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Predictions 2020 New York

Shareholder Activism Goes Green: A conversation with ValueAct Capital founder Jeff Ubben.

Registration is now open for Reuters Breakingviews Predictions New York. Mr Ubben will sit down with Rob Cox, Global Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, to discuss the Spring Fund and his views on the future of shareholder engagement.

The $14 billion San Francisco-based hedge fund has worked behind the scenes as a large investor to effect change at some of the world’s biggest companies, from Microsoft to Rolls-Royce to 21st Century Fox.

Last year, ValueAct launched the Spring Fund, which works to promote environmental and social goals at companies in its portfolio. “There is not just a societal good to be done, but excess return to be captured in identifying and investing in businesses that are emphasizing and addressing environmental and societal problems,” Ubben says.

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Event info

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

5:30pm - 6:00pm: Registration and Welcome Drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Panel Discussion
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Networking Reception

30th Floor
3 Times Square
7th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets
New York, 10036


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Jeff Ubben
Founder and CEO, ValueAct Capital

Jeffrey W. Ubben is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of ValueAct Capital where he is Co-Portfolio Manager of the ValueAct Spring Fund.

Mr. Ubben is the former Chief Investment Officer of ValueAct Capital and is a member of the firm's Management Committee. Mr. Ubben is a director of The AES Corporation, where he is a member of the Compensation and Financial Audit Committees, of AppHarvest, and of Nikola Corporation.

He is the former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., and a former director of Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Misys plc, Sara Lee Corp., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Willis Towers Watson plc, and several other public and private companies. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Mr. Ubben was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years.

In addition, Mr. Ubben serves on the boards of Duke University, Northwestern University and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, is a contributing member to the World Economic Forum, and formerly served as chair of the national board of the Posse Foundation for nine years.  He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Rob Cox
Global Editor, Reuters Breakingviews

Rob Cox helped found in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the publication’s expansion in the United States and edited daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob was named editor in chief of Breakingviews in December 2012, three years after it was acquired by Thomson Reuters.

Rob is a frequent contributor to CNBC and has written opinion pieces on a variety of subjects for the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, USA Today, Newsweek and other publications. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox.