Looking Ahead Video Series

June 3, 2019

Al Dominick, CEO of DirectorCorps, shares the concept behind the Looking Ahead board leadership series that explores emerging ideas and opportunities with today’s key executives and directors.

M&A’s Hot Streak Persists

May 31, 2019 All Industries M&A

The current state of M&A activity contradicts predictions made in 2018. Back in December, countless articles predicted a slowing economy would lead to a slow down in M&A but as recession fears have receded, M&A has continued its hot streak.

Sustainability Reporting

May 31, 2019 All Industries ESG

Like your favorite suit, sustainability reporting is not new, but it looks good on your organization. Ninety-five percent of companies in the Global 250 issue a sustainability report, an issuance that is now widely considered a best practice.

ESG Shareholder Proposals

May 8, 2019 All Industries ESG

2019 could be the year of the human, at least where shareholder proposals are concerned. Proposals this year run the gamut, from talent and diversity, to battling plastics and opioids. A snapshot of four human issues making the rounds at annual meetings.

The Other Side of Automation for Oil and Gas

May 6, 2019 Energy Cyber

The very technology that helped the oil and gas industry gain efficiency is now creating additional risks. The Internet of Things, IoT, which refers to the growing inter-connectedness of devices, has helped the oil and gas industry to monitor its operations. But with so many connected devices, cyber thieves have greater access to hack into a company’s system undetected and wreak havoc, financially, reputationally, and operationally.

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Your (Pay Stub)

May 4, 2019 All Industries Compensation

One piece of legislation from the Dodd-Frank Act that concerned executives required companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to the median employee. Last year was the first year for companies to report this metric. An analysis on the first year of pay ratio disclosures looks at the fallout from last year, implications of the rule, how most companies measured median pay, and what companies should do to prepare to keep the spotlight away in 2019.

2019 Proxy Season: Achtung Baby

April 30, 2019 All Industries Activism

Another proxy season is underway—leaders beware. Although the usual concerns of corporate governance, executive compensation and regulatory disclosures abound, new, specific worries sit under each of those umbrellas. Under compensation, one proxy advisory firm has a new way to evaluate compensation metrics. Within the disclosure realm, the optics of pay ratio disclosure will continue to create flashy headlines in 2019. Approach with caution.