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    1. GM, Harry Wilson, and the Disturbing Rise of the Golden Leash

      GM, Harry Wilson, and the Disturbing Rise of the Golden Leash

      On one side was GM’s chairman, Theodore Solso, and chief executive, Mary Barra. On the other side was a group of investment funds represented by former Obama administration Auto Industry Task Force member Harry Wilson.  The investments funds own approximately 2% of GM’s stock, and they were pushing the company to buy back $8 billion in stock and give Wilson a seat on the board...

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    2. Reputational Risk in the Boardroom: Natixis' Trustees Face a Moment of Judgment

      Reputational Risk in the Boardroom: Natixis' Trustees Face a Moment of Judgment

      This article is by Mark Rogers, the founder and chief executive of BoardProspects.com. President George Washington once said, “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” More than 200 years later, these words of wisdom offer a [...]

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    3. Markings of a Private Settlement with Icahn? Andreessen’s Resignation from eBay’s Board Raises Questions

      Markings of a Private Settlement with Icahn?  Andreessen’s Resignation from eBay’s Board Raises Questions

      Carl Icahn has earned his reputation as the world’s most successful activist investor by almost never backing down from a corporate confrontation. This is what made his decision last April to walk away from a very public and bitter battle with eBay’s Management Team and Board of Directors so peculiar. Recent events, however, highlighted by Monday’s news that noted venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is stepping-down from the board of directors 

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    4. When Directors (Like Gregory Maffei) Serve on Too Many Boards

      When Directors (Like Gregory Maffei) Serve on Too Many Boards

      This article is by Mark Rogers, the founder and chief executive of BoardProspects.com. I was thinking of asking Gregory Maffei to join my board of directors, but I’m afraid he might say yes. Maffei is the highly-regarded chief executive of Liberty Media Corporation, a publicly-traded media and entertainment conglomerate that owns interests [...]

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    5. Apple Needs a Boardroom Shakeup: Five Considerations for Tim Cook

      Apple Needs a Boardroom Shakeup:  Five Considerations for Tim Cook

      The significance of last week’s report that Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is “actively seeking new directors” to add to the company’s board cannot be overstated. This is the moment when Cook can finally place his stamp on the technology giant, more than three years after Steve Jobs passed the torch to him before his death in 2011...

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    6. The Risk for Valeant’s Long-Term Investors; Ackman’s Bid Underscores the Danger in Shareholder Fatigue

      The Risk for Valeant’s Long-Term Investors; Ackman’s Bid Underscores the Danger in Shareholder Fatigue

      The battle between activist investor Bill Ackman and Allergan Inc.’s CEO and board of directors over Valeant Pharmaceuticals takeover bid of Allergan, the maker of Botox, has created a lot of sound and fury over corporate governance that could leave Allergan shareholders with the sagging faces down the road. 

      Ackman and Valeant recently increased their $47 billion offer for Allergan to $54 billion – only to be rejected for a third time by Allergan’s CEO, David Pyott.

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    7. Dennis Crowley’s Marathon Shame

      Dennis Crowley’s Marathon Shame

      I’m not yet sure whether Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley has set a new standard for arrogance or for stupidity— or perhaps it’s both. What I do know is that if I were one of the brand-name venture capital firms backing his New York-based social media company, I would be second-guessing the soundness of my investment right now. After pictures surfaced online, Crowley has admitted that he helped his wife Chelsa run the Boston Marathon with him this past week with a fake bib. As a lifelong resident of Boston, who has run the Marathon before and was ...

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    8. Dennis Crowley's Marathon Shame

      Dennis Crowley's Marathon Shame

      I’m not yet sure whether Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley has set a new standard for arrogance or for stupidity— or perhaps it’s both. What I do know is that if I were one of the brand-name venture capital firms backing his New York-based social media company, I would be second-guessing the soundness of my investment right now. After pictures surfaced online, Crowley has admitted that he helped his wife Chelsa run the Boston Marathon with him this past week with a fake bib. As a lifelong resident of Boston, who has run the Marathon before and was ...

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    9. Icahn vs. eBay Board – Governance or Gamesmanship?

      Icahn vs. eBay Board – Governance or Gamesmanship?

      Carl Ichan thinks eBay shareholders need to stand up to the board of directors. Is he right?

      Carl Icahn recently opened a new battle in his ongoing war with eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) with an open letter posted on Shareholders Squaretable. In the letter, the world’s most successful activist investor opines that he views the upcoming annual meeting at eBay as a “watershed moment” for shareholders everywhere. Icahn argues that in order to create an optimal environment for investment in America’s public companies, institutional investors need to “stand up” and hold eBay’s board of directors accountable for blatant ...

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    10. The Globalization of Today's Boardroom

      The Globalization of Today's Boardroom

      Having worked 24 years for Adidas and Reebok, including as President and CEO of Reebok, I witnessed the evolution of modern sporting goods and a global industry expansion. Each new market brought distinct characteristics, including consumers, work-force and distribution channels. I also saw how a global boardroom excels in identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities. As an executive, the ability to receive advice and counsel from directors with international business expertise is invaluable, yet I’m surprised to see how many corporations in this growing global economy have been slow to emphasize recruiting directors with such backgrounds...

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    11. Great Resources for Great Boards

      Great Resources for Great Boards

      I am often asked by board chairs for suggestions on reading materials that will help enhance the effectiveness of their board.  I thought today’s blog post would be a good opportunity to share several of these suggestions.  

      • Start-Ups:  Startup Boards:  Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani.  This book is part of the Startup Revolution Series and should be considered a must-read by any entrepreneur and their board members...

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    12. The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The single most important task before you join a board is due diligence. Being a director on board is a tradeoff. On the one hand, there is exposure to reputational and financial risk. On the other hand, there are benefits – tangible and intangible. In a world marked by disruptive forces, sharp scrutiny, and tighter board accountability, wise director candidates are asking more questions.

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    13. Towards Board Declassification at 100 S&P and Fortune 500 Companies

      Towards Board Declassification at 100 S&P and Fortune 500 Companies

      Posted by Lucian Bebchuk, Scott Hirst and June Rhee, Shareholder Rights Project, on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 9:16 am * Print * email * Twitter Tags: Classified boards, Florida SBA, Illinois State Board of Investment, Institutional Investors, June Rhee, Lucian Bebchuk, Nathan Cummings Foundation, North Carolina State Treasurer, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Precatory proposals, Scott Hirst, Shareholder proposals, Shareholder Rights Project, Staggered boards Editor’s Note: Lucian Bebchuk is the Director of the Shareholder Rights Project (SRP), Scott Hirst is the SRP’s Associate Director, and June Rhee is the SRP’s Counsel. The SRP, a clinical program operating at ...

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    14. Citi Board Elects Duncan P. Hennes to Board of Directors

      Citi Board Elects Duncan P. Hennes to Board of Directors

      NEW YORK, Dec 11, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citi's Board of Directors today announced that it has elected Duncan P. Hennes as a new independent director. "We are pleased to have Duncan Hennes join Citi's Board of Directors," said Citi Chairman, Michael E. O'Neill. "Mr. Hennes has broad experience in financial services with notable expertise in securities markets and risk management. We look forward to the insight he will bring to the Board.

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    15. BIOLASE Adds Two New Independent Directors to Its Board

      BIOLASE Adds Two New Independent Directors to Its Board

      IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 11, 2013) - BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of dental lasers, and a pioneer in laser surgery in other medical specialties, today announced that the Board of Directors (the "Board") has appointed James R. Talevich and Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., to the Board. Mr. Talevich and Dr. Low were appointed to the Audit Committee and Mr. Talevich was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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    16. Brunswick Corporation : Brunswick Corporation Elects David V. Singer To Board Of Directors

      Brunswick Corporation : Brunswick Corporation Elects David V. Singer To Board Of Directors

      LAKE FOREST, Ill. Dec. 3, 2013 - Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that David V. Singer, recently retired chief executive officer for Snyder's-Lance, Inc., has been elected to its board of directors. "We are pleased to welcome David to Brunswick's board of directors," said Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "David brings to the table broad operating experience as well as solid financial credentials.

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