Retired Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Corporate Directors
Kenneth Daly most recently was the CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a position he held from 2007 – 2017. Ken is a recognized expert on corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate board transformation.
He is the architect of NACD’s National Campaign to Strengthen Corporate Governance, a campaign empowering corporate boards and individual directors to lead the way to restoring public and investor confidence in corporate America. The effort gives directors a platform to demonstrate to stakeholders that corporate board directors take their jobs seriously and are working tirelessly to contribute to America’s economic recovery.
Prior to joining the organization, Ken was a partner at KPMG, where he served as the partner-in-charge of the National Risk Management practice. Retiring in 2005 from the firm, he assumed the role of executive director of their Audit Committee Institute.
Having served on and chaired audit committees as a director, as well as an audit partner, Ken routinely counsels audit committees in critical areas, such as risk oversight. He possesses extensive SEC and other regulatory experience and is especially knowledgeable about the financial services industry.
Ken is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today’s corporate board, including executive compensation. He regularly appears in media and has recently been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio, and FoxNews Radio, among others.
He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and has attended KPMG’s International Partner Program in Birkenstock, Switzerland, as well as the partner development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a CPA (inactive status) in Pennsylvania.