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    BlackRock chief preaches tech spending to the unconverted

    When Larry Fink, chief executive the world’s largest fund management company, opines on the best uses of cash, his words...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Corporate knights avoid long knives in pursuit of honours

    Could it be that chief executives who accept a knighthood are doing so at the expense of shareholder returns? A group of...

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  1. April 16, 2014

    The perils of the chief who stays too long at the top

    To the news that General Electric’s board of directors has been meeting in solemn conclave to debate whether its chief...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Co-op pushed to adopt softer reforms

    The Co-operative Group is coming under increasing pressure to adopt a watered-down version of radical governance reforms...

  3. April 13, 2014

    Co-operative Group to reveal £2bn-£2.5bn pre-tax loss

    The Co-operative Group will highlight the urgency of sweeping governance reforms this week as it reveals the extent of its...

  4. April 10, 2014

    The Co-op: caught in a time warp

    The Co-operative Group has been a feature of Britain’s corporate landscape for so long that its way of doing things has...

  5. April 9, 2014

    Lord Myners quits Co-op amid opposition to reform

    The civil war within Co-operative Group claimed another victim on Wednesday as Lord Myners, the senior independent director,...

  6. April 9, 2014

    Barnier proposes greater executive pay transparency

    Europe’s corporate executives would have to seek shareholder approval for their salaries and justify the pay gap between...

  7. April 7, 2014

    Reform of pharma practices should go wider than GSK

    Two cases do not make an epidemic. But it is still serious for GlaxoSmithKline that allegations of bribery have surfaced in...

  8. April 3, 2014

    2013: A year of change for FTSE 100 chief executives

    Almost one in five of the UK’s largest public companies appointed new chief executives last year – the highest proportion...

  9. April 2, 2014

    Kentz relents on its lonely ‘say on pay’ stance for shareholders

    Kentz is to abandon its lonely resistance to giving shareholders a “say on pay”, as the FTSE350 group prepares to allow...

  10. March 25, 2014

    America’s need for active investors

    When it comes to shareholders having a say in listed companies, the general impression in the US is that they have too...

  11. March 24, 2014

    Delaware judge calls for end to ‘deluge’ of activist votes

    Activist hedge funds and institutional investors have never wielded so much influence on company boards but the trend is in...

  12. March 17, 2014

    Co-op is shaken, not the mutuals’ model

    The near-collapse of the Co-operative Group has given critics plenty of ammunition to claim that the politically popular...

  13. March 14, 2014

    Family control: company stakes

    In the big fruit merger this week, David McCann came out as top banana. The executive chairman of Fyffes will become chief...

  14. March 10, 2014

    Jardines seeks to downgrade premium London listing

    Jardines, the storied conglomerate that helped found British Hong Kong, is seeking to ditch its premium London listings,...

  15. March 7, 2014

    It pays to comb the fine print for clues

    Late last week, investors got unwelcome news that regulators are probing how investment banks hand out allocations of...

  16. February 26, 2014

    Better Boards: ‘Pass the baton of chairmanship’

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  17. February 26, 2014

    ‘Criminal allegations highlighted our lack of insurance’

    We are a UK-based technology business with about 300 staff. We launched eight years ago. One of our directors recently and...

  18. February 24, 2014

    Icahn hits out at Andreessen over eBay role

    Carl Icahn has launched a stinging attack on Marc Andreessen, one of the heavyweights of Silicon Valley venture capital,...

  19. February 23, 2014

    Sweden’s directors braced for EU rule change

    Sweden’s much praised system of ownership and corporate governance will be undermined by new EU rules on directorships, say...

  20. February 19, 2014

    Big Four keep their grip on company audits

    Attempts to bring competition to the market for auditing Britain’s largest companies are failing to bear fruit, as the Big...

  21. February 19, 2014

    Interview: Being a leader in the public and charity sectors

    Lynne Berry has taken her “absolute commitment to tackling poverty” and used it to improve the lot of others by running...

  22. February 19, 2014

    Better Boards: Young panel focuses on wider responsibilities

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  23. February 16, 2014

    ‘Say on pay’ pioneers make it safely over the first hurdle

    The sense of relief from EasyJet that it had successfully navigated its annual meeting on Thursday was almost tangible....

  24. February 16, 2014

    Pay study shows bank chiefs give value for money

    Despite some public anger over bankers’ bonuses, financial services chief executives represent the best value for money for...

  25. February 9, 2014

    Concern grows over lack of female non-executive directors in UK

    Fewer than one in four senior women executives serve on other companies’ boards as non-executive directors, despite the...

  26. February 5, 2014

    Better Boards: ‘Two reasons for boardroom failure’

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  27. February 5, 2014

    Hyundai chairwoman faces legal action over family feud

    A Swiss elevator maker is suing the chairwoman of Hyundai Group after becoming caught in the crossfire of a feud between two...

  28. February 2, 2014

    Governance watchdog accused of bad governance

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen? Arbiters of behaviour or morality are notoriously prone to falling...

  29. January 31, 2014

    Forward guidance is a backward step if it promotes short-termism

    It has not been a good week for corporate guidance. On Monday, Apple shares fell after it missed analysts’ forecasts for...

  30. January 30, 2014

    Roche to lead way on corporate governance crackdown

    Roche will become one of the first big Swiss companies to implement tough new corporate governance rules designed to remove...

  31. January 29, 2014

    Better Boards: Evaluation code proposed

    Boardroom behaviour at UK listed companies has scarcely been out of the news in the five years since Sir David Walker’s 2009...

  32. January 28, 2014

    British Land sheds assets to reduce debt

    FTSE 100 property developer British Land is taking advantage of the recovering market to shed assets and pay down debt. Some...

  33. January 23, 2014

    Sir Win Bischoff to lead Financial Reporting Council

    Sir Win Bischoff has been appointed head of the Financial Reporting Council, as the accounting watchdog takes on...

  34. January 21, 2014

    Huge cash pile puts recovery in hands of the few

    The pile of unspent corporate cash that has built up since the start of the financial crisis is being held by an...

  35. January 15, 2014

    Nick Leeson warns that banks are still under threat from rogue trading

    Nick Leeson makes an audience of finance professionals smile by telling them his mother would have liked him to have gone...

  36. January 9, 2014

    Quotas for female board members look like a toad too far

    In China, 2014 is the year of the horse. In Germany, it is shaping up to be the year of toad-swallowing. “To swallow a toad”...

  37. January 8, 2014

    Leo Strine nominated to top Delaware court

    Leo Strine, a jurist known for his colourful opinions involving business disputes, has been nominated to the highest state...

  38. January 6, 2014

    Teva: in need of a shot

    The board of Teva Pharmaceuticals is a brains trust of scientific and medical knowledge. Shame that so few of its 16 members...

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