Americas Leader, EY Center for Board Matters
In this time of accelerated change, having effective governance and oversight processes in place is paramount. As the leader of the Americas EY Center for Board Matters, Kris Pederson directs the firm’s engagement with boards, committees, and directors to help them address an increasingly complex and global environment.
Under Kris’ leadership, the EY Center for Board Matters delivers hundreds of bespoke insight and education sessions for companies and their boards; facilitates networks for directors, audit committee chairs and corporate secretaries; and provides insights through dozens of governance publications and webcasts.
With her vast corporate and boardroom experience, Kris brings immense value to boards as they continue to focus on a broad range of priorities and new topics, including environmental, social and governance strategy, innovation, transformation, talent and board governance policy.
Kris has deep experience in management consulting, auditing and financial analysis, as well as significant board of director experience with corporate, private, association and not-for-profit boards. During her tenure at EY, she has focused on the board agenda, including the board’s role in strategy definition, disruptive innovation, board performance, organizational culture, and long-term value. Prior to leading the EY Center for Board Matters, Kris served as the EY Americas Consulting Corporate Governance Leader. Before that, she led the EY Americas Strategy and Customer consulting practices and is one of the founders of the EY Purpose-Led Transformation organization. Prior to joining EY, Kris spent 12 years at IBM as Vice President, running various strategic transformation practices, and she also served as a strategy partner at Price Waterhouse.
Kris is an NACD certified director and was named among the 2022 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100™, she is also NACD CO programs chair. Her previous board roles include: Corporate Director and Audit Committee Member of Great Western Bank; Advisory Director of Microplas, a subsidiary of Nypro; and Board Member of Windward Reports. Kris is also active in association boards, including the Harvard Business School Women’s Advisory Board where she chairs the Emerita Board, and previously was the Vice Chair of the ASME (Association of Mechanical Engineers) Industry Board in officer roles for more than 10 years, including a member of the Nomination/Governance committee, helping to oversee a $100m budget.
Kris is a featured conference speaker in areas such as board effectiveness, long-term value, purpose, corporate transformation, employee engagement, value realization and diversity. She was awarded Consulting Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and, before that, was honored as a Top 25 Consultant by the magazine in 2007.
Kris received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from UCLA. She enjoys skiing, swimming, running and golfing in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado with her family. She is also an avid flutist and plays together with her daughter. Her purpose is to help companies and especially diverse professionals succeed by paving the way, and building a more balanced working world, especially at the board level.
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