Matthew Scott

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Matthew Scott is the former managing editor of the Financial Times’ Agenda newsletter. Based in New York, he writes about corporate governance and investing topics.

Boards And Management May Be Misaligned On Stakeholder Interests

Nearly half of director respondents in a new survey expressed a lack of confidence in their company’s management team's understanding of the business implications of ESG.

Early Say-On-Pay Results Sending Directors A Message

If shareholders continue to be dissatisfied with executive salaries, corporate directors who sit on compensation committees may come under greater scrutiny as well.

Investment Firm Pushes Collaborative Activism

If Mill Road Capital’s 'Sponsoring Investor' approach works for micro-cap companies, similar attempts by investment firms that focus on mid-cap and large-cap companies may follow.

Should Your Company Be Developing A Bitcoin Strategy?

As more financial institutions agree to accept and settle transactions with crypto currencies, companies will need to evaluate their strategies—and be prepared to defend them to shareholders.

Challenged By Activists, Kohl’s Uses Active Communication

Proactive strategies have convinced investors to scale back the number of board members they want to replace, from nine to five.

Goya CEO Censure Highlights Boards’ Responsibility For Communications

Deciding how the company should respond to controversial issues before a company official makes a gaffe can prevent reputational damage that could have severely negative impacts on company growth.

Survey Finds Worker Safety A Board Priority During Covid Crisis

As corporate boards have had to react to multiple crises this year, the safety of stakeholders (including employees, customers and vendors) emerged as the top short-term governance oversight challenge

Few Public Companies Have Changed Long-Term Comp Plans Due To Covid-19

The low number of companies that have made changes to their compensation plans suggests most boards are satisfied with how their plans have performed during this crisis.

Russell 3000 Companies Appoint 130 Black Board Members In 5 Months

An increase of 240% means that institutional investors are, at least behind closed doors, increasingly talking about appointments of diverse groups to boards—and companies are listening.

CalPERS Is Voting Against Directors Over Compensation – Will Others Follow?

Board members will have to find a way to better align CEO pay with performance or they may find their re-election contested.
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