Governance/Nominating Committee

 

What Directors Think

January 4, 2014

First Quarter 2014 Corporate Board Member by Deborah Scally and Kimberly Crowe What kind of board does your company need to maintain a competitive edge? Industry and leadership experience are obviously important factors and most boards have added a financial expert thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley, but does your board have IT expertise? Social media savvy? How…

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What Directors Think: Part 2

January 4, 2014

Most boards have formal policies regarding ongoing board service and tenure. Just over half (53%) of directors reported that their boards employ a mandatory retirement age. In addition, 39% said their boards require a mandatory resignation submission in the event of a personal reputational event, such as a bankruptcy or arrest, and 28% require a…

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What Directors Think: Part 3

January 4, 2014

Ironically, despite the earlier finding noting that two-thirds of directors believe it’s important to refresh the board, they rated themselves least effective in terms of the nominating/governance committee’s process to effectively encourage board turnover and to create a board that has a balance of needed skills and diversity. Other relative weaknesses noted by respondents include…

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What Directors Think: Part 4

January 4, 2014

Another tough leadership decision boards have to face is whether to split the chairman/CEO role, an issue that was elevated following the financial crisis of 2008. In light of increasing investor pressure, it’s not surprising that 69% agree or strongly agree that splitting these roles results in more favorable proxy advisory recommendations; likewise, 64% agree…

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Preparing for Activists

December 30, 2013

A look at what activism means today, who it includes, and some current activism trends. David Reno, managing director, Sard Verbinnen & Co., explains what’s creating the uptick in activism and how boards can prepare themselves to handle many types of activist investors. Webcast

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Points of Interest

September 1, 2013

Fourth Quarter 2013 Corporate Board Member Women directors wield mighty influence. How much global influence do women board directors really wield? Nearly $8 trillion, according to Women Corporate Directors, the largest organization of women corporate directors worldwide. WCD recently aggregated the market capitalization of the public companies on whose boards their members serve, and reported…

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The Rise of the Lawyer-Director

August 29, 2013

by Robert Barker, BarkerGilmore Historically, if people were to ask a CEO and his or her board to describe their ideal director, lawyer might not have made the top ten list.  But there has been a radical shift during the past decade.  The old thinking was that lawyers were not necessarily welcome as directors on…

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