Billie Otto Becomes an NACD Fellow

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Announcement Demonstrates Commitment of Newport Board Group Partner to the Highest Levels of Corporate Governance and Leadership in the Boardroom

Newport Board Group is pleased to announce that Billie Otto, a partner in its Pacific Northwest practice, has become an NACD Fellow, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.

As an NACD Fellow, Billie has demonstrated her knowledge of the leading trends and practices that define exemplary corporate governance today and has committed to developing professional insights through a sophisticated course of ongoing study.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up NACD’s Fellowship program and who have committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom leadership,” said Billie. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD’s Fellowship program will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

“We are proud to announce that Billie Otto 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 those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening our businesses and driving director professionalism. The impact of this program is unmatched and they should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development.”

Newport Board Group CEO Doug Payne commented: “We are proud of Billie’s accomplishment in becoming an NACD Fellow. She is a recognized business leader who as an executive has worked closely with a public company board and has a record of service on important industry and civic boards in her community. She is part of a growing group of Newport partners who are enhancing our firm’s profile as leaders in corporate governance.”

Billie was until recently Executive VP and CIO of TrueBlue Inc. the largest industrial staffing firm in the U.S. The company has nearly $2 billion in revenue, serves approximately 130,000 customers and deploys more than 375,000 temporary associates. During her tenure there the company grew organically as well as by 17 acquisitions. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Billie drove a number of initiatives that fostered innovation and efficiency. Among these was a program to consolidate 500 point of sale systems to simplify the company’s recruiting and integrate its brands. Earlier in her tenure with TrueBlue Billie had responsibility for a range of financial and technology functions including SEC reporting, controls, and taxation.

Candidates for NACD's Fellowship Program complete a strong foundation course which focuses on topical matters and committee-specific issues, followed by additional NACD education within a 12-month period. NACD Fellows renew their status every year, maintaining and advancing their knowledge with continuous learning and peer-led collaboration.

NACD Fellows represent hundreds of companies and provide a snapshot of the caliber of corporate directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD--the leading organization that identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that boardroom leaders rely upon to apply their wisdom and knowledge and make sound strategic decisions.

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

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 To join, contact Kelly Dodd at kkdodd(at)NACDonline(dot)org or 202-380-1891.

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