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  • About the Author: Marcel Bucsescu

    Marcel Bucsescu serves as Co-Program Director of The Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers. Bucsescu is also executive director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corpora…

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16 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
Want More Innovation? Up Your Diversity and Inclusion Game
To achieve true digital transformation, organizations need to be open and inclusive to tap knowledge and ideas that reside both internally and externa…

08 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
What Young Workers Want—5 Expectations in the Digital Age
Making any big organization-wide change is challenging and bringing digital transformation to a company or institution is no exception. Knowing your e…

01 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
What Makes a Leader Highly Engaging in the Digital Age?
If digital transformation is a top priority for your organization in 2017, you may be overlooking a critical factor to success: engagement. Because di…

27 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
Is Your Organization Ready? 5 questions you should be asking about digital transformation
Digital transformation requires asking some hard questions about an organization's basic operating assumptions, business models, available talent and …

27 Dec. 2016 | Comments (0)
Seven Digital Marketing Predictions for 2017
By Vanessa DiMauro It’s that time of year again – holiday lights, sleigh bells and, of course, predictions for how the year ahead will unfold. This…

18 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
How Do Your Numbers Compare to Industry Benchmarks?
By Katie Paine One of the more frequent requests we get here at Paine Publishing headquarters is: “Are there any industry benchmarks we can check s…

28 Sep. 2016 | Comments (0)
NY State Cyber Regulation for Banks: A Model?
By Marcel Bucsescu and Matthew Waxman This post originally appeared on LawFare on Sept. 19, 2016. On September 13, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cu…

05 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
Duties and Liabilities of the Board Regarding Information Security
By Marcel Bucsescu, Assistant Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board Recent high profile cyber breaches at Anthem, Home Depot, and Sony …

02 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Governance Considerations in Setting Corporate Tax Policies
By Marcel Bucsescu, Assistant Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board Last month, The Conference Board Governance Center, in collaboratio…

26 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
Most Read Posts of 2013
By Marcel Bucsescu, Assistant Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board As 2013 comes to a close, we want to thank all of our contributors …

14 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Announcing A Coalition for Secure Digital Media - Please Join Us!
By Jen McClure Following the recent phishing and hacking attacks on news organizations and social platform companies, including the Associated Pres…

28 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Governance Center

26 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
Executive Compensation and the Utility of Peer Groups (Video)
By Marcel Bucsescu, Manager, The Conference Board Governance Center On Friday, January 18th, The Conference Board Governance Center hosted a debate…

14 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
Executive Compensation and the Utility of Peer Groups
By Marcel Bucsescu, Manager, The Conference Board Governance Center [caption id="attachment_2685" align="alignright" width="212"] Charles Elson, Cr…

13 Dec. 2012 | Comments (0)
Social Technology in the Boardroom: 5 Key Takeaways
Last week, I hosted a webcast on social technology in the boardroom with Barry Libert and Bob Zukis. You can view the webcast in its entirety here. At…

04 Dec. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Four Phases of Social Age Success: An Introduction to Today’s Risks and Rewards
Recently, The Conference Board released a significant report in collaboration with the Stanford University Rock Center for Corporate Governance on how…

16 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Did Westgate Change Anything? HR and the Governance of Political Activity
David McCann at CFO.com highlighted a newly emerging practice that has many worried about a resurgence of corporate dominance over the political proce…

06 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Laws and Economics of Blockholder Disclosure
[caption id="attachment_2417" align="alignright" width="212"] Lucian A. Bebchuk & Martin Lipton[/caption] On Tuesday, November 13, The Conferen…

06 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Five Sure Shot Business Investments for the Future
This past year has been a revealing one. Many businesses, struggling with the sputter and stall of the global economy, have started to realize an unsy…

04 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Reflecting on 100 Years of Political Participation by Corporations
As we approach Election Day on Tuesday, I have been reflecting on the work of The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending over the …

31 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
What Do Corporate Directors and Senior Managers Know about Social Media?
Last week, The Conference Board, in collaboration with Stanford University Rock Center for Corporate Governance, released a new report titled “What Do…

21 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
Putting It All Together: Why Banks Should Self-Regulate
Over the past several blogs I have published on the Governance Center Blog, I’ve described a number of different factors that came together to influen…

14 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Perils of Compensation Benchmarking
In the last four blogs, I outlined how a series of, apparently, unconnected issues combined to generate “cultural” issues within the banking sector th…

07 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Rise of the Superstar CEO: Are They The New American Idols?
Throughout my past few blogs, I detailed how certain events combined and interacted with one another to give rise to “cultural” issues within the bank…

30 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Factors That Shaped Culture Change in Banks
In my last two blogs, “The Rise of ‘Shareholder Value’ and its Unintended Consequences” and “Banking Scandals – Causes and Cures,” I demonstrated how …

23 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Banking Scandals - Causes and Cures
In my last blog, The Rise of “Shareholder Value” and Its Unintended Consequences, I spoke about how “shareholder value” became universally embraced as…

17 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Rise of “Shareholder Value” and Its Unintended Consequences
We seem to have a new crop of banking scandals every week, and every time a new scandal occurs, somebody responds by saying, “… the culture is broken……

19 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
The economy continues to sail through strong headwinds
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.3 percent in June to 95.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in…

15 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
The License to Operate can be Revoked
Low levels of trust in business, and the public perceptions of business leaders and leadership, should concern everyone, from the board room to the ma…

02 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Safeguarding Intellectual Property & Preventing Corruption in Global Supply Chains
A new project by The Conference Board has convened executives in the areas of Intellectual Property (IP), Legal, and Compliance to investigate and pro…

28 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Comment on EU Summit from The Conference Board
Leaders of European Union member states are meeting in Brussels to discuss measures that might alleviate the financial crisis, and reassure stakeholde…

26 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines Again
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in May, fell further in June. The Index now stands at 62.0 (1985=100), down from 6…

29 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines Again
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined slightly in April, fell further in May. The Index now stands at 64.9 (1985=100), d…

17 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Dips Slightly
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1 percent in April to 95.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase i…

25 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Group of Thirty on Effective Governance
The Group of Thirty has published a report on governance of financial institutions that has interesting observations and recommendations applicable to…

16 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Board's Role in Communicating CEO Succession
An increasingly important component of the CEO succession planning process is the board’s decision on how to communicate internal, strategically sensi…

13 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
How "Connected" is Your Board?
A new working paper from Stanford University Rock Center for Corporate Governance, by David Larcker, Eric So, and Charles Wang, is worth a read. The p…

09 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Governance Center Launches Search for Executive Director
The Conference Board is pleased to announce the search for an Executive Director of The Conference Board Governance Center. The Center has a legacy of…

30 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Say-on-Pay Votes Are ‘Working’
Say-on-pay is working due to the influence of the proxy voting agents – but its affects are as of yet unknown. Listed companies are taking increasi…

22 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Boards Go Social
A recent Knowledge@Wharton piece, published on February 9, 2012, caught my eye. The piece, titled Seven Steps for Board Success in the Facebook Age, i…

13 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Conference Board, NASDAQ, and Rock Center Survey on Influence of Proxy Advisory Firms
This week, The Conference Board released a new Director Note titled The Influence of Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Recommendations on Say-on-Pay Votes an…

09 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
CEO Compensation in India: Growing as India Becomes a Springboard to Other Markets
  [caption id="attachment_1931" align="alignright" width="200" caption="University of Michigan Law School Directors' College for Globa…

05 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
2012 is the Year of Corporate Political Spending
It seems that no matter where you turn on the web these days, there is mention of Citizens United. Two years later, this is still an issue of focus fo…

06 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
New twist to executive compensation disclosures
The web has been buzzing today about the recent agreement between Verizon Communications Inc. and the SEC. The agreement, detailed in a Wall Street Jo…

03 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
Governance Watch - The 2012 Proxy Season
On December 16th, as people were preparing to shut down their computers for the holidays, we held a Governance Center webcast to review the key issues…

01 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
2011 Top Read Blog Posts
As 2011 comes to a close, we wanted to share with you the five most read blogs from The Governance Center Blog in 2011.  Executive compensation was th…

21 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
ISS Publishes White Paper on Pay for Performance Evaluation
Yesterday ISS published a white paper detailing its new methodology for the pay-for-performance test described in ISS’ 2012 proxy voting policies. ISS…

14 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Governance Watch - What to Expect in the 2012 Proxy Season
We're pleased to offer readers of the blog a complimentary pass to upcoming Governance Watch webcasts focused on the 2012 proxy season. [caption id…

02 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Executive Compensation Director's Forum
This week, The Conference Board Governance Center co-hosted a director's forum on executive compensation with the Weinberg Center for Corporate Gove…

10 Nov. 2011 | Comments (0)
Cyber Security in the Boardroom
Cyber security, and the importance of management and board engagement on the issue, has been generating a lot of discussion lately. Indeed, the spate …

29 Jul. 2009 | Comments (0)
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