Appointments Archive

Feb 01, 2009
One of the two rising stars identified by our judges in the first Corporate Secretary Magazine Awards is an ombudsman. She is Laura Lonsdale, a lawyer by training who rose through several audit and governance positions at Tyco International before taking on her current role. Our panelists tapped her together with Douglas Chia, senior counsel and assistant corporate secretary of Johnson & Johnson, whom we profiled in January, as best newcomers in a governance or complia...
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Feb 01, 2009
The year 2008 has been a tumultuous one for the audience of Corporate Secretary magazine. It’s been a tumultuous one for everyone, for that matter. But on the evening of November 11, the inaugural Corporate Secretary Magazine Awards was an opportunity to focus on achievement. This was especially true for Transocean and the NASDAQ OMX Group, joint winners of ‘Best corporate secretary or general counsel in an M&A transaction’, sponsored by DF King. ...
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Feb 01, 2009
In keeping with its team approach, Colgate-Palmolive, the recipient of the ‘Corporate governance team of the year’ award at the Corporate Secretary Magazine Awards, highlights its company-wide approach to governance and the belief that better standards lead to better performance: ‘Governance is an ongoing commitment shared by our board of directors, our management and all Colgate people. At Colgate, we believe strongly that good corporate governance accompanies and g...
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Feb 01, 2009
Pfizer has long been heralded for its visibility at shareholder events and the highly effective channels that the company has successfully provided for contacting directors, so it comes as no surprise that it should win the award for ‘Most effective shareholder communication’, which was sponsored by Broadridge. Honorable mentions went to BorgWarner, Phillips-Van Heusen and Tenet Healthcare. Discussing this achievement, it’s hard not to mention Pfizer’s for...
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Feb 01, 2009
Being the center of attention is never an easy thing. It is even more difficult when a lot of people are just waiting for you to fail. Few people look forward to reading a corporate proxy statement. They do not make for the most compelling reads and are unlikely to ever win best- seller titles, but RiskMetrics Group’s proxy statement, the first the company had issued since going public, was one of the most eagerly awaited corporate disclosures of the year. In its...
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Feb 01, 2009
Much has been said amidst the recent market meltdown of the importance of not missing the opportunities a crisis can afford. Monsanto has made the most of past problems to build a highly regarded, best-in-class corporate governance program. It was rewarded for its efforts at the Corporate Secretary Magazine Awards, winning ‘Best overall governance, compliance and ethics program’, a category that included such esteemed nominees as Pfizer, Microsoft, Exelon and The Hartf...
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Jan 01, 2009
Judges in the inaugural Corporate Secretary Magazine Awards set out to identify the best newcomer to a governance or compliance role. There were many outstanding candidates, and the ultimate decision was a difficult one, leading the panel to choose joint winners — Douglas Chia, senior counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Johnson & Johnson, and Laura Lonsdale, ombudsman at Tyco International. Honorable mentions for the award sponsored by TMF went to CA...
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Jan 01, 2009
Ira Millstein, respected pedagogue, consummate attorney and revered thought leader, was picked by his peers to win the ‘Lifetime achievement award in corporate governance’ sponsored by Georgeson. A senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, he is widely praised for being a trailblazer in the corporate governance realm. An advocate for improving corporate governance through dialogue and consensus-building, he helped launch Yale’s corporate governance center (rename...
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Jan 01, 2009
When the board of directors of UnitedHealth Group decided to expand by five new members in less than three years, the company did something cutting edge: it compiled a handbook; a large handbook. Everything the new directors needed to know about UnitedHealth’s myriad business activities and board policies was contained between leather covers of the 2.5-inch thick book. There are key SEC filings, UnitedHealth bylaws, biographies and contact information for a...
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Jan 01, 2009
As shareholders become increasingly vocal about executive pay, General Electric Company (GE) has been earning high marks – and a Corporate Secretary Magazine Award – for ‘Most effective compensation disclosure’. Clear and straightforward communications are helping to set GE apart. ‘As I track companies who try to do a good job of disclosing compensation both for executives and directors, I often point to GE as the model in terms of the clarity with which t...
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