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Alexandra R. Lajoux

Alexandra Reed Lajoux is chief knowledge officer (CKO) at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She has more than 30 years of experience as a senior writer and editor of newsletters, articles, and books on various business topics. Lajoux has worked with hundreds of influential persons, including corporate directors, senior executives, institutional investors, and academics and leading professionals in accounting, finance, management, and law.

As CKO, Lajoux works with the NACD’s educational programs and publications, providing content expertise to line managers, staff, and members in all areas.

Lajoux began her career as a college teacher. She spent one year at Princeton University as an instructor in comparative literature and one year at the State University of New York College of Oswego as an associate professor of French literature and language. In 1978, Lajoux entered the publishing field, first as senior editor of Directors & Boards (1978-1980), then as chief editor of Mergers & Acquisitions (1980-1983, Hay Group, Philadelphia), Lambert’s International World of Trade directories (1983-1984), Export Today (1984-1986), NACD’s Director’s Monthly (1987-2002), and NACD’s DMX regulatory alerts (2002 to 2007). She has been involved as a key writer in drafting documents for the NACD, including policy positions and Blue Ribbon Commission reports, as well as confidential reports on board self-assessments.

Lajoux currently writes the "Washington Update" column in each issue of NACD Directorship. Lajoux has represented the NACD on various study projects, including most recently the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s risk management study group (NIAC-RMSG) for the Department of Homeland Security. She serves on the advisory boards of e-know, Inc., in Arlington, Va.; M&A Partners in Dallas; and the M&A Leadership Council, also based in Dallas.

Lajoux has helped business professionals publish business books on a variety of specialized business topics with McGraw-Hill and Simon & Schuster in the United States and Capstone in the United Kingdom. Lajoux is also an author in her own right. She co-authored The Art of M&A: A Merger/Acquisition/Buyout Guide, a best-selling McGraw-Hill book first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition (2007). She is also the author of The Art of M&A Integration (1998, 2006) and the coauthor of The Art of M&A Financing and Refinancing (1999), The Art of M&A Due Diligence (2000, 2010), The Art of M&A Structuring (2004), and The Art of Distressed M&A (2011), all McGraw-Hill titles. With coauthor Robert A. G. Monks, formerly head of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation of the U.S. Department of Labor, she has recently written a comprehensive book on securities valuation for Bloomberg/Wiley, released in early 2011.

A graduate of Bennington College, Lajoux holds advanced degrees in comparative literature from Princeton University (MA, 1973, PhD, 1978), and a master’s degree in business (XMBA 1981) from Loyola University in Maryland. At Princeton she was a Giles Whiting Fellow. She holds a Certificate of Director Education from NACD, and has conducted educational workshops for all staff on a variety of business subjects.

 


Entries by Alexandra R. Lajoux

Deregulation 2017: Dismantling Dodd-Frank

January 24, 2017

Unless a filibuster occurs in the Senate or one of a few obscure parliamentary rules are called in the House, laws proposed to repeal Dodd-Frank regulations have the personnel to pass with ease.

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Director Qualifications Are Scrutinized as New Mandates Are Imposed Around the World

March 28, 2016

What qualifications should boards seek in their members? In Washington and around the world, legislators and other policymakers are taking a new look at this question.

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Is a ‘Corporate Compliance Crackdown’ Coming?

November 17, 2015

Recent federal developments may affect compliance oversight in the new year.

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Federalizing Fiduciaries: Fund Advisors Today, Company Directors Tomorrow?

September 17, 2015

A quiet governance battle is afoot in Washington concerning the oversight of fiduciary responsibility.

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Wrestling With Disclosure Reform

July 30, 2015

A look at the latest developments in disclosure reform.

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Federal D&O Litigation: Washington’s New War Zone?

June 3, 2015

If you or your organization have run afoul of a federal regulation, intentionally or not, the “war” is on. These agencies want you—in court.

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Safe Harbors for Cyber-Suit Seas

June 3, 2015

The recently-passed McCaul bill emphasizes how D&O advocacy makes a critical difference.

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Gimme Shelter

April 10, 2015

Cyber terror replaces financial meltdown as key threat.

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The New Congress Action Items That Will Shape Board Priorities for 2015

February 2, 2015

The 114th Congress promises to offer a different strategic landscape for corporate boards.

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A Farewell Interview with Jeff Cunningham

February 2, 2015

NACD's Alexandra Lajoux interviews Jeffrey M. Cunningham as he departs NACD to devote his time and talents to Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.

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Where the (No) Action Is

November 24, 2014

In the run up to proxy season, shareholder resolutions get screened.

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Beyond Dodd-Frank: Bring on the Disclosure Wars

July 18, 2014

The SEC is well underway with a new Disclosure Effectiveness Project—and battle lines have been forming within the five-member commission. This installment of “Washington Update” describes why this battle matters and who is on which side.

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Braving the Global Maze

May 21, 2014

Big crises have always had a specific national and even industrial origin. But the one that burst on the world scene in 2008, sporting an unprecedented label of “global financial crisis,” was different.

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Global Accounting Convergence: What in the World Is Happening?

May 21, 2014

This edition of “Washington Update” explains what the FASB and the IASB are doing jointly and separately about global standards for public, private, and nonprofit companies in the United States—and what these issues mean for the new “global boardroom.”

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Court Action to Affect Boards in At Least Five Ways

March 29, 2014

Five areas of emerging importance from the hot spot for private ordering—especially for smaller private corporations—the Chancery and Supreme Courts in Delaware.

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On Fire Again: Proxy Voting

January 13, 2014

Whatever happened to proxy access?

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Mr. Allison Goes to Washington

November 27, 2013

Prescribing a Cure for What Ails the Free Market

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Newest Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Stirs Support, Rivets Resistance

November 27, 2013

Pay rules still a question mark.

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Big Data Spawns New Bills, SEC Tools, And Court Cases

September 20, 2013

Directors seeking ways companies can better leverage their products and services through the use of IT might suggest that key managers look into NITRD programs to see what free tools and insights they may have to offer the private sector.

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A Future Mediated by Software?

September 20, 2013

The much-needed transformation of the Information Economy will not come from unions or government but from ordinary people acting as free economic agents.

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Dodd-Frank: Dying Hard

July 23, 2013

What has—and hasn’t—happened in the three years since passage of the landmark legislation.

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The Debate Over Cyber Threats

May 15, 2013

The federal government is taking actions to help defend corporations from cyber attacks.

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Sustainability Rising

March 14, 2013

For directors, the crush to join the sustainability movement means more, more, more: more scrutiny, more disclosure, and more audits.

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The Tax Man Cometh—or Not

March 14, 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is sure to prompt more tax discussions in the boardroom.

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Will the Center Hold in 2013?

January 24, 2013

Musical chairs put Congress in middle ground, agencies at edge.

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Honing Skepticism

January 24, 2013

"Trust, but verify" is the skeptic's mantra. Why professional skepticism is one of the most important skills for directors—and how to develop a questioning mind-set.

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Welcome to Washington: Watch Your Wallet

December 10, 2012

Pending rules and regulations may limit corporate leaders' take-home pay.

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Dodd-Frank Rules: Almost Over or Only Beginning?

September 26, 2012

The November elections will have a tremendous impact on the future of the Dodd-Frank Act's pending and implemented measures. In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama characterized  Dodd-Frank as entrepreneurial and family-friendly. By contrast, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the law a “behemoth that’s going to be followed by thousands and thousands of pages of new regulations.” Members of the 112th Congress are using similar rhetoric this fall on the job and on the campaign trail.

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What’s in Store for the Final Session?

July 20, 2012

Tax reduction, deregulation to dominate, while financial risk oversight and political spending remain wild cards.

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Unions as Shareholders

May 24, 2012

Although less than 6 percent of the private-company workforce is unionized, unions have a broad impact on employment issues.

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Update on Proxy Access, Say on Pay and Neither Confirm Nor Deny

May 24, 2012

Federal checks and balances affect governance outcomes.

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As Dodd-Frank Implementation Continues, A Return to Proxy Basics

March 22, 2012

The SEC has moved on to the more complex and distant issues within the Dodd-Frank Act.

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SEC Decisions That Bear Watching

January 26, 2012

Compensation, conflict minerals and whistleblowing are the hot topics of the new year in Washington.

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The Big Picture on PACs, Supply Chains and Taxes

December 16, 2011

Political spending, the SEC's new conflict minerals rules and corporate taxes are all front of mind in Washington as we approach the year's end.

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Regulatory ROI—Plus Two High Court Cases to Watch

November 11, 2011

Regulators are focusing on reviewing past rules to make them more efficient and cut costs.

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PACs Join Dodd-Frank Rulemaking At Top of Washington’s Fall Agenda

September 19, 2011

Political Action Committees, the rejected proxy access rule and other Dodd-Frank regulations will be the focus of the SEC and lawmakers this fall.

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After the Fireworks

June 14, 2011

Moving from Dodd-Frank ‘revolution’ to stronger self-regulation.

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Proxy Tea Leaves Foretell Future Regs

April 15, 2011

The first proxy season with Dodd-Frank regulations in place signals what directors can expect for future rules.

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From the SEC to the High Court, ‘Antidisestablishment’ Rules

February 16, 2011

Today's neoconservatives are practicing "antidisestablishmentarianism" with a new meaning.

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Mid-Term Election Results Unlikely to Alter SEC’s Prodigious Rule Making

December 17, 2010

The SEC has enacted many new rules regarding boards over the past year and plans to continue in 2011 despite the new Republican majority in the House.

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Let the Rule Making Begin

October 20, 2010

Business historians are hailing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, a.k.a. Dodd-Frank, as a legislative landmark, and rightly so. Like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act before it, Dodd-Frank expanded government turf even further into the board’s domain.

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Coping with Dodd-Frank

September 1, 2010

With the worst of the financial crisis now behind them, Washington policymakers are turning their attention away from the financial sector and toward businesses in general.

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More Efforts to Federalize Governance

April 15, 2010

Washington, D.C., April 2010

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