Saturday, June 6, 2009

The buck stops here: The Board of Directors

Corporate governance has long been a concern when massive corporate frauds come to light. Today, Boards of Directors are being criticized for their role in the subprime crisis. Ultimately, the Board is the highest level of control that can prevent or detect corporate malfeasance--whether it be fraud or other illegal business practices. An article in The New Yorker discusses the current state of corporate governance and suggests that Boards need to be much more than moonlighting opportunities for the CEO's friends. The article concludes by saying:
Right now, boards are made up of moonlighters. And, if the last few years have shown anything, it’s that protecting shareholder interests is a full-time job.

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