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At the conclusion of day two of NACD and Grant Thornton’s board-focused experience at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), my feet are throbbing, my head is spinning, and I have a clearer picture of what the future holds thanks to a much sought-after spot at Shelly Palmer’s breakfast lecture on innovation and future trends,... Read More
Author: Judy Warner
Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:17 am
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened to the public yesterday in Las Vegas. With over 3,900 exhibitors from 29 countries, there is a lot to absorb. For a group of some 40 directors, a sneak peek of CES given courtesy of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Grant Thornton LLP provided a... Read More
Author: Judy Warner
Posted: January 10, 2018, 4:48 am
Driverless vehicles; virtual and augmented reality; wearables that monitor health, sleep, and stress; smarter features for the home and cities; and bigger, thinner televisions. Innovation has always been central to what used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show, which this year marks its 51st anniversary. These are just some of the product categories being... Read More
Author: Judy Warner
Posted: January 5, 2018, 7:54 am
What trends will heat up the next proxy season and beyond? That’s a burning question for the 80 percent of public companies that hold annual meetings during the first half of the year according to statistics from Broadridge, as well as for those that will wrap up the year later in the fall mini-season. Prognosticating... Read More
Author: Alexandra R. Lajoux and Friso van der Oord
Posted: January 4, 2018, 5:33 pm
The top risks for 2018 provide interesting insight into changing risk profiles across the globe. Protiviti and North Carolina State University’s Enterprise Risk Management Initiative have completed the latest survey of 728 directors and C-level executives regarding the macroeconomic, strategic, and operational risks their organizations face. We ranked the top risk themes in order of... Read More
Author: Jim DeLoach
Posted: January 2, 2018, 3:47 pm
There are many posts on the NACD Board Leaders’ Blog discussing cybersecurity, but all of them deal with directors’ responsibilities toward the organizations where they are board members. In fact, corporate directors themselves may be targets for hacktivists or cybercriminals and need to make sure they have adequate protection. This protection should include both home... Read More
Author: Frederick Scholl
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:33 pm
With headlines trumpeting high-level firings for “inappropriate behavior” in a variety of domains, it’s become more obvious than ever that corporate culture matters, and that boards should oversee it. So what exactly is corporate culture, and how can it be overseen? These questions might sound new, but they are as old as the corporate governance... Read More
Author: Peter Gleason
Posted: December 8, 2017, 2:51 pm
Underlying the growing pressures for climate-competent boards is this fundamental question: how resilient is the organization to the impacts of climate change? Few organizations or boards are capable of answering this question with any degree of certainty. Yet, the question is being raised with greater frequency and urgency due to actions by investors, regulators, customers,... Read More
Author: Lucy Nottingham
Posted: December 5, 2017, 5:10 pm
Information security should be one of the most important risk areas of focus for boards. However, according to the 2017–2018 NACD Public Company Governance Survey, 88 percent of surveyed directors indicated that they had only some or little knowledge about how to navigate cyber risk. It’s clear that too few directors feel qualified to have... Read More
Author: Tom Killalea
Posted: December 1, 2017, 2:12 pm
Over the next few years, the digital revolution will force many organizations to undertake radical change programs and, in some cases, completely reinvent themselves to remain relevant and competitive. Ask executives and directors what their company’s biggest threats are, and chances are the answer will include the threat of disruptive innovation. That said, is disruptive... Read More
Author: Jim DeLoach
Posted: November 28, 2017, 2:50 pm