NACD Southern California Chapter Appoints Rafael Pastor to Its Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD SoCal”) today announced the expansion of its Chapter leadership with the appointment of Rafael Pastor to its Board of Directors.

“We welcome Rafael to the NACD SoCal Board and are delighted that he will support our Chapter’s mission of advancing boardroom excellence in his new leadership role,” said NACD SoCal Chapter President David L. Rosenblum. “From heading the world’s foremost CEO leadership organization to founding an independent banking and advisory firm to running leading global media companies, Rafael has a wealth of experience growing successful enterprises and advising business leaders on corporate culture, strategy, and value creation for shareholders. Additionally, he is well-versed in matters related to social responsibility and shareholder activism, which are key issues facing Boards today. We look forward to tapping his substantial knowledge to help us further provide our director community with leadership guidance and broad strategic perspective.”

Mr. Pastor has more than 25 years of senior management and corporate governance experience. He currently serves on the Boards or Advisory Boards of Boost Academy, insureWell, MD Revolution, Knowledge Universe, RosettaBooks, and Thuzio. He also serves as an advisor to a major international private equity firm. Previously, he served nine years as Chairman & CEO of Vistage International, guiding the growth and ultimately the sale of the world’s largest for-profit chief executive membership organization with 20,000 senior executives in 15 countries. He was also the Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Sonenshine Pastor, an investment banking and venture capital firm, now Sonenshine Partners, where he remains a senior advisor.

Previously, Mr. Pastor has held senior executive positions at global media and entertainment companies including CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; President of USA Networks International; Executive Vice President, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television; and President of CBS/Fox Video International. He began his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and then as Associate General Counsel at CBS Inc.

Mr. Pastor earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and speaks several languages. He is also very active in civic, arts and education boards and serves as a Director of the La Jolla Music Society, the Advisory Boards of the Rady School of Management and the School of Global Strategy and Policy both at UCSD, and the Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

National Association of Corporate Directors

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 16,000 members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence.

Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To join, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-765-0878.

Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors

The Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) was chartered by NACD in 1978 to enhance corporate governance in the Southern California region. The NACD SoCal Chapter provides local educational and networking opportunities for individuals who serve as directors of corporations and business organizations from all industries, public and private, profit and non-profit. Our vision is to prepare members for effective Board of Director roles and foster the positive image of corporations and business organizations through improved corporate governance. The principal emphasis of the NACD SoCal Chapter and its events is to provide vital information and education to current NACD members and their guests. To learn more about the NACD SoCal Chapter, visit

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