group of his peer directors for the West Award, which is NACD's highest honor. Honorees exemplify the principles of director professionalism: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards.
"Being selected for this distinguished [award] signifies that one has achieved the highest level of excellence in his or her profession," said NACD president and CEO Peter Gleason. "We salute the commitment it takes to uphold these high standards and to serve as an example to other corporate governance leaders."
Professor Cunningham said he is "humbled and honored by this recognition. It reflects the greatness of GW, which has given me the opportunity to engage in both the theory and practice of corporate governance, writing research papers and serving on boards while engaging with students and policymakers alike on the pressing corporate issues of the day."
This year's honorees will be celebrated during the NACD Directorship 100 gala in November in New York City. In addition, NACD Directorship magazine will feature profiles of leaders in its November/December 2018 issue.