Fact Versus Theory

May 30, 2013 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

The misguided effort to oust Jamie Dimon from the Chairmanship of JPMorganChase represents a sane slapdown of a “one size always fits all” mentality. To be clear, typically I think that separating the CEO and Chairman roles… Read more

Sticky Situations: The general counsel’s role in handling a board conflict.

March 13, 2013 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

Recently, I spoke with TheCorporateCounsel.net about the role of a general counsel or corporate secretary when a conflict arises on the board. This is a difficult situation for a GC/Sec as they might be put in a… Read more

Masters-Rudnick Weighs in on AIG Board Meeting to Consider Lawsuit

January 9, 2013 by  
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The Wall Street Journal asked Jon about the AIG board’s role in considering its shareholder’s controversial lawsuit against the U.S. government. Here is the story: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/aig-weighs-joining-suit-against-us-20130108-01331#.UO2wmhJm7Wg.twitter

Corporate Culture as Risk Mitigator

November 30, 2012 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

Corporate culture is a key to a productive work force and a successful company. The right corporate culture becomes a powerful risk-mitigator, and the right culture is one whose tone is set at the top – by… Read more

An Avoidable Crisis

July 22, 2012 by  
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Alan Rudnick reflects on the recent UVA board issues in University Business Magazine http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/avoidable-crisis

The Time Has Come for all University Boards

July 13, 2012 by  
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By Jon Masters

The time has come for all university boards to take a hard look at how they are operating and what should be their role. The failings of the boards of trustees at Penn State are waving a… Read more

Washington Post asks Masters-Rudnick for UVA board lessons learned

June 27, 2012 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

Washington Post asks Masters-Rudnick for UVA board lessons learned http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/experts-draw-lessons-from-u-va-crisis/2012/06/26/gJQAk41J5V_story.html

 

Bumbling Governance: UVA Part II

June 25, 2012 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

Students at the University of Virginia often refer to themselves as “Wahoos,” – e.g., the fish that can drink twice its weight. The University’s Board of Visitors, its governing body, more aptly resembles the Yahoos, the creatures… Read more

UVA Board Blunders

June 22, 2012 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

The closest Virginia has to a secular deity is Thomas Jefferson, and Mr. Jefferson’s crowning achievement, the University of Virginia, provides a classic case of botched governance. The Rector (Virginia-ese for a university’s Chairman of the Board)… Read more

From the frying pan into the fire? Will the new Chesapeake board be truly independent?

June 8, 2012 by  
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By Jon Masters

We wonder if the Chesapeake board will become more independent or if they are simply shifting control from CEO to its two largest shareholders. Chesapeake announced on Monday that four of its nine directors will step down… Read more

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