JD CEO’s arrest steps on governance landmine – Breakingviews

Emphasis added to this story about a “governance landmine” that illustrates the problem with governance structure that is overweighted in favor of the CEO. JD.com shareholders just got an abrupt reminder about their investment. Richard Liu, the founder and chief executive of the $45 billion Chinese e-commerce company, was arrested in the United States for alleged…

Narcissistic CEOs Can Mean Big Legal Bills | Stanford Graduate School of Business

At first glance, it might seem worth it for a company’s shareholders to tolerate a narcissistic CEO’s abusive personality, given the outsized success that Jobs and others like him have achieved. But narcissistic CEOs’ rampant hubris also has a serious downside, [Charles] O’Reilly notes. Studies indicate that they’re more likely to engage in questionable tax-avoidance…

What do companies really have to reveal when a CEO is ousted? – The Washington Post

Jena McGregor writes in the Washington Post about the delicate obfuscation in CEO departure announcements:<P Barnes & Noble’s announcement on Tuesday that its CEO, Demos Parneros, was being terminated, gave investors some important information: He would not get a severance. His firing was not related to “any potential fraud.” He had violated a company policy and…

FCA fines Barclays boss £640k over whistleblower failings – Citywire

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Relegation Authority (PRA) have fined the chief executive of Barclays £642,430 over his handling of a whistle blower. In a joint statement the two regulators announced the Barclays chief James Staley will be fined for his failure to ‘act with due skill, care and diligence in the way he…

The Lonely CEO | Directors and Boards

The significant conclusion we would draw is somewhat different: CEOs do not allow or enable boards to play a significant substantive role beyond compliance and window dressing, and boards make no effort to change that. Whether it’s racial tensions in a coffee shop or testimony before Congress about privacy, CEOs face a lot of pressure…

Time For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg To Face Facts

Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld explains the failure of corporate governance at Facebook revealed by the Cambridge Analytica breach. We concur, and we call on the board to establish a committee to investigate further and report to Facebook users and investors about the steps they are taking to prevent further breaches. The leadership of Facebook is failing…

Gretchen Morgenson: 20 Years of Corporate Governance

In her last column for the New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson summarizes the best and worst and most improved of the corporate governance issues she has reported on, quoting VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow: Nell Minow is a corporate governance expert and vice chairwoman at ValueEdge Advisors, a firm that guides institutional shareholders on reducing…

FT: Investors pass the buck on governance VEA: No They Don’t

Rana Foroohar’s column on institutional investors and corporate governance is internally inconsistent and factually wrong. She says that institutional investors “outsource” their proxy votes to the proxy advisory firms. But anyone who understands finance and markets has to recognize that (1) institutional investors rely on a wide range of sources for making all investment decisions,…