The boardroom Archive

Nov 01, 2004
It has been said people are necessary to bring about change, and institutions to make change take root. David Beatty is taking no chances – he’s trying to change both people and institutions. As a teacher of business ethics, Beatty is responsible for shaping the next generation of corporate leaders. And, as the first managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), his job is to pressure – Beatty would say ‘convince’ – company boar...
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Sep 01, 2004
Corporate issuers are placing more demands on their stock transfer agents than ever before, and their top requirements are that service be stellar – and fees be as low as possible. Take Praxair, an industrial gases company in the Fortune 500. When it began its agent search in 2001, it considered six companies, examining everything from service levels to the cost of materials, according to Mark Lyon, assistant secretary and manager of the corporate secretary’s de...
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Sep 01, 2004
In theory, it all seems so simple. An IR manager has a meeting with a portfolio manager and asks about the way he or she is likely to vote on a contentious resolution. The fund manager has a clear mandate on voting from his or her client and so can disclose that client’s voting intention. Job done.  But there are many reasons why a vote cast in good faith by a fund manager might not be counted. The stock might, for example, be out on loan due to an arrange...
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Sep 01, 2004
It seems to be the singular fate of the annual report to inspire controversy. In any given year, it’s possible to find an expert willing to pronounce the annual report dead in the water while another argues vehemently that it’s more vital and relevant than ever. Viewed as everything from the single most important form of shareholder communication to the CEO’s calling card, the annual report is many things to many different public companies. Who is responsible...
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