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    1. CEO Pay Trends Around the Globe

      CEO Pay Trends Around the Globe

      Since the passage of Say on Pay under the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010, greater attention has been paid to executive compensation in an effort to bring transparency and oversight to the total compensation of executives of U.S. public companies. In 2018, the SEC expanded the Dodd-Frank Act further with Section 953(b), requiring companies to disclose the ratio of the total compensation of the chief executive officer to that of the median employee on an annual basis...

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    2. The Long View: US Proxy Voting Trends on E&S Issues from 2000 to 2018

      The Long View: US Proxy Voting Trends on E&S Issues from 2000 to 2018

      Appearances can be very deceiving. Case in point: The high-level summary numbers of voting results over the last nineteen years seem to indicate that little has changed regarding proxy voting behavior among investors owning U.S. companies. A simple analysis of median vote support levels for management and shareholder proposals seems to reveal stasis—support levels remain at approximately the same levels they were back in the early to middle 2000s...

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    3. Breaking Up eBay: How an Activist Investor's Plan Could Work

      Breaking Up eBay: How an Activist Investor's Plan Could Work

      Is it time to break up eBay? One activist investor thinks so. Elliott Management, which acquired a 4% stake in the e-commerce marketplace, submitted a lengthy proposal on how to split up the company into three parts. In a letter, Elliott proposed spinning out the online ticket seller StubHub into a new company that, by their analysis, would be worth between $3.5 billion and $4.5 billion...

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    4. Women CEOs are More Likely to be Dismissed, Even When The Company is Doing Well

      Women CEOs are More Likely to be Dismissed, Even When The Company is Doing Well
      • Women CEOs are 45% more likely to be dismissed than men CEOs, a new study finds.
      • Even when a firm is performing well, women are more likely to be dismissed from the CEO position.
      • The researchers think that may be the result of implicit gender bias.

      Women who sit at the top of the corporate hierarchy have, presumably, shattered a piece of the proverbial glass ceiling.

      But research suggests that even women CEOs may still face obstacles to success...

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    5. Dealing with Activist Hedge Funds and Other Activist Investors

      Dealing with Activist Hedge Funds and Other Activist Investors

      Regardless of industry, size or performance, no company should consider itself immune from hedge fund activism. No company is too large, too popular, too new or too successful. Even companies that are respected industry leaders and have outperformed the market and their peers have come under fire. Activists set new records in 2018, targeting the largest number of companies (nearly 300), deploying more capital and winning a greater number of board seats (161) than ever before...

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    6. The CTO of One of the Biggest Consulting Firms Says CEOs and directors are beating a Path to his Door to Get Up-To-Speed on the Latest Tech Trends

      The CTO of One of the Biggest Consulting Firms Says CEOs and directors are beating a Path to his Door to Get Up-To-Speed on the Latest Tech Trends

      The CTO of one of the biggest consulting firms says CEOs and directors are beating a path to his door to get up-to-speed on the latest tech trends Troy Wolverton 0m Bill Briggs and his technology team at Deloitte are meeting much more frequently these days with CEOs and corporate directors. Deloitte Deloitte's technology consultants used to meet primarily with clients' chief technology and chief information officers...

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    7. The World's CEOs are Getting Increasingly Nervous About the State of the Global Economy, a Major New Survey Shows

      The World's CEOs are Getting Increasingly Nervous About the State of the Global Economy, a Major New Survey Shows
      • Global CEOs have become increasingly pessimistic about global economic growth in the past year and expect their businesses to suffer in the short to medium term as a result.
      • CEOs have traditionally seen the US as the most attractive place to invest, but it is close to losing that crown, with China and India rising rapidly in the rankings...
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    8. How To Dance The Board Two-Step To Increase Your Board Of Directors' Leverage

      How To Dance The Board Two-Step To Increase Your Board Of Directors' Leverage

      These are also five levels of situational leadership. Different leaders deploy different leadership styles in different situations. These range from command and control (tell) to partnership (co-create). The biggest difference is between leaders providing direction (tell) and input (consult or test,) with the associated difference in decision rights. Former American Express CEO, Ken Chenault, liked to give his board of directors two looks at any major idea...

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    9. How to Fix Unhealthy Concentration of Corporate Voting Power

      How to Fix Unhealthy Concentration of Corporate Voting Power

      The popularity of index and other mutual funds, combined with the current rules for voting shares of stock, has had an unexpected ill effect: concentration of corporate voting power in the hands of a few giant asset management companies. Nobody did or would intend this outcome. Fortunately, the voting rules can be changed. A great way for the SEC to start 2019 would be to take on and then fix this threat...

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    10. Hedge Fund Can Give Olympus a Clearer Focus

      Hedge Fund Can Give Olympus a Clearer Focus

      (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Olympus Corp. investors appear willing to bet so. Shares of the camera and medical-device maker, which was mired in a $1.7 billion accounting scandal in 2011, have surged to their highest in almost three years after the Japanese company announced a leadership and board shakeup in response to pressure from U.S. hedge fund ValueAct Capital Management LP...

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