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Judicial Independence

Judicial Independence: Conflicts

Judicial Independence: Conflicts of Interest was the primary focus of last week’s first Rock Center / SVDX program of the academic year. It was titled Condos on Lanai, Private Planes, and Electric Cars: Judicial Views of Purported Conflicts Among Silicon Valley Director. (more…)

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Cultural Risks Panel

Cultural Risks: SVDX & Rock Center

Cultural Risks: As Advertised Cultural risks were the topic of a recent Rock Center / SVDX event. The spotlight often shines on cultural risks only after an organizational crisis or incident. But forward-looking leaders are shifting to a proactive approach to cultural risk management. Macro business issues—cost and regulatory pressures, digital disruption, cyber threats, talent shortages, […]

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AI Robotics panel

AI: Boards Embracing Technology

Robotics and AI: How will Boards Embrace Tomorrow’s Technologies? As advertized: AI and Robotics are coming. There is no question that disruptive technologies are going to dominate not only what is introduced into the marketplace but also how our businesses are operated internally. Two evolving, and already disruptive forces, are robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).  […]

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Lead Director - Non-Executive Chair

Lead Director – Non-Executive Chair: Evolving

Today’s lead director and non-executive chair face a seemingly never-ending set of risks, governance decisions and strategic initiatives as a result of investors’ growing emphasis on board transparency, accountability, and independence. This insightful panel focused on the evolving roles of board leaders, specifically, the independent chair and lead director. Drive higher-performing boards through improved processes, […]

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Governance, Liquidity, and Employee Retention

Governance, Liquidity, and Employee Retention

Governance, Liquidity, and Employee Retention in an Era of Capital Abundance was the full title of last Thursday’s morning event sponsored by the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange and Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance. As billed, we were to hear  a panel of experts discuss the role of the board of directors in addressing challenges of […]

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Stockholder engagement

Stockholder Engagement: Cooperation, Confrontation or Tacit Standoff?

Companies, and in particular boards, can no longer rely on ad hoc interaction with proxy advisory firms to “check the box” on stockholder engagement on governance issues. This SVDX/Rock Center panel addressed the evolving landscape of stockholder communications in light of increased profiles of institutional governance departments. What are best practices for board and company engagement […]

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Rock Center Program for Journalists

Rock Center Program for Journalists

The Rock Center Program for Journalists: A Primer in Corporate Governance is a one-day program intended to educate journalists who cover these issues. The program is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at the New York Offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Applications are due May 20. (more…)

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The Good, the Bad or Just Ugly - premeeting

Directors Prepare for Shareholder Activism

How should directors prepare for shareholder activism? That was the underlying question addressed by last week’s SVDX / Rock Center for Corporate Governance joint event – Shareholder Activism: The Good, the Bad or Just Ugly.  Shareholder activism is in the news almost every day. How does it play out in Silicon Valley? Is activism beneficial to (some) shareholders in the […]

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Replacing Board Members - Elephant In The Room

Video Friday: Replacing Board Members

As I reported in Replacing Board Members: The Elephant in the Room, SVDX and Stanford University’s Rock Center put on another great event last week that just about packed the house! These events are always top notch. A few nibbles and coffee or tea for breakfast, excellent company and a great program — what more could you want on third […]

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Runaway Management Discussion

Runaway Management: SVDX/Rock Center Event

It was another great jointly sponsored event at Stanford Law on April 16, 2015 – this one on runaway management teams. As noted in the promo for the event: Board membership is difficult enough these days, even when the relationship between board and management functions well. But when faced with runaway management teams, the situation […]

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M&A-cartoon

Activist Investing Trends & Impact on the M&A Market

The second annual Kirkland & Ellis Law Forum at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, brought together a leading academic, legal practitioners, and an investment banker to discuss recent trends in activist investing and their impact on the M&A market. What follows are my cryptic notes. The Center will probably post the video at some […]

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Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Video Friday: Rise of Controlled Corporations

On January 12, 2015, Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance hosted a panel discussion called “The Rise of Controlled Corporations.” Unfortunately, this is one program at the Rock Center that I missed. With Alibaba’s recent IPO on NYSE (instead of Hong Kong or China), the “one-share, one-vote” corporate governance standard has once again been challenged. […]

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Corporate Inversions

Video Friday: Corporate Inversions

On October 14, 2014, Stanford Law School’s Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance hosted the discussion “Corporate Inversions: Desertion or Value Maximization?” Unfortunately, I missed this one but at least the Center caught it on video. Now we can watch at our leisure. Thanks again to Authur and Toni Rembe Rock for a […]

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Pay it Forward for the World of 2025

How will 2025 be different from today? What should you innovate, invent, create or build? What steps should you take today to position yourself and your company to flourish in tomorrow’s world? Those were some of the questions that were asked and at least somewhat answered on Tursday, October 16, 2014, as the Silicon Valley […]

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TK Kerstetter

Video Friday: Board Education & Kerstetter Moves On

For his last show, five-year host, TK Kerstetter, reminisces with Scott Cutler about the key moments of the show and introduces the new hosts who will carry the torch forward. Kerstetter had a great run with lots of interviews with interesting people in corporate governance. Now, apparently, he looks forward to going back to being […]

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Stock Buybacks: Smart or Foolish?

Should boards reexamine stock buybacks? That was the subject addressed by a distinguished panel during a recent SVDX program hosted at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance. What follows is the SVDX meeting pitch, with issues and brief bios, followed by a few of my observations at the event. Watch the video wrap-up (below) from WMS media […]

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Video Friday: SVDX Upcoming Event – Got Technology Chops?

If you don’t speak Geek, you’re not a competent director. Have you heard of “Big Data,” but aren’t sure what it really means (or how much it has to do with your industry)? Do you keep seeing articles about cyber-security, but couldn’t describe the difference between SQL-injection and a brute-force (hacking) attack, if your life […]

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SVNACD Event – Corporate Boards: Strategy, Not Just Operations Review

Bob Frisch is the managing partner of Strategic Offsites Group. He has more than 29 years of experience working with executive teams and boards worldwide on their most critical strategic issues. He has published three articles on teams and decision making in the Harvard Business Review: “Who Really Makes the Big Decisions in Your Company” (12/11), “When Teams Can’t […]

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Shareholder Lawsuits: Where is the Line between Legitimate and Frivolous?

Larcker, David F. and Tayan, Brian, Shareholder Lawsuits: Where is the Line between Legitimate and Frivolous? (November 27, 2012). Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Closer Look Series: Topics, Issues and Controversies in Corporate Governance and Leadership No. CGRP- 29. Available on SSRN. Shareholders of public companies are not responsible for designing executive compensation […]

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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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CEOs: Not the Best Directors

The new 2011 Corporate Board of Directors Survey from Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Heidrick & Struggles has uncovered surprises about who makes the best board directors: it’s not necessarily the current CEOs that most companies seek out. “The popular consensus is that active CEOs make the best board members because of […]

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Responsible Investor: Manifest to Enter US Market; UN Global Compact Gets Tough

UK-based proxy voting and research firm Manifest Information Services, which numbers the Swedish AP buffer funds among its clients, is planning to enter US market. Manifest, whose US partner Proxy Governance International (PGI) withdrew from the market late last year, will begin marketing in the US shortly, said Chief Executive Sarah Wilson. Manifest’s move comes […]

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Video Friday: Diversity Rocks Stanford

Diversity On Corporate Boards: When Difference Makes A Difference: The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford. Speaker: The Honorable Luis Aguilar, Commissioner, United States Securities and Exchange Commission Speaker: Joseph A. Grundfest, W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, […]

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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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Strine Rocks Stanford

The last time I covered an event sponsored by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford I complained that it was just attended by a few Stanford students. Such a program would have packed the house at Harvard, with students coming from all over the Boston area. (Stanford Rock Center […]

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