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KNOXVILLE — The differences between public and private corporate boards will be the topic of a panel discussion on Friday sponsored by the Corporate Governance Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event is part of the Ruby Tuesday Corporate Governance Center Speaker Series.

Warren Neel, executive director of the Corporate Governance Center, will moderate the discussion between Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J, and Sandy Beall, CEO of Ruby Tuesday, on the differing expectations between private and public companies’ corporate boards. The focus will be to contrast the legal requirements of publicly listed company boards with the chosen structure of private boards.

The discussion will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 401 of the Haslam Business Building. The panel discussion is not open to the public because of classroom space limitations, although the media is invited to attend. Students will be attending from UT’s MBA and master of accountancy programs.


Cindy Raines (865-974-4359,