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Surprisingly, Director Tenure Remains Long at Most Companies

Despite the frenzied rise in shareholder activism that challenges the decisions of long-sitting board members individually and collectively, a new study of tenures shows most large companies increasingly are governed by long-sitting board members.

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5 Steps for Sustaining Board Performance

Corporate board performance, and board governance, are experiencing more scrutiny today than ever before. Whether it’s by activist shareholders, proxy advisors or government regulators, each has their own agenda and set of recommendations for improvement or change.

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More Boards Are Focusing on Strategy Today, Survey Says

The number of hours and days that directors dedicate to board work is increasing, according to a recent McKinsey survey. Since 2011, the gap between the number of days directors spent on board work averaged 28 per year, while they wished they would spend about 38 to fulfill their responsibilities. Today, survey results show, directors are spending about 33, sho they are edging close to their ideal amount of days.

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Why the CEO Is the Other Chief Diversity Officer

Corporations have been talking about diversity and the need to create diverse leadership teams for some time, yet the slow pace of change indicates that something is missing.

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10 Questions Dominating Boardroom Agendas for 2016

Boardrooms are facing great unpredictability and a breakdown of business models in their industries, which changes the role of directors today. We need directors who are synthesizers of information—who can see the smoke over the horizon and bring this insight into their companies.

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More New Independent Directors Added to S&P 500 Boards, but Turnover Remains Slow

S&P 500 boards elected 376 new independent directors — or .78 new directors per board — during the 2015 proxy year, making it the largest recruitment class since 2008, when 380 independent directors were added, according to the 2015 Spencer Stuart Board Index.

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