Corporate Governance


Boards today are faced with a complex range of industry, regulatory, and governance challenges. At the same time, their actions are under intense scrutiny from shareholders and regulators. Tom Wajnert works as a Director to improve efficiency and effectiveness, navigate compliance demands, and strengthen oversight performance.

Tom has an in-depth understanding of corporate governance issues through his board service with several corporate organizations. In his role as founder, chairman, and CEO of AT&T Capital Corporation, he was responsible for recruiting the initial directors, forming the board, and establishing the company’s corporate governance principles before it was listed in 1993 on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1995, he established the board’s special committee, working with the committee and AT&T in a time when AT&T expressed an interest in divesting its majority ownership. He later led the management buy-out of the company.

Tom works with boards to improve efficiency and effectiveness, navigate compliance demands, and strengthen oversight performance.

At JLG Industries, Inc. (NYSE), Tom joined the board in 1995, led its Governance Committee through an arduous CEO succession period, and later chaired the board’s Compensation Committee. Other significant events during his tenure with JLG included helping the company to navigate a financial restatement and related SEC inquiry  and the sale of the company to Oshkosh Corporation in 2006

At NYFIX (Nasdaq), Tom joined the board shortly after a major restatement and soon found himself providing leadership through two special committees in the company’s stock option accounting investigation, subsequent SEC investigation, and shareowner derivative actions. Through this period, the company changed accounting firms and the CEO and CFO were replaced. Later, Tom provided leadership to a major private investment in public equity (PIPE) transaction when Warburg Pincus made a substantial investment in the company.

Today, Tom serves on the Boards of two publicly owned companies:

  • Reynolds American, the nation’s second largest tobacco company (NYSE), Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee
  • UDR, a large, multi family REIT (NYSE), Chair of the Audit Committee

He serves also as Chairman of Financial Guarantee Insurance Corporation (FGIC), a large, privately owned financial guarantor.