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    1. 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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    2. How to Run a Board

      How to Run a Board

      The role of the Board of Directors has never been more important.  Boards make important decisions that affect companies, the people who work in those companies, the people who own those companies, and sometimes the economy itself. If ever there was a place where excellence is required and should be demanded, this is it.  The effectiveness of a board should not be considered a nice addition to a well-managed company, but a prerequisite...

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    3. Board Performance Matters

      Board Performance Matters

      While association CEOs score their boards as needing improvement on several strategic responsibilities, a picture of effective governance practices and their impact on organizational health emerges in What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving Organizations, new from ASAE’s Association Management Press...

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    4. The General Counsel: Crucial Legal and Business Partner

      The General Counsel: Crucial Legal and Business Partner

      What had been a focus primarily on ensuring a replacement for the CEO has now gained traction as a broader, deeper management development process focused on key positions. The GC, as the head of the legal department and a key resource and advisor to the board, is an increasingly crucial spot given the recent explosion of highly technical and potentially dicey regulations and possible litigation...

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    5. Entrepreneur Walk of Fame Deserves a Boost

      Entrepreneur Walk of Fame Deserves a Boost

      No one notices when an entrepreneur registers a website domain or incorporates a business and then never gets it off the ground.  But when you start something called the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame, plant seven plaques in a Kendall Square sidewalk, and then abandon it, it’s hard to ignore. For me, at least. Would people flock to the Hollywood Walk of Fame if it petered out after a quarter of a block...

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    6. Structuring the Boards of Cayman Funds -- A Hong Kong Perspective

      Structuring the Boards of Cayman Funds -- A Hong Kong Perspective

      When setting up a Cayman Islands investment fund and, where applicable, its Cayman Islands investment manager, consideration needs to be given to structuring the board of directors of each of these companies, not only in the context of corporate governance issues but also to ensure that they are not brought ‘onshore’ for tax purposes...

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    7. What Every Compensation Committee Needs to Know About the Outstanding Dodd- Frank Rules

      What Every Compensation Committee Needs to Know About the Outstanding Dodd- Frank Rules

      This interactive webinar will look at the new focus in the change in control area and the pending Dodd-Frank regulations pertaining to executive compensation, including pay ratios, performance charts and clawback policies and provisions, and any other areas that arise at the time...

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    8. Directors Consider Peer Performance

      Directors Consider Peer Performance

      Years ago, a highly regarded director and board chairman confided, "We have to be better about getting the poor and mediocre directors off the board." The issue was the collegiality of the boardroom and the reluctance to confront a non-performing director.

      Today, according to the latest PwC 2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey conducted during the summer of 2013, directors have signaled increased concern about their peers in the boardroom. With 934 public company directors responding, 35 percent now say someone on their board should be replaced compared to 31 percent in 2012.

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    9. 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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    10. Its Time for Bill Gates to Part Ways with Microsoft

      Its Time for Bill Gates to Part Ways with Microsoft

      Maybe Bill Gates should follow Steven Ballmer out of Microsoft.  Allowing Microsoft to buy Nokia’s smartphone business as he exits will saddle Mr. Ballmer’s successor with a flawed strategy. Mr. Gates, the company’s founder and chairman, bears some responsibility for this and other missteps. With less than 5 percent of the shares – scarcely more than Mr. Ballmer owns – Mr. Gates matters more to his charitable foundation than to Microsoft these days...

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    11. 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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    12. For a Better Way to Prosecute Corporations, Look Overseas

      For a Better Way to Prosecute Corporations, Look Overseas

      The favored new tool of the corporate prosecutor, the deferred prosecution agreement, is being actively exported to other countries. In these agreements, prosecutors allow large corporations to avoid a criminal prosecution entirely by agreeing to pay a fine and adopt reforms. Five years after the financial crisis, many doubt whether prosecutors have taken business crime seriously enough, and some of the blame is laid on lenient deferred prosecution agreements...

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    13. 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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