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about doug chia

A widely recognized and respected corporate attorney and governance professional

Douglas K. Chia is the President of Soundboard Governance LLC and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Corporate Law and Governance at Rutgers Law School.  He is also currently serving as Strategic Advisor to the Interim CEO of the Society for Corporate Governance.

Prior to founding Soundboard Governance in June 2019, Doug was Executive Director of The Conference Board ESG CenterPreviously, Doug served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Johnson & Johnson and Assistant General Counsel, Corporate of Tyco International and practiced law at the global firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, both in New York and Hong Kong. 

Doug is also an ESG Fellow at The American College's Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services; Fellow at The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and The Conference Board ESG Center; Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law; Advisor to Foresight BoardOps; and a member of the Advisory Boards of the ESG Professionals Network and

Doug has held central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including Chair of the Board of the Society for Corporate Governance; President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York; and member of the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Commission and the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association.  He is currently a member of the American Bar Association; American Bar Foundation; American Law InstituteAscend Pan-Asian Leaders; National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and Society for Governance Governance.  Doug has also received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in corporate governance.  He was in the first class of inductees to the Corporate Governance Awards Hall of Fame in 2023.

A nationally recognized governance expert, Doug has spoken at major conferences and seminars across the United States throughout his career and has frequently appeared in the news media, including CNBCCNN; NPR Marketplace; The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; Financial Times; Barron's; Fortune; and The New Yorker


Doug received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children.  Doug serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of Princeton and a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee.


  • American Bar Foundation (present)

  • American Law Institute (present)

  • Society for Corporate Governance, New York Chapter Advisory Committee (present)

  • American Bar Association Corporate Laws Committee (2012-2022)

  • New Jersey State Governor’s Commission on New Americans (2010-2012)

  • New York Stock Exchange, Commission on Corporate Governance (2009-2010)

  • Broadridge Financial Solutions, Investor Communication Services Steering Committee (2007-2014)

about doug chia: Projects


  • President, Board of Trustees, Historical Society of Princeton (present)

  • Chair, Governance Committee, Board of Trustees, McCarter Theatre Center (2019-2021)

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Society for Corporate Governance (2014-2015)

  • President, Stockholder Relations Society of New York (2013-2014)


  • AgendaWeek

  • AmericanBanker

  • Atlantic Monthly

  • Barron's

  • Bloomberg

  • Business Insider

  • CBS News MoneyWatch

  • Chicago Tribune

  • CNBC Squawk Box

  • CNN

  • Fast Company

  • Financial Times

  • Governance Intelligence

  • Fortune

  • The Hill

  • Los Angeles Times

  • New York Post

  • New York Times
  • The New Yorker

  • NPR Marketplace

  • Responsible Investor

  • Reuters

  • Wall Street Journal

  • Washington Post

  • Quartz
  • USA Today

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  • Corporate Governance Awards Hall of Fame (Governance Intelligence / IR Media Group, 2023)

  • Directorship 100 (National Association of Corporate Directors, 2009-2011, 2018-2019, 2021)

  • Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business (Asian American Business Development Center, 2017)

  • Corporate Counsel 100: United States Rising Stars (The Legal 500, 2014)

  • Governance Professional of the Year – Large Cap (Corporate Secretary, 2013)

  • Distinguished Corporate Secretary (Corporate Board Member, 2013)

  • 100 Most Influential People in Finance (Treasury & Risk, 2012)

  • Rising Star of Corporate Governance (Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, 2010)

  • Best Asian Lawyers Under 40 (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2008)

  • Rising Star (Corporate Secretary, 2008)

Audience Applauding


  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 1997)

  • Dartmouth College (AB, 1993)

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