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    1. Sustainability & Disclosure: New demands on corporate boards

      Sustainability & Disclosure: New demands on corporate boards

      It’s a new era of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure and directors need to take notice.

      Many investors are voicing concerns about the limited nonfinancial disclosure in companies’ annual reports and proxy disclosures, even for areas like material climate-related risks that have been the subject of Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) guidance. And although most public companies produce sustainability reports for consumers and other corporate stakeholders, these reports often lack the quality, reliability and comparability investors need for financial analysis.

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    2. Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2018

      Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2018

      As 2017 draws to a conclusion and we reflect on the evolution of corporate governance since the turn of the millennium, a recurring question percolating in boardrooms and among shareholders and other stakeholders, academics and politicians is: what’s next on the horizon for corporate governance? In many respects, we seem to have reached a point of relative stasis. The governance and takeover defense profiles of U.S. public companies have been transformed by the widespread adoption of virtually all of the “best practices” advocated to enhance the rights of shareholders and weaken takeover defenses.

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    3. Global and Regional Trends in Corporate Governance for 2018

      Global and Regional Trends in Corporate Governance for 2018

      At the end of each year, Russell Reynolds Associates interviews over 30 institutional and activist investors, pension fund managers, public company directors, proxy advisors, and other corporate governance professionals in five key markets regarding the trends and challenges that public company boards will face in the following year.

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    4. How CEOs Can Work with an Active Board

      How CEOs Can Work with an Active Board

      At companies of almost all sizes, across all sectors, boards are undergoing a profound transformation. Largely as a result of intensifying shareholder intolerance of mediocre or poor corporate performance, the ceremonial boards of the past are being replaced by active boards that are more demanding of managers and more intrusive in their affairs.

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    5. Too Much Charisma Can Make Leaders Look Less Effective

      Too Much Charisma Can Make Leaders Look Less Effective

      Conventional wisdom suggests that the most charismatic leaders are also the best leaders. Charismatic leaders have, for instance, the ability to inspire otherstoward higher levels of performance and to instill deep levels of commitment, trust, and satisfaction. As a result, they are generally perceived by their subordinates to be more effective, compared with less charismatic leaders.

       

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    6. How CEOs Can Work with an Active Board

      How CEOs Can Work with an Active Board

      At companies of almost all sizes, across all sectors, boards are undergoing a profound transformation. Largely as a result of intensifying shareholder intolerance of mediocre or poor corporate performance, the ceremonial boards of the past are being replaced by active boards that are more demanding of managers and more intrusive in their affairs.

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    7. Research: Board Directors Are More Likely to Leave When a Firm Is Getting Criticized

      Research: Board Directors Are More Likely to Leave When a Firm Is Getting Criticized

      In 2013 an activist investor criticized the board at ConMed for a “culture of nepotism, patronage, and dystopian corporate governance.” Director Stephen Mandia, who had served on the board for 12 years, departed shortly after. Two other directors stayed on the board but picked up additional board seats at other firms within the year. When Baker Hughes and Halliburton were both downgraded by equity analysts following an Obama administration oil drilling ban in 2010, several of their long-serving directors decamped to take up seats at other firms. What these examples suggest is that directors will leave firms that experience negative ...

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    8. How Boards Prepare for an Unpredictable Crisis

      How Boards Prepare for an Unpredictable Crisis

      As Tropical Storm Harvey, formerly a Category 4 hurricane that brought a deadly amount of rain to East Texas, makes its final landfall, and as North Korea's most recent missile launch over Japan may serve as prelude to more military operations directed at the U.S. territory of Guam, corporate boards are finding it difficult to prepare for a disaster that by its nature is unpredictable, executive search firm consultants said.

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    9. How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance

      How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance

      The New York Stock Exchange requires that the boards of all publicly traded corporations conduct a self-evaluation at least annually to determine whether they are functioning effectively. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that boards are staffed and led appropriately, that board members are effective in fulfilling their obligations, and that reliable processes are in place to satisfy important oversight requirements.

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    10. What Sets Successful CEOs Apart

      What Sets Successful CEOs Apart

      The chief executive role is a tough one to fill. From 2000 to 2013, about a quarter of the CEO departures in the Fortune 500 were involuntary, according to the Conference Board. The fallout from these dismissals can be staggering: Forced turnover at the top costs shareholders an estimated $112 billion in lost market value annually, a 2014 PwC study of the world’s 2,500 largest companies showed.

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    11. The Board Directors You Need for a Digital Transformation

      The Board Directors You Need for a Digital Transformation

      When the term digital transformation was first bandied about by consultants and business publications, its implications were more about keeping up and catching up than true transformation. Additionally, at first it was only applied to large, traditional organizations struggling, or experimenting, in an increasingly digital economy. But true digital transformation requires so much more. As evidenced by the recent Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, we’re living in a new world.

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    12. Corporate Law & Governance Update: June 2017

      Corporate Law & Governance Update: June 2017

      An important new study concludes that CEO terminations for ethical lapses (as a percentage of overall CEO successions) has dramatically increased over the last five years. The study also reflects the willingness of boards to reclaim compensation from so called "unethical CEOs.” The survey results are suggestive of a growing climate of accountability in corporate boardrooms across the globe...

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    13. Board Directors Should Be Paid Only in Equity

      Board Directors Should Be Paid Only in Equity

      When a corporate scandal breaks – like the recent one at Wells Fargo or earlier ones at Lehman, Enron, or Qwest – the question is always raised: what was the board of directors doing while the managers in these companies were involved in such unprofessional behavior? The answer is that, like most of us, directors respond to incentives. And my research suggests that those incentives need to change.

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    14. IDG Contributor Network: How to Gain the Trust of the Board

      IDG Contributor Network: How to Gain the Trust of the Board

      In her report in Security Info Watch, “Balancing Board-level Risk,” Marleah Blades writes: “It is incumbent on security leaders to ensure that the significant risks under their purview are being clearly communicated up the chain to inform the board’s decision on risk management priorities and resources.” One of the keys that can make a good CSO presentation a great one is by ensuring the data being reported actually has relevance on specific business risks the organization is most likely to encounter (rather than assembling a cross-section of common risks that may or may not be relevant)...

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