Companies and boards should consider a public outrage as a potential risk to their reputation and operations, and prepare a crisis management response playbook.
“There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘not today’.” If only it were that easy for reporting companies to reply to the SEC on regulations. Imagine Bezos to Clayton: “Not today.” Because company leaders don’t have the Game of Thrones option, the best option out there is to watch out, read up, and prepare for the biggest regulatory issues and how they might impact your organization.
Corporate fascination with M&A hasn’t eroded in 2019, and health care is a major area in the M&A game this year. Yet, the path to growth, according to this group of CEOs, is not through M&A.
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.
Proxy season is often a showcase of the haves and have nots in the governance realm, with cards stacked mostly in corporations’ favor. Meet the universal proxy ballot, an idea that would level the proxy playing field. Although it’s currently a fledgling idea, watch for this cause to gain momentum.
Heads up! Your company has been targeted for a takeover, and senior leadership needs to handle with grace and ideally, limited negative media. How can the board position the company well with multiple sets of internal forecasts? And how can the board whittle them down to one, defensible forecast before a lawsuit hits?
While bank fundamentals remain strong, current valuations are the lowest since 2004, well before the financial crisis. That could spell bad news across industries, because the health of the financial services sector remains a harbinger of the overall health of global markets. Although there are a few reasons to feel cautiously optimistic about the economy, recession triggers abound.