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Board Refreshment: Keeping the Board, Nimble, Diverse, and Independent

Board refreshment continues to be a hot topic with investors. Now more than ever, companies are faced with competitive pressures from new technologies and shrinking market share. In response, activist investors are recognizing that a long-entrenched board has an adverse impact on growth and value creation. In this Farient brief,…

Read More > 03.30.2018


Forbes – Oracle’s Road To Moving The Needle On ‘Say On Pay’ Votes

By: Robin Ferracone, CEO, Farient Advisors This article was originally published on It may be hard to believe, but the seventh year of Say on Pay (SOP) voting is launching with the 2018 proxy season. Overall, companies have done well on SOP. In 2017, investor support reached…

Read More > 03.16.2018


How to Align Executive and Corporate Board of Directors’ Interests

Corporate Board of Directors Investors and corporate board of directors want to ensure that the interests of executives and shareholders are aligned over the long term. The instruments most used to create this alignment are ownership requirements and post-vesting/exercise holding periods. In this Farient Brief, we explore post-vesting and exercise…

Read More > 01.17.2018


Gender Diversity on Boards: Reaching Gender Parity

If you’ve been following Farient’s series of Briefs regarding gender diversity on boards, we think you will agree we have highlighted some interesting facts. First, the representation of women board members varies significantly among industries. Second, although the percentage of women directors on public company boards is increasing, our…

Read More > 12.01.2017


The CEO Pay Ratio Checklist

Despite the CEO Pay Ratio being on the chopping block since the beginning of 2017, the reality is that it is here to stay for the near future. This means boards of directors, human resources (HR) groups and management teams need to be ready to include it in their 2018…

Read More > 11.15.2017


What is Driving Gender Diversity on Boards?

As discussed in our last Farient Brief, the percentage of women directors in the S&P 500 has climbed from 16.9 percent in 2010 to 22.2 percent at the end of fiscal year 2016. Unlike initiatives in European countries where quotas have been legislated, in these U.S. companies change has…

Read More > 10.20.2017


See How Gender Diversity on Boards is on the Upswing

Diversity is an important topic in today’s corporate governance discussions, particularly since investors are paying attention to it. In this Farient Brief, we take a look at trends in gender diversity on boards across three stock indices from 2007 to 2016. “We have heard on numerous occasions that…

Read More > 09.26.2017


The Data Is in on Board Diversity: Women Still Comprise Less Than 25 Percent of S&P 500 Boards

Looking beyond corporate governance, investors are laser-focused on board refreshment as part of their arsenal to improve independence, oversight and corporate performance. Additionally, board refreshment is considered the perfect opportunity to increase board diversity. In this Farient Brief, we explore macro trends of gender and board diversity, taking a closer…

Read More > 09.11.2017


Forbes – The Global Governance Landscape: How Will It Affect Your Company?

In the latest article for her Executive Pay Watch column on Forbes, Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, recaps her a recent panel in which she participated, “The Global Governance Landscape: How Will It Affect Your Company?” The discussion between Robin, Dayna Harris, Farient Advisors Partner, and Fran Luisi, leader…

Read More > 05.16.2017


Forbes – Executive Compensation Commands Board Committee Expertise

In the latest entry of her column, Executive Pay Watch, Farient CEO Robin Ferracone discusses the role boards play in determining executive compensation with Peter R. Gleason, CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Read More…

Read More > 03.21.2017


Forbes – Three Drivers of Global Corporate Governance You Can’t Ignore

As part of her Executive Pay Watch column, Robin Ferracone, CEO of Farient Advisors, discusses the three drivers of corporate governance that executives and board members can’t ignore in 2017. Read More…

Read More > 12.01.2016


Reflections On Proxy Season 2016

As we continue our interview series, we are fortunate to have Robert (Bob) McCormick, Chief Policy Officer at Glass Lewis, participating with us. Glass Lewis is one of the leading independent providers of global governance services, and helps institutional investors understand and connect with the companies in which they…

Read More > 07.27.2016

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