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Cheryl Soltis Martel

Cheryl Soltis Martel is a former senior editor of NACD Directorship magazine.


Entries by Cheryl Soltis Martel

Flow From the C-Suite and Beyond

March 29, 2014

Ensuring your board has the information it needs.

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A Look Ahead

January 13, 2014

The burning issues likely to light up the corporate governance firmament in 2014.

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Encouraging Leadership in the Boardroom

January 13, 2014

A new book by three veteran corporate governance leaders, Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way, asserts that as increased regulation, shareholder pressures, and governance reform have strengthened directors’ oversight abilities, these same forces have also strengthened their leadership skills.

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Building the Boards of Tomorrow

November 27, 2013

Directors share insights to help map the issues for future boards.

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Coming to a Common Definition of Pay

September 20, 2013

Compensation survey will provide directors’ perspective to the SEC as it develops pay disclosure rules.

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Many Risks, One Focusing Body

July 23, 2013

A single ‘air traffic controller’ should allocate risk oversight responsibilities.

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Hunting Big Gains

July 23, 2013

The best CEOs are always on the lookout for the next big thing. A reading of some 200 annual letters to shareholders netted 10 "best" and 6 "special mention" examples.

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Rethinking the Risk Agenda

July 23, 2013

How the enterprise risk landscape has changed in the last 10 years and what boards can do to reset their risk oversight direction.

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Transferring Military Skills to Director Service

May 15, 2013

Many of the leadership skills and training military officers possess can be repurposed for service in corporate boardrooms.

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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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Exposing Fraud at Any Cost

March 14, 2013

When former Olympus President Michael Woodford blew the whistle, also exposed were deep differences in corporate governance between East and West.

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Key Issues for REIT Directors in an Uncertain Market

March 14, 2013

Though 2012 was a solid year for the REIT community, uncertainty lies ahead.

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You Decide: Hero, Villain or Savior?

January 24, 2013

Reputational risk is a top concern among directors.

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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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Taking on Proxy Advisors, Shareholders, Diversity and Director Tenure

January 24, 2013

The third annual meeting of the NACD Nominating/Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council raised concerns about peer groups, director tenure, and board evaluations.

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Directors Share Views on Key Issues

January 24, 2013

When the NACD Nominating/Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council recently convened for its third annual meeting, few topics were left off the table. The role of proxy advisory firms, the selection of peer groups, the rise in shareholder engagement, and board composition were top of mind.

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Enhancing the Status of Gatekeepers

September 26, 2012

Sarbanes-Oxley Act creators Paul Sarbanes and Mike Oxley discuss the impetus for and effect of their landmark legislation.

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Mobile Boardroom Technology Increases Shareholder Value

September 26, 2012

In an age where news changes in seconds and information is distributed with the click of a mouse, directors have the difficult task of ensuring that management has a clear understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by operating in a digital environment.

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How Technology Is Changing the Boardroom

September 26, 2012

Highlights from the 2012 NACD Spring Forum.

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Walking the Halls of Congress With Care

September 26, 2012

Directors discussed the regulatory process and how they may affect regulation at a recent peer exchange.

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Power of the Pen: Best Annual Letters of the Fortune 200

July 20, 2012

Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders sets the gold standard for the 10 best letters of the Fortune 200, as measured by candor, clarity, conviction and common sense.

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Seeking Competitive Advantage

July 20, 2012

Despite strides in hiring, board diversity remains a challenge.

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Unions’ New Playbook

May 24, 2012

Though union membership and public perception is on the decline, unions still hold substantial political power via endorsements and campaign contributions.

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Military Leaders Transition to Boards

May 24, 2012

Learning how to utilize leadership and strategy skills within the boardroom.

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