January 27, 2023

With ESG here to stay, the key is ensuring that good governance practices are i

January 26, 2023

Unfortunately, boards sometimes screw up.

January 26, 2023

The board should understand the company’s broader ESG goals to ensure the right

January 25, 2023

In an unstable risk environment, directors must help their companies manage for

January 24, 2023

To guide companies toward their ESG goals, audit committee members should under

January 23, 2023

To withstand investor scrutiny, directors must understand industry compensation

January 20, 2023

Public boards may find it more difficult to afford favorable treatment to termi

January 18, 2023

Scenario analysis is crucial to the board’s ability to stay on top of major ris

NACD Master Class

Submitted by lisedykes on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:21

The NACD will hold a "Master Class" — a highly dynamic and interactive two-day program developed exclusively by and for experienced (eight or more years) directors, fostering thought-leadership around the latest topics and emerging issues affecting the boardroom, including leadership and process, performance metrics, future trends, disruptive forces, and more. The event will be held in Miami. For more information visit here.

Elevating Value Through Integrity: How Leading Companies Accomplish Excellence Worldwide

Submitted by lisedykes on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:18

The Global Ethics Summit will be held in New York City. CEOs, board chairs, governance and risk management leaders, communications executives, and government and regulatory officials will gather to address the theme of "Elevating Value Through Integrity: How Leading Companies Accomplish Excellence Worldwide." For more information visit

Leading Minds of Compensation

Submitted by lisedykes on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:16

The National Association of Corporate Directors will host a "Leading Minds of Compensation" discussion on the latest executive and director compensation challenges and trends with "the peers who truly understand the complex issues you face—your fellow committee members and today's leading compensation experts." The half-day program will be held in New York City. For more information visit here.

Rocking the Boat: The Growing Impact of Shareholder Activism and What Directors Need to Know and Do

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Hardly a day goes by without a business news headline about shareholder activism: Pershing Square/Valent/Allergan, Sotheby’s/Third Point, Starboard/Darden, and so on. While some shareholder activists continue to focus on the implementation of structural reforms, such as seeking to eliminate classified boards, others have become more vocal in emphasizing “operational,” “financial” or “strategic” changes. 

This webinar will help board members prepare to respond to an increasing number of shareholder activists with growing influence that are seeking to change a company’s operating plan, strategic direction (including by advocating for spin-offs and other M&A transactions) or management. These shareholder activists are positioning themselves as significant “value creators,” rather than merely proponents of best corporate governance practices.
Among the key topics that will be addressed:

  • trends in activism
  • understanding directors’ duties in relation to activist campaigns; and
  • effective board engagement with activist investors


David J.P. Meachin

David J.P. Meachin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cross Border Enterprises, L.L.C.  Meachin has served on public SEC-reporting company boards for 16 years, during which time he has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Member of the Compensation and Governance Committees. Companies on whose boards he has served include Lyondell Chemical Company (NYSE), Millennium Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE), The Ground Round ( NASDAQ), and Metha Energy Solutions Inc. (OTC).  He has also served on the board of an Indian Emerging Growth Fund and is currently Chairman of the Board of LivePlatform, Inc., a social-media focused company. He serves or has served on a number of non-profit organization’s boards as Chairman, Vice Chairman or a Director, including the British American Educational Foundation and University of Cape Town Fund in the US. He is an Advisory Board Member of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC), WoodLake Group LLC, the South African Chamber of Commerce America (SACCA), The SABLE Accelerator, and an XCEO Ambassador of XCEO, Inc. He is a Member of The Economic Club of New York, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Corporate Directors Group (Advanced Professional Director) and European American Chamber of Commerce NY.  David Meachin is a frequent speaker and forum participant on issues of corporate governance, private equity and investment banking at Director Conferences and at university Business and Law Schools in the US and internationally. 

Robert Katz

Robert Katz represents clients in a broad range of M&A transactions—public and private, negotiated and unsolicited—including tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defense strategies, joint ventures, divestitures and cross-border transactions. In 2013 Katz advised Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., Dell's largest unaffiliated stockholder, in connection with evaluating and pursuing alternative proposals related to Dell's proposed take-private transaction.

Clare O'Brien

Clare O’Brien regularly advises major US and international clients on their public and private mergers and acquisition transactions, including public company restructurings, joint ventures and large public transactions. She also provides counsel on corporate law questions, including corporate governance matters. O’Brien is co-author of “Activists at the Gate: The Continuing Evolution of Shareholder Activism in the US,” published earlier this year on 

Peter Begalla

Peter Begalla is Directors & Boards' Education Director, and an Adjunct Professor with Stetson University. He develops and coordinates content for the Private Company Governance Summit, Directors & Boards' Director Roundtables and for the renowned Family Business Magazine Transitions conferences.

Thrust into the Spotlight

Typically I maintain a low profile. My philosophy is that editors should be like stage directors, orchestrating the production from behind the curtain. If there is any attention to be gotten, I prefer my authors get the recognition for their good works.

But occasionally I get thrust into the spotlight. It happened last month when a good colleague featured an interview with me in his own publication.

Jim Kristie is the editor and associate publisher of Directors & Boards.