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Quick Bites on CorpGov

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 Activist shareholders’ top priorities for 2014. A must read for directors and shareowners alike. Here’s the first paragraph.

Many of us free ride on actions taken by active, long-term shareholders. These unsung heroes goad managers and boards to reach better decisions, make available desirable employment opportunities and, overall, push them to act like good corporate citizens. These active investors accomplish these things by talking to companies, preparing proxy proposals for all shareholders to consider, and offering recommendations on director elections and company-sponsored proxy measures.

Ralph Ward digs past the standard bullshit in his 2014 Boardroom Insider. Always plenty to chew on in a few short pages. Here’s a tidbit, which I hope will leave you wanting more, which includes more tips than you’ll find in pages and pages of other publications aimed at directors. Continue Reading →

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Good Reads in Corporate Governance: Quarterlies & More

DBAR-2013-cvr-tocThe Annual Report 2013” from Directors & Boards has lots of great articles, as always, but my favorite in the current issue is James Kristie’s The Year in Review

“It was a full agenda for activists, regulators, and reformers — and the boards that had to react to them. A month-by-month timeline of year 2012 and the people, companies, organizations, initiatives and events that kept corporate governance in the headlines.” Continue Reading →

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Wayback Machine: December 2007, 2002 & 1997

Time to step into the way back machine to see what we were writing about 5, 10 and 15 years ago.

Five years ago in 2007 major charitable foundations, with the notable exception of the Gates Foundation, are initiating or strengthening efforts to harmonize the social and environmental effect of their endowment investments with their philanthropic goals, according to a report in the LATimes. (Foundations align investments with their charitable goals, 12/29/07) Continue Reading →

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SVNACD Event: M&A Pitfalls for Directors

M&A activity is on the rise, and recent decisions by the Delaware Chancery Court make the stakes for directors higher than ever. The businesspersons and lawyers on this panel offered plenty of insights about the life-cycle of a current M&A transaction from initial market check to consummation and then follow-up litigation, pointing out the all-too-frequent pitfalls for directors. Continue Reading →

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The Annual Meeting: From Gloss to Dialogue

Directors & Boards ran an important series of articles in its 1st quarter 2011 magazine on Fixing the Annual Meeting. Some excellent ideas are put forward, especially if we parse out the thoughtful from the conventional. (Link through the Shareholderforum to a compilation of most of the articles cited below from Directors & Boards and also reference their extensive review of electronic meetings.)

One of the most dramatic ideas, central to any real attempt to actually make annual meetings worthwhile, is the major survey finding by David Shaw, publishing Director of Directors & Boards. 90% of shareowners responded that annual meetings are “very important” or “somewhat important.” Contrast that with 78% of public company directors, who responded that annual meetings are “somewhat important” or “not very important” or “not at all important.”

Until directors recognize the importance of annual meetings to the shareowners they are supposed to represent and take their related duties seriously, the schism is likely to remain or grow.

Let’s look at the advice given by authors in this focus issue, starting with Continue Reading →

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Board Portal Security Offering by Directors & Boards

As we reported several days ago in Directors Desk Potentially Compromised, security of board documents and conversations has increased as a concern. Now Directors & Boards offers a free webinar open to public or private board member, senior corporate executive, corporate governance officer, corporate counsel, or board advisor interested in better understanding board portals and their applications for supporting board communications and executive team collaboration.

Register for Secure Board Portals: What Directors Need to Know About Security, Portability and Control, to be held March 16, 2011 at 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific.

Secure board portals for the browser, and now for the iPad, are changing the nature of board work for directors everywhere. And given recent news, security is the critical issue.

Document security and portability contributes to enhanced communication between and among directors and boards, improved corporate governance, and expanded opportunities for dialog linking directors with management as well as with key shareholders.

In this 60 minute free webinar, BoardVantage’s Joe Ruck, along with a senior board member, and Directors & Boards’ Jim Kristie, will engage in a lively look at new developments in board portal and communications technology, including portable access to board communications and corporate collaboration via iPad apps, and a discussion of important data security concerns.

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