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Laura Casares Field

Interim Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance, Lerner College of Business & Economics,

Biography

Laura Casares Field is the Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance and Department Chair of Finance at the University of Delaware.  Previously, she was a professor and Moore Faculty Fellow at Penn State University.  Professor Field's research focuses in the area of corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance and initial public offerings. Professor Field's research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of Corporate Finance, among others.

Professor Field has taught corporate governance, corporate finance, and international finance to undergraduates, MBA, and Ph.D. students. Professor Field serves as an academic director of the Financial Management Association, has served as an associate editor for Financial Management, and has served as a program committee member for the Western Finance Association, Napa Conference, Financial Management Association Conference, and Drexel Corporate Finance Conference. Professor Field served as Corporate Track Chairperson for the FMA annual meeting, Corporate Governance Track Chair for the Midwest Finance Association annual meeting, and Corporate Finance Track Chair for the China International Conference in Finance. Professor Field serves as ad hoc referee for several journals, including the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Corporate Finance.  Professor Field earned her MBA and doctorate degrees in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Ann C. Mulé

​Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Biography

Ann C. Mulé is a recognized leader in the corporate governance field, whose expertise and insights have helped to shape the governance landscape for companies, boards of directors, shareholders and many other governance constituencies. Ms. Mulé currently serves as the Associate Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.  In that capacity, she oversees and manages all of the professional, public service and academic outreach activities of the Center. In large part due to Ann's stewardship, the Center is a recognized thought leader in the governance field, with a national and international reputation for positively impacting the field and the capital markets.

Ms. Mulé previously retired from Sunoco, Inc., a petroleum refining and marketing company, after over 30 years of service as a corporate and securities law attorney.  Having served in a variety of legal positions throughout the years, her most recent position was Chief Governance and Compliance Officer, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  In that role, Ms. Mulé provided advice and legal counsel to Sunoco's Board of Directors, including Board Committees, and the senior management team, on governance issues, executive compensation, corporate compliance, securities law compliance, and general matters related to public company accountability.  

She is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, having previously served on the national Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board of the Middle Atlantic Chapter and as Chair of the Society's 2008 National Conference. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section Corporate Governance Committee.  She served as a member of the University of Delaware's Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board.  Ms. Mulé served as a Board member of the Philadelphia Zoo, where she was Vice Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.  She served as Chair of the Business Law Section, member of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association. She served as Vice Chair of the Executive Council of the Corporate and Securities Law Committee of the American Corporate Counsel Association. She was a previous member of the Business Corporation Law Task Force of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. 

Ms. Mulé has been included as one of the "100 top governance leaders" and as one of the 20 "people to watch" by NACD Directorship Magazine. Her team at Sunoco was nominated as one of the "top five governance teams in the country" by Corporate Secretary Magazine. The Sunoco board was awarded the Board Excellence Award by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Spencer Stuart while Ms. Mulé was advising them. She was previously named as one of the "top three exceptional women who led the profession" by the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section.  Ms. Mulé is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences. She is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Saint Joseph's University.

Article about Ann Mulé

Philadelphia Bar Honors UD's Ann Mulé

Louisa K. Cresson

Research and Marketing Advisor

Biography

Louisa Cresson is the Research and Marketing Advisor at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.  In her capacity, Ms. Cresson works closely with the Director and Associate Director on the substantive aspects of the Center's programs and videos, including determining the event topic, agenda, roundtable participants, marketing the program and researching relevant materials for program attendees.  Ms. Cresson also serves as the secretary to the Center's Advisory Board.  This includes determining dates for meetings, preparing and sending out materials in advance of the meetings, and board follow-up post-meeting.  Ms. Cresson is the Center's donation coordinator.  She conducts research and helps prepare presentations for speaking engagements.  She also serves as the webmaster for the Center's website.  In connection with the Center's role as the partner of and home for the Inventor Stewardship Group (ISG), Ms. Cresson administers the ISG new members process and current membership, works with ISG's three governing committees, and is the webmaster for the ISG website.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Cresson worked at Sunoco, Inc. before retiring after approximately 30 years.  During that time, she held a variety of legal positions, including as an environmental lawyer supporting refinery and marketing environmental staff, and most recently as a corporate and securities lawyer working on a team that supported the Sunoco Board and Board committees, performing governance, executive compensation, and compliance work.  This included preparing materials for Board and Committee meetings, and follow-up activities.  She provided counseling in the executive compensation area for the senior executive team. She worked in the securities law area, primarily on Sunoco's 1934 Act filings.  The team that she worked on at Sunoco was nominated as one of the "top five governance teams" in the country by Corporate Secretary Magazine.

Ms. Cresson received her B.A. degree from Denison University and her J.D. degree cum laude from Widener University School of Law (now Delaware Law School). 

Gerri Melascaglia

Business Adminsitrator to the Center

Biography

In this capacity, she provides complex administrative, financial and event planning support in continuance of the academic and research activities of the Center, its educational programs, marketing efforts and financial administration for programs, events, and overall Center operations.  As a full time employee her background and expertise supports the Center’s mission and activities operationally and organizationally.

Ms. Melascaglia redirected her business career to academia after more than 30 years in the textile and apparel industry in C-level positions of merchandising and marketing, product development and manufacturing, supply chain and operations management. The continuous line-launch nature of the business was a major ongoing promotional event climate involving internal and external stakeholders. Her most recent seventeen years was independently developing and pioneering a niche performance product for the children’s trade-flame resistant cotton sleepwear and accessories.

Her company acted as an agent and exclusive global technology and marketing licensee for Rhodia Specialty Chemicals Company, now Solvay. The company’s product distribution was via catalog, ecommerce and traditional national brick and mortar retailers.  Its products were stringently regulated by the U.S. Government Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and certain industry regulatory organizations. She became well-known for children’s textile and apparel compliance expertise- publishing a procedure manual for the trade in layman’s terms and training staff at national retailers, factories abroad, as well as competitors.

As a result of this unique broad-based career skillset Gerri transitioned to teaching the business of fashion and textiles developing courses linking real-world business environments and academic fundamentals, online line and in-classroom for, Philadelphia University, Immaculata University, Moore College of Art & Design, and now University of Delaware.

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