The boardroom Archive

Feb 05, 2019
Deloitte’s Lamm talks engagement, disclosure and #MeToo
This article originally appeared in the latest Corporate Secretary special report. Click here to view the full publication. Do you expect any new ESG issues to arise in 2019 that companies will have to deal with? It’s hard to predict new issues, but I think there are topics that have considerable room to grow. Even the concept of ESG itself i...
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Jan 30, 2019
How Atlas Air targets governance best practices
‘This past year [marks] the most we have achieved,’ says Adam Kokas, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide. And that’s coming from the head of a governance team that has an excellent track record of pursuing best practices. Not to mention that Atlas Air was also short-listed in three other categories at the 2018 Corporate Governance Awards: best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap), ...
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Jan 29, 2019
Managing a governance transition for Syneos Health
It’s been quite a year or so for Courtney Schuster Kamlet, assistant general counsel for corporate and governance at Syneos Health, a multinational research and clinical studies company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. For most of 2017 she was still working at INC Research, which merged with inVentiv Health that August to become INC Research/inVentiv Health – only to then change its name to Syneos Health in January 2018. The merger meant Kamlet went from managi...
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Jan 09, 2019
How boards can boost corporate longevity
The risks companies face today aren’t the same old risks of a competitor having a cheaper product or doing business in a third-world country. The key risk to a company is that it won’t remain current and innovative in today’s quickly changing business environment – and that directly impacts a company’s longevity. In researching this phenomenon, I came across an interesting briefing by Scott Anthony, Patrick Viguerie, Evan Schwartz and John Van Landeghem at...
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Jan 03, 2019
Governance professionals look to 2019
This article originally appeared in the latest Corporate Secretary special report. Click here to view the full publication. As 2019 begins, professionals see little sign that some of the key trends impacting corporate governance teams over the past couple of years will abate. The enhanced focus on shareholder engagement, director evaluation, board diversity and ESG issues is expected...
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Dec 06, 2018
ISS gives companies deadline to get women on boards
ISS has put US companies on notice that they have a limited time to adopt some level of board diversity or potentially face consequences in shareholder elections. Among updates to its proxy voting policies announced last month, ISS unveiled a change with respect to US issuers that have no female directors serving on their boards – with a year’s grace period before ...
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Nov 15, 2018
Companies boost transparency of auditor oversight, study finds
Audit committees at large US companies are offering increased levels of transparency regarding their work in overseeing outside auditors, according to a new study. Research by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and Audit Analytics finds that 40 percent of S&P 500 companies now disclose considerations in appointing the audit firm, up from 13 percent in 2014, when the organizations first compiled data on the issue. There has been a steady increase in each of the i...
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