Ya-hoyvey

May 16, 2012 by  
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By Alan Rudnick

Some thoughts about Yahoo…  Maybe they should rename the company “Ya-hoyvey.”   After all, not vetting the resumes of CEO candidates – one of the board’s basic and most important functions – suggests a corporate parallel to the… Read more

The Chesapeake Board – case study of an ineffectual board

May 11, 2012 by  
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By Jon Masters

As corporate governance consultants, providing counsel to boards on how to be more effective, we are fascinated by what is going on at Chesapeake Energy. 

The current saga has all the elements that suggest an ineffectual board:

  •  Dominant CEO/Chairman

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Too little too late for the Chesapeake board?

April 30, 2012 by  
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By Jon Masters

Too little too late for the Chesapeake board? WSJ asks Masters-Rudnick  http://on.wsj.com/ICSanD

Know the Roles

January 24, 2012 by  
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A prominent corporate directors group, the Chairmen’s Forum, has recommended splitting the Chairman and CEO functions. There is a slow moving trend to do just that. As the complexity of tasks given to the board increases, having a separate non-executive… Read more

Does the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission need a mediator to get along?

December 16, 2011 by  
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Reuters reports, “After a grueling week in which their internal dissension was aired on television, the five members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission face an even bigger hurdle – figuring out how to work together.”  Reuters spoke with us… Read more

Tone at the Top

November 21, 2011 by  
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The disturbing events surrounding Penn State have given the American public a lot to think about. Many questions are being raised, and we won’t have all the answers for some time. Among the many swirling issues is the board’s role… Read more

Tips for Transitioning to an Independent Chair

November 21, 2011 by  
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A new, independent Chair means changes – for the company and its management, for the board, and for the Corporate Secretary. While an independent board Chair is not a new phenomenon, in the United States only a minority of companies… Read more

Masters and Rudnick co-author World Bank’s latest corporate governance toolkit: Resolving Corporate Governance Disputes

February 11, 2011 by  
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Jon Masters and Alan Rudnick are two of the principal authors of the World Bank Group Global Corporate Governance Forum’s toolkit on resolving corporate governance disputes. Of particular interest to visitors of this site may be the section on Preventing… Read more

Greed

April 26, 2010 by  
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Greed is not so good today.  Gordon Gekko’s time may be passing.  Gus Levy, Goldman’s chairman in the old days, may have had the right approach when he said, “Goldman is long-term greedy.”’ Today, what we are seeing and what… Read more

Looking at Risk

April 22, 2010 by  
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The great unanswered question about the downfall of the big banks is where was the board?  We talked the other day with the CEO of a financial-services related company.  His answer was that the boards of these institutions were present… Read more

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