Marcy S. Cohen is Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer for the Americas for ING Group’s structured finance, commercial banking and financial markets businesses in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. ING Group is a global financial institution based in the Netherlands with shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange and as of December 31, 2012, had total consolidated assets of approximately EUR 1.2 trillion.
Ms. Cohen serves as a member of the ING Americas Regional Management Team responsible for ING Bank’s strategic direction and management throughout North and South America. She also serves as a member of the Americas Operational Risk and Compliance Committees. She regularly conducts risk assessments for each of the firm’s major business lines and develops mitigation measures to best manage the identified risks. Internal audit reports to her in connection with special investigations and audits.
She currently leads ING’s global efforts to achieve compliance with the complex new regulatory structure imposed on large global financial institutions by Dodd Frank, FATCA and Basel III. She was instrumental in moving all of ING’s swap and derivatives activities with U.S. persons from the firm’s European and Asian branches to the New York office enhancing revenues and profitability. She is also responsible for various ongoing strategic initiatives and is currently managing a think tank charged with creating new entities, business lines and revenue streams in the U.S.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Cohen honed her business and legal skills working in similar senior roles for various other major global financial institutions such as BNP Paribas, WestLB and Republic N.Y. Corporation. In each of these positions she was deeply involved in major business and strategic initiatives and has become well versed in the business and legal aspects of complex financial products such as derivatives, structured finance, corporate finance and investment management. She successfully navigated through complex high profile cross-border matters involving new and existing businesses such as the establishment of a private banking subsidiary in Switzerland, the acquisition of an English gold bouillon bank, the acquisition of a private equity firm in Japan, the resolution of regulatory investigations and third party claims related to the alleged window dressing of financial statements by several major Japanese insurance companies through the use of derivatives, cross border money laundering and sanctioned countries matters and the restructure of several major manufacturing companies as well as Greek shipping companies. Working proactivity and calmly under pressure in high stakes matters she has created and successfully managed crisis management teams consisting of public relations firms, executive management and attorneys.
Ms. Cohen has held leadership roles in various professional organizations and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. She has been active in a variety of civic and charitable activities serving on a number of not-for-profit boards and providing support to organizations involved in the arts as well as those providing educational and medical support to disadvantaged children.
What sets Ms. Cohen apart from many of her peers is her business and global focus and ability to build consensus. She has experience working on transactional and regulatory matters in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her strong business focus and high cultural fluency enable her to function at a high level of effectiveness on a global level.
Suzanne Rich Folsom is a results-oriented business leader with broad international experience and a successful track record of driving transformation at public and private corporations, as well as multilateral organizations, during periods of heightened regulatory attention and intense public scrutiny. A proven member of C-Suite executive management teams and a trusted advisor to multiple Boards, Ms. Folsom solves complex business problems and is known for her integrity, innovative thinking, crisis management leadership, and the critical ability to build consensus around challenging decisions.
Ms. Folsom’s deep expertise in business strategy, enterprise risk management, mergers and acquisitions, trade, labor, and global public policy has enabled her to consistently deliver positive and measurable results to the corporate bottom line. Her leadership experience includes executive compensation and succession planning, CEO and Board transitions, and the deft handling of shareholder activists. Ms. Folsom is an internationally recognized corporate governance expert, who has created and implemented award-winning legal, regulatory and compliance programs from the ground up, driving improved stability and reputations for multiple corporations. She is a unique lawyer-leader with direct P&L experience, responsibility, and operational accountability. Ms. Folsom has been recognized by The National Law Journal, as a cyber trailblazer for her strategic leadership in the aftermath of a serious cyber security breach and the bold partnership she built with the U.S. government to combat this significant threat. Her commitment to diversity in the workplace directly translates into the top performing and diverse teams for which she has also been recognized.
Ms. Folsom completed her tenure as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and SVP-Government Affairs, and as a member of the Executive Team, at the iconic United States Steel Corporation at the end of 2017. She joined the company in 2014 and played a key leadership role in U.S. Steel’s commitment to reinvigorating the growth of its business and the increase in returns for its shareholders. Ms. Folsom’s mandate included ensuring the company’s transformation efforts were informed by comprehensive oversight mechanisms and governance accountability. Her broad responsibilities included legal, regulatory and compliance, the corporate secretary function, environmental affairs, labor relations, security, aircraft, global public policy, and joint ventures worldwide. Simultaneously, she was responsible for the operational performance of the company’s real estate division. Importantly, Ms. Folsom is credited with the achievement of substantial savings as the result of the successful negotiation of a new labor contract, an overhaul of the corporate health care and pension benefits programs, the organizational redesign of the legal function, and passage by Congress and signature by President Obama of the first amendment to the US trade enforcement statute in nearly four decades. She was also one of the primary architects of the largest assault of successful dumping and countervailing duty cases for the steel industry, raising the profile and the interests of the industry and its workers from Capitol Hill to Brussels. Ms. Folsom, who grew up in the military, proudly served as the company’s executive sponsor of the Veterans business resource group at U.S. Steel, dedicated to supporting the employment of Veterans and encouraging them to maximize their professional success. She also served on the Board of Trustees for The United States Steel Foundation, and as a member of the Board of USS-POSCO Industries, a joint venture headquartered in California.
Ms. Folsom has been a change agent and catalyst for organizational growth in driving transformation at: ACADEMI, a private paramilitary security firm (and successor to Blackwater), post-scandal; AIG with the bailout during the financial crisis; and the World Bank under three presidents during a period of unprecedented examination. She served as Private Secretary to Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; First Family Liaison to the Presidential Inaugural Committee; Special Assistant to Barbara Bush; Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. World Women’s Conference in Kenya; Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee Co-Chair Maureen Reagan; and practiced law with two global law firms. Ms. Folsom has lived and worked in multiple countries enabling her to develop a worldwide business, regulatory, and political network. A graduate of Duke University and Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Folsom has served on a number of non-profit boards, including on their audit, compensation and organization, and nominating and governance committees. Ms. Folsom serves on the board of directors of VELUXE, a technology start-up focused on health, beauty and fitness, as well as, on the board of directors of Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG), a global critical materials public company based in the Netherlands. She also serves on the Advisory Board of ClearForce, a technology company focused on combating insider threats.
Melanie Trent is an experienced senior executive who has worked extensively in the energy industry both in oilfield services and power.
Ms. Trent serves on the Board of Directors of Diamondback Energy, Inc. an independent oil and natural gas company (NASDAQ: FANG), focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. She also serves on the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees of the Board.
Ms. Trent serves on the Board of Arcosa, Inc. (NYSE:ACA), a company focused on construction, energy and transportation products and services. Arcosa was spun-off from Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN) in November 2018. She also serves on the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance and Directors Nominating Committee.
Ms. Trent also serves on the Board of Frank’s International N.V. (NYSE:FI), a global oil services company that provides a broad and comprehensive range of highly engineered tubular running services, tubular fabrication, and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions with a focus on complex and technically demanding wells. She also serves on the Audit Committee.
As Executive Vice President of Rowan Companies plc (NYSE:RDC, a global offshore drilling contractor active in the Middle East, United Kingdom, Norway, Gulf of Mexico and Trinidad), Ms. Trent used her wealth of experience as a member of the Company’s senior executive leadership team, evaluating and determining corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions and joint venture opportunities, and other business initiatives. She was a trusted advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors, and presented to and participated in Board and Board committee meetings for over 11 years.
Ms. Trent served as one of four Executive Vice Presidents of Rowan, and was responsible for several functions including information technology, human resources, external and internal communications, legal and compliance. She also has significant expertise in executive compensation, corporate governance, shareholder relations, and enterprise risk management.
Prior to joining Rowan Companies, Ms. Trent served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Senior Aide to the CEO of Reliant Energy Incorporated, Division Counsel of Compaq Computer Corporation, and an associate in the corporate securities practice of Andrews Kurth LLP.
Ms. Trent currently serves on the Board of YES Prep Public Schools (an open enrollment public charter school serving students in Houston’s most underserved communities). She previously served on the Board of New Hope Housing, Inc., on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, and on the Board and Executive Committee of Hermann Park Conservancy.
Ms. Trent’s has been named to the National Diversity Council Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas (2015 and 2017).
Ms. Trent received a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University (with honors), and has two children (Ellie, 21 years old, and Jack, 18 years old).