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SEC nominee Jay Clayton appears to be a solid pick

­The Donald Trump era as president is now underway with the inauguration just a few days behind us. As Senate hearings for many of his nominees are being conducted, similar themes are emerging around the nominees – including atypical candidates, learning curves in the world of governing, healthy amounts of political posturing by everyone involved and, in some cases, questions about readiness and fitness for duty. 

While nothing is guaranteed at this early stage, Trump’s selection of Jay Clayton to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appears to be a solid choice. His nomination is generally seen as a positive move for both public companies and investors.

The New York Times describes him as a deal maker who is not well known in political circles. He…

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Rewarding talent

Among other things, our beloved Cleveland Indians’ run to the World Series has reinforced the importance of nurturing and recognizing talent.

Here at Dix & Eaton, that’s at the heart of what we do, and we’re pleased to announce the promotions of four outstanding colleagues this week. Nicolle Huffman becomes a senior account executive, Megan Stinn and Angela Almasy are our newest account executives, and Angel Seymour is now our office coordinator.

Nicolle, Angela and Megan are exemplary young professionals whose expertise and experience reflect our clients’ need to employ an ever-changing range of communications tools to reach their target audiences, while Angel plays important roles in client and vendor relations.  We’re proud to recognize their efforts through…

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Engagement is a process, not an event – Part 3 of 3

This is the third of a three-part series on board engagement. This post is written from the investor’s perspective.

Glenn Booraem is a Principal of the Vanguard Group, Inc. and the Treasurer of each of the Vanguard Funds. He has worked for Vanguard since 1989 and currently oversees the firm's corporate governance program, covering more than $2 trillion in equity market value. He is a frequent speaker on governance to industry groups and has served on the New York Stock Exchange’s Proxy Working Group and Commission on Corporate Governance.

Calls for better communication between companies and their increasingly institutional owners are nothing new. Corporate governance veterans Kayla Gillan and Rich Koppes (then at the California Public Employees Retirement System)…

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Why are some boards still reluctant to communicate with investors? – Part 2 of 3

This is the second of a three-part series on board engagement. This post is written from the perspective of a public company board member.

Gina France is President and CEO of France Strategic Partners LLC, which provides strategy and transaction advisory services and special project consulting to corporations. She has over 30 years of strategy, investment banking and corporate finance experience and is a 15-year veteran of Wall Street.  She serves on the boards of several public companies, including CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE: CBZ), Cedar Fair L.P. (NYSE: FUN), and FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq: FMER). 

Clearly, most boards take their fiduciary duties very seriously, understanding that they are accountable to shareholders and responsible for increasing shareholder value.…

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Finding the right strategy for effective board engagement with shareholders – Part 1 of 3

This is part one of a three-part series on board engagement. Future posts will include perspectives from a public company board member and an institutional investor.

Corporate directors are becoming more involved in shareholder engagement than ever before – not only because of shareholder activism, but also as a proactive strategy to ensure that investors are receiving the right messages and their concerns are addressed.  Their involvement can enhance management presentations by  providing a greater sense of the credibility and commitment of the entire board.

But while a growing number of companies are engaging with investors (see this Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute study), some boards and management teams remain unconvinced about the wisdom of…

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