Technology & social media Archive

Oct 19, 2018
The week in GRC: SEC warns of cyber-threats around accounting controls, and Campbell Soup heirs back company in activist battle
– The Wall Street Journal reported that Harris Corp and L3 Technologies are to combine in the largest defense industry merger. The deal would join two companies with a combined market value of roughly $33.5 billion. The prospect of increased US government defense budgets and a boom in commercial jetliner sales have prompted a surge in deal-m...
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Oct 10, 2018
How blockchain can help the proxy process
For general counsel and corporate secretaries wondering what, when and how technology will impact the future of proxy communications, the answer is distributed ledger and blockchain technology - and it’s happening now. Although blockchain is widely known as the underpinning of bitcoin, its application to shareholder communications and proxy processing has the potential to transform how participants plan meetings, reconcile voting entitlements and cast votes. On Ma...
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Oct 05, 2018
The week in GRC: BlackBerry CEO warns of quantum-computing threats, and Campbell asks shareholders for support on board vote
– California became the first state to require companies based within its borders to put female directors on their boards, adding to the growing pressure on companies across the US to give more women director seats, according to The Wall Street Journal. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require all publicly...
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Oct 03, 2018
How boards can oversee the path to AI
As companies rush into digital transformation, even traditional bricks-and-mortar companies are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to reach new customers and create new products and business models. We only have to look at the global spending on digital transformation – expected to exceed $1 trillion this year –...
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Sep 14, 2018
The week in GRC: Companies expect greater IT spending, and SEC steps into proxy adviser debate
– The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) issued a white paper outlining recent regulatory technology (regtech) developments within the securities industry and potential opportunities and implications these technologies may have for broker-dealers. Finra highlights five areas where industry participants have most prominently used regtech innovations: surveillance & monitor...
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Aug 28, 2018
Managing your CEO’s social media habits
The recent firestorm and widely reported interest from the SEC arising from Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter musings about Tesla’s potential take-private provides an excellent starting point for a board conversation regarding the limits, guides and constraints on a CEO’s use of social media. A board naturally hires a CEO for the CEO’s business acumen, pro...
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Jul 25, 2018
Number of virtual shareholder meetings continues to rise, says Broadridge
Virtual shareholder meetings (VSMs) are often cited as an effective way to expand the reach of a shareholder meeting, and new data from Broadridge Financial Solutions shows the number of VSMs continues to rise. In the first six months of 2018, Broadridge hosted 212 virtual meetings, up from 180 during the same six months in 2017. The company estimates that it will complete up to 300 VSMs and hybrid meetings by the end of 2018, which would represent a 27 percent incr...
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