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Mr. Richard H. Koppes

General Counsel

CalPERS

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CalPERS

Lincoln Plaza 400 P Street

Sacramento, California 95814

United States

Company Description

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Prime Minister

Yugoslavia

Affiliations

Senior Advisor
CAMBERVIEW PARTNERS LLC

Administrative Officer
National Association of Public Pension Attorneys

Board Member
The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute

Board Member
National Association of Corporate Directors

Board Member
NutraCea Inc

Board Member
Corporate Governance News

Program Fellow
the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School

Board Member
Replacing

Board Member
LENS Inc

Board Member
Weil , Gotshal & Manges LLP

Board of Advisors Member
Silicon Valley Chapter Inc

Board of Governors Member
The State Bar

Board Member
Governance Professionals Inc

Board Member
Constituency

Member of the Board of Governors
International Corporate Governance Network

Vice Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Committee
International Bar Association

Board Member
American Society of Corporate Secretaries

Member
The Conference Board Inc

Board Member
Coram Healthcare Corporation

Member of the Editorial Board of The Corporate Governance Advisor, Director
Foundation for Fiduciary Studies

Board Member
The Corporate Library LLC

Member of the Board of Governors' Legal Advisory Committee
New York Stock Exchange

Board Member
Exar Corporation

Board Member
ICN Pharmaceuticals , Inc.

Vice Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the Section On Business Law
American Law Institute

Board Member
Peregrine Systems , Inc.

Member of the Board of Governors' Legal Advisory Committee
NY Stock Exchange

Board Member
The Directorship Search Group Inc.

Board Member
RiceBran Technologies

Board Member
Company's Annual Meeting

Board Member
Valient Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Board Member
ICGN.Com

Member of Board of Advisers
International Executive Association

Vice Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the Section On Business Law
Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation of the NACD

Director of Member of the Executive Committee Member of the Audit Committee Member of the Finance Committee Member of the Communications and Compliance Committee Member
Nominating Committee

Member
Council of Institutional Investors

Board Member
Society for Corporate Governance Inc

Board Member
NACD Northern California Chapter Inc

Board Member
Board-Shareholder Communications

Director
Apria Healthcare Inc

Education

B.A.

Political Science

Loyola Marymount University

J.D.

U.C.L.A. School of Law

J.D.

University of California , Los Angeles

J.D.

University of California at Los Angeles

Juris Doctor degree

University of California Los Angeles School of Law

Web References (116 Total References)


Wilcox Miller & Nelson | Talent Management | Posts

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At the 2016 NACD Global Board Leaders' Summit, Commission co-chairs Bonnie Hill, director of California Water Service Group and former Home Depot lead director, and Richard H. Koppes, director of NACD and the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute and former deputy executive officer of CalPERS, discussed the Commission's key findings with NACD Director of Strategic Content Development Robyn Bew.

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Over the course of the conversation, Hill and Koppes suggested that directors consider the composition and functionality of the boards in the following ways:
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In addition, read this article from the current issue of NACD Directorship magazine for more insights from Bonnie Hill and Richard Koppes on the creation of the report.


conversations on corporate governance

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Richard Koppes

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Photo of Richard Koppes Richard Koppes - At the end of July 1996 Richard Koppes left his job at CalPERS, the $100 billion California Public Employees Retirement System.
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Soon afterward, Mr. Koppes joined CalPERS as general counsel.


Advisory Panel

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Richard Koppes Stanford Law School

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Richard Koppes Fellow Stanford Law School
Mr. Koppes is the former Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States with over $200 billion in assets. He is the founder, Past President, and current Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute. Mr. Koppes was a Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from 2002 to 2010, and a Director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc. from 1998 5o 2008. He retired from the international law firm of Jones Day in December 2009 after 13-plus years of service, and is a current fellow at Stanford Law School. Mr. Koppes was a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluations and of the NACD-CII Task Force on Shareholder/Director Communications, and is a former board member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.


National Association of Corporate Directors- Northern California Chapter

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Richard Koppes

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Richard H. Koppes, Director Rich Koppes, Rich is the former Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel of CalPERS. Rich is a Program Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School He is the founder, Past President, and current Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and serves on the board of NACD. Rich also serves as Independent Director of NutraCea and our local chapter board.


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Richard Koppes
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At the end of July 1996 Richard Koppes left his job at CalPERS, the $100 billion California Public Employees Retirement System.
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Soon afterward, Mr. Koppes joined CalPERS as general counsel.
A few of CalPERS' accomplishments during Mr. Koppes' tenure include:
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At the heart of many of these accomplishments has been CalPERS' general counsel, Richard Koppes, a pioneer in the field of corporate governance for the last ten years. In 1994 the National Law Journal cited Mr. Koppes as one of America's most influential lawyers. CalPERS gave him a $20,000 salary increase, added the title of deputy executive officer to his existing title of general counsel, and decided to extend their corporate governance program to worldwide markets...but those actions only held Koppes for one final year.
Upon leaving CalPERS, Mr. Koppes joined the faculty of Stanford University Law School, the international law firm of Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue, and he affiliated with American Partners Capital Group Inc. Mr. Koppes' expertise should be in great demand as business executives around the world try to better understand their investors.
Job transitions are often a good time to reflect on past accomplishments and to speculate on future possibilities. In that spirit, I recently enjoyed an evening of conversation with Mr. Koppes at the Rio City Cafe, overlooking the Sacramento River. We began by discussing his current positions.
At Stanford Law School Mr. Koppes is associated with their Executive Education Program, building on three year's of prior experience with their Director's College, headed by Law and Economics professor Joseph A. Grundfest.
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Koppes will teach a class on corporate governance in the fall of 1997. For more information on the Director's College call (415) 723-5905). Another of Koppe's goals is establishing a similar type of college for general counsel's and fiduciaries.
Mr. Koppes is also working half time with the law firm of Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue, the 2nd largest U.S. law firm, with 20 offices around the world. As a member of the Corporate Counseling Practice Team, he counsels corporations on the issues of corporate governance, such as how to get along with shareholders and how to restructure boards. Koppes is also a member of the Institutional Investors Practice Team providing legal services to public pension funds and ERISA funds regarding real estate, alternative investments, tax, fiduciary counseling, health benefits, and other legal matters.
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Affiliation with American Partners Capital allows Koppes an opportunity to provide freelance counseling to corporations on building better relations with their shareholders. He provides his clients with a nonlegal monthly report on current issues using the expertise and contacts he has gained in the field. There is growing demand in this area since so many companies are largely owned by institutional investors.
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I asked Koppes if he thought that was changing.
Koppes: Yes, companies are beginning to realize you can't just talk to the buy side analysts.
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Koppes: I don't know. Maybe after the elections (he says with a chuckle).
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Koppes: No one calls for accountability when the market keeps going up. Maybe someday it won't.
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Koppes: Several funds have taken such a strategy with a portion of their funds.
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Koppes: These kinds of changes in investment theory and practice take a while.
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Koppes: Yes.
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Koppes: I agree.
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Koppes: Well, I'd have to say that at least part of the basis was that several of the trustees have union backgrounds and they felt there was a connection.
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Koppes: It was used with the targeted companies and in discussions with CII. Its really more of an educational opportunity.
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Koppes: Institutions by and large are still pretty cautious, but some have gotten in... CalPERS, Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, CalSTRS.
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Koppes: Bob's a full time activist.
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Koppes: Shareholder committees came about as a frustration with insular boards.
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Koppes: No, I think designating lead directors is a good idea.
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Koppes: A company should ignore those who are betting.
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Koppes: That would really go against our culture. I think we should be able to beat bad takeovers on the basis of ideas, not artificial mechanisms. We need to get investors thinking long term.
McRitchie: Confidentiality in voting?
Koppes: I think we're moving in that direction.
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Koppes: Well, there's Michael Jacobs' Break the Wall Street Rule, Jay Lorsch's Pawns or Potentates, and, of course, Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar.
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Koppes: More people are influenced by a good story.

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