Aratana Board Member Inducted into National Association of Corporate Directors’ Hall of Fame

Irv Hockaday, an Aratana Board Member and influential Kansas City leader, has been honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Irv was selected as a Distinguished 2017 Honoree on the annual list of 100 Most Influential Leaders in Boardrooms and in Corporate Governance as an inductee into the NACD’s Hall of Fame.

NACD’s annual list recognizes the leading corporate directors, corporate-governance experts, policymakers and influencers who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. NACD has recognized individual directors in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. According to NACD, an independent selection committee reviews each nominee’s history of advancing board performance and leading corporate-governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles that encourage excellence in areas critical to boardroom leadership, including, but not limited to, risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation and transparency.


“This honor is certainly consistent with Irv’s years of dedication and service as a board member for Aratana,” stated Wendy Yarno, Chairperson of the Board of Aratana Therapeutics. “The entire Aratana team would like to congratulate Irv and thank him for his incredible leadership and expertise.”



Back row: Dr. Steven St. Peter, John Vander Vort, Bob Roche, Rip Gerber & David Brinkley
Front row: Laura Brege, Irv Hockaday, Merilee Raines & Wendy Yarno


Irv is also an active board member for Estee Lauder and has robust experience in former board positions at Aquila, Crown Media Holdings, Dow Jones, Ford Motor, Kansas City Southern and Sprint. He will be celebrated at the NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on November 29.


>See the full list of nominees 

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