Safeguard Scientifics President and CEO Steve Zarrilli to Keynote NYSE Governance Services’ Pre- and Post-IPO Board Forum

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Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (SFE) today announced that its President and CEO, Stephen T. Zarrilli, will be the keynote speaker at the Pre- and Post-IPO Board Forum, hosted by NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:50am PST in San Francisco, CA.

This Board Forum is targeting newly listed public companies, as well as companies planning to go public within the next 12 months, to help educate directors on core regulatory and governance requirements and guide them through the series of necessary governance decisions. In addition, the Board Forum will examine how corporate governance dictates success, providing participants an in-depth review of leading practices. A series of panels will debate popular governance myths and realities and provide tips on building the most effective board, dealing with shareholders and institutional investors, and creating a roadmap to success in their new environment.


-- Title: Pre- and Post-IPO Board Forum
-- Hosts: NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member
-- Date: December 11, 2013
-- Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm PST
-- Location: The offices of PwC, 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
-- Registration:


“Having been entrepreneurs, board members, financiers, managers and operators ourselves, the Safeguard team has amassed extensive experience, cultivated a deep network, and built an efficient platform of resources which can be utilized by the companies in our portfolio to build strategies, ramp sales and position themselves for a successful exit,” said Mr. Zarrilli. “Over the course of my own 30 year career, I’ve personally served as CEO and CFO of both publicly traded and privately held technology companies and have had substantial board governance experience having served on the boards of four other publicly traded enterprises over the last 15 years. I’m looking forward to sharing my insights with attendees to help them and their companies navigate the pre- and post-IPO waters.”


-- Keynote: 11:50am – 12:30pm PST
-- Title: The Role of the Board in the IPO Process
-- Room: Yosemite Training Room
-- Fireside Chat:

Stephen T. Zarrilli, President and CEO, Safeguard Scientifics; and TK Kerstetter, Chairman, NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member and Host, NYSE Governance Services’ This Week in the Boardroom


“I look forward to sitting down with Steve to further explore the challenges and opportunities that pre- and post-IPO companies face as they formulate the right board structure for effective governance and long-term growth,” said Mr. Kerstetter, who will be interviewing Mr. Zarrilli during the Fireside Chat. “Clearly, Steve is the right person to be speaking to our attendees. Having been on both sides of the table, Steve understands the operational and strategic challenges that entrepreneurs face. He understands what it takes to build a great company based on his deep domain expertise as an entrepreneur, board member and financier. Steve's public and private company experience will prove invaluable for our guests.”

About Safeguard Scientifics

Founded in 1953 and based in the Greater Philadelphia area, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (SFE) is celebrating 60 years of building market leaders and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Today, Safeguard provides growth capital and operational support to healthcare and technology companies in medtech, healthtech, specialty pharmaceuticals, financial technology, digital media, and Enterprise 3.0. For more information, please visit our website at

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