Robert A.G. Monks is Chairman and Co-Founder of ValueEdge Advisors. He is a globally respected author and pioneering practitioner in corporate governance. Mr. Monks was the founder and president of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., now the leading corporate governance consulting firm, advising shareholders with assets in excess of $1 trillion on how to vote their proxies. He founded the investment fund known as LENS, which since 1992 developed the “institutional activist” mode of investment. Mr. Monks is an advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company. He is also the founder of Lens Governance Advisors, a law firm that advised on corporate governance in the settlement of shareowner litigation. Mr. Monks served as the President of Henley Management College’s Center for Board Effectiveness from 2000 to October 2003. He also served as the board chairman of Governance for Owners.
He is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. He was a partner in a Boston law firm and served as vice president of Gardner Associates, an investment management company. He was president and chief executive officer of C.H.Sprague & Son Company, a coal and oil concern and served as a board member and chairman of the Board of The Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company and the Boston Company. He served as director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation through appointment by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. He served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system. Mr. Monks has served as a member of the board of directors of ten publicly held companies.
Mr. Monks has co-authored three books with Nell Minow including, Power and Accountability (Harper Business, 1991), Corporate Governance (Blackwell Publishing, 1995), the 5th edition was published in spring 2011, and Watching the Watchers (Blackwell Publishers, 1996). He wrote The Emperor’s Nightingale (Capstone, April 1998), The New Global Investors: How Shareowners Can Unlock Sustainable Prosperity Worldwide (Capstone, May 2001) andCorpocracy (Wiley, 2007). With Alexandra Lajoux he wrote Corporate Valuation for Portfolio Investment (Wiley, 2011). He also co-authored Trusting Harvard: The Cost of Unprincipled Investing (Miniver Press, 2014) with Marcy Murningham. Mr. Monks was also the subject of a biography chronicling the corporate governance movement – A Traitor to His Class – by Hilary Rosenberg published by Wiley in 1999. Mr. Monks’ first novel, Reel and Rout, was published by the Brook Street Press, February 2004.
Mr. Monks has received a number of awards and accolades in the course of his distinguished career, including but not limited to:
– 2013 Frankel Fiduciary Prize from the Institute for Fiduciary Standard
– 2008 Directorship 100 Hall of Fame Award from the Directorship Magazine
– 2007 Outstanding Financial Executive Award
– 2004 Special Award for Corporate Accountability from the Investor Relations Magazine
– 2002 International Corporate Governance Award from the ICGN
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