PHILADELPHIA, PA November 5, 2021 – Kaplan Partners today announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Alan J. Kaplan, the firm’s Founder & CEO, as NACD Directorship Certified™. NACD Certified Directors signal to boards, investors, and other stakeholders that they possess the highest commitment to continuing director education available in the United States.

The NACD Directorship Certification program, the nation’s premier certification for board directors, provides a tangible assessment of a director’s understanding of the essential knowledge required to lead in today’s boardrooms. Certification also facilitates continuous learning, and allows directors to showcase their governance knowledge to the companies they serve and to other stakeholders in the broader governance community.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Directorship Certification community and who are committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence,” said Alan Kaplan. “The information I’ve learned and verified via NACD’s certification program are key assets to the clients and boards that our firm serves, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Alan is the Founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and board advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Since the firm’s founding in 1994, Kaplan Partners has provided Boards of Directors and CEOs with advice on the dynamics of CEO and Board succession, and assistance with the identification, assessment and selection of new CEOs, Directors and senior executives. The firm’s Board Advisory Services assist clients with Director Succession, Performance, Diversity and Recruitment. Kaplan Partners also conducts Management Assessments of leadership teams to enhance succession planning and professional development efforts.

Alan is a leader in talent management and leadership succession across the financial services, private equity and middle market sectors. He has over thirty years of talent assessment and executive search experience, after an initial career in corporate banking with two leading Philadelphia institutions. Alan has successfully led over 80 CEO/Succession projects, and hundreds of Board and C-Suite consulting, assessment and executive search assignments. He is certified in the use of both the Hogan© and Predictive Index© assessment tools.

Alan holds an Economics degree from Penn State University, and an MBA in Finance from Temple University. Alan is a National Association of Corporate Directors Certified Director and Board Leadership Fellow, and sits on the Board of Directors of NACD Philadelphia. Alan also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He recently completed service as a Global Board Member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, the industry’s leading education and advocacy organization, and served previously as an

Advisory Director of Penn Liberty Bank prior to its sale to WSFS Bank. Alan is also known for his 16 years as a weekly business commentator on talent management and career issues for KYW News Radio 1060 in Philadelphia, and for serving as regular columnist for Bank Director. He is a frequent speaker and author for banking, business and financial services organizations nationwide.

“NACD Certified Directors demonstrate their keen awareness that directorship is a profession that, like all professions, requires continuous learning,” added Peter R. Gleason, NACD’s CEO. “Alan Kaplan is leading the way in achieving and maintaining the highest credential available to directors in the United States.”

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