Lizanne Thomas, an American lawyer working as the chair of Jones Day’s corporate governance practice. She possesses expertise in shareholder activism, mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as public company board membership – having served on boards such as American Software, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Atlantic Capital Bancshares and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts among many others.
Early Life and Education
Lizanne Thomas is an American lawyer serving as partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Southern Region practice and part of their corporate governance practice, while regularly giving presentations about governance to leading businesses, companies and universities worldwide.
Born in Malta, Montana and raised in Runnells, Iowa where she met Vernon Thomas. Together they raised four children. She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all she came in contact with.
She attended Woodland Community Church in Runnells and enjoyed spending time there with her family and close friends. Unfortunately, both Roy and Goldie Sheumaker preceded her in death.
Thomas has made corporate governance her career focus. A fellow of the American College of Governance Lawyers and partner at global law firm Jones Day since 1990, Thomas leads their corporate governance practice as the Southeast Region Partner-in-Charge while representing public companies on matters ranging from conflict transactions and internal investigations to shareholder activism and mergers and acquisitions.
She currently sits on the boards of directors for Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Furthermore, she serves on the Georgia Research Alliance Board and Washington & Lee University Audit Committee; in addition to being a Trustee at these institutions and being part of their Audit Committees. Furthermore, she belongs to American Bar Association’s Corporate Governance Committee and sits as part of their membership.
Achievement and Honors
Lizanne Thomas has been honored as a Fellow of the American College of Governance Lawyers. Additionally, she serves on several public companies’ boards of directors – Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Atlantic Capital Bancshares and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts among them – with both herself and her husband resident in Atlanta enjoying playing golf at local and international courses during their spare time.
Thomas has two grown sons and is an avid hiker, winning national outdoor book awards with Long Trails: Mastering the Art of Thru-hiking which judges have described as being “destined to become the bible of sport”.
She serves as partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Southern region and is an accomplished practitioner in corporate governance issues, frequently lecturing on such subjects at major businesses, corporations and universities around the globe.
Lizanne Thomas serves as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s southern region and chairs their Corporate Governance Practice. A widely sought-after speaker on governance issues, she provides counsel and representation services for boards of directors, public and private companies as well as special committees in fiduciary and investigative proceedings.
She serves on the boards of Washington & Lee University and Woodruff Arts Center as well as Atlanta Rotary Club and Georgia Research Alliance as a board member and American Software, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Atlantic Capital Bancshares and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen as a board member or trustee.
She is survived by three of her children: Ora Lee Thomas, Bev Thomas and Melvin Thomas; thirteen grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister Frances Saltzman. Unfortunately she was predeceased by her husband Vernon Thomas.
Jones Day Partner-in-Charge of its Southern Region and Leader of their Corporate Governance Practice. Thomas lectures regularly on governance to leading business organizations, companies and universities and is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Lawyers. Her expertise also lies within shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions (both public and private), takeover preparedness as well as executive compensation issues.
SEC Form 4 filings show that Thomas made her initial AMSWA purchase on 17 June for $21,784. Over the last five years she has made no other transactions to purchase shares of AMSWA.
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