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  • Tribute to Geraldine Ferraro, businesswoman
    Issue: 2011 Third Quarter
    By Dr. Dee Soder
    Ed. Note: Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic Party nominee for Vice President in 1984 and the first woman to appear on the Presidential ballot for a major political party, died in March 2011 at the age of 75. When not holding public office or running for a political seat she had a thriving set of inv...
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  • The Directors Roundtables
    By Invitation Only to Serving Public and Private Company DirectorsRequest an invitation to Directors & Boards Magazine's Directors Roundtables, an invitation-only gathering of 100 public and private company directors and senior governance professionals for guided group discussions on hypothetica...
  • Past Directors Roundtables
    By Directors and Boards
    September 18, 2018Agenda and Complete Board HypotheticalsComplete Board Hypothetical TakeawaysApril 18, 2018Agenda and Complete Board HypotheticalsComplete Board Hypothetical TakeawaysDecember 6, 2017Summary of Board Hypotheticals and TakeawaysAgenda and Complete Board HypotheticalsComplete Boa...
  • SURVIVAL GUIDE: How Tom Hofmann prepares for board meetings
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Directors and Boards
    Thomas HofmannDirector:West PharmaceuticalsFox Chase Cancer CenterTemple University HealthTechnology has long infiltrated the boardroom, including everything from board portal apps for tablets to filing sharing systems.Thomas Hofmann, the former CFO of Sunoco, Inc., and current director for West Pha...
  • Social-Good Deficiency?
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu
    Do we just lack the wherewithal to do the right thing?There have been calls from large investors and others to push directors to consider the greater good for society. And we’ve been giving it a lot of ink in our pages, including a cover package on environmental, social and governance issues (ESG)...
  • On the Table: Blockchain
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Robert H. Rock
    At the beginning of each year, Directors & Boards identifies the critical issues that will be “on the table” of upcoming board meetings. Our editors not only recognize those issues that will require heightened board attention, but also uncover those that could disrupt the way business is don...
  • My Board Journey: DAVID BAKER LEWIS
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu
    Lewis is co-founder of Lewis & Munday and a director for H&R Block, The Detroit Edison Securitization Funding LLC, STERIS Corporation, and GM-UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.What attracted you to H&R Block, and how did you end up on the company’s board?At that time, I was attracted ...
  • A CEO Pay Ratio Tipping Point?
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Blair Jones and Seamus O’Toole
    Boards and compensation committees should prepare for a bigger role on broad-based pay topics.With companies starting to release CEO pay ratio data for the first time, boards and management teams are bracing for a wave of reactions: How will activists and employee groups use the information to crank...
  • Boardroom 2018 Game-Changers: Everything from AI to corporate culture.
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Dennis T. Whalen
    Rising expectations and game-changing issues will continue to drive a sharper boardroom focus on positioning the company for the future. Here, we highlight three of the top issues boards should consider as they focus on their 2018 agendas.Help the company keep its eye on the ball: long-term value cr...
  • TOP OF MIND: What directors are thinking
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Directors and Boards
    SHEILA BAIR, DIRECTOR:Thomson Reuters, Host Hotels, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of ChinaThe great American author Willa Cather once said, “Too much information can be deadening.” What my kid’s call “TMI” is a common public ailment with today’s technology-driven communications....
  • Say on Director Pay
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    New limits on board discretion.By Doug RaymondBoards of directors have long set their own compensation, creating an inevitable conflict of interest, but change is on the horizon thanks to a recent Delaware Supreme Court ruling.Based on past court decisions, if shareholders voted to give directo...
  • Board Size: Governance experts see smaller boards as more effective, but who’s listening?
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu and April Hall
    Late last year, General Electric Company’s Chairman and CEO John L. Flannery announced plans to shrink the board to 12 directors from 18 as part of an effort to bolster growth.It was part of a board restructuring process, he added, to find “the right mix of composition of skills going forward to...
  • Environmental, Social & Governance: Key transparency and performance issues for 2018.
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Thomas Singer
    When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, socially conscious directors might consider tackling this trifecta: gender diversity, climate risk and sustainability-tied compensation.These issues stood out in a recent Conference Board study, which looked at transparency and performance in select areas o...
  • Director Liability: Boards are on the hot seat over data breaches, illegal sales practices and more.
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Maureen Milford
    Directors and officers might want to start 2018 by doubling down on their oversight systems.Last year, boards and senior managers at several large corporations faced significant shareholder lawsuits over allegations they were not minding the store when their companies suffered high-profile traumas s...
  • Shareholder Engagement: BlackRock, CalSTRS, among other investors, upping pressure on boards.
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Eve Tahmincioglu
    Whether it’s the impact of iPhones on kids or employee retraining, major investors are looking to corporate leaders to do more.In January, BlackRock’s CEO and Chairman Laurence D. Fink sent a letter to executives at major companies to not only focus on profits but also the social good. The lette...
  • Truth in Financial Reporting: Is Your CEO Lying?
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Jan Alexander
    AI, a focus on non-financial data and more may shed light.Investors who want to know what’s going on at a company beyond the quarterly financial results and standard accounting metrics have a growing wealth of sources to consult. That makes the audit committee’s task of staying on top of financi...
  • TOP OF MIND: What directors are thinking
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Directors and Boards
    SHEILA BAIR, DIRECTOR:Thomson Reuters, Host Hotels, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of ChinaThe great American author Willa Cather once said, “Too much information can be deadening.” What my kid’s call “TMI” is a common public ailment with today’s technology-driven communications....
  • Blockchain: ‘Fraud’ or Fortune?
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    What directors need to know about the technology behind Bitcoin.By Eve TahminciogluWhether it’s JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon publicly eating his words about blockchain, or Kodak attempting to resurrect its photo dominance with the technology, the promise of what is essentially a more secure, shar...
  • Gender Diversity: Former DuPont CEO looks to bolster gender diversity in the C-suite and boardroom.
    Issue: 2018 First Quarter
    By Maureen MilfordThe image is striking.Seated at an enormous board table are more than two dozen men in white shirts, ties and business suits. The top executives of the industrial giant are identified as “men with backgrounds in various phases of business.” The year is 1952.Nearly 60 years woul...