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Why Boards That Lead Succeed

Recent history shows that directors who take more active roles—particularly in CEO selection—are fundamental to the long-term health of their companies.

Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Michael Useem Boards of Directors May 21 2014

When Outsiders Oust Your Board: The Ramifications of ISS’ Influence on Public Companies

Institutional Shareholder Services’ call to oust seven of Target’s 10 Board members begs the question: How concerned should all public companies be regarding the influence that proxy advisory firms have over shareholders?

Lynn Russo Whylly Boards of Directors June 19 2014
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What’s Your CEO Really Worth?

Why board members should know the value of their CEO.

Theo Vermaelen Boards of Directors March 4 2011
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They’re Backkkkk!

Backed by Dodd-Frank, activists are coming on stronger than ever. With the new Say-on-Pay stipulation, all shareholders will have a voice in the issue of executive compensation (even if they’re not binding). What other issues will you face and how should you deal with them?

William J. Holstein Boards of Directors , Governance/Compliance January 10 2011
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Study Says CEOs Disappoint as Board Members, But Numbers Tell a Different Story

A recent survey suggests that sitting CEOs may actually be less effective directors than non-CEOs, citing the responses of 79 percent of directors who said sitting CEOs were no more effective in the role than non-CEOs.

Jennifer Pellet Boards of Directors , CEO Life , Governance/Compliance December 5 2011

Shareholders Push for “Triple Bottom Line”

Shareholder expectations have evolved, and they’re not just focused on profits. According to an Ernst & Young report, in 2010 most shareholder proposals were resolutions focused on social and environmental issues. And shareholder support of these proposals has increased nine-fold since 2005.

Jennifer Pellet Boards of Directors , Corporate Reputation , Governance/Compliance August 2 2011

Preparing for Board Director Retirement: A Customized Approach to Succession Planning

Historically, Board Director Succession Planning has been relegated to a process focused on simply “replacing” a particular individual who is retiring with someone who is most like that particular individual. Although instituted quite frequently, this historical approach ignores three truths that are worth examining.

Mabry Smith III Boards of Directors , CEO Life , Governance/Compliance December 8 2011

Navigating the Brave New World of Shareholder Activism

A new public database, ProxyMonitor.com, that tracks shareholder proposals among large companies shows distinct patterns in union-driven activism.

James R. Copland Boards of Directors , CEO Compensation March 30 2011
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In Case of Emergency, BREAK GLASS!

Increasingly, when CEOs find themselves in a tough spot, they have come to rely on members of their board to roll up their sleeves and pitch in.

C.J. Prince Boards of Directors , Crisis Management November 23 2009

How Private Companies Can Benefit From Boards

While private companies are not required to have boards of directors, some may want to. Here are 6 reasons why having a board in a private company is a good idea.

Lynn Russo Whylly Boards of Directors , Private Company Boards July 14 2014

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