Dr. Joyce Cacho Named Fellow by National Association of Corporate Directors

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Dr. Joyce Cacho, a New York-based consultant to private equity firms seeking international growth through sustainable agricultural development, has been named a Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Dr. Cacho is well-known in the U.S. and international corporate banking, nutrition and agribusiness industries, and currently serves on the boards of two global organizations building sustainable food systems in disadvantaged countries through private equity investment.

“Women are key to deepening the multi-dimensional expertise needed in today’s corporate boardrooms,” said Dr. Cacho. “The NACD Fellow program develops leaders in navigating the crossroads of expectation and responsibility changes in corporate governance.

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has named Joyce Cacho, Ph.D., an NACD Fellow, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals in the United States. As a NACD Fellow, Dr. Cacho has demonstrated her knowledge of the leading trends and practices, including Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), that define exemplary corporate governance today and has committed to developing professional insights. Dr. Cacho is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at the University of New Haven and president of Adinura Advisory, LLC, a firm oriented to small-medium cap and private equity owned companies in growth mode.

Dr. Cacho has over 20 years experience in U.S. and international corporate banking, manufacturing, commodities and food/nutrition/agribusiness industries. Her strategy framing expertise is underpinned by certificates in bank/credit union governance – compliance, internal audit, anti-money laundering and FCPA. Dr. Cacho has negotiated public-private partnerships, spearheaded uptiering sustainability reporting based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) with a focus on increasing company financial valuation, and developed and taught the first Executive MBA course in Analysis of Emerging Global Standards, Sustainability & Environmental Consciousness. Previously, she led market competitiveness research for Rabobank International’s USA branch; was the first Global Chief Sustainability Officer at Novus International, and as Director of the Agribusiness Initiatives Program at the Corporate Council on Africa, lauched discussions about agricultural commodity contract cross-listing between the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Dr. Cacho currently serves on the board of directors of the EcoLogic Development Fund (2012 – present) and Winrock International (2009 – present). She previously served on the board of directors of the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform (2010 – 2012) and The St. Louis Symphony (2011 – 2013). In addition, she is a member of the St. Louis Forum and mentors a privately owned construction technology start-up company through Innovate Venture Mentoring Services.

"This recognition reflects what those of us who have worked with Joyce know about her integrity, vision, quest for knowledge and leadership skills," said Robert Bucklin, retired vice chairman of North America Wholesale Banking for Rabobank International.

“We continue to build on the leadership she provided when she was our board’s treasurer,” said Dr. Ernesto Brovelli, president of Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform.

“Women are key to deepening the multi-dimensional expertise needed in today’s corporate boardrooms,” said Dr. Cacho. “The NACD Fellow program develops leaders to help in navigating the crossroads of expectation and responsibility changes in corporate governance globally.”

“We are proud to announce that Joyce has joined NACD’s credentialed directors and has taken the next step in the pursuit of boardroom excellence,” said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. “Our fellows help advance the highest standards for board service, strengthening our businesses and driving director professionalism. The impact of the Fellows Program is unmatched and the fellows should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development.”

Dr. Cacho received a bachelor’s degree in economics, including computer programming, from the University of Windsor; a master’s degree in agricultural marketing policy and international trade from Virginia Tech; and a doctorate in Agribusiness, Corporate Finance, and Policy from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

NACD's Fellows serve on boards of some of the largest and most diverse corporations in the world. NACD’s Fellowship Program requirements can be completed over a 12-month period. NACD Fellows renew their status annually, ensuring that they maintain and advance their knowledge through continuous learning and peer-led collaboration. Many fellows include the annual Board Leadership Conference in their education program, with more than 1,000 attendees and the challenges of making sound strategic decisions are the focus of in-depth sessions.

For information about the NACD Fellowship program, visit http://www.NACDonline.org/Fellowships. Directors who are interested in becoming an NACD Board Leadership Fellow can contact NACD at 202-572-2084 or email Fellowships@NACDonline.org.

About Adinura Advisory
Adinura Advisory, LLC (St. Louis, MO and New York City, NY) is designing and implementing strategy for companies, non-profits, and governments seeking to create business change, and manage risk, through regional and international markets. For information about Adinura Advisory, email info@adinura-advisory.com or call 314-669-1863.

About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership and is a Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI), an international collaboration of membership organizations to share expertise in corporate governance and professional director development. 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. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To join, contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd(at)NACDonline(dot)org or 202-380-1891.

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