New York Roundtable 2011

Corporate Governance 2011/2011:
Where we've been – and where we're going

The Institutional Investor Educational Foundation (IIEF) and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance hosted an intimate breakfast roundtable discussion of recent developments affecting shareholder activism. The discussion addressed:

  • Proxy Access - What Happens Now?
  • SEC Whistleblower Rule - Will It Gut Compliance?
  • Has The News Corp Debacle Proven That It’s Time To Do Away With Dual Class Stock?
  • Is The Supreme Court Curtailing or Upholding 10b-5?
  • Executive Compensation – The Issue That Won’t Go Away?
  • Say-on-Pay – Effective Reform or Boondoggle for Consultants?
  • Proxy Advisors – Too Much Power?

IIEF Members:  We invite you to read a summary of the Roundtable discussion in our Members Only section.

Moderator: Charles Elson - Attorney, Professor, Board Advisor and Consultant

Charles Elson is Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and a nationally known corporate governance expert.

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning and Director Evaluation, was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity, Risk Governance: Balancing Risk and Reward, and presently serves on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws.

He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law, and is a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Elson served as an dviser and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants, a director of Circon Corporation, a medical products maker and Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer, Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-profit corporate governance research organization, Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, AutoZone, Inc., the national automobile parts retailer, and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of HealthSouth Corporation, a healthcare services provider.

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