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Corporate Directors Forum 2012 – Part 2: Robert Khuzami, SEC Director of Enforcement

These are some relatively quick notes that I’m sharing from the Corporate Directors Forum 2012, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 22-24, 2012. Since I am busy with no-action requests this proxy season, this post may be a cryptic… not complete sentences bt hopefully mor intelligible thN txt msgN. Keynote Speaker: Robert Khuzami, […]

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SVNAD – Executive Comp: Every CEO Above Average!

The stock market still has not recovered from the meltdown of 2008, and many companies have had severe reductions in their workforces, but CEO compensation of major U.S. companies rose 36.5% last year. Why is there this disconnect between stock market performance, mass layoffs and CEO compensation? What should boards of directors be doing to […]

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NACD Directorship 100

In corporate governance, all shareholders compete for directors’ attention. Being an intelligent listener in this noisy environment is what the directors of the Directorship 100 do best. The dispersion of shareholder interests means the board has to weigh priorities and make some unpopular choices. In doing so, it looks to those fellow (more…)

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The Governance Ombuds: SVNACD & Stanford's Rock Center

Why are corporate employees unwilling to report serious misconduct? Why are they also frequently unwilling to share good ideas for improving products, services and business processes? Fear of retaliation is most often cited for the failure to report misconduct; a sense of futility for the failure to suggest improvements. All too often, employees have a […]

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L'Apel: Democratic Capitalism at Risk

Recently, ICGN held their annual conference in Paris. From the Twitter feed, it appears I missed a good one. (see ICGN Via Twitter) I’ve already mentioned Jon Lukomnik’s appeal to look again at the idea that shareowners’ interests and executives’ can be aligned through compensation strategies. I think one origin of our errors was revising the […]

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When the CEO Really Must Go

It is often said that “the most important function of a board is to hire and fire the CEO.” Yet the experience of many is that boards do a pretty good job on the hiring front and a not-so-good job on the “exit.” An exciting SVNACD session in Palo Alto focused on the pitfalls of […]

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Video Friday: CalPERS Candidate Forum

Videos are now available from the “CalPERS Candidates’ Forum,” moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in the CalPERS Auditorium. I sponsor these CalPERS forums as publisher of PERSWatch.net because I think there is far too little coverage of these important elections in the press. This is my […]

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Non-Financial Reporting

The Global Education Research Network symposium hosted by the Center for Corporate Citizenship opened with a panel titled “Looking at the Big Picture of Non-Financial Reporting.” Moderator Brad Googins, associate professor at the Carroll School, was joined by Steve Lydenberg, partner, Strategic Vision, Domini Social Investing, and Michael Sadowski, vice president, SustainAbility Inc. Googins asked […]

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Video Friday: Corporate Board Member at SCS&GP Conference

This Week in the Boardroom (7/7/2011) hosts Paul Washington, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. The segment–taped at the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals‘ National Conference in Colorado–addresses shareholder proposals, withhold vote campaigns, risk, long vs short-term, and the ever-changing role of corporate secretaries. Make it safe […]

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What is Corporate Governance For? Yale Governance Forum

The second session of the second day of the Yale Governance Forum 2011 was held under Chatham House Rule. Panelists were announced in advance, so that is no secret, but under the rule those reporting must not attribute what was said to specific individuals on the panel or in the audience. Stephen Davis was the moderator. […]

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Breaking the Hold on Rating Agencies

Into the second day of the Yale Governance Forum 2011 and I began to relax among friends, not being quite as conscientious about taking notes but here are a few tidbits from an interesting discussion between Kurt Schacht and Jules Kroll.   Schacht introduced Kroll by noting that everyone has taken aim at the credit rating agencies. Questions were raised […]

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Governance in the Cloud

The fourth session of the Yale Governance Forum 2011 was was a breakout. All four sessions looked great. I choose the one on social networking held under Chatham House Rule. Under the rule those reporting must not attribute what was said to specific individuals on the panel or in the audience. This discussion was especially interactive, […]

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Corporate Governance Challenges

This was the third session of the Yale Governance Forum 2011, one that I’ve already noted was the best yet of the several I’ve attended. Like the first session, the third was held under Chatham House Rule. There’s no secret as to who the panelists were, but under the rule those reporting must not attribute what […]

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Can Investors Behave Long Term?

Can Investors Behave Long Term?

The second session, Can Investors Behave Long Term?, of the Yale Governance Forum 2011 was held “on the record.” In some respects, that makes it even more difficult to report. I’m not a quick note taker, so would welcome comments from any who attended the forum, especially panelists, concerning what transpired. As I recall, Keith Ambachtsheer, author of […]

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Video Thursday: CalPERS Candidate Forum

PERSWatch, also published by CorpGov.net publisher James McRitchie, sponsored the “CalPERS Candidates’ Forum,” moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The forum took place in the CalPERS Auditorium, Lincoln Plaza North, 400 P Street, Sacramento, California. Seven candidates running in the Special Election, to fill the Member-At-Large […]

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2011 Berkshire Hathaway Meeting Notes

After 6 hours of continuous typing and close to 15 hours of editing, my notes from this year’s Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting are complete. At the end of it all, the total tally is over 18,000 words and over 24 pages of wisdom from Buffett and Munger. As always, these notes were taken by hand, […]

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Organizing for Retirement Security

Disclaimer: These are my notes from the second day of a conference of mostly California pension funds. I try, but don’t guarantee accuracy. These notes are very abbreviated and do not cover several speakers. The LA Trustees Roundup keeps getting better every year. If you’re a trustee or even just a member of a public pension […]

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Securing Fund Assets: PM Sessions

Disclaimer: These are my notes from a conference of mostly California pension funds. I’m not a very quick note taker, so I have a tendency to fill in the “gaps” with relevant material from the Internet and with my own interpretation of what where I think the speaker was going. These notes are basically a small […]

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Securing Fund Assets: AM Sessions

Disclaimer: These are my notes from the conference of mostly California pension funds. I’m not a very quick note taker, so I have a tendency to fill in the “gaps” with relevant material from the Internet and with my own interpretation of what where I think the speaker was going. These notes are basically a […]

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Intuit's Annual Meeting

Mathew Rafat attended Intuit’s (INTU) annual shareowner meeting on January 19, 2011. He is the only shareowner I know of who regularly reports on what goes on at the annual meetings he attends. In this post he doesn’t discuss proxy issues or resolutions, so I presume there was nothing of note. Still, if you’re a […]

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Indian Conference Seeks Enforcement of Competition

The recent two day International Conference on Competition Law that concluded in New Delhi found that governments that work too close to big business protect old technology and prolong recession. In times of recession businesses plead for protective measures to cushion them from aggressive competition. Receding demand forces them to cut jobs and add to […]

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The Constitution in the Financial Crisis

The Stanford Constitutional Law Center’s fall conference addressed The Constitution in the Financial Crisis. The government response to the financial crisis raises a number of “constitutional” questions in a broad sense—basic questions about how the government is structured, what its role is, and how its decisionmaking power is allocated between branches and distributed over time. […]

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The Future of Financial Regulation: Dodd-Frank and Beyond

On November 1, 2010, I attended an event sponsored by the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University. I’ve noted a few times that students don’t seem to be taking advantage of Rock Center events. This time the hall was comfortably crowded. Background: Enacted in July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street […]

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Financial Sustainability: Restoring Market Stability, Corporate Value & Public Trust (ICGN Mid-Year 2010)

Disclaimer: Given Dodd-Frank, proxy plumbing and all those comments I want to provide the SEC, the report below doesn’t do the ICGN Mid-Year Conference justice.  I wrote this up more than a week later with poor notes and memory. Comments, corrections and substitute photos are solicited. Sharing Perspectives Across the Atlantic. Phil Angelides, Lord McFall […]

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Video Friday

Through PERSWatch.net, I had the distinct pleasure of sponsoring a second CalPERS Candidate Forum (the first was last year), thanks to co-sponsorship by the Sacramento Central Labor Council, facilitation by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, use of the CalSTRS Boardroom, video by CalPERS and cooperation from 2010 State Board Election candidate Inderjit […]

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NoCal NACD and Others on 2010 Proxy Season

On June 29th the Northern California Chapter of the National Association for Corporate Directors held a low-cost high-quality lunch-time meeting at the headquarters of the California Chamber of Commerce. Now that we have wrapped up the 2010 Proxy Season with issues this year like executive compensation, risk management and high profile withhold campaigns for some […]

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Networking at ICGN 2010

ICGN conferences are a great place to network with others in the field of corporate governance from around the world. The 2010 conference in beautiful Toronto Canada was no exception. I’ve reported on day 1 and day 2 of the topical sessions. Now time to cut loose a little. The best example of that, within […]

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ICGN Day 2: CorpGov.net Coverage

ICGN 2010 Annual Conference, The Changing Global Balances: Toronto, Canada Publisher’s Disclaimer: Many of the speakers, especially those affiliated with governments, indicated their remarks represent their own personal views. Not being the  best note-taker, what follows are my cryptic recollections and personal comments. I’d say they are for entertainment purposes only, but that would lead […]

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