Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

News Release

Welcome to the Board

Engaging with peers on best practices

Director's Education Institute
John Thain, former CEO of NYSE and Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch

Interacting with participants at the 2007 Directors’ Education Institute

September 11, 2008

Board chairs, corporate directors, and senior executive officers of publicly traded companies will gather September 24-26, 2008 for The Directors' Education Institute (DEI) at Duke University. This program is sponsored by the NYSE and NASDAQ with participation from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is an ISS Accredited Program.

Through an examination of topical issues — such as succession planning, strategy, compensation, institutional investor activism, financial accounting and reporting, audit committee practices, ethics, litigation, D&O insurance, and crisis management — directors will receive substantive instruction in best boardroom practices and engage in discussion with their peers.

With insight from leading executives, corporate directors, policymakers, legal and financial services experts, as well as academic authorities from The Fuqua School of Business and Duke School of Law, the Directors' Education Institute offers participants a framework for making informed board decisions and exercising sound business judgment.

For additional information, please visit www.DukeDEI.org .