In this issue
A New TSR for Boards: An argument for focusing on talent, strategy and risk.
A new book by three governance experts argues that boards should focus on a new kind of TSR. Instead of “total shareholder return,” the authors propose “talent, strategy and risk” as a measure of performance that can help the corporation meet institutional investor pressure for a longer-term outlook balanced with short-term results. The book, Talent, Strategy, Risk: How Investors and Boards are Redefining TSR, was released in July 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press. Its authors are Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Bill McNabb.
Serving the CEO: The board can and should take items off the CEO’s plate.
Irene Rosenfeld said in 2015 that, as CEO of the global snack maker Kraft/Mondelez, she spent a quarter of her time dealing with activist investors Nelson Peltz and William Ackman.
Can Any Board Member Ever Be Truly Independent?
Both the NYSE and Nasdaq require the boards of listed companies to have a majority of independent directors and audit committees that are composed solely of independent board members. But there is an argument about what makes a board member independent. Technically, independence means that the director has no “material relationship” to the business that could present a conflict of interest in performing their duty to represent all stakeholders. Those relationships include being an employee of the company or a partner of the company (distributor, supplier, etc.).
Strengthening the “Pro” in Professional Director
Lord Boothby, a former Tory member of Parliament, described his experience as a corporate director to TIME magazine in 1962: “No effort of any kind is called for. You go to a meeting once a month, in a car supplied by the company. You look grave and sage. If you have five of them, it is total heaven, like having a permanent hot bath.”
Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose
In his book, Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018), Frederick H. Alexander has provided valuable insight into one of the most important developments in corporate law — the advent and development of the benefit corporation.
Past Issues you might be interested in
2021 Annual Report
Directors & Boards Magazine—2021 Annual Report
2021 Second Quarter
Directors & Boards Magazine—2021 Second Quarter
2021 First Quarter
Directors & Boards Magazine—2021 First Quarter
2020 Annual Report
Directors & Boards Magazine—2020 Annual Report
Q2 2023 Audio
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|Lessons Learned from High-Profile Board Challenges||/sites/default/files/2023-03/BoardChallenges.mp3||8:31||nid=34203=nid|
|Think Like an Activist||/sites/default/files/2023-04/Activist.mp3||14:14||nid=34285=nid|
|The Evolution of Total Shareholder Return and Incentive Plans||/sites/default/files/2023-03/TSR.mp3||6:11||nid=34241=nid|
|Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: Lessons for Boards||/sites/default/files/2023-03/SVBCollapse.mp3||6:17||nid=34255=nid|
|The Inherent Conflict in Setting Director Pay||/sites/default/files/2023-04/DirectorPay.mp3||8:42||nid=34263=nid|
|Sitting CEOs Get the First Call||/sites/default/files/2023-04/SittingCEOs.mp3||4:03||nid=34289=nid|
|Activism Run Amok||/sites/default/files/2023-04/Activism.mp3||4:41||nid=34288=nid|
|Do Responsible Special Awards Have to Be an Oxymoron?||/sites/default/files/2023-04/SpecialAwards.mp3||6:05||nid=34271=nid|
|What Directors Are Thinking||/sites/default/files/2023-03/WDATZimmerman.mp3||5:43||nid=34171=nid|
|Chief Compliance Officers Are In the Crosshairs||/sites/default/files/2023-04/CCOs.mp3||5:21||nid=34270=nid|
|My Board Journey||/sites/default/files/2023-03/MyBoardJourneyLee.mp3||6:08||nid=34176=nid|
|Two Models of Leadership and Service||/sites/default/files/2023-04/Leadership.mp3||5:18||nid=34272=nid|
|Investors Are Becoming More Focused on Board Quality and the CEO Role||/sites/default/files/2023-04/Investors.mp3||2:05||nid=34291=nid|
|A Slow but Steady Increase in Gender Diversity on Boards||/sites/default/files/2023-04/GenderDiversity%20%281%29.mp3||1:20||nid=34292=nid|
|Culture Alignment: The Hidden Killer of M&A Success||/sites/default/files/2023-04/CultureAlignment.mp3||8:55||nid=34287=nid|
|Digital Transformation Payday||/sites/default/files/2023-04/DigitalTransformationPayday.mp3||5:14||nid=34290=nid|
|Who Should Serve on the Board When Times Get Tough?||/sites/default/files/2023-04/ToughTimes.mp3||11:19||nid=34286=nid|
|“Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste”||/sites/default/files/2023-02/Crisis.mp3||07:08||nid=34157=nid|
|Embattled Companies Need the Right Directors||/sites/default/files/2023-03/GoingGetsRough.mp3||6:38||nid=34167=nid|