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Board of Directors Forum: Data Information and Governance – Growing Sensitivity of the Board

May 15, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST

2401 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
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Stacey Lesanto
(214) 243-2972
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Please join us for our exclusive Board of Directors Forum on Wednesday, May 15. Hosted by BDO USA, LLP, this event will feature an intimate group format providing a platform for board members to examine topics currently impacting their corporate governance roles and engage with fellow directors.

Our panel will discuss the growing susceptibility to risk and complexity posed by a company’s access to and maintenance of personal or other data, which is rapidly becoming a highly sensitive area of focus for responsible boards. Increasing regulation and expected disclosures in this area put pressure on management and boards to ensure appropriate corporate policies and procedures are in place to safeguard information. BDO’s expert in data and information governance will be joined by two directors to discuss how your board should approach increasing risk in this area.
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM - 
Registration and Networking Reception

6:15 PM to 7:15 PM -
7:15 PM to 8:30 PM -


Matthew Appel, EZCORP
Mr. Appel was appointed as the Audit Committee Chair and to the Board of Directors for EZCORP in January 2015. Mr. Appel spent 37 years in finance, administration and operations roles with a variety of companies, most recently Zale Corporation, a NYSE listed jewelry retailer, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from May 2009 to May 2011 and Chief Administrative Officer from May 2011 to July 2014 and co-led the successful turnaround of the company. Prior to joining Zale, Mr. Appel was Chief Financial Officer of EXL Service Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ listed business process solutions company (February 2007 to May 2009); spent four years (February 2003 to February 2007) at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, serving as Vice President, Finance and Administration BPO and Vice President, BPO Management; and held a variety of finance and operations roles from 1984 to 2003 at Tenneco Inc., Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Appel began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Company, working there from 1977 to 1984.
Patrick L. Edsell, H&E Equipment Services
Patrick L. Edsell has served as a Director of H&E Equipment Services since May 2011 and is currently the Audit Committee Chairman. Mr. Edsell has over 20 years of executive experience and over 10 years of board experience. He previously served as acting Chief Financial Officer, on a part-time basis, for SpectraSensors, Inc. from 2008 to 2010 and as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Avanex Corporation from 2007 to 2008. He was Chief Executive Officer of NP Photonics, Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and Gigabit Optics Corporation from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectra Physics, Inc. from 1997 to 2002 and President of Spectra-Physics Lasers and Optics Group from 1990 to 1997. Mr. Edsell was Chief Financial Officer of Pharos AB from 1984 to 1991 and Vice President, Finance of GP Technologies from 1982 to 1984. He was a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Captiva Software Systems from 2001 to 2005 and Chairman from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, he was a director of FLIR Systems, Inc. in 1998 and 1999. He currently serves as a director of a private company.



Todd Dietrich, BDO USA, LLP
Todd Dietrich has more than 25 years of experience in providing governance, risk management and compliance services for global organizations. As a co-founder of BDO’s Data & Information Governance Practice he leads our policy and procedures practice area where he regularly works with clients to evaluate workflows and processes related to IT, privacy, security, information management and related documents. Currently, Todd works closely with our clients to evaluate their litigation readiness, privacy, information management and GDPR readiness requirements. Additionally, Todd assist clients in reviewing and analyzing existing policies and processes relating to data management, litigation preparedness, security and privacy in comparison to known and established controls and provides clients with recommendations and draft policy or process documents.