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Charles M. Elson

Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Edgar S.. Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance, and Professor of Finance

Biography

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also “Consultant” to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College Of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law, and was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation,Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, DirectorEvaluation, Risk Governance, Effective Lead Director, Board Diversity, Talent Development andStrategy Development, and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws. He is also a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Additionally, Professor Elson served as an adviser and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants, and as a director of Circon Corporation, a medical products maker, Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer, Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-profit corporate governance research organization, Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, and AutoZone, Inc., the national automobile parts retailer.

He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of HealthSouth Corporation, a healthcare services provider and Bob Evans Farms Inc., a food products company. He has served as trustee of the Big Apple Circus, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is presently a trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance. He has been included in the list of the "100 most influential players in corporate governance" of Directorship, the "100 most influential people in finance" of Treasury & Risk Management, the list of top 10 governance “stars” of Global Proxy Watch, and Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014.

Article about Ed Woolard                              

Ed Woolard: A life in governance

Ann C. Mulé

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

Biography

Ann C. Mulé is 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 furtherance of scholarship, education, thought leadership and impact in the corporate governance field. 

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 was 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. 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.

 

Louisa K. Cresson

Research Advisor

Biorgraphy

Louisa Cresson is the Research 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, 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 administrator for Center's website.  

Prior to 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 Board and the Board committees and 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 senior leadership and executive teams. She worked in the securities law area, primarily on the company'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 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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