Rancho Santa Fe executive honored as 2015 ‘Director of the Year’


Corporate Directors Forum is recognizing six San Diego directors, including a Rancho Santa Fe resident, for their outstanding performance in corporate governance at its 24th annual Director of the Year awards.

William H. Rastetter, Ph.D., of Rancho Santa Fe has been honored as “Director of the Year” and is receiving the Lifetime Achievement award in Corporate Governance. He is director of Illumina; Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.; and various others.

The awards will be presented from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla and will celebrate directors who have made a significant positive contribution in the boardroom and behind the scenes. The other honorees are:

Richard Sulpizio, director, ResMed, Inc.; honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Governance.

Pratik Shah, Ph.D., president, CEO and Director, Auspex Pharmaceuticals; honored as Director of the Year for Enhancement of Economic Value.

Kieran T. Gallahue, director, Volcano Corporation; honored as Director of the Year for Companies in Transition.

Leonard A. Comma, chairman and CEO, Jack in the Box; honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Citizenship. 

Jeffrey Jacobs, director, Challenged Athletes Foundation; honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit Board. 

  “The 2015 Director of the Year honorees represent corporate governance at its best,” said Jack Yelverton, Director of the Year co-chairman. “These awards pay tribute to directors who demonstrate superior leadership and work tirelessly to guide the region’s top companies to higher levels of creativity and performance.”

The Director of the Year awards dinner is open to the public. Ticket prices are $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are available. Reserve to 858-455-7930 or e-mail Visit