GPW Names James McRitchie Among Stars of 2015

GPW – Global Proxy Watch “recognizes 10 people around the world who have had the most impact on corporate governance” each year. Since I found myself on this year’s list, I’m reproducing it below, so that I have a record of this honor.

James McRitchie at SEC Proxy Voting Roundtable

James McRitchie at SEC Proxy Voting Roundtable

While I’m proud to be included, I certainly wouldn’t be on the list without plenty of assistance. Thanks to everyone who has helped me with the site, proxy proposals and all our other efforts in corporate governance over the last twenty years… and, of course, to Stephen Davis and Aaron Bernstein for including my name on this year’s list of corporate governance ‘stars.’ Look mom, I’m on a list with Ira Millstein!

GPW’s Stars of 2015

This year’s list includes the following:

  • MaryEllen Andersen used her governance post at Broadridge to improve corporate reporting and spur advances in voting among issuers and investors.
  • George Dallas invigorated public comments by the International Corporate Governance Network since signing on as policy director last year.
  • Joyce Haboucha provided a powerful voice for ESG development as sustainability director at Rockefeller.
  • Jeroen Hooijer, head of the European Commission governance unit, guided the shareholder rights directive through the tortuous politics of the European Union.
  • Jim McRitchie prompted the SEC to back off its decision to allow issuers to exclude shareowner resolutions by putting forth watered-down versions of their own.
  • Ira Millstein propelled his eponymous Center at Columbia University to new frontiers as a key resource for global corporate governance.
  • Evan Harvey leveraged his role as NASDAQ corporate responsibility head to spur global stock exchanges to embrace ESG reporting standards.
  • Helena Morrissey, CEO of the UK’s Newton Investment Management, transformed the 30% Club into a global force for women on boards.
  • KT Rabin built Glass Lewis into a powerhouse proxy advisor that broke ISS’s near-monopoly on the industry.
  • Gary Retelny adroitly repositioned Institutional Shareholder Services for growth in the wake of its spinoff from MSCI.

GPW: Quickest Read in Corporate Governance

The December 18th edition of GPW, like every edition, included plenty of links in the above post and elsewhere, as well as a lot more news posted into less that 2 and a half pages. GPW continues to be the quickest most important read in the field of corporate governance. I wish I had their tight network of informants and contacts. They always seem to know what’s going on before everyone else… or at least before I do. Subscribe and you’ll be in the know too.

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