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Chair of the board

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of the chair of a company board

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9 Traits of an effective Audit Committee

Having an effective Audit Committee is essential for good corporate governance as it leads on financial reporting, internal controls, risk management and external audit functions.

What makes a good chairman?

Frank Lewis, independent non-executive director and chairman, and Dr Sarah Blackburn, Managing Director, the Wayside Network explore what makes an effective chairman.

eBooks

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The chairman of the board

Chapter 11 looks at the Chairman's role in governance and their role on the board and the chair's interaction with CEO, company secretary, senior independent director (SID) and shareholders.

Driven to the brink: why corporate governance, board leadership and culture matter

A collection of stories about how inadequate governance and flawed culture caused a massive destruction of shareholder value.

Directors' meetings and resolutions

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Chapter 9 of the handbook - Directors' meetings and resolutions - looks at procedures around appointment of committees, board meetings minutes and the role of the company secretary in relation.

Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Appendix 3 - Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

The Non-executive chairman: toward a shareholder value maximization role

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. This chapter explores the key responsibilities, characteristics , experience and skills of a high-performance non-executive board chairman as well as communication with shareholders and addressing the concerns of activist shareholders.

Effective boards and board meetings

An essential source of reference and route map for the position of Non-executive director. Contains case studies and checklists throughout. Chapter 5 gives an overview of the roles of the board, the chairman, the senior independent director (SID), the company secretary and board committees. The subjects of board composition, boardroom behaviour, conduct of board meetings and matters reserved for the board are looked at. Includes 'Checklist: for an effective board'

Boardroom realities: building leaders across your board

Looks at building leaders across a board, with the latest trends in board leadership and performance as well as talent management for the board and the C-suite.

Running board meetings: how to get the most from them

Guide to preparing for and chairing meetings with a board of directors.

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Industry press

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Audit committee effectiveness: practical tips for the chair

The article focuses on the effects of audit committee in day to day challenges faced by businesses. Topics include need of experienced, healthy skepticism, and strong communication skill based audit committee effectiveness; help of audit committees for adding new members to structured on-board process; and importance of executive and private sessions for effective functioning of the committee.

Being a good board chair

How to be an effective board chair: eight principles for chairs to follow, plus examples of leaders who apply them well.

Should compensation committees seek CEO input when deciding CEO pay?

The article focuses on the procedure followed by the compensation committee [remuneration committee in the UK] and board members of a company while deciding the compensation and salary package of the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. The author opines on the need of taking CEO's view in deciding the package. It also discusses the need of transparency of the board members and chairman of the committee with the CEO after the decision is made.

Chairing board meetings

Board meetings are not like ordinary team discussions. An effective board chair requires a different set of skills. This article sets out eight principles to help you conduct meetings with CEOs and directors, based on interviews with real executives.

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