The boardroom Monthly archive

Jan 31, 2020
A career of success in deals and mentoring
Carol Ward is this year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award as a result of her work both in guiding major firms through times of governance and corporate transformation, and in guiding young professionals on the values of good corporate governance. ‘Carol has been very active in the governance community for the 25 years I have worked in the field, and probably longer,’ says Lydia Beebe, founder of LIBB Advisors and director of Kansas City Southern, E...
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Jan 29, 2020
How Atlas Air’s Kokas aims high on governance
Adam Kokas is a man with his hands on many governance levers. As executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at Atlas Air Worldwide, he leads the company’s governance program and takes charge of initiatives ranging from year-round shareholder engagement and keeping directors up to date on the latest trends in corporate governance to board refreshment and the company’s proxy statement. Over the past three years, Kokas has led a process of board refres...
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Jan 24, 2020
How Guardian targets best practices as a private company
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is a mutual company, with policyholders instead of shareholders. ‘People count, and we want to do what’s best for our policyholders,’ says Harris Oliner, senior vice president and corporate secretary. The company puts great effort into having top-class governance, going far beyond what it is required to do. For example, Guardian publishes its corporate governance framework, essentially as a form of proxy statement...
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Jan 17, 2020
Boards urged to target talent and strategy in 2020
The role of the board has shifted such that key targets for directors this year include releasing the value of human capital within the company while also focusing on strategy and innovation, according to Stephen Klemash, EY Center for Board Matters (EY CBM) Americas leader. Succession planning has traditionally been a central aspect of boards’ agendas and their most important human capital and talent-related work. But Klemash notes that a series of developments h...
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Jan 03, 2020
The week in GRC: SEC proposes auditor independence changes, and recession fears lead CEOs’ concerns
— The SEC proposed amendments to its auditor independence framework. The proposed changes are designed to mean that relationships and services that would not pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality do not trigger non-substantive rule breaches or potentially time-consuming audit committee review of non-substantive matters. ‘The proposal is consistent with the commission’s long-rec...
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