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Roll Out The Red Carpet!

September 22, 2014

At a sparkling black-tie affair, winners of the NYSE Governance Services’ inaugural Governance, Risk, and Compliance Leadership Awards were celebrated with a gala dinner and ceremony. Amid cheers of joy and thunderous applause, and after many months of waiting, the winners of seven awards were revealed in June during the NYSe Governance Services Inaugural Governance,…

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Retooling The Board

September 22, 2014

by John R. Engen Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 When it comes to ensuring that everyone on his boards brings their ‘A’ game, Robert Mittelstaedt Jr., considers himself a sort of gatekeeper. He’s the guy who takes it upon himself to help crack the whip on directors who aren’t pulling their weight or no…

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Time For A Wake-Up Call On IT Risk

September 22, 2014

by Laura J. Finn Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 It’s no surprise—Cybercrime is on the rise. The State of the Internet Report says 95% of existing networks have already been compromised, and more and more companies are waking up to the fact that breaches occur all the time, even if they haven’t been detected…

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Risk By Association: Complicance In A Global World

September 22, 2014

Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 In a corporate community that is increasingly interconnected around the globe, and one in which geophysical and political boundaries are nearly a thing of the past, it is becoming more important than ever to examine business connections and their potential for liability. According to Eric Morehead, senior compliance counsel…

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Safeguarding Cyber Assets

September 22, 2014

Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 To get a better grasp on how U.S. boards are handling cybersecurity roles and responsibilities, NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member and RSA, in association with EY, surveyed more than 200 audit committee members this spring on a variety of issues regarding their cyber risk oversight program. In a…

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M&A Is Heating Up in 2014

September 22, 2014

by Deborah Scally Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 Corporate Board Member recently caught up with Patrick Ramsey, co-head of Americas M&A for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to get a sense of his view of where strategic acquisition opportunities and challenges lie in the months ahead. Here’s what he had to say about the…

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Before We Adjourn: ISS vs. Target: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

September 22, 2014

by TK Kerstetter Corporate Board Member Third Quarter 2014 The “ugly” in this scenario is determining a standard of fairness for holding directors responsible for cyber breaches and what the ramifications will be if even the most governance-prudent boards are voted out because of a hacker’s access through a HVAC vendor of the company. Cyber…

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Taking the Offense Against Cyber Risk

August 6, 2014

Third Quarter 2014 Corporate Board Member by Charles Keenan Companies have stepped up efforts to address cyber risk in recent years, but the increasing speed and growing sophistication of attacks raises the question of how well management and boards can keep up. Within corporate America, there’s a growing realization that large consumer databases and intellectual…

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