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21 Nov 2016
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Viewpoints - Issue 27 - Incorporating share buybacks in board-driven strategy
Incorporating share buybacks in board-driven strategy

15 Jun 2016
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Viewpoints - Issue 26 - Leading the board toward superior performance
LDN members met to discuss board leadership challenges, especially those involving CEO and director performance.

29 Feb 2016
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Viewpoints - Issue 25 - Dialogue with Glenn Booraem of Vanguard
Members of the LDN convened in New York City, on January 28 to discuss their companies' and boards' relations with institutional investors.

07 Dec 2015
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Viewpoints - Issue 23 - Board and Management Oversight of Corporate Culture
Members of the LDN convened in Washington, D.C., on October 7 to discuss corporate culture.

07 Dec 2015
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Viewpoints - Issue 24 - A Dialogue with Andrew Ceresney
Members of the LDN convened in Washington, D.C., on October 7 for a discussion with Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC's division of enforcement.

03 Aug 2015
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Viewpoints - Issue 22 - The Board's Role in Corporate Strategy
Members of the LDN convened in New York on June 30 to discuss the development and oversight of corporate strategy.

22 Apr 2015
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Viewpoints – Issue 21 – Refreshing the board
Members of the LDN met to discuss different approaches to refreshing the board. Among other matters, members discussed board composition, director selection and director assessment and turnover.

23 Dec 2014
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Viewpoints – Issue 20 – Board leadership in crisis management
Members of the LDN met to discuss crisis management and cybersecurity. Dan McGinn, a communications expert with more than three decades of experience advising large organizations during crises, joined LDN members for part of the meeting.

28 Aug 2014
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Viewpoints – Issue 19, Part 1 – A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance
Joined by Keith Higgins, director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, members of both the LDN and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) discussed the role of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and its priorities.

28 Aug 2014
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Viewpoints – Issue 19, Part 2 – Proxy trends and advisory firm policy
LDN and CCLN members met separately to discuss proxy advisory firm policy and trends from the 2014 proxy season. Also in attendance for part of the meeting were Martha Carter, Institutional Shareholder Services, and Robert McCormick, Glass Lewis & Co.

08 Apr 2014
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Viewpoints – Issue 18 – Dealing with Shareholder Activism
Joined by Ralph Whitworth, founder of Relational Investors and non-executive chairman at Hewlett-Packard, LDN members discussed the “new era” of shareholder activism, including preparing for activist interest and negotiating with activist investors.

06 Nov 2013
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Viewpoints – Issue 17 – The General Counsel’s Relationship with the Lead Director and the Board
LDN members met with GCs from many of the public companies in the LDN to discuss how GCs can effectively work with lead directors and boards, and the dynamics of and situations that test the GC and lead director relationship.

18 Jul 2013
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Viewpoints – Issue 16, Part 1 – Risk Oversight
LDN members discussed board oversight of risk. Among other matters, directors discussed oversight of long-term strategic risk and the reporting of risk to shareholders, regulators and the wider public.

18 Jul 2013
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Viewpoints – Issue 16, Part 2 – Effective Board and Committee Leadership
LDN members met with members of the Audit Committee Leadership Network to jointly consider effective leadership of boards and committees.

01 May 2013
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ViewPoints - Issue 15 - Planning for CEO succession
Joined by Dayton Ogden, global leader of Spencer Stuart’s CEO succession advisory services practice, LDN members discussed key aspects of CEO succession planning and factors that boards should consider in emergency succession situations.

15 Aug 2012
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ViewPoints - Issue 14 - A Dialogue With Institutional Investors
Joined by Richard Breeden, former chairman of the SEC, LDN members discussed the upswing in board-shareholder engagement, topics for board-shareholder discussion, the benefits/risks of direct engagement, and effective engagement practices.

17 May 2012
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ViewPoints - Issue 13 - Board Oversight of Strategic Risk
LDN members examined the role of the board and the lead director in overseeing strategic risks, including changes in risk oversight since the financial crisis, common strategic risks and emerging best practices, and imaginative risk oversight.

12 Dec 2011
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ViewPoints - Issue 12 - Challenges In Board Leadership
LDN members reflected on challenges in board leadership and the lead director’s role in guiding the board through critical situations, such as director performance issues, underperforming CEOs, bringing new directors on board, and succession planning.

11 Aug 2011
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ViewPoints - Issue 11 - Engaging with strategy after the financial crisis
Joined by Ambassador Susan Schwab, LDN members discussed strategy after the financial crisis, including the board’s role in corporate strategy, international opportunities, risks, and strategic oversight, and the lead director’s role in strategy.

24 Mar 2011
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ViewPoints - Issue 10 - The relationship between the lead director and the CEO
LDN members discussed the relationship between the lead director and CEO, focusing their discussion on the factors that affect the CEO-lead director relationship and the impact of the lead director’s responsibilities on the relationship.

01 Dec 2010
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ViewPoints - Issue 9 - Enhancing Board Performance
Joined by Dr. Ram Charan, a leading business adviser and New York Times best-selling author, LDN members discussed how to define and enhance board performance. Members also participated in a session regarding issues faced by the Hewlett-Packard board.

10 Aug 2010
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ViewPoints - Issue 8 - Board leadership during investigations
LDN members discussed board leadership during special investigations, including trigger events and steps a company can take to prevent events that require investigation. Members also participated in a session on reforms set forth in the Dodd-Frank Act.

29 Mar 2010
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ViewPoints - Issues 6 and 7 - The Lead Director's Role in Major Transactions
LDN members considered the lead director's role in major transactions, focusing on seven key responsibilities, and in board succession planning including how a board can benefit from diversity.

11 Dec 2009
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ViewPoints - Issue 5 - The Lead Director’s Role in Succession Planning
LDN members discussed how public company boards can perform better in succession planning, successes and failures of succession planning, and how boards can address the corporate governance reforms pending before Congress and the SEC.

24 Jul 2009
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ViewPoints - Issue 4 - The Board's Role in Risk Management
LDN members met and discussed the board's role and changing approaches to risk management, including broader areas of risk and involving the full board, and the impact of recent legislative proposals on boards.

25 Mar 2009
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ViewPoints - Issue 3 - Responding to the Changing Regulatory and Legislative Environments
Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn joined LDN members for a discussion of how corporate directors might interpret and respond to today's changing legislative and regulatory environments. Members also discussed their top public policy concerns.

24 Nov 2008
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ViewPoints - Issue 2 - The Boards's Role in Corporate Strategy
LDN members discussed the role of the board in the development and oversight of corporate strategy, including a model shift from annual reviews to ongoing reports and inputs, and how to ensure boards are working collaboratively and effectively.

30 Jul 2008
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ViewPoints - Issue 1 - The Role and Value of the Lead Director
At the inaugural meeting of the LDN, members discussed the origins and value of the lead director role, including how the role has evolved over recent years and a broad number of key issues confronting lead directors.