Are Companies Paying Attention to Shareholder Concerns About Executive Compensation?

Posted on Oct 25, 2011

Last week, I wrote about a PwC study about corporate directors. 

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Korn Ferry Talks About Making Boards Better

Posted on Oct 21, 2011

I enjoy reading Korn/Ferry articles. They have a different perspective, as executive recruiters who work with boards as well as management, from the typical governance expert or consultant. Their most recent report has a number of comments that I found interesting. 

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An Audit Committee Member Talks About Risk Management

Posted on Oct 21, 2011

BoardMember.com has published an interview with John B. Morse Jr, who chairs the audit committee for Host Hotels and Resorts. In addition to talking about risk culture and what his company does about it, he talks about the importance of risk management to the audit committee.

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The Ideal Audit Committee Member

Posted on Oct 18, 2011

An article in AccountancyAge caught my eye this morning. It refers to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA, formerly known as IIA–UK) and talks about desired characteristics of non-executive (also known as independent) directors. You can see the survey on the CIIA site.

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SEC Guides Companies About the Need to Disclose IT Security Issues in Filings

Posted on Oct 18, 2011

My thanks for Protiviti for an excellent summary of the new SEC staff guidance. I will let you read it for the details. You can also refer to the SEC's release itself.

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New Internal Auditor Hall of Fame

Posted on Oct 14, 2011

The IIA’s North American Board has announced the creation of the “Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.” I welcome this opportunity to recognize the thought and practice leaders who have contributed to our profession.

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UK Investor Group Advises on Executive Compensation and Board Performance

Posted on Oct 10, 2011

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has released a couple of interesting reports that you might find useful, perhaps sharing with your general counsel and others:

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The Evolving Role of the External Auditor Is Examined by the Center for Audit Quality

Posted on Oct 7, 2011

Earlier this year, the Center for Audit Quality (which is affiliated with the AICPA) held a series of roundtables to obtain the input from investors, board members, lawyers, and business executives on the role of the external auditor. One internal auditor was present at a roundtable.

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How to Start or Redesign an Internal Audit Function

Posted on Oct 3, 2011

Today, I responded to a question on the LinkedIn IIA discussion group. The individual was in the exciting position of starting an internal audit function for a large company and asked for advice.

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