What should boards know about their duties and liability related to cyber risk—particularly in the wake of a data breach? We review board oversight responsibilities and emphasize the areas where boards should be devoting the most time.
How should U.S. companies be approaching cybersecurity disclosure? We review current SEC guidance and outline cyber disclosure trends stemming from the latest proxy season.
While many boards are in the market for cybersecurity talent, other boards are finding different methods for oversight. Spencer Stuart’s Jason Baumgarten explains what he’s seeing on the recruitment side.
Betsy Atkins outlines the elements of a cyber breach response plan. From stakeholder messaging to external relationships to a ransomware policy, Atkins offers several action items for today’s boards.
As companies like Facebook and Google come under fire for data misuse, we discuss implications for today’s board members and corporate secretaries.
This webinar was designed to uncover the first-hand experiences of today’s young directors. What obstacles do boards face when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the next generation?
How can today’s board members ensure they have a finger on the pulse of corporate culture? Jan Babiak outlines several steps boards can take to begin structuring oversight effectively.
How can audit committees effectively oversee the company’s use of non-GAAP measures? This CAQ “Roadmap” provides a framework for leading practices and critical questions.
Finance Committees can be a valuable tool for separating financial strategy from an overburdened Audit Committee agenda. But is it the right structure for your board?
Culture is dynamic and shaped by myriad factors, which makes it difficult for boards to monitor and manage. We outline four steps to guide the board’s oversight of culture risks.
With data breaches and other reputational crises on the rise, board minutes are reaffirming their important role in the boardroom. What critical mistake are boards making?
Mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the CEO pay ratio goes into effect this proxy season. We look at the current environment and best practices for disclosure.
What can boards expect in 2018? Paula Loop and TK Kerstetter outline governance predictions and priorities for the coming year.
What to get those “hard-to-shop-for” investors, proxy advisors, and activists.
Each year, Spencer Stuart’s U.S. Board Index offers an effective snapshot of S&P 500 boards. In this blog, we examine trends in board composition, refreshment and engagement.
What can boards expect as we head into the 2018 proxy season? We extract trends and best practices from our episode with Ron Schneider and the recently published Guide to Effective Proxies.
William Chandler and TK Kerstetter compare their predictions for director elections, shareholder activism, and board diversity. What should boards expect on the road ahead?
The Center for Audit Quality’s latest Main Street Investor Survey measures investor confidence in capital markets, U.S. companies, boards, and auditors.
We highlight major trends from PwC’s 2017 Annual Corporate Directors Survey. Nearly 900 directors weighed in on corporate board performance and governance issues.
In Part 6 of our Board Evaluations Blog Series, we discuss the most important (and often-overlooked) step of the assessment process: taking action on results.
In his latest article for C-Suite Magazine, TK Kerstetter explores the rise of build-to-fit committees—from ‘Digital Transformation’ to ‘Sustainability’ committees.
In the wake of the Equifax data breach, we examine the board’s composition and governance practices. What can other boards learn from the incident at this early stage?
Panel discussions at Equilar’s Board Leadership Forum revealed a common thread: What do investors want to see from boards? How can directors engage more effectively?
The latest issue of Corporate Board Member Magazine takes a deep dive on everything from ESG to activism. In this post, we share quotes from just a few of the Q3 articles.
In Part 5 of our Board Evaluations Blog Series, we discuss the factors to consider when selecting an internal or external facilitator.
Major index providers are cracking down on companies with multi-class stock. Our legal experts at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati discuss the implications.
We’ve launched a new email newsletter called “The Bulletin Board”. Each Monday, we’ll share a quick snapshot of last week’s board governance news.
In Part 4 of our Board Evaluations Blog Series, we discuss why a multi-year roadmap allows boards to get the most out of their assessment process and limits ‘evaluation fatigue’.
In this article, we look back at 2016 investor confidence levels in boards, audit committees, and U.S. companies (via CAQ’s Main Street Investor Survey). What will 2017 results bring?
Divestitures can be a strategic tactic when certain parts of the company no long fit with the longterm strategy. What should boards consider when overseeing this process?
Even the most-promising M&A transactions can fall victim to poor merger execution. How can your board prevent these all-too-common mistakes when overseeing a merger or acquisition?
We’ve pulled excerpts from this week’s articles and videos to share what’s new in board governance—say on pay, age diversity, and more.
We share insights from the Next Gen Board Leaders Mini-Summit about how boards can begin to think differently about cyber risk oversight.
We’ve launched a new community designed to spark discussion around the challenges, opportunities, and contributions of younger generation in today’s boardroom.
Today’s digital world presents endless risks for boards to oversee and less time to respond. We discuss four best practices for mitigating reputation risk.
In this blog, we share best practices for assessing and modifying your incentive plan. What are the Dos and Don’ts for compensation committees?
From Equilar’s Spring 2017 edition of C-Suite Magazine, we offer a high-level recap of major topics, familiar faces, and quotable tidbits.
We share the answers to our May #BoardroomTrivia questions on the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley. Watch the full Facebook LIVE segment here.
In this guest post, the CAQ’s Cindy Fornelli provides insights for audit committee members and others on enhancing internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).
We share eight takeaways from Equilar’s Compensation Committee Forum in New York City. What should be on your committee’s agenda?
In Part 2 of our Board Evaluations Blog Series, we examine the obstacles in today’s boardrooms. Why aren’t boards reaping the intended benefits?
In Part 1 of our Board Evaluations Blog Series, we discuss the role of board evaluations in today’s boardrooms and why investors are devoting special attention.
Today’s companies are being tasked with critical innovations from ecommerce to data security. What effect is it having on board composition and director recruitment?
Compensation committees face a full agenda in the first quarter of every new year. We outline four guiding perspectives or data points that all committees should consider as they set new compensation goals.
The Center for Audit Quality has launched a media page, which recaps the impressive panel discussions that took place at its 10th Anniversary event.