Emerging Issues

Emerging Issues

This resource center offers members insights into a dynamic set of emerging issues, organized into several categories with guidance about their implications for boards, leveraging materials from NACD Directorship magazine, the NACD Board Leaders’ Blog, and NACD’s weekly Weekend Reader emails.


NACD Washington Review, Q1 2019 While US Initiatives Drag, Europe Acts on IP (March 29, 2019) NACD Washington Review Q4 2018 Divided Congress, Closed Government Likely to Stymie Regulatory Agendas (Jan. 5, 2019) NACD Washington Review Q3 2018

CEO Succession and Compensation

Shrinking CEO Tenures Pressure Test Board Succession Planning (Apr. 6, 2019)

Board Governance

Shareholder Rights, Social Issues Loom Large This Proxy Season (Jun. 15, 2019) Overboarding Incites Vanguard Recommendation (Jun. 8, 2019) Exxon Board Targeted for Lack of ESG Oversight (May 11, 2019) Report Shows Steady Increase in Board Pay, Decrease in Specialized Fees (Apr. 27, 2019) Talent Shortages, Disruption Among Top Concerns for Private Company Directors (Apr. 13, 2019) How Boards Can Spot a Toxic Culture Before It’s Too Late (Mar. 23, 2019) Investors Pressure Russell Boards to Diversify (Feb. 23, 2019) Governing Human Capital Management: A New Board Mandate? (Feb. 2, 2019)

Impact of Technology Change

Light on Details, AI Executive Order Unlikely to Change Corporate Governance (Feb. 16, 2019) Sears Sinks After Digital Transformation Misfires (Jan. 12, 2019) How to Use A.I. in the M&A Process to Gain Competitive Advantages (Dec. 5, 2018)

Operating Environment

Marriott vs. Airbnb: Business Model Disruption by Incumbents (May 4, 2019) Deepening Uncertainty Over Brexit (Mar. 16, 2019) Tech CEOs Unwilling to Relinquish Control, but Ready to Grant Stock to Contract Workers (Mar. 9, 2019) One Company Melts as M&A Landscape Heats Up (Mar. 2, 2019) BP Accepts Shareholder Proposal on Climate Risk Transparency (Feb. 9, 2019) Fink Urges CEOs to Find a Larger Purpose (Jan. 26, 2019) Uncertainty Reigns as British Parliament Pounds Brexit Deal (Jan. 19, 2019) The Business and Governance Issues That Will Define 2019 (Dec. 15, 2018)