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Director FAQ: The Role of Proxy Advisory Firms

In brief:The proxy advisory firm industry has grown substantially over the last three decades, and their increasing influence over corporate-governance matters and sharehold­er votes has become highly controversial. ThisDirector FAQexplains the growth of the proxy advisory firm industry, the ma...

Samples and Templates, Research | October 12, 2017

Director FAQ: Oversight of the Independent Auditor

In brief:Boards rely on independent auditors to give an unbiased opinion on the company’s financial statements. The audit committee plays a key role in ensuring the quality of work done by the independent auditor, especially in public companies. This Director FAQ provides a general overview of...

Samples and Templates, Research | August 25, 2017

Director Essentials: Preparing for Proxy Season

In brief: As annual meetings approach, directors need to be on their proxy season game. This installment of the Director Essentials series analyzes emerging issues within the framework of key fundamentals. Useful for first-time public company directors and those tasked with their onboarding, this do...

Research | December 28, 2016

Director Dialogue: Board Oversight of Reputation Risk

Corporate reputation is qualitative, difficult to measure, and absolutely critical to a companys long-term health. While definitions may differ, most agree with Warren Buffetts famous observation that It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. From a business perspective, r...

Research | December 11, 2017

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Director Professionalism

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Director Professionalism

Research | July 13, 2011

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on the Effective Lead Director

The importance of the lead director role is obvious from its namea director who leads fellow board members who, in turn, comprise the corporations highest decision-making authority. Just as a chief executive leads a corporation, the lead director leads the work of the independent directors. This rep...

Research | October 1, 2011

FAQs on Two Recent Concept Releases on Audit Committee Matters

1. On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Concept Release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures. What does it say? The release asserts that current disclosure rules may not mandate enough disclosures about activities of audit committees in the reports t...

Blogs | September 18, 2015

A Guide for Directors of Privately Held Companies

A Guide for Directors of Privately Held Companies

Research | April 1, 2011

Dennis T. Whalen

Dennis T. Whalen is partner in charge and executive director of KPMGs Board Leadership Center.

Authors | February 24, 2016

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation: Improving Director Effectiveness

Research | January 1, 2010


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