The Most Influential People in Corporate Governance

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) publishes the Directorship 100. They surveyed 15,000 public company directors and executives to form the final 100 honorees.

I was interested to see how they broke them into groups:

  1. Regulators and Rule Makers
  2. Directors
  3. CEOs
  4. Governance Policy Makers
  5. Attorneys
  6. Investors
  7. Auditors
  8. Recruiters
  9. Compensators
  10. D&O Insurers, Governance Advisors
  11. Corporate Governance Officers, Corporate Secretaries & General Counsel
  12. Professors
  13. Strategists
  14. Media

I found it interesting that “attorneys” list was as big as the list of “directors.” It’s clear from the list that there are lots of stakeholders affecting the boardroom’s activity.

All members of the Directorship 100, regardless of how they arrived here, have power and influence. Some of it is new, some of it is long-standing. Our modest job is to reveal those who exert the kind of influence that will permit the continued, if sometimes shaky, path that our system of capitalism is on, and the importance of corporate governance as a critical guidepost along the route

They also included the 2010 Corporate Governance Hall of Fame.

I also wanted to say congratulations to Douglas K. Chia of Johnson & Johnson for making the list. He even managed to get his picture into the pdf version of the publication (page 44).


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