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The Effects of CEO Ownership on Shareholder Return

October 22, 2018

As Amazon and Apple hit the $1 trillion valuation mark, there has been some speculation as to which company will be next...


Moonves Earned Over $1 Billion at CBS Since 2006

October 1, 2018

CBS recently announced that Leslie Moonves would be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the company effective immediately...


How Common is a Female CEO-CFO Duo?

September 21, 2018

General Motors (GM) recently appointed Dhivya Suryadevara as its Chief Financial Officer, effective September 1st. The news made many headlines because...


Shedding Light on Diversity-Based Shareholder Proposals

September 21, 2018

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) proposals voice shareholder concerns about topics including, but not limited to, climate change disclosure, lobbying and political campaign...


Intuit CEO Has Earned Over $171 Million During 11-Year Tenure

September 11, 2018

Last week, Intuit announced that its Chief Executive Officer , Brad Smith, will resign after 11 years at the helm of the company on January 1, 2019, according to the company's latest press release...


Agenda Features BoardEdge as Leading Board Recruiting Solution

August 28, 2018

Access to reliable, accurate data that explains how executives and board members are connected...


Making the Transition From CFO to CEO

August 22, 2018

For companies with an established pattern of growth, the SEC requires the position of chief financial officer (CFO) to be disclosed as a top five executive...


Netflix CFO Has Received More Than $23 Million During Tenure

August 14, 2018

Netflix CFO David Wells announced on Monday that he would be stepping down once the company announces his successor, as reported by CNBC...


Gender Quotas in California Boardrooms May Pave Way for Diversity

August 14, 2018

By August 31, 2018, California could become the first state in the nation to mandate publicly held companies that base their operations...


Pepsi Names Nooyi's Successor in Latest Planned CEO Departure

August 13, 2018

Last week, Pepsi announced CEO Indra Nooyi will step down from the chief executive post following 12 years of service, CNBC reported...


Companies Leverage Performance Awards to Pass Say on Pay

August 7, 2018

With most annual shareholder meetings concluded, a majority of shareholders have had the opportunity to vote on 2018 compensation packages...


50 Youngest U.S. Public Company Board Members

August 7, 2018

As companies attempt to adapt to changing trends and technology across corporate America, new and innovative perspectives have become more necessary...


Are Board Members Overcommitted?

July 24, 2018

Does the presence of multiple board memberships signal an experienced and dedicated board member or one who has overcommitted his or her time...


Morgan Stanley Lays the Foundation for CEO Succession Plan

July 17, 2018

Last week, Morgan Stanley announced the promotions of a few key executives, including Trading Chief Ted Pick, The Wall Street Journal reported...


Dissecting the Gender Pay Disparity Among C-Suite Executives

July 12, 2018

April 10th marked Equal Pay Day 2018 in the United States. This particular date was chosen to highlight the occasion because it represents the amount of time...


Barnes & Noble CEO Ousted, Interim Leadership Group Named

July 10, 2018

Last week, Barnes & Noble announced it has fired CEO Demos Parneros and removed him from the board for violating company policies, CNBC reported...


Separation of CEO-Chair Roles Rejected by Shareholders

July 9, 2018

Since the introduction of Say on Pay, shareholders have maintained a larger degree of influence over CEO compensation. The ability to vote in an advisory capacity on CEO compensation strengthened the voice of shareholders...


Palo Alto Networks Leverages Succession Plan to Appoint New CEO

June 25, 2018

Palo Alto Networks announced earlier this month that, effective June 6, Nikesh Arora will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the company, Reuters reported...


The Highest-Paid CEO by U.S. State in 2017

June 11, 2018

The compensation of chief executive officers has been under the spotlight, particularly with the initial release of the CEO-to-median-worker pay ratio disclosure requirement...


CEO Pay Ratio: First Look at Disclosure Trends

May 22, 2018

The introduction of the CEO Pay Ratio has created interest not only in how CEO compensation compares against pay for a company’s median employee, but also how employee pay compares across companies and industry sectors...


Amazon Adopts “Rooney Rule” in Response to Concerns About Board Diversity

May 21, 2018

Amazon announced last week that it has adopted a policy that requires new board members to be selected from a pool containing female and minority candidates, modeled after the “Rooney Rule” employed by the National Football League...


89 Boards Driving the Push Toward Gender Equality

May 15, 2018

The latest Equilar Gender Diversity Index found that just 16.9% of Russell 3000 board seats were occupied by women at the end of Q1 2018. While representation of women on boards remains low, there has been recent progress...


Analyzing Equifax’s Board Composition Following Re-Election

May 14, 2018

Earlier this month, shareholders re-elected the entire Equifax board at the company’s annual meeting, the Wall Street Journal reported. This came as a surprise to several key stakeholders, particularly following the company’s massive data breach last fall...


Can the Executive and Board Shake-Up Save Mattel From Toy Purgatory?

April 30, 2018

Toy maker Mattel announced last week that it has named Ynon Kreiz as its newest CEO, replacing Margo Georgiadis, The Wall Street Journal reported. Georgiadis left the company after just one year as CEO as Mattel seeks a shake-up at the top to end a four-year sales slump....


How to Tap a $5 Trillion Network… And Why It Matters

April 30, 2018

Professional networks are business currency. The people you know and have worked with directly are the best paths available to find your next opportunity...


Five Executives Who Are Each Connected to Over $5 Trillion in Market Cap

April 24, 2018

Corporate America is built on a network of connections that runs deep and is often intertwined. Understanding the relationships and connections between these top companies...


Data to Support Telling Your Best CEO Pay Ratio Story

April 23, 2018

As proxy season 2018 is in full swing, one of the biggest headlines taking the forefront has been how companies are approaching the new CEO pay ratio disclosure requirement...


Women CEOs at Leading Companies: Compensation and Board Diversity

April 17, 2018

As gender equity and diversity in corporate leadership continue to be critical discussions, research is regularly published showing links between these factors and company performance...


Board Classification and Diversity in Recent IPOs

April 9, 2018

Recent tech IPOs such as Snap, Square Inc., Blue Apron, Stitch Fix Inc. and, most recently, Spotify, have all made headlines. In terms of corporate governance, board classification...


The CEO Pay Ratio: What We Know Right Now

April 3, 2018

With hundreds of proxy statements filed just before the end of the quarter, the first month of “proxy season”—generally defined as March and April—has come to a close...


Disney Sets Succession Plan in Place Following Failed Say on Pay Vote

April 2, 2018

Last month, Disney shareholders voted against the company’s executive compensation plan, CNBC reported. The plan—which would have rewarded CEO Bob Iger up to $48.5 million...


BlackRock to Achieve its Highest Female Board Representation Ever

March 26, 2018

BlackRock announced earlier this month that it plans to add a slate of three new directors to its board as part of a new growth strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported...


How Board Skills Vary by Director Age Groups

March 20, 2018

Members of public company boards of directors range in age from early 20s to well over 75. It is true that most directors are closer to retirement age...


The Highest-Paid Sales Executives

March 13, 2018

Top sales leaders at public companies are becoming more prominent in senior executive ranks, and their pay is increasing in parallel...


Will Spiegel’s Pay Day Increase Scrutiny on Snap’s Comp Committee?

March 12, 2018

Last month, Snap announced that CEO Evan Spiegel received a pay package of nearly $638 million in 2017, as detailed in the company’s recent SEC filing...


CEO Pay Tops $3.5 Million in Canada

March 8, 2018

In the most recent year, CEOs at companies in the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Composite were awarded a median $3.5 million, according to a new report authored by Accompass...


Equilar Diversity Network Members Join New Public Company Boards

March 8, 2018

As part of an ongoing effort to promote diversity in America’s boardrooms, Equilar launched the Equilar Diversity Network (EDN) in 2016...


Detect Signals to Connect With C-Suite Contacts

March 5, 2018

By leveraging machine learning tools and acting on the signals they provide, extending your network and increasing potential connections to the top leaders in corporate America has never been easier...


New GE Director Nominees Bring Impressive Network to the Board

March 5, 2018

General Electric announced last week that it will overhaul its board and nominate three new directors, The Wall Street Journal reported...


Leverage Big Data to Extend Your Executive Network

February 26, 2018

The corporate world is fast-paced, and executives and board members are constantly on the move. High-level businessmen and women regularly attend conferences, dinners, and various other networking events, sharing new ideas and experiences with fellow colleagues...


Big Tech Companies Lack Innovation in Shareholder Communications

February 23, 2018

Trends in proxy design generally begin with a few leading companies and see widespread adoption after shareholders react positively...


How Starboard's Nominees Compare to Newell's Current Board

February 20, 2018

As part of a recently launched proxy fight, Starboard Value nominated 10 directors to the Newell Brands board. Equilar examined the current Newell board and how the 10 new nominees stack up in terms of experience, demographics and executive networks...


Comparing Board Diversity by Company Size, Region and Sector

February 16, 2018

About 2.5% of Russell 3000 companies are either at or near gender parity, compared to over 20% that have no women. Equilar broke down the two different samples of companies for further insights...


Russell 3000 Boards Are on Pace to Reach Gender Parity by 2048

February 14, 2018

Due to accelerating growth in the percentage of women on boards at Russell 3000 companies, gender parity is now expected to be achieved by 2048, according to the latest Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI)...


Wynn Scandal Highlights the Importance of Succession Planning

February 12, 2018

Last week, Steve Wynn stepped down as CEO of the company he founded amid allegations of sexual misconduct from dozens of female employees, which were first reported by The Wall Street Journal...


Do Women on Nom/Gov Committees Lead to More Diversity?

February 12, 2018

Diversity on boards of directors at public companies is at the forefront of the corporate governance world...


General Counsels Gain a Seat at the Boardroom Table

February 9, 2018

The influence of general counsels (GCs) in corporate strategy has increased over the years and is showing no signs of diminishing...


No Support for ESG Proposals? Leverage Voting Power Elsewhere

February 5, 2018

The shareholder proposal process provides a voice for investors of many sizes, forcing issuers’ hands to actively address a specific topic of concern...


The Rise of the CHRO: From the Corner Office to the Boardroom

February 2, 2018

Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) are taking on a more pivotal role at the executive level and in the boardroom...


CEO Pay Ratio Survey Results: The Bigger the Company, the Larger the Pay Gap

February 1, 2018

Eight years following the passage of Dodd-Frank, public companies will be required to disclose their CEO Pay Ratios in 2018 proxy statements...


Comparing Xerox to Peers as It Faces Possible Activist Fight With Icahn

January 29, 2018

Billionaire activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason issued a statement last week urging Xerox to explore a sale and remove CEO Jeff Jacobson, The Wall Street Journal reported...


Elon Musk Is Proof Performance Pay Will Be Here to Stay

January 26, 2018

For anyone concerned about performance-based compensation going away because it’s no longer tax deductible, have no fear...


Who You Know at Davos: The Power of Professional Networks at the World’s Premier Conference

January 22, 2018

The world’s top business, economic and political leaders will gather this week in Davos for the 48th annual World Economic Forum (WEF)...


CEO Tenure Drops to Just Five Years

January 19, 2018

In the past five years, CEOs transitions have become more common than they had been in the preceding five years...


Which University Boasts the Most Corporate Board Members?

January 16, 2018

With the college football season coming to a close last week, there’s no question who’s Number 1 on the field...


How the Highest-Paid Boards Compare to Peers

January 15, 2018

Since the enactment of Say on Pay following the passage of Dodd-Frank, executive compensation has been closely watched and scrutinized by corporate shareholders...


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