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  • Directors To Watch: Racial and Ethnic Diversity
    Issue: 2017 Fourth Quarter
    By Scott Chase
    Board diversity efforts continue despite pushback from some quarters.Racial and ethnic diversity in the boardroom doesn’t get as much attention as gender, but there’s a growing movement to focus more on these groups.But as with nearly every movement, there’s always some sort of pushback and th...
  • TOP OF MIND: What directors are thinking
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu
    GABRIELLE SULZBERGER, DIRECTOR:Teva Pharmaceuticals, Brixmor Property Group.Former board chair for Whole Foods“The importance of strategic board refreshment is not only a topic in boardrooms, but is clearly, and appropriately, top of our mind for our shareholder constituencies as well. “One...
  • My Board Journey: JULIE CULLIVAN
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu
    Cullivan is a senior vice president for business operations and CIO at ForeScout Technologies, Inc. Director for Axon.What interested you in joining Axon’s board?When I got the opportunity to interview for the board position, it quickly became apparent that to deliver on its people-based mission, ...
  • A Guide to Reading Your CEO’s Leadership Style
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By By Bonnie Gwin, Ryan Pastrovich and Jeff Sanders
    Despite strengths and weaknesses, there is no right or wrong.Directors today must be able to read CEOs as well or better than they read a profit-and-loss sheet. Many of the board’s most critical duties depend on it: CEO succession planning, performance review, compensation, development and selecti...
  • Executive Pay Decisions Ripple Throughout Companies
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By By Margaret Hylas and Barry Sullivan
    Compensation committees need to consider impact on all employees.A mid-sized consumer products company introduced a relative total shareholder return (TSR) measure to its long-term incentive program. The company had an "all-for-one, and one-for-all" culture, so all managers in the organization carri...
  • Time for Introspection in the Boardroom
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Dennis T. Whalen
    The challenges and opportunities posed by business-model disruption, environmental, social, and governance issues (ESG), corporate culture, investor scrutiny, regulatory demands, cyber risk and more are reshaping the business and risk landscape and adding to already heavy board agendas.As demands on...
  • Political Pressure Builds for Companies to Increase Board Diversity
    By Doug Raymond
    Is the check-the-box approach to board diversity a push in the right direction?The New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, together with New York City pension funds, launched its Boardroom Accountability Project in 2014, and it’s been reasonably successful.Now Stringer has his sights on boardroo...
  • A Tech-Capable Board
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Robert H. Rock
     Why it's become an imperative.In today’s digital age, technology has become more important, demanding increasingly more of the board’s attention. As one of its key fiduciary responsibilities, a board must ensure that the company can survive and prosper in the digital age. Thus board member...
  • A Massive Gap in CEO Readiness
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Caren Kenney
    What role can the board play?It’s rare to go a few days without reading about the latest chief executive officer debacle — where the leader at the helm is suddenly sidelined by an unexpected illness, unethical decision or personal indiscretion that is trending on social media within minutes of i...
  • 5 Rs to Demystify Cybersecurity
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Eileen Kamerick and Mark Trembacki
    Readiness, resilience, resources, reporting, results By Eileen Kamerick and Mark TrembackiWe were surprised because you don’t expect something like this to happen,” the COO of the largest containership company in the world was quoted as saying when their computer systems were rendered inope...
  • Is Your CEO Fit to Lead in the Digital Age?
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Ram CharanWe’ve all seen industry stalwarts ravaged by digital companies, leaving many legacy businesses to wonder, “Are we next?”Boards can’t allow their companies to be sitting ducks waiting for the next shot to be fired. They should expect their CEO to decisively lead the company into ...
  • Boards Need to Keep an Eye on the Ethics of AI
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    Balancing algorithms, business and humanity.By Mike AnannyElon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, recently tweeted:“AI will be the best or worst thing ever for humanity, so let’s get it right.”For years, only academics, technologists and science fiction writers talked about artificial intelligence...
  • The Social Media Director
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By April Hall
    A board member’s experience with online messaging and reputation.By April HallAnna Catalano was an early believer in the power of social media and the role directors can play.“I don’t think any director can ignore the impact it has on business today,” says Catalano, a director on the boards ...
  • Directors Can’t Ignore Social Media
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    You don’t have to dive in, but you need to test the waters.  By April HallWhen Merck CEO Ken Frazier took on the president of the United States via Twitter, he first sought guidance from the pharmaceutical company’s board.Following President Donald Trump’s response to the neo-Na...
  • Becoming a High-Tech Director
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    Three Veteran Board Members Share Their Tech Journeys, AdviceBy Eve TahminciogluThere’s a building drumbeat to get technology expertise on company boards, and that even includes legislation to push the issue in boardrooms. While the answer is often to bring in younger, geekier directors, the ...
  • Top Three Tech Primer
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    AI, cloud and cybersecurity By Lawrence M. FisherMost board members are comfortable discussing finance: capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, reporting, and regulatory compliance. They’re fine with succession planning, determining the right mix of products, services and pro...
  • 3rd Quarter Directors & Boards
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Directors and Boards
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  • SURVIVAL GUIDE: How Idalene Kesner prepares for board meetings
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By April Hall
    Idalene KesnerDirector:AACSB InternationalThe Main Street America GroupLincoln IndustriesBerry PlasticsIdalene Kesner, the first woman to serve as dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, sits on a variety of boards, so she finds herself traveling a lot. That means a lot of plane ri...
  • Making Peace With Activist Shareholders
    Issue: 2017 Third Quarter
    By Jim Lawrence
    Confessions, and advice, from a director who was once an activist.Nelson Peltz. Third Point. Cevian Capital.If you haven’t heard of any of these, it may mean that you do not own shares of Proctor & Gamble, Nestle or Ericsson, respectively. Because those three names — a billionaire and two he...
  • Why today's board has to examine issues of culture
    Issue: 2017 Annual Report
    By Directors and Boards
    By Susan Stautberg and Melissa MeansA company’s culture exerts undeniable influence on corporate performance across every measure. A positive culture has the power to drive innovation and growth, weather disruption, and attract and engage customers and employees, while a negative culture can stifl...