Richard E. DeVaughn Becomes a Prestigious NACD Fellow

NACD Fellows Demonstrate Their Commitment to the Highest Levels of Corporate Governance and Leadership in the Boardroom

Washington, DC, March 16, 2014 --( The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is pleased to announce that Richard E. DeVaughn of Charlotte, North Carolina has become an NACD Fellow, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals. Richard currently serves as a director on the board of The Deaconess Foundation and is its former two-term Chairman.

As an NACD Fellow, Mr. DeVaughn has demonstrated his knowledge of the leading trends and practices that define exemplary corporate governance today and has committed to developing professional insights through a sophisticated course of ongoing study.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up NACD’s Fellowship program and who have committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom leadership,” said DeVaughn. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD’s Fellowship program will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Mr. DeVaughn is President and CEO of The Arcadia Group International LLC and is a highly respected senior executive and who has served as a key enterprise team member responsible for global manufacturing and technology operations, research & development, strategic planning, and product development in the consumer, industrial and commercial product sectors. As the founding partner of an international consulting firm, he is keenly aware that enterprise leaders desire and respond to strategic coaching that enable achievement of revenue and profit growth goals. Additionally, he has extensive international experience in establishing and leading technology and product development operations in India, China and Eastern Europe. Further, he has served on university, trade association, and not-for-profit boards in significant leadership positions.

DeVaughn, an ICF Professional Certified Coach and native of Dayton, Ohio, is a graduate of General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, where he received a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow where he earned a Master of Science degree in Management.

“We are proud to announce that Richard DeVaughn has joined NACD’s credentialed directors and has taken the next step in the pursuit of boardroom excellence,” said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. “Our fellows help advance the highest standards for those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening our businesses and driving director professionalism. The impact of this program is unmatched and they should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development.”

Candidates for NACD's Fellowship Program complete a strong foundation course which focuses on topical matters and committee-specific issues, followed by additional NACD education within a 12-month period. NACD Fellows renew their status every year, maintaining and advancing their knowledge with continuous learning and peer-led collaboration.

NACD's Fellows serve on boards of some of the largest and most diverse corporations in the world, including NASDAQ OMX- and NYSE-listed companies such as The Bon-Ton Stores, Ellie Mae, Foot Locker, Marsh & McLennan Cos., Monsanto, Nu Skin Enterprises, PICO Holdings, Pinnacle Entertainment, Retail Properties of America Inc., and Reynolds American.

NACD Fellows represent hundreds of companies and provide a snapshot of the caliber of corporate directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD--the leading organization that identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that boardroom leaders rely upon to apply their wisdom and knowledge and make sound strategic decisions.

For information about the NACD Fellowship program, visit Directors who are interested in becoming an NACD Board Leadership Fellow can contact NACD at 202-572-2084 or email

About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To join, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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