1. What Makes Great Boards Great

    What Makes Great Boards Great

    Board members are assumed to be more vigilant if they hold big chunks of the company’s stock—but data from the Corporate Library don’t suggest that this measure by itself separates good boards from bad, either. Several members of the board of GE, Fortune’s most-admired corporation in 2001, had less than $100,000 of equity, whereas all board members of the least-admired companies held substantial equity stakes. Not only did all but one of the Enron board members own impressive amounts of equity in the company, but some were still buying as the shares collapsed.....

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