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Institutional Investor (January 16)

2018/ 01/ 18 by jd in Global News

“BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has written a letter to CEOs detailing his requests for corporate stewardship as the firm moves toward shareholder activism year-round…. The letter is the latest move by an asset manager to focus more on shareholder activism and environmental, social and governance criteria in investments. For instance, BlackRock competitor Vanguard Group said in an August report that it is taking a more active approach to monitoring companies in its portfolio, while a McKinsey & Co. study published in October found that asset managers no longer consider ESG a niche strategy.”


Fortune (January 4)

2018/ 01/ 05 by jd in Global News

“By the end of the first three working days of the year, the U.K.’s top bosses will each have earned on average as much as a typical worker will take home in all of 2018, according to a report. While the difference in compensation appears stark, it narrowed slightly compared with the previous year.” Studies show “earnings for CEOs in the U.K.’s benchmark FTSE 100 dropped by a fifth in 2016 to 4.5 million pounds ($5.4 million)” and that the CEO-to-worker pay ratio stood at around 120 to 1, much lower than the 347 to 1 of S&P 500 companies.


Wall Street Journal (May 17)

2017/ 05/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Activist investors, a perennial nuisance for chief executives, are becoming an existential threat. Since January, they have helped push out the leaders of three high-profile S&P 500 companies” (AIG, CSX Corp. and Arconic Inc.). Moreover, “they are gunning for the CEOs at other companies,” such as Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. and Avon Products Inc. “So far in 2017, activists have started nine campaigns targeting top management, the fastest pace on record.”


IR Magazine (December 7)

2016/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

“New CEOs who present their strategy within the first 100 days of their appointment can see stock prices rise by an average of 5.3 percent on presentation day (around $2.8 bn in market value). The average stock price gain for presentations by new CEOs appointed from outside the organization is 9.3 percent (just under $5 bn), and for new CEOs from outside the company’s home industry it’s 12.4 percent (around $6.6 bn).” Despite these impressive results, “only 40 percent of new CEOs present on strategy in their first 200 days.”


Reuters (November 16)

2016/ 11/ 18 by jd in Global News

“It will be a new day at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after President-elect Donald Trump installs his choice to run the agency.” With the resignation of SEC Chairman Mary Jo White, who was a proponent of regulation, Trump’s team will have a relatively free hand. “Some rules already are marked for death or dialback.” Among them are the conflict mineral disclosure requirements and “a proposal that would require companies to disclose pay ratios between their CEOs and employees.”


Financial Times (May 11)

2015/ 05/ 12 by jd in Global News

“The global trend has turned against title-hogging corporate leaders.” In 2002, the majority of incoming CEOs in Europe and the U.S. also held the Chairmanship. Last year, only 10% did. “Sometimes a species reaches the end of its natural existence…. The last survivors of the doomed herd become objects of curiosity and pity. This is happening to chief executives who are also chairmen—but with none of the pity.”


Boston Globe (October 2)

2011/ 10/ 03 by jd in Global News

Warren Buffett complained his tax rate was too low. He believes the wealthiest Americans have an obligation to pay more. In his honor, President Obama has proposed a minimum “Buffett tax’’ on the very rich. The Globe salutes Warren Buffet, contrasting him with other CEOs. Buffett is “a walking indictment of the puffed-up CEO who, in bad times, displaces blame in a torrent of MBA-speak – and takes home big bonuses no matter what.”