Freeman Board Member Renée Hornbaker is Awarded The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 2023 Directorship 100 Directors of the Year

October 5, 2023

DALLAS, TX – Freeman, a global leader in events, announces Board Member Renée Hornbaker as an honoree of the prestigious National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 2023 Directorship 100 Director of the Year – Private Company. The NACD is the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 23,000 board members.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Renée, as she exemplifies every one of Freeman’s core values,” said Bob Priest-Heck, Freeman Chief Executive Officer. “Renée is our longest independent Board Member and is instrumental in providing support, insight and counsel to our existing board members and executive team. She helps ensure that Freeman aligns itself with companies that demonstrate integrity as an essential aspect of their corporate culture.”

“From day one, Renée has made it her business to understand Freeman’s business, our vision for the future, and our values,” said Carrie Freeman Parsons, Chair at Freeman. “The way she holds herself to a higher standard — both intellectually and in terms of emotional intelligence — has helped everyone at Freeman be better leaders.”

In addition to serving on Freeman’s Board of Directors, Renée currently serves on the Board of Eastman Chemical Company, a publicly traded global chemical company and Tri Global Energy, a leading renewable energy developer. She is past president and board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas chapter and also the Dallas chapter of Financial Executives International. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors, the International Women’s Forum, the Executive Women’s Roundtable and the AICPA.

The 2023 Directorship 100 list of honorees includes peer-nominated leading directors and governance professionals. Visit the 2023 NACD Directorship 100 Honorees page to view the full listing.


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