The boardroom Archive

Mar 18, 2019
Boards refreshing quicker and with younger directors, study finds
Board refreshment is speeding up, while new independent directors are getting younger, according to EY’s third annual report on Fortune 100 companies, which gives a snapshot of the boardroom ‘class of 2018.’ Last year saw 71 percent of Fortune 100 firms add at least one new independent director, while 27 percent added two or more, EY finds. This represents an increase from previous years, when ‘levels were steady at around 51 percent and 21 percent, respecti...
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Mar 04, 2019
Small-cap board diversity lags S&P 500, Morningstar says
Gender diversity in small-cap boardrooms is lagging behind that found among the S&P 500, Morningstar states ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. In a recent post, Morningstar presents data showing that the disparity in board gender diversity by company size appears to be increasing. The gap between average levels of female representation on the boards of S&P 500 companies and those at the remaining companies in the Russell 3000 is growing, from 5...
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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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