“Zombie Directors, Real Independent Chairs, and Nay on Pay” (by Nell Minow)

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Bloomberg invited me [Nell Minow]to write a series of three articles on corporate governance this week, and they are all up now, so take a look.

One calls on zombie directors, those that failed to get majority support from shareholders, to leave the board. And it calls on D&O liability insurers to stop covering them. And one documents the rise in no votes on say on pay proxy proposals, and explains what the top indicators are that a pay plan will fail to get shareholder support. The third explains why separating the chairman and CEO jobs is a good investment, with findings from our own research at GMI Ratings.

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