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Corporate governance items, including conflicts of interest and shareholder activism.

Lobbyists as Directors Test Rules for Corporate Boards

Directors at some companies are paid to lobby for those firms or allied trade groups, while also helping set the CEO’s pay
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 15:23

At Louisiana health-care company LHC Group Inc., the board’s compensation committee has approved a 90% raise for the chief executive over

CEO Pay Shrinks 4.6% but Offers Weak Reflection of Performance

None of last year’s 10 highest-paid chiefs among the S&P 500 ran one of the best-performing companies
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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 14:19

Median pay for chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies slipped 4.6% last year, but the link between annual compensation and shareholder returns remained weak.

Big Investors Question Corporate Board Tenures

At 24% of major U.S. companies, most directors have been in place for at least 10 years
Original publication date: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 15:37

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Corporate Directors’ Pay Ratchets Higher as Risks Grow

Pay for nonexecutive directors of S&P 500 companies rose nearly 50% between 2006 and 2014
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 15:29

Director pay has received scant attention over the years as investors, regulators and the public have focused on soaring executive compensation. 

Inside America's Boardrooms

Companies of the S&P 500
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 13:30

Here's a look at the nearly 4,500 men and women who serve on the boards of companies in the S&P 500, including executives holding board seats.

Boards Get More Independent, but Ties Endure

Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:16

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives.

Icahn’s Last Chance on Dell

Original publication date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:22

Carl C. Icahn may have given up his campaign to block Dell Inc. from going private in a vote on Thursday.

Dell’s Buyout Fate Still Hinges Mostly on Icahn

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 15:41

Just two days out from Dell’s new deadline for counting votes on its founder’s proposed buyout, the company’s fate appears t

Recent Ex-Senators Find Soft Landings on Corporate Boards

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 15:18

Departing senators are finding that the life of an ex-lawmaker can be lucrative. In recent months, several have found spots in corporate boardroom, even if they have no direct business experience in the industries wooing them.

Estimating Ackman’s Odds of Success at His Next Target

The hedge fund manager William A. Ackman would have a pretty good shot at agitating for change at a company like ADT, according to an analysis. A company like FedEx would be a harder target.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 14:32

As the activist investor William A. Ackman hunts for his next target, a favorite guessing game on Wall Street is to see what company he will pick next to agitate for change.

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