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Big Investors Question Corporate Board Tenures

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

Large U.S.

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.

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.

Apathetic shareholders can be as much of a problem for companies as hostile ones

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in a frustrating pickle. The US chipmaker wants to issue up to 16.5 million new shares so it can pay its executives in stock options and restricted shares. Shareholders have voted more than 85% in favor of the plan. And yet AMD can’t go ahead. Or rather, it can—with a hefty price tag.

This company successfully thwarted investors’ efforts to reign in executive pay

We recently told you about four companies ignoring their shareholders’ votes. One was Hecla Mining, a silver producer that held the polls open longer than planned when it looked like shareholders were going to reject management’s pay package.

The vote is only advisory, but Hecla’s stalling worked: Instead of failing 49.6% to 46.7%, the company’s say-on-pay vote passed with 53.7% of the vote.

JPMorgan Works to Avert Split of Chief and Chairman Roles

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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 18:07

JPMorgan Chase is working behind the scenes to avert a major potential embarrassment.

Partners’ Stake in Goldman Sachs Rises

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:36

Giving a CEO too many stock options can make a company perform worse

Companies that gave their CEOs the most stock options saw their share prices lag behind the industry average over the following 36 months.
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