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ISS Ignores Contrary Studies In Adopting Overboarding Policy Change

ISS released its 2016 Benchmark Policy Recommendations last Friday.  I had previously criticized ISS for its proposal to change its recommendation on withholding votes with respect to directors who sit on too many boards: In proposing this policy change, ISS cites surveys that reflect an increase in the time commitment required for board service. ISS…

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Society Warns ISS That Overboarding Policy Change Will Hurt Women And Minority Directors

Recently, I criticized ISS’ proposed changes to its policy on “overboarding”.  Therefore, I was pleased to see that I wasn’t a lone voice crying in the wilderness.  The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals also submitted a comment letter to ISS.  The Society echoed my observation that ISS had provided no evidentiary support for…

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ISS Proposes To Go Overboard In Proposed Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is a very influential purveyor of proxy advisory services.  As part of ISS’ annual policy update procedure, ISS recently released a proposed policy change with respect to directors who sit on too many boards.  The following table summarizes ISS’ current and proposed policy with respect to recommending votes against directors…

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“If there be nothing new, but that which is hath been before . . .”

The California General Corporation Law has imposes a single qualification to serve as a director – the person must be a “natural person”.  Cal. Corp. Code § 164. Nevada’s for-profit corporation law adds the additional requirement that a director must be at least 18 years of age.  NRS 78.115.  The GCL does permit bylaws to…

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