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Apr 29
2011

"Risk-intelligent" boards should question assumptions, analyze strategy

Posted by annearf in risk managementRiskcorporate governanceboards

annearf

So how exactly should boards go about the business of risk management?

The answer: methodically and carefully, with a defined framework for structuring their activities, always informed by the need to align risk assessment to strategy.

Mar 11
2011

Why directors, comp committees are under attack

Posted by Stephen Taub in severance packagesseveranceRegulation FDReg FDcompensation committeecompensationCashCareers/Managementboardsboard of directors

Stephen Taub
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This is why boards of directors-especially compensation committees-are under attack.

When Steve Odland resigned as Office Depot's chairman and CEO last fall, the company's stock surged 9 percent on the same day.

Oct 26
2010

Women on boards

Posted by dbedell in women executiveswomen board membersmentorsFTSECareers/Managementboards

dbedell

Women board-level mentoring programs are more important than ever as conservative fiscal policies and tough economic conditions can lead boards to take a more traditional approach to candidate selection for board positions. This can mean valuing management styles more often seen as “masculine,” thus potentially causing boards to overlook female candidates for a board position.

Plus, when countries and companies are dealing with bad times and individuals are worried about holding on to their jobs, often it can result in a reversion to more conservative positions beyond simple fiscal measures. Often programs deemed not-core are dropped from both public and private entities, and mentoring programs may be high on the list.

Oct 14
2010

Women on corporate boards: More open to change than men

Posted by annearf in risk managementdirectorscorporate boardscompensationcareer/managementboards

annearf

 Does it really make any difference if there are more women on boards? 

 A study from Heidrick & Struggles and WomenCorporateDirectors of 400 directors indicates the answer is "probably", at least if you're talking about attitudes towards a number of important issues.  On the one hand, it found that men and women directors respond in much the same way to some key topics.  At the same time, there are a quite a few notable issues where male and female directors most definitely seem to be on Mars and Venus.

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