March 11, 2013 at 09:00 AM EDT
Comcast, Colgate-Palmolive and Discover Financial Services Among 59 Companies Joining NACD as Full Board Members

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continuing its mission to advance the highest standards of board leadership, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) added 59 diverse companies as NACD Full Board Members during the second half of 2012.

NACD Full Board Member companies range from Fortune 50 corporations to small- and mid-cap companies, as well as private companies and nonprofit organizations. Twelve of these new members are F1000 companies, and several notable private companies recently became NACD Full Board Members. Joining NACD are: AARP, ADT Corp., AG Mortgage Investment Trust, American Dehydrated Foods, Asbury Automotive Group, AXIOM Consulting Partners, B&G Foods, Blucora, Blue Shield Of California, Bridge Housing Corp., Carrizo Oil & Gas, Cascade Financial, CCA Global Partners, Cedar Fair Entertainment, Charles & Colvard, Church Pension Group Services, ClearWay Minnesota, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Community Health Systems, Crowe Horwath, DecisionPoint Systems, Delta Dental of Arizona, Diamond Foods, Discover Financial Services, E.W. Scripps, EarthLink, Fair Isaac and Co., Fossil, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, GameStop, Global Power Equipment Group, Grange Mutual Casualty Co., Herff Jones, Highmark, Hittite Microwave, Horizon Lines, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Jack Cooper Transport, LPL Investment Holdings, Lululemon Athletica, Medifast, Meetme, Moelis, MRC Global, National Financial Partners Corp., NTELOS, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, OTC Market Group, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Sharps Compliance Corp., Signal Mutual, Signature Group Holdings, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co., The Finish Line, Unilife Medical Solutions, Unisys, Ventas and WPS Health Insurance.

A larger sample of NACD's Full Board Members companies is available at www.nacdonline.org/Members.

"By joining NACD, these companies are poised to enhance the skills of their directors and to prepare the boardroom for future challenges," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "NACD is privileged to serve as these companies' boardroom stewards."

Through their membership, NACD Full Board Members become part of a diverse director community and have the opportunity to share and gain proprietary insights about current and emerging issues and take part in NACD's world-class director education programs. Additionally, NACD acts as the "voice of the director," speaking up on behalf of members to regulators and influencers, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others, on matters of crucial importance to directors.

To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To join, contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd@nacdonline.org or 202-380-1891.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To join, contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd@NACDonline.org or 202-380-1891.

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