Tag: Board of Directors

Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled

Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled

Corporate Governance practices are flawed in our view as it relates to independent Board members. Corporate Boards are littered with outsiders who know little about the industry or the company for which they serve on the Board. My view has always been that smart investors bet on Management Teams. I would prefer a Board that … Continue reading Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled

The Stock Buyback Scam

The Stock Buyback Scam

Prior to the 2008-2009 Financial crisis, stock buybacks were typically used by management teams to offset options dilution and to acquire undervalued company shares. Today, companies primarily use stock buybacks to goose the value of CEO options packages as well as to goose the value of shares held by CEOs and large institutional holders. The … Continue reading The Stock Buyback Scam

CEO Compensation: What Happened To “Pay For Performance”?

CEO Compensation: What Happened To “Pay For Performance”?

CEORater has published a number of CEO compensation studies over the years. The truth is we probably do not allocate sufficient weighting to compensation in our CEOs of The Year awards. The Wall Street Journal published an insightful piece on Technology Founder/CEO compensation, which we have previously written about. Our view is that public company … Continue reading CEO Compensation: What Happened To “Pay For Performance”?

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ's (ticker: NDAQ), Board diversity proposal is one that puts gender and race ahead of meritocracy. Why should someone's gender or race matter regarding Board selection? Also, why should Board member race and gender be tracked and reported? Where does a prospective Board member's career experience fit into this equation? A Board member candidate's reputation … Continue reading NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEOs ought to operate their companies in such a manner that their integrity and work ethic may not be questioned. Take the example of Unity (ticker: U) CEO John Riccitiello who is named in this lawsuit. If the allegations are true, it speaks to horrible behavior on Mr. Riccitiello's part. Setting the allegations aside for … Continue reading CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

“G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG

“G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG

I've yet to be convinced of the value proposition of incorporating ESG into the investment decision-making process. What are the definitions of the "Environmental" and "Social" elements of ESG and how are each directly correlated to alpha generation? You are preaching to the choir as it relates to "Corporate Governance" - the "G" in ESG. … Continue reading “G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG

The Blood Is On Elon Musk’s Hands

The Blood Is On Elon Musk’s Hands

Elon Musk is happy for prospective Tesla customers, sell-side analysts, buy-side investors and his Twitter followers to believe that Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous when that could not be further from the truth (see our earlier article regarding Autonomous vehicle permits). This fallacy helps promote the narrative around Musk as a genius entrepreneur (newsflash: Musk … Continue reading The Blood Is On Elon Musk’s Hands

Boeing Should Look To The IT Services Industry For A New CEO

Boeing Should Look To The IT Services Industry For A New CEO

We have been consistently critical of Boeing's (tkr: BA), Board of Directors and CEO David Calhoun (links to those articles below). Should Boeing's Board decide to replace Mr. Calhoun (it ought to replace itself first), we recommend that the Board look to the IT Services industry for a replacement CEO. The airplane design and manufacture … Continue reading Boeing Should Look To The IT Services Industry For A New CEO

It’s Difficult For Legacy Payments Companies To Learn New Tricks

It’s Difficult For Legacy Payments Companies To Learn New Tricks

Legacy payments companies still have not fully embraced mobile applications. For example, Global Payments (tkr: GPN) chooses to white label certain mobile payment applications from Apriva rather than fully own its technology stack. All mobile applications are not created equal. The user experience differs dramatically across mobile apps and is primarily a function of the … Continue reading It’s Difficult For Legacy Payments Companies To Learn New Tricks

Where Is The Accountability At Boeing?

Where Is The Accountability At Boeing?

It is disappointing that Boeing was not forced to purge CEO David Calhoun and its Board as part of yesterday's $2.5 billion DOJ settlement. We most recently wrote about the fact that Boeing needed to purge is CEO and Board in September 2020. Boeing's Board deserves an "F" for its handling of the 737 Max … Continue reading Where Is The Accountability At Boeing?