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16 April, 2015 | (01 hr)

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This month’s Governance Watch, hosted by Cleary Gottlieb and The Conference Board, will address the contentious topic of special compensation to directors, also known as “golden leashes.” Recent attempts by investor groups to award their board candidates various forms of incentive pay have sparked fierce debate and raised threats of proxy fights.

Melissa Aguilar of The Conference Board will moderate a panel to discuss the governance issues these unconventional pay proposals are raising with respect to board compensation, directors’ fiduciary obligations and potential conflicts of interest.

Who Should Attend:  Senior business and investor executives from the legal, audit, risk, and governance functions.

Speakers

Arthur H. Kohn

Arthur H. Kohn
Partner
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Arthur H. Kohn is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on compensation and benefit matters, including executive compensation, pension compliance and investment, employment law, and related matters. Mr. Kohn is distinguished by Ch...Full Bio

Charles M. Elson

Charles M. Elson
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance
University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics
Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.  He is also "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Holland & Knight.  He formerly served as a Professor of La...Full Bio

Kathleen Carney

Kathleen Carney
Managing Director
Teneo

Prior to joining Teneo, Ms. Carney was General Counsel for Relational Investors LLC.  In this role she was responsible for general legal matters, including the firm’s compliance program, and worked with the investment team in analyzing corporate governance issues and developing engagem...Full Bio

Melissa Aguilar

Melissa Aguilar (Moderator)
Former Researcher, Corporate Leadership
The Conference Board

Melissa Aguilar was a researcher in the corporate leadership department at The Conference Board in New York. Her research focuses on corporate governance and risk issues, including succession planning, enterprise risk management, and shareholder activism. Aguilar serves as executive editor of Full Bio

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