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Jeffrey M. Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham serves as senior advisor to the NACD and is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He was publisher of Forbes magazine and the founder and CEO of Directorship magazine, now NACD Directorship. He has been the chairman or a board director of 10 public conpanies. He currently serves on the board of the McCain Institute, a geopolitical think tank. The views expressed are his own.

 

Entries by Jeffrey M. Cunningham

Risk vs. Reality

June 3, 2015

A first-hand account of what it's like to be a director embroiled in a shareholder lawsuit.

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Hire the CEO Who ‘Gets Things Done’

June 3, 2015

An interview with University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Steven N. Kaplan on some of the prevalent myths surrounding executive compensation.

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A Public-Private Approach to Cybersecurity

February 2, 2015

In this interview with NACD Directorship's Jeffrey M. Cunningham, Internet Security Alliance President and CEO Larry Clinton elaborates on his vision for a more secure world.

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The Rise of a New Elite and the Fall of the Middle Class

February 2, 2015

Author Joel Kotkin sits down with NACD’s Jeffrey M. Cunningham to discuss the dire consequences of a diminishing middle class to America’s cultural, economic, and political landscape.

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What Really Happened? The Financial Crisis and the Fed.

November 24, 2014

Cato Institute CEO John Allison on the credit crisis, the consequences of fair-value accounting, and the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy.

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The Rometty Hedge

November 24, 2014

Jeffrey M. Cunningham on what's really wrong at IBM.

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Pivoting in the Boardroom

September 25, 2014

Author and management consultant Andrew Winston on his new book on sustainability issues.

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For Whom the Bell Trolls

September 25, 2014

A look at internet trolling and how policymakers are inhibiting economic recovery.

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The Schapiro Era

July 18, 2014

Mary L. Schapiro talks about her time at the SEC, working across party lines, and what boards can do to manage risk.

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Why Piketty is Wrong

July 18, 2014

Jeff Cunningham takes issue with Thomas Piketty's views on income inequality. PLUS: Timohty Geithner's new memoir opens a window into working at the U.S. Treasury during the financial meltdown.

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Sounds Familiar, Disrupting the Disruptor, Tipping Points, and More

July 18, 2014

A classic case of a retail chain igniting public ire. PLUS: Contemplating the cultural legacy of "Gangnam Style," and thinking about the tipping point of how the public feels about business.

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Globalism 2.0

May 21, 2014

A perspective on the sometimes errant consequences of global business from 14th-century problems to a likely solution in the form of Sam Palmisano’s Center for Global Enterprise.

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Rethinking the Corporation

May 21, 2014

In the future, multinational companies will organize around a transparent value system and supply chain.

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Strategy Pivot

May 21, 2014

The venerable management consultant McKinsey & Co. has powerful if somewhat alarming advice for future-minded directors, and it begins with taking a hard look in the boardroom mirror.

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California Dreamin’

May 21, 2014

Corporate exodus from California prompts reevaluation of Hewlett-Packard's Meg Whitman as a political candidate. PLUS The effect of shorter CEO tenures and CNBC's Becky Quick's one-on-one with Warren Buffett about the Coca-Cola compensation issue.

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Gates and the Barbarians

March 29, 2014

Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates provides boardroom officers and directors the most penetrating and impassioned political memoir in decades—especially if you prefer reading Tom Clancy crossed with Franz Kafka.

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The Corporation and Its Discontents

March 29, 2014

Jonathan R. Macey’s keen sense of humor belies his true calling as a shrewd arbiter of corporate and securities law, regulation, and governance.

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CEO Divorce and the Board

March 29, 2014

A study on the impact of CEO divorce on shareholders by Stanford’s David L. Larcker suggests that boards have “a responsibility to have a grasp on the married lives of their CEOs.”

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The Party Line

March 29, 2014

In spring 1987, President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, Peter Robinson, broke free from his entourage to join a suburban dinner party near Berlin. (You can read the full story in The New Criterion, January 2014.) His host said Robinson should hear real Berliners talking about the cold war.

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Fateful Decisions

January 13, 2014

In "True South," Johnston’s reportorial work included the perusal of hundreds of diary entries penned by Sir Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen in their race to explore the South Pole. The contrast is a case study in what makes an organization thrive. As anyone who has followed arctic exploration knows, Amundsen prevailed; Scott and his entire crew died. Why? Johnston doesn’t hem and haw.

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Too Big to Comprehend

January 13, 2014

Commentary on the Volcker Rule, GM, diversity, and European boardwork.

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Steele’s Summation

November 27, 2013

Justice Myron T. Steele reflects on his career, the boardroom, and regulation, and offers some advice to his successor.

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Chief Disruption Officer

November 27, 2013

The ASU president on the differences between university and corporate governance, and how the “arrogance of ignorance” brought down a colleague.

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Governance Dysfunction and Small-Cap Companies

November 27, 2013

With more than 80 percent of all boards in charge of small-cap companies and the median U.S.-listed security at $450 million, Adam Epstein has found a huge target for the improvement of board governance.

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Channeling Ike

November 27, 2013

The U.S. Department of Medieval Justice; Henry VIII’s Risk Czar; From TBTF to BETS

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Cuba Libre

September 20, 2013

When government regulation replaces the discipline of the free market, the economy is brought to its knees.

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What’s Ailing Corporate Governance

September 20, 2013

The renowned Stanford professor says board members are typically drawn to what is quantifiable, and for most companies those are not the only valuable performance dimensions.

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Why We Like Delaware

September 20, 2013

Jeff Cunningham opines about why we like Delaware, Robert Khuzami's next act after the SEC, and why even in governance, size matters.

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Reading History This Summer

July 23, 2013

You'll need a bigger beach bag for this reading list.

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American DNA

May 15, 2013

A slew of new books offer valuable looks at issues as diverse as what makes Mayo Clinic great to how the social technology revolution should be embraced.

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The Art of Cyber War

May 15, 2013

Boardroom threat level rising: A closer look at how vulnerability in cyber space is redefining national security, enterprise risk, intellectual property, and oversight.

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Parsing Marty

May 15, 2013

A sample of highlights from Marty Lipton's annual memo: "Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2013."

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Made in Switzerland

March 14, 2013

Daniel Vasella's Novartis experience is a classic example of Swiss governance differences.

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Capital Finds a Welcome Mat

March 14, 2013

The public market is one of several business venues outside of public investment, as Michael Dell demonstrates.

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Managing Texas Style, Plus: The Official Zeal of the DOJ

March 14, 2013

A look at new books from Ed Whitacre, Steve Coll, Roger Donway, and Michael Pocalyko.

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The Sultan of Stat

January 24, 2013

New York Times FiveThirtyEight Blogger Nate Silver provides a thoughtful analysis of why our predictions about the future are often wrong, and what we can do to improve.

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Scarce Resource: Corporate Freedom of Speech

January 24, 2013

Special interest groups are using shareholder disclosure to coerce companies into making policy decisions that may not be in the interests of shareholders.

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Any Lock That Ain’t Locked

January 24, 2013

Ten lockup agreements in 2012 were allowed to expire early.

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Policy Talks, Money Walks

January 24, 2013

Activists convinced Apple to shorten Foxconn workers' days, disappointing workers looking to earn higher wages.

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Silicon Valley Patience

December 10, 2012

Y-Combinator's investments are plenty, and its successes few but valuable.

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Boardroom Tested

December 10, 2012

A director candidate's experience on a board which faced crisis is just as valuable as a pristine résumé.

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Crisis Czar

December 10, 2012

Former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond is fit to lead the inquiry into JPMorgan's recent difficulties.

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Dismissed With Prejudice

December 10, 2012

The surreal story of former Broadcom CFO Bill Ruehle, who details the fight of his life against a headline-seeking prosecutor.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Failing

December 10, 2012

Warren Buffett says it is more important to have one major success along with some failure, rather than avoiding failure altogether.

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A Son’s Advice

September 26, 2012

How a mathematician turned brand guru and soap opera producer helped pave the way for Microsoft to become the global leader it is today.

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The Great Books List For Directors

July 20, 2012

The best and brightest in business offer up their suggestions for a summer laden with inspired reading.

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Ambassador in the Boardroom

July 20, 2012

The natural-born contrarian warns of mirror imaging in the Oval Office or C-suite.

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A Private Equity Cure For Governance Dysfunction

July 20, 2012

Lawndale Capital Management's Andrew Shapiro discusses what his activist hedge fund seeks in a target company.

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Reality Cheque

July 20, 2012

A leading economist offers a forecast for Europe and finds similarity between Germany and California.

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Turning Back Anti-Business Sentiment

May 24, 2012

Collaboration between union pension funds and the companies in which they invest is paramount.

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The State of the Unions

May 24, 2012

Union membership may be on the decline but not union clout. The role unions and pension funds play in today's governance arena is at a critical inflection point. Here's why.

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Think Global, Act Local

May 24, 2012

A discussion with NACD member and retired Hallmark Cards CEO Irvine O. Hockaday Jr. on his early years on boards, company culture and separation of the CEO and chairman roles.

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White House Women and the Re-education of the General Counsel

May 24, 2012

Lee Stout's A Matter of Simple Justice, E. Norman Veasey and Christine T. Di Guglielmo's Indispensable Counsel: The Chief Legal Officer in the New Reality

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She’s Done It All—Then More

May 24, 2012

Sandra Day O'Connor has continued her public service through nonprofit endeavors.

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First Lesson in Politics

May 24, 2012

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu deflects attention from himself by leveling criticism at Goldman Sachs and MetLife.

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Learned on the Golf Course

May 24, 2012

The balance between scarcity and abundance.

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High Flier

March 22, 2012

The former ambassador to Finland is a pilot, astronaut, lawyer, mountaineer, biker and world-class director.

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Morse Code

March 22, 2012

The closing of the frontier in the 1890s gave rise to big government. The Internet represents a new Manifest Destiny, reasons author Eric Robert Morse.

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The Right Stuff for Fighting Evil

March 22, 2012

New books from Richard Torrenzano, Mark Davis and Michael Hastings.

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Fewer Boards, More Meetings

March 22, 2012

Directors should be cautious about taking on too many board responsibilities.

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From Battlefield to Boardroom: Profile of a General

January 26, 2012

General (Ret.) Hugh Shelton on his transition from battlefield to boardroom service, and his candid assessment of the war in Iraq, Guantanamo, Iran and American leadership.

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Heads or Tails, the Union Wins

January 26, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board's complaints may infringe on managements' business judgment rights.

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Hart Medicine

January 26, 2012

Yahoo nominating committee chair Patti Hart is a solid candidate for turning the internet company around.

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The Old World Also Rises

January 26, 2012

Powerful countries such as the U.S., China, Russia and Japan are facing the highest capital costs amidst ratings downgrades.

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Unintended Consequences and Iran

January 26, 2012

Sanctions may seem a lesser evil to war, but may result in unintended consequences.

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Strategy at Caterpillar

December 16, 2011

How Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman and the board transformed the company.

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The Antidote for Global Cynicism

December 16, 2011

Promise less, deliver more, says Kiril Sokoloff, an investment strategist who advises many of the largest pools of global capital. Plus 25 books to shape your geopolitical outlook.

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POTUS vs. S&P

September 19, 2011

Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating brought intense public and government scrutiny.

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The Directorship 100

September 19, 2011

NACD Directorship’s annual collection of the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community, including the Class of 2011 Directorship 100 Hall of Fame and People to Watch.

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In Memoriam: John Teets

September 19, 2011

John W. Teets, former CEO of the Dial and Greyhound corporations, passed away August 5.

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HP Finds Its Way

September 19, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is making a bold strategic step by spinning off its PC division.

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A Failure to Communicate

September 19, 2011

The U.S. Attorney has a long history of declining comments to reporters.

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Shareholder Capitalists

June 14, 2011

Inside the world’s best-attended, most instructive annual meeting.

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Warning: Truth Spoken Here

June 14, 2011

Jamie Dimon writes on regulations, bailouts and optimism in his 2010 shareholders letter.

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It’s the Economist, Stupid

June 14, 2011

Warren Buffet's hypothetical musings ring true.

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The Critic Takes the Hindmost

June 14, 2011

Innovations pitched by Apple's Steve Jobs exemplify the need to give ideas time to grow before abandoning them.

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Boardroom Journal

June 14, 2011

The Critic Takes the Hindmost; Warning: Truth Spoken Here; It's the Economist, Stupid.

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A New Chairman in Town

April 15, 2011

The chair of the House Financial Services Committee outlines to America’s board directors his priorities for remedying Dodd-Frank.

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Governance is Free

April 15, 2011

Investing in director education can help prevent costly oversight errors.

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The SEC Wants Your Resumé

April 15, 2011

Companies must now provide the SEC with more information on a new director's background.

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Investors v. Directors

February 16, 2011

A leading plaintiff attorney reveals insights into the high-stakes legal game to influence America's boardrooms.

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Exit Sign in the Boardroom

February 16, 2011

Boards should plan fellow directors' exits with care to allow for a graceful and respectful departure.

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Boardroom 2.0

February 16, 2011

With the ever-increasing calls for increased boardroom communication with shareholders, it is in boards' best interests to evaluate their need for media training.

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Perfect Storm for Comp Committees

February 16, 2011

Directors need to tread carefully with state pension funds, since states' budgets are still reeling from the economic crisis and courts end to reward state pensions higher payouts.

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Boardroom Justice

December 17, 2010

Delaware Chancellor William B. Chandler III speaks out on key director issues from liability to the new Federalist era and the lasting impact of the Disney case.

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Boardroom Journal: When Harry Met Henry, CalPERS' List

December 17, 2010

A discussion with Henry Hu and Harry Markopolos on board regulation; CalPERS to abandon Focus List.

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The Great Bifurcation

October 20, 2010

Critics of the SEC’s proxy access have long pointed at what might be an “intended consequence” —a growing distance between boards and management.

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The Directorship 100

September 1, 2010

The veritable who's who of the American corporate governance community, the Directorship 100 reveals the most renowned boardroom influentials.

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For Whom The Housing Boomed

June 11, 2010

Harlem and 42nd St. benefited from rise in property values and good leadership.

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