Boardroom Archive

Mar 29, 2022
The many successes of Marsh McLennan’s Brennan
Kate Brennan has worn many hats, often simultaneously, during her time at Marsh McLennan as a champion for governance, ESG, compliance and crisis management. In recognition of her feats, last June she followed her tenure as deputy general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer (CCO) for Marsh McLennan by becoming general counsel of the company’s Marsh business. Then just this month ...
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Mar 16, 2022
Governance Matters podcast: Taking a successful approach to executive pay in M&A
Boards of directors play a key role when it comes to M&A transactions. At the bottom line, they have to determine whether the deal on the table is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. After a quiet 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, M&A activity roared back last year. Now the dealmaking environment is again characterized by a great deal of uncertainty. At the same time, many investors have been casting a more critical eye over exe...
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Mar 09, 2022
Gender parity on larger company boards not expected till 2042, MSCI says
The slow rate at which companies are adding women to boards means gender parity among global large and mid-caps will take another 20 years, according to research from MSCI. As of October 2021, the overall percentage of board seats held by women in the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) stood at 22.6 percent, up modestly from 21.1 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2019. If the future growth rate follows the trend of the last four years, it will take until 202...
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Mar 03, 2022
Sell-side reports play important role in building case for activism, study suggests
Sell-side reports play an important role in building the case for hedge-fund activism against public companies, according to recently published research. The authors, Amy Chen of Manning School of Business and Thomas Shohfi of Lally School of Management, created an ‘activism dictionary’ based on the objectives and tactics of activist hedge funds. Next, they reviewed sell-si...
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