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    1. Elon Musk Says He's Low on Cash. He Could be Right — and it Shows how Complicated CEO Compensation Has Become.

      Elon Musk Says He's Low on Cash. He Could be Right — and it Shows how Complicated CEO Compensation Has Become.
      • Recent filings from a lawsuit against Elon Musk suggest that he testified that he is "financially illiquid," despite an estimated $23.7 billion net worth.
      • Top corporate executives like Musk often receive most or even all of their compensation in the form of potentially illiquid stock or options in the companies they lead, rather than in cash...
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    2. Loosey-Goosey Governance: Four Misunderstood Terms in Corporate Governance

      Loosey-Goosey Governance: Four Misunderstood Terms in Corporate Governance

      We recently published a paper on SSRN (“Loosey-Goosey Governance: Four Misunderstood Terms in Corporate Governance”) that examines four central concepts that are widely discussed—even foundational to the problem—but loosely defined and poorly understood. A reliable corporate governance system is considered to be an important requirement for the long-term success of a company...

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    3. Eight Corporate Jets: What Is This, the ‘80s?

      Eight Corporate Jets: What Is This, the ‘80s?

      The activist investors are on the tarmac at Emerson Electric Co.  D.E. Shaw Group on Tuesday released a letter calling for the $42 billion industrial company to spin off its climate division and make productivity and corporate-governance improvements, including culling its fleet of eight corporate jets and a helicopter. The public pressure follows reports late last month that D.E. Shaw was seeking a breakup of the company and Emerson’s subsequent announcement that it would review its operations....

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    4. Boeing: New Chairman Is a Boardroom Force Familiar With Crises

      Boeing: New Chairman Is a Boardroom Force Familiar With Crises

      Boeing Co.'s boardroom shakeup puts David Calhoun, a powerful behind-the-scenes figure, in position to control the aerospace giant's response to the 737 MAX crisis, one of the most fraught episodes in the company's history. Senior officials at some Boeing customers said they found the move to appoint Mr. Calhoun chairman, unveiled Friday, reassuring amid the MAX's prolonged grounding following two deadly crashes...

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    5. CEOs Need to Skip the ‘yogababble’ and Back up Their Company’s Purpose With Action

      CEOs Need to Skip the ‘yogababble’ and Back up Their Company’s Purpose With Action

      The rumbling started last August when the Business Roundtable announced that a company’s responsibility is more than just to its shareholders. Companies actually hold a responsibility to their respective communities as well, this group of corporate chieftains acknowledged. The declaration elicited both praise and condemnation. Among the most cynical reactions was to call the statement “yogababble,” which is a snarky way of questioning purpose-driven terms and language.

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    6. Sony Financial Holdings Inc.: Third Point Has A Point

      Sony Financial Holdings Inc.: Third Point Has A Point

      As I have previously explained , I think that Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE ) is right in its decision not to give in to demands by activist investor Third Point LLC to break the company apart. I believe that the company will be stronger in the long run if it keeps most of its different businesses under one roof. There is, however, one part of Third Point's assessment I agree with...

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    7. We Talked to 24 People About the Hedge Fund Wunderkind at Elliott Management who wants to shake up AT&T. Here’s why Management Should Be Terrified.

      We Talked to 24 People About the Hedge Fund Wunderkind at Elliott Management who wants to shake up AT&T. Here’s why Management Should Be Terrified.

      The latest campaign for Wall Street hedge fund Elliott Management is a big one, taking on well-known American staple AT&T. The man in charge of pushing the massive company to make the changes the $38 billion fund sees fit is 39-year-old Jesse Cohn, billionaire Paul Singer's right-hand man...

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    8. Cybersecurity, The C-Suite, & The Boardroom: The Rising Specter Of Director & Officer Liability

      Cybersecurity, The C-Suite, & The Boardroom: The Rising Specter Of Director & Officer Liability

      Let’s face it — data security is significant problem for corporate America. If you don’t think so, here’s a statistic that may help convince you: in Q1 2019 alone, there were 1.9 billion records exposed . In fact, a business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds . That’s right — every 14 seconds . In fact, the global cost of online crime is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2021...

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    9. Climate in the Boardroom

      Climate in the Boardroom

      The world’s largest asset managers BlackRock and Vanguard control the largest blocks of shares in nearly every publicly traded firm in the U.S. The pattern of ownership is seen in the energy and utility industries, and across the companies at which there were critical climate votes in 2019 (see Figure 13). The two asset managers were both in the top five common stock shareholders at all 28 companies with critical climate resolutions...

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    10. If you create more diversity, you attract more diversity, says Nancy McKinstry, CEO & Chairman of Wolters Kluwer

      If you create more diversity, you attract more diversity, says Nancy McKinstry, CEO & Chairman of Wolters Kluwer

      In September 2019, the Social and Economic Council (SER) advised the Dutch government to encourage the appointment of more women at the top management layers of the business world. The Council suggested that there needs to be a 30% quota for women for the Supervisory Boards of listed companies. “I believe that a quota will speed up the process,” says Nancy McKinstry, CEO & Chairman of Wolters Kluwer. “ If you create more diversity, you attract more diversity...

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    11. Hurdles Remain One Year After California Passes Law Mandating Women in Boardrooms

      Hurdles Remain One Year After California Passes Law Mandating Women in Boardrooms

      California led the way last year with a pioneering law requiring publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. But a year after then-Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed the measure into law, data indicate that boosting the number of women on boards of directors may be easier said than done for companies in the state...

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    12. How the Man Who Nailed Madoff Got GE Wrong

      How the Man Who Nailed Madoff Got GE Wrong

      Accounting sleuth Harry Markopolos believes GE is engaged in accounting fraud so vast that the storied conglomerate will soon be forced into bankruptcy. Markopolos was the lone person to sound the alarm on Bernie Madoff's Ponzi operation, and gained fame and credibility by turning out to be spectacularly right, raising fears he could be right about GE as well...

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