Technology & social media Archive

May 04, 2022
Succession planning: Preparations for the inevitable
Corporate Secretary’s ‘Succession planning: Preparations for the inevitable’ report presents data collected from a survey conducted among in-house governance professionals such as general counsel and corporate secretaries. It provides important insights into, among other things, who typically is in charge of succession planning, who and what is included in plans and how often boards review their company’s plans. Findings in this report are based on data from an onl...
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Apr 06, 2022
New tools monitor executive sentiment through voice analysis
Sentiment analysis has become a mainstream tool for investors and today, when your earnings call transcript is published, AI models scan the text to identify which sections appear more positive or negative. The information can be piped straight into trading strategies or used as a basis for further investigation. At the cutting edge of this work is an attempt to glean insight directly from the audio of the call. As we all know, how you say something can b...
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Feb 02, 2022
CEOs name cyber-risk as top threat in 2022, survey finds
CEOs view cyber-attacks as the biggest threat to companies over the next 12 months, according to new research from PwC. In the firm’s annual CEO survey, cyber-risk comes out as the top concern (selected by 49 percent of respondents), followed by health risks (48 percent) and macroeconomic volatility (43 percent), including topics such as inflation and GDP changes. Financial services CEOs are the most worried about cyber-incidents affecting their business, w...
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Dec 29, 2021
Tech talk: Perks programs seek to connect companies with retail investors
The rise of retail investors has been well publicized recently but this rise has only exacerbated the reasons why most firms concentrate on institutional investors. While institutional investors are similar in nature, fewer in number and invest higher amounts, the reverse is often true for the retail investor. Communicating effectively with retail investors means communicating with a large and fragmented audience that could range from loyal customers investing their...
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Sep 09, 2021
CEOs say cyber-attacks are biggest threat to company growth prospects
Cyber-threats have fast become a major source of anxiety for nearly half (47 percent) of global CEOs, according to a new survey from PwC. This figure is a jump from last year’s survey where one third (33 percent) of global CEOs cited cyber-threats as a concern. The fear is greatest among CEOs of companies in North America, where more than two thirds (69 percent) cite cyber as the largest threat to their organization’s growth – a 19 percentage-point increase on...
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Mar 04, 2021
Opinion: How virtual shareholder meetings minimize environmental impact
In the wake of pandemic disruption, more issuers than ever held virtual shareholder meetings (VSMs) in 2020. Taking advantage of the latest technologies, companies found that VSMs can maximize convenience and create a rewarding shareholder experience. The cost savings were a great perk, too.   But there’s another side of the story we don’t usually talk about: VSMs generate significantly lower carbon emissions than in-person meetings. This is especially importan...
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Jan 04, 2021
How tech tools boost governance at HPE
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is a technology company, and that tech focus is part of its governance team’s DNA. ‘Since HPE’s inception, we have focused on transforming our governance practices by incorporating technological innovations to enhance efficiencies in key areas, such as reducing time spent on administrative matters, offering valuable control points and establishing meaningful collaboration across diverse teams,’ the firm’s submission states. ...
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Dec 23, 2020
How Marsh & McLennan uses tech to manage global entities
Numbers say a lot about why Marsh & McLennan Companies is the winner of the inaugural award for best global entity management. In April 2019 Marsh & McLennan acquired Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) – the biggest acquisition in its history – and in doing so increased its legal entities from around 600 to almost 900. Over the past year or so a small team has integrated more than 100 legal entities with around 70 integration plans in 38 countries. Not only th...
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