Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Large Passive Investors' Perspectives on the Board Member

The Conference Board, Inc., 31 pages, December 20, 2017
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Large passive investors—including Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors—say the information management shares with the board is sometimes incomplete, and these investors want the corporate director to be knowledgeable enough to realize that.

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Large passive investors have, as they see it, one of the most vested stakes in the success of their portfolio company directors. Investors who attended our panel discussion—including representatives from the Big Three: The Vanguard Group, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors—advocate as much shareholder engagement for corporate directors as possible. They believe engagement has been the missing link in the corporate governance debate, which has traditionally focused on the primacy of shareholders versus directors. Ably supplementing the information management disseminates to the board is also a vital part of a director’s job, panelists told us.

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