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  1. July 25, 2014

    Why a good chief should tackle succession head on

    This week, succession planning – or the lack of it – became a hot topic in the City of London, as two FTSE 100 companies...

  2. July 21, 2014

    UK boards urged to take control of ethical values

    Boards must take control of setting a company’s ethical values and be prepared to dismiss chief executives whose values are...

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  1. July 17, 2014

    CEO has tough questions for the new chairman

    Dear Alex: The arrival of a new chairman is a significant occasion for any company, and for any chief executive,...

  2. July 16, 2014

    Experian suffers shareholder revolt over board reshuffle

    The wave of shareholder rebellions sweeping the City escalated on Wednesday, as a substantial minority of investors in...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Sir John Peace in the line of fire at FTSE 100 groups

    Sir John Peace is doing a good job of defying his surname. The serial chairman – a graduate of Sandhurst military academy...

  4. July 10, 2014

    Letters to a new chairman

    Every year hundreds of men and women become company chairmen for the first time, taking on a vast responsibility. With the...

  5. July 10, 2014

    A chairman is the conductor of an orchestra

    Dear Alex: Every chairmanship is unique – the business, the competitive circumstances, the pace of opportunities, the...

  6. July 10, 2014

    Control in a cockpit is usually clearer than in a corporation

    I have a private pilot’s license and fly (very) small planes. When you learn to fly a plane you are taught from the start...

  7. July 10, 2014

    Tips for high stakes board game

    The deceptively sedate word “governance” is a label that covers a wide range of intense activity and, at times,...

  8. July 4, 2014

    Lords to grill accountancy watchdog on ‘going concern’ rules

    The UK accountancy regulator is to be grilled by the House of Lords later this month on its controversial proposals on going...

  9. July 2, 2014

    In or out: do millennials belong in company boardrooms?

    Yes Alan Mak Lord Davies in his report “Women on Boards” rightly said the best boards contain “a mix of voices [that] must...

  10. June 26, 2014

    Not all AGM protests are centred on executive pay

    Exactly a year ago, Li Ruigang was one of the most unpopular directors at any FTSE 100 company – at least as far as...

  11. June 25, 2014

    Falcone targets dual-class share hurdle

    Investors arise Philip Falcone’s $1.1bn bid for Central Garden & Pet may look like just another prospective deal at a time...

  12. June 22, 2014

    Corporate governance: the resurgent activist

    The US Chamber of Commerce calls it “minoritarianism, the tyranny of a minority”. Dan Gallagher of the Securities and...

  13. June 19, 2014

    Critics decry ugly beautiful game

    If only it were just a game. The start of the World Cup in Brazil has been marred by controversy surrounding Qatar’s...

  14. June 15, 2014

    Inexperienced boards head new UK listings

    More than half the groups that launched initial public offerings in the London main market last year did so with chairmen...

  15. June 12, 2014

    No flights of fancy for IT, airports and hotels tycoon Sir Peter Rigby

    Sir Peter Rigby is an unassuming man, in an impeccable black suit, white shirt – buttons not cufflinks – and tiny-checked...

  16. June 11, 2014

    Spain’s renewal must include governance improvements

    Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, did not mince its words last week when it sold most of its 9.2 per cent shareholding...

  17. June 8, 2014

    Big UK groups urged to track suppliers on social value

    Fifty of the UK’s largest companies are to be urged to show corporate responsibility by tracking how their small suppliers...

  18. June 5, 2014

    Europe leads the way in the number of women on top company boards

    Europe is fast overtaking the US in the number of women board directors at top global companies, driven by legal quotas and...

  19. June 5, 2014

    JKX still locked in legal dispute with biggest shareholders

    The failure of two Ukrainian oligarchs to cast their disputed votes prevented a possible boardroom shake-up at JKX Oil & Gas...

  20. May 30, 2014

    Celebrity boards: get with the beat

    Through the storm we reach the shore You give it all – but I want more And I’m waiting for you U2’s 1987 hit “With or...

  21. May 26, 2014

    UK capital raising powers trigger investor protests

    One in five of the UK’s largest public companies are facing investor protests over powers to raise funds without seeking...

  22. May 22, 2014

    Boards need trust, but verify too

    HL Mencken’s famous warning loses none of its force with age. For every complex problem, he said, there is a solution that...

  23. May 19, 2014

    Co-op’s longest serving director joins board exodus

    The Co-operative Group‘s longest-serving director has resigned after an historic vote to reform its governance, the fifth...

  24. May 16, 2014

    Co-operative lobby group fights Myners’ plan to eject lay members

    The battle for the future of the Co-operative Group has intensified ahead of the annual meeting on Saturday, as a powerful...

  25. May 15, 2014

    Shareholders rebel against pay at Hiscox

    Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox has suffered the biggest rebellion over boardroom pay of any FTSE 350 company so far this...

  26. May 15, 2014

    When (fiduciary) duty calls

    Strategy meetings are rarely much fun, sadly. There is an inevitability about much of the discussion. Not least that moment...

  27. May 13, 2014

    How a proud corporate history can lead to poor governance

    Only a few pages into Lord Myners’ report on the UK Co-operative Group, I had the feeling I had read this before. Soon after...

  28. May 11, 2014

    Poison pills: legitimate victory

    Winning an election on the merits of an argument is tougher than buying it. So Dan Loeb must be gratified by his victory at...

  29. May 8, 2014

    Co-op AGM agenda fails to address ‘dysfunctional’ governance

    None of the six motions the Co-operative Group’s elected representatives have tabled for discussion at its annual general...

  30. May 8, 2014

    Standard Chartered investors revolt over new pay structure

    Investors in Standard Chartered registered a significant protest vote against the bank’s new pay structure, with more than...

  31. May 8, 2014

    The hybrid successor has it all

    After the near-death experience, recovery: US carmaker Ford announced an orderly handover last week, from outgoing chief...

  32. May 8, 2014

    Anthony Fletcher: An innocent data nut cracks how to post out lots of snacks

    Anthony Fletcher is disarming. His accent is Oxbridge and his demeanour Silicon Valley start-up. In other words, he is warm...

  33. May 7, 2014

    Co-op faces fight over governance overhaul

    The Co-operative Group faces a fight over plans to overhaul its governance, despite a warning that it will fade into...

  34. May 2, 2014

    Brighter prospects for women seen through glass ceiling

    Here at the Financial Times, we have a close-up view of the corporate glass ceiling in operation. When company chieftains...

  35. May 1, 2014

    After 15 years at Starbucks, Ben Packard takes up protecting nature

    “The determination is unbelievable,” says Ben Packard. He is referring to one of the photographs decorating his Seattle...

  36. May 1, 2014

    Boards, not comic book heroes

    You take your seat in the boardroom. The meeting is called to order. Directors size up the competition. And the chief...

  37. April 30, 2014

    Sir Martin Sorrell’s pay rises by two-thirds to £30m

    Sir Martin Sorrell is again facing criticism from large shareholders in his marketing services group WPP, after it emerged...

  38. April 24, 2014

    The Co-op, the bananas and the £2.5bn loss

    At this month’s Co-operative Group board meeting to approve the mutual’s 2013 accounts, its executives were braced for a...

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