Research

Embracing Risk Oversight – The Board’s Role in Setting the Right Culture

October 6, 2014

from NYSE Governance Services and Thomson Reuters Board members have a legal, fiduciary duty to oversee risk, but it is less clear as to where “the buck stops” when it comes to ownership for corporate risk oversight and setting the proper risk culture within the context of the boardroom today. What role does management play…

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Women on Boards Survey Finds Legislation Major Driver of Change

September 19, 2014

from GMI Ratings Based on data for almost 6,000 companies in 45 countries, and including historical data, the survey provides a broad and detailed assessment of global progress on gender diversity among corporate directors. The survey finds extremely slow progress in most of the world outside Europe, which has led on this issue through the…

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GCs in the Boardroom and Beyond

April 26, 2014

NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member and BarkerGilmore collaborated to survey the opinions of directors who serve or chair the company’s nominating/governance committee, board chairs, and CEOs of U.S.-based publicly traded companies. The survey analyzes their opinions about the value of the corporate general counsel to the executive team and reports on perceptions of the…

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2014 What Directors Think Study

February 28, 2014

NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member and Spencer Stuart collaborated to survey the opinions of directors who serve on the boards of U.S.-based publicly traded companies. This wide-ranging survey, currently in its 11th year, analyzes directors’ opinions on topics including board effectiveness, composition, education, governance policies, risk oversight, succession planning, compensation, and compliance oversight. 2014…

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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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Executive Compensation: A 2013 Opinion Survey of Compensation Committee Members

November 5, 2013

from Corporate Board Member and Pay Governance NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member and Pay Governance LLC collaborated in the fall of 2013 to survey the opinions of compensation committee members at U.S. publicly traded companies to tap into their views regarding the state of executive pay. Specifically, the survey sought to ascertain what compensation…

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Risk Oversight and the Board

October 1, 2013

Fourth Quarter 2013 Corporate Board Member This fall, Thomson Reuters and NYSE Governance Services, Corporate Board Member collaborated on the 2013 Risk Oversight Survey to determine the quality and scope of information directors of publicly traded companies receive prior to board meetings and the ways in which they work with members of management to analyze and…

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Corporate Directors, Institutional Investors Remain Divided Over Current State of Executive Pay

January 21, 2013

from Towers Watson and Alliance Advisors While agreeing that the U.S. executive pay model has improved over the past five years, corporate directors and institutional investors remain divided over several key aspects, including the impact of say-on-pay voting, according to a new survey by global professional services company Towers Watson and Alliance Advisors, a proxy…

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