Author Archives for Peter Gleason

Identifying Black Swans: The Many Facets of Risk Oversight

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The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel recently interviewed NACD President Peter R. Gleason on how boards are recalibrating their approach to risk oversight and strategy development.  The original interview can be found here.  MCC: Risk oversight is a key responsibility for corporate boards. What are the major areas of risk? Gleason: It’s interesting. When you think about it, everything falls into the risk category. Where we used to have discussions around financial reporting or compensation, the conversation has evolved to financial reporting risk or compensation risk (or the risks in these areas). And traditional categories are still on the agenda, such as competitive, economic... Read More


The Risks of the Risk Committee

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The following article was recently published in Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Governance Report. In addition, it was uploaded to all Bloomberg terminals, which are used globally by approximately 350,000 investors, financial traders, and corporate governance experts. For the rest of the article, click here.  Risk Oversight: Risk Committees Can Play a Role, But They Are Not the Whole Story In the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008, and before the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was introduced, there were rumblings in the marketplace calling for all companies to have board-level risk committees. Such calls stemmed from the... Read More


NACD Insight & Analysis for December 3, 2010

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In a New York Times (Nov. 30) article published in Wednesday’s NACD Directors Daily, columnist Stephen M. Davidoff commented on the SEC’s Concept Release on the U.S. Proxy System. Davidoff highlighted how companies that are generally averse to government regulations are calling for additional rules for proxy advisory firms like Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). These companies see a conflict of interest for proxy advisory firms that often offer both voting recommendations and advisory services. In alignment with the NACD Key Agreed Principles of independence and transparency, NACD agrees that proxy advisory firms should be subject to enhanced disclosure regulations. On... Read More