Crisis readiness has taken on increased importance and urgency for boards and management teams. While management has primary responsibility for crisis readiness and prevention, the board plays a crucial role in understanding and overseeing the company's efforts, particularly crisis prevention; tone at the top, culture, and incentives; and crisis readiness, particularly whether it has a robust response plan. Learn tips and tools from experiences and perspectives on how to navigate these waters and plan ahead.
Jonathan Awner has broad experience in public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. He has been recognized as a leading corporate lawyer by Chambers USA (since 2003), The Best Lawyers in America (since 2005), and The Legal 500 (since 2009). Jonathan served as chair of Akerman's national Corporate Practice Group for 15 years.
Jonathan regularly serves as counsel to boards of directors, audit and special board committees, and senior executives of public companies with respect to corporate governance issues, management succession, relationships with institutional and activist investors, compensation practices for directors and officers, conflict of interest matters, and change-of-control transactions. His committee representations include leading investigations of alleged management misconduct, whistleblower complaints, stock option backdating, accounting irregularities, auditor resignations, violations of securities laws including insider trading, and in response to shareholder activists alleging poor operating performance or excessive compensation.
William D. Pruitt BILL PRUITT is President of Pruitt Enterprises LP and its general partner, Pruitt Ventures, Inc.
Pruitt’s career began with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he remained for 33 years, retiring as the managing partner for Florida, the Caribbean, and Venezuela. Mr. Pruitt is an inactive CPA and a past president of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was also a Member of Council, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
After retirement, Bill continued to be involved in the business community. He is a founder and the first Chairman of Adjoined Consulting, Inc., which was merged into a large public company in 2006. Bill also served on the board of KOS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until its sale in 2006. In addition, he served as an Independent Director on the PBSJ Corporation Board of Directors from 2005 until its sale in 2010.
He has served as an independent director on the MAKO Surgical, Inc. board of directors since 2008 and currently serves as the Audit Committee Chairman. He also serves on the board for Swisher Hygiene, Inc. In addition to public company boards, Bill serves on the boards of four privately-owned companies Greensmith Energy Management, LLC, Coral Gables Trust, Auxis, Inc. and NV5, Inc.