1. Articles from Mark Rogers

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    1. Why the Best CEOs Are Just Like Matchmakers – Fortune Insiders

      Why the Best CEOs Are Just Like Matchmakers – Fortune Insiders

      The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “What quality does every great leader have in common?” is written by Mark Rogers, founder and CEO of BoardProspects.com ...

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    2. Is Corporate America Really That Far Removed from the Days of Kozlowski?

      Is Corporate America Really That Far Removed from the Days of Kozlowski?

      It lacked the glitz and glamour normally associated with events celebrated by this former captain of industry.  It didn’t include a band, models dressed as gladiators, bowls of caviar, chalices of Stoli vodka or even the now infamous ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David.  Then again, this was a decidedly more muted occasion than his wife’s $2 million birthday party in Sardinia, Italy.  Regardless, Ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski’s release from prison a couple of months ago was indeed a significant occasion – or at least it should have been. 

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    3. Markings of a Private Settlement with Icahn? Andreessen’s Resignation from eBay’s Board Raises Questions

      Markings of a Private Settlement with Icahn?  Andreessen’s Resignation from eBay’s Board Raises Questions

      Carl Icahn has earned his reputation as the world’s most successful activist investor by almost never backing down from a corporate confrontation. This is what made his decision last April to walk away from a very public and bitter battle with eBay’s Management Team and Board of Directors so peculiar. Recent events, however, highlighted by Monday’s news that noted venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is stepping-down from the board of directors 

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    4. When Directors (Like Gregory Maffei) Serve on Too Many Boards

      When Directors (Like Gregory Maffei) Serve on Too Many Boards

      This article is by Mark Rogers, the founder and chief executive of BoardProspects.com. I was thinking of asking Gregory Maffei to join my board of directors, but I’m afraid he might say yes. Maffei is the highly-regarded chief executive of Liberty Media Corporation, a publicly-traded media and entertainment conglomerate that owns interests [...]

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    5. Why Allergan's Shareholders Should Be Wary About Valeant's (and Ackman's) Takeover Bid

      Why Allergan's Shareholders Should Be Wary About Valeant's (and Ackman's) Takeover Bid

      This article is by Mark Rogers, the founder and chief executive of BoardProspects.com. 

      The battle between activist investor Bill Ackman and Allergan’s chief executive and board over Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ bid to take over Allergan, the maker of Botox, has been generating a lot of news lately. But it’s what doesn’t get much press—what happens in the aftermath of such a conflict—that could have troubling consequences for shareholders down the road...

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    6. The Risk for Valeant’s Long-Term Investors; Ackman’s Bid Underscores the Danger in Shareholder Fatigue

      The Risk for Valeant’s Long-Term Investors; Ackman’s Bid Underscores the Danger in Shareholder Fatigue

      The battle between activist investor Bill Ackman and Allergan Inc.’s CEO and board of directors over Valeant Pharmaceuticals takeover bid of Allergan, the maker of Botox, has created a lot of sound and fury over corporate governance that could leave Allergan shareholders with the sagging faces down the road. 

      Ackman and Valeant recently increased their $47 billion offer for Allergan to $54 billion – only to be rejected for a third time by Allergan’s CEO, David Pyott.

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    7. Dennis Crowley's Marathon Shame

      Dennis Crowley's Marathon Shame

      I’m not yet sure whether Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley has set a new standard for arrogance or for stupidity— or perhaps it’s both. What I do know is that if I were one of the brand-name venture capital firms backing his New York-based social media company, I would be second-guessing the soundness of my investment right now. After pictures surfaced online, Crowley has admitted that he helped his wife Chelsa run the Boston Marathon with him this past week with a fake bib. As a lifelong resident of Boston, who has run the Marathon before and was ...

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      Mentions: Ethics Investment CEO
    8. Dennis Crowley’s Marathon Shame

      Dennis Crowley’s Marathon Shame

      I’m not yet sure whether Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley has set a new standard for arrogance or for stupidity— or perhaps it’s both. What I do know is that if I were one of the brand-name venture capital firms backing his New York-based social media company, I would be second-guessing the soundness of my investment right now. After pictures surfaced online, Crowley has admitted that he helped his wife Chelsa run the Boston Marathon with him this past week with a fake bib. As a lifelong resident of Boston, who has run the Marathon before and was ...

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      Mentions: Ethics Investment CEO
    9. Icahn vs. eBay Board – Governance or Gamesmanship?

      Icahn vs. eBay Board – Governance or Gamesmanship?

      Carl Ichan thinks eBay shareholders need to stand up to the board of directors. Is he right?

      Carl Icahn recently opened a new battle in his ongoing war with eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) with an open letter posted on Shareholders Squaretable. In the letter, the world’s most successful activist investor opines that he views the upcoming annual meeting at eBay as a “watershed moment” for shareholders everywhere. Icahn argues that in order to create an optimal environment for investment in America’s public companies, institutional investors need to “stand up” and hold eBay’s board of directors accountable for blatant ...

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    10. Great Resources for Great Boards

      Great Resources for Great Boards

      I am often asked by board chairs for suggestions on reading materials that will help enhance the effectiveness of their board.  I thought today’s blog post would be a good opportunity to share several of these suggestions.  

      • Start-Ups:  Startup Boards:  Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani.  This book is part of the Startup Revolution Series and should be considered a must-read by any entrepreneur and their board members...

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    11. Fight for Boardroom Diversity

      Fight for Boardroom Diversity

      Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) made news this week with the announcement that the company has amended its nominating and corporate governance committee charter to state that it is "committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which board nominees are chosen...

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    12. J.C. Penney – The End is Near

      J.C. Penney – The End is Near

      I keep waiting for an internet meme to appear with a picture of activist investor, Bill Ackman with a smirk on his face and the following title underneath:  “J.C. Penney:  Miss me yet?”  After all, since Ackman resigned from the board of directors almost 2 months ago and sold his hedge fund’s nearly 18% stake in the struggling retailer, J.C. Penney has been in a steady decline and appears headed for bankruptcy....

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    13. Time for Criminal Penalties Against Non-Profit Board Members?

      Time for Criminal Penalties Against Non-Profit Board Members?

      This past week, two high-profile non-profit institutions have seen their stellar reputations collapse at the hands of “alleged” criminal activity by their eminent leaders. First, Westfield State University has been sent reeling from widespread media coverage concerning accusations against its President, Evan Dobelle, and his alleged inappropriate personal spending of university funds. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has commenced an investigation and it appears that Dobelle will soon be out of a job (although he may be assigned one as an inmate within a state prison). Not to be outdone, Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty found itself in The ...

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    14. Blackberry Shareholders Hold Their Breath

      Blackberry Shareholders Hold Their Breath

      June of 2008 was a golden time for Blackberry’s shareholders. Blackberry was it when it came to smart phones. The company had a market value of approximately $85 billion, and the ceiling seemed limitless. If one were living in a vacuum for the last 5 years, they would assume this week’s announcement of a $4.7 billion proposed buy-out of Blackberry by its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, would not be greeted with open arms by the company’s shareholders. The reality, however, is much different. The $9 a share buy-out from Fairfax could, in fact, be seen ...

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    15. Fire Dobelle, and Westfield’s Board

      Fire Dobelle, and Westfield’s Board

      The Boston Globe today has 2 front page stories on the spending scandal at Westfield State University involving President Evan Dobelle. It is amazing this story has dragged on as long as it has. Westfield’s Board of Trustees should have fired Dobelle weeks ago when it identified continued inappropriate personal expenditures that he claimed were university related. The board’s seeming reluctance to fire Dobelle is a case study in crisis management failure. 

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    16. A Pyrrhic Victory for J.C. Penney

      A Pyrrhic Victory for J.C. Penney

      Ackman’s split with the company follows a contentious and public fight he had with other J.C. Penney board members regarding the direction of the company Ackman publicly disclosed that he wanted to have fellow directors move quicker on the replacement of interim Chief Executive Myron “Mike” Ullman.  In addition, he wanted to replace the board’s chairman, Tom Engibous.  As a result of these unusual disclosures of boardroom discussions, Ackman came under heavy criticism from other Penney directors and outsiders. 

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    17. Don’t Chase After Rock Stars

      Don’t Chase After Rock Stars

      Today’s public companies aren’t perfect, but in terms of board recruitment they do provide a worthwhile template for startups seeking to assemble a first class board of directors. The reason for this is that prior bad actors – think Enron, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard – and subsequent remedial actions – Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act – have placed public company boards under tremendous shareholder and regulatory scrutiny to ensure the right individuals are in the boardroom.

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    18. Shareholders get another chance

      Shareholders get another chance

      It's "proxy season" again for most public companies — called that because most shareholders submit their votes via proxy rather than attend the companies' annual meetings in person. This year's season represents a critical juncture in public company corporate governance because of the 2012 season, which earned the moniker "Shareholder Spring" in some circles. The reference was to the dramatic "Arab Spring"across the Middle East, which was marked by wide-scale protests seeking reform within autocratic governments.

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    19. A Expiration Date on Good Corporate Governance By: Mark Rogers

      A Expiration Date on Good Corporate Governance By: Mark Rogers

      In the opinion of Bank of America, after January 1, 2015, their shareholders and customers are no longer entitled to appropriate standards of good governance.  As part of BofA’s recently announced settlement with its shareholders over the disastrous merger with Merrill Lynch, BofA adopted certain corporate governance best practices. But, there is a catch, BofA only committed to maintaining these reforms through January 1, 2015.   

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      Mentions: Dodd-Frank
    20. Upsetting the Boardroom Culture By: Mark Rogers

      Upsetting the Boardroom Culture By: Mark Rogers

      All boards have a unique dynamic. There is no right or wrong boardroom dynamic - provided that the board is acting at all times in the best interests of their stakeholders, consistent with their fiduciary responsibilities. Nevertheless, for some boards, culture is playing a role in the recruitment process. Boards are now considering the impact that a prospective candidate will have on a specific board's culture before recruiting them for a board seat. 

       

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    21. The Answer to the Boardroom Diversity Problem By: Mark Rogers

      The Answer to the Boardroom Diversity Problem By: Mark Rogers

       According to a recent report from the Women’s Leadership Foundation, women now control more than 80 percent of all household purchases and 27 percent of the world’s wealth (about $20.2 trillion).  Furthermore, the Federal Reserve Board reports that women in the United States control 60 percent of spending and investments worldwide, making them the largest economic force in the world.  So why is it that women make up such a small number of corporate directors?

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