Scholars Gild February 2016

“More Companies Than People”

How Delaware Became America’s Corporate Legal Home and Why It Matters

Tuesday, February 16

Lower Arden Gild Hall

7:30 PM

February 2016 Leader

Rick Giesenberger

Please join the Scholars Gild at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 16, when we will discuss the role Delaware plays as the legal home for a majority of the world’s largest corporations. Delaware is known internationally as the corporate home to 66% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 80% of all U.S. initial public offerings. Mr. Rick Geisenberger, Chief Deputy Secretary of State and manager of the Division of Corporations, will lead our discussion on the history of how Delaware earned this reputation, why Delaware’s role if important to the corporations and Delawareans, and interesting stories about managing this valuable asset for the State of Delaware.

Richard J. “Rick” Geisenberger is Delaware’s Chief Deputy Secretary of State reporting to Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock. His primary responsibility is managing and marketing the state’s Division of Corporations. Mr. Geisenberger is also responsible for overall policy, planning, legislation, and administration for the Delaware Department of State — one of the most diverse departments in state government with responsibilities in Archives, Historical and Cultural Affairs, Libraries, Professional Regulation, and Veterans Affairs to name a few.

He serves on Governor Jack Markell’s Policy Group and was appointed in 2009 as Deputy Program Director of the Delaware Government Performance Review, which set in motion dozens of successful initiatives to make state government more efficient and cost-effective.

Before joining state government as an Economic Policy Advisor to Governor Thomas Carper, he held a variety of private sector positions in banking, finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning – first with Corestates Financial, then Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and later Delmarva Power.

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