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Millstein Center Names Covington’s Gumbs a ‘Rising Star’

June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2011 — The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management has honored Keir Gumbs, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, with its 2011 Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award.  The award, which the Millstein Center has given for the past four years, recognizes global corporate governance professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark as outstanding analysts, experts, directors, managers or advocates.

“I am deeply honored to be among the outstanding group of governance experts who are being recognized this year,” Mr. Gumbs said.  “I am grateful to those who nominated me and will strive to meet the high standards set by the previous Millstein Center awardees.”

Mr. Gumbs served six years with the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel C. Campos before joining Covington in 2005.  Mr. Gumbs provides clients corporate governance, securities regulation and general corporate and M&A advice to public and private companies, non-profit organizations and institutional investors.

The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of leaders from the Millstein Center, the International Corporate Governance Network, the Open Compliance and Ethics Group, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  They were selected based on criteria such as past accomplishments and thought leadership, future projects and endeavors, reputation among existing industry leaders, and potential to influence the industry in the future.

“We have the privilege to recognize young and upcoming corporate governance professionals from around the world through this Rising Stars award,” said Ira M. Millstein, senior associate dean for corporate governance at the Yale School of Management.  “We are entering into a new era of corporate governance and this year’s honorees are among the next generation of leaders who will help define it.”

The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management is a global resource for testing, challenging and advancing the premise that corporations should and can serve society.

Mr. Gumbs will be honored at a reception this evening as part of the sixth annual Yale Governance Forum to be held at The Thomas E. Golden Jr. Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

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