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Boards Get More Independent, but Ties Endure

Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:16

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives.

Estimating Ackman’s Odds of Success at His Next Target

The hedge fund manager William A. Ackman would have a pretty good shot at agitating for change at a company like ADT, according to an analysis. A company like FedEx would be a harder target.
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 14:32

As the activist investor William A. Ackman hunts for his next target, a favorite guessing game on Wall Street is to see what company he will pick next to agitate for change.

Apathetic shareholders can be as much of a problem for companies as hostile ones

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in a frustrating pickle. The US chipmaker wants to issue up to 16.5 million new shares so it can pay its executives in stock options and restricted shares. Shareholders have voted more than 85% in favor of the plan. And yet AMD can’t go ahead. Or rather, it can—with a hefty price tag.

This company successfully thwarted investors’ efforts to reign in executive pay

We recently told you about four companies ignoring their shareholders’ votes. One was Hecla Mining, a silver producer that held the polls open longer than planned when it looked like shareholders were going to reject management’s pay package.

The vote is only advisory, but Hecla’s stalling worked: Instead of failing 49.6% to 46.7%, the company’s say-on-pay vote passed with 53.7% of the vote.

JPMorgan Works to Avert Split of Chief and Chairman Roles

Original publication date: 
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 18:07

JPMorgan Chase is working behind the scenes to avert a major potential embarrassment.

Partners’ Stake in Goldman Sachs Rises

Original publication date: 
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:36

Giving a CEO too many stock options can make a company perform worse

Companies that gave their CEOs the most stock options saw their share prices lag behind the industry average over the following 36 months.

Lucrative Consulting Fees Reach Bigger Set

Original publication date: 
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 19:45

When Samuel J. Palmisano retires next month, he'll enjoy a generous goodbye present: The former International Business Machines Corp. chief will earn $20,000 for any day he spends four hours advising his longtime employer.

Lead Director at MarketAxess Departs

Original publication date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2012 (All day)

The electronic trading platform MarketAxess Holdings is losing Nicolas Rohatyn, a prominent financier who has helped shape the company for more than a decade.

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