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    The NACD Board Confidence Index (BCI) has now tracked directors’ sentiment regarding the current and future state of the economy for 13 quarters.

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    Highlights from the annual public company governance survey show an increase in time commitment.

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    The most under-estimated risk in the boardroom may be the one that everyone complains about, but can do nothing to prevent.

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    The NACD Directorship 2020 initiative started with three exploratory meetings in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the last of which concluded last week on the West Coast. In each city, feedback has allowed NACD to continually refine the program design, as well as re-think the questions posed to attendees. Perhaps mirroring the movement of the meeting’s locations from east to west, the conversations have become more focused on the processes directors can implement to meet the coming challenges.

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    At some companies, an independent chair can provide balance to the CEO. At others, the chair/CEO provides continuity and more in-depth operations knowledge.

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    Key takeaways from NACD’s most recent Directorship 2020 event, where directors and governance experts discussed how to define and prepare for the challenges and opportunities possible in the coming years.

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    NACD’s annual governance surveys show that American boards would have difficulty fulfilling diversity quotas should they become law, as in Norway and Spain, with 27.4 percent of boards responding to NACD’s most recent Public Company Governance Survey reporting zero female members. When figures do not improve, the probability of regulators stepping in rises—and they are poised for action.

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    Chairman Elisse Walter highlights changes in auditing; NACD National Audit Committee Chair Advisory Council outlines areas of focus.

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    Data from a recent nonprofit governance survey show a shift in board emphasis to strategy and performance.

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    Interlocks are increasingly not a main motivator of executive compensation packages.

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    Uncertainty trumped optimism in NACD’s Q4 2012 Board Confidence Index results, reflecting fiscal cliff concerns.

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    Despite increased requirements, the average board size has remained relatively constant over the past five years.

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    In 2012, the composition of the NACD Directorship 100 mirrors that of the newly elected Congress.

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    NACD introduced a number of measures to enhance directors’ independence, objectivity and skepticism in their oversight roles.

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    NACD Chairman Barbara Hackman Franklin opened the 2012 NACD Board Leadership Conference with a call to restore public trust in capitalism.

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    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini discussed the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect U.S. businesses with NACD Managing Director and Senior Advisor Jeffrey Cunningham.

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    Board composition should reflect the company’s stakeholders, employees and customers.

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    FASB Chairman Leslie F. Seidman discussed the Board’s convergence project and disclosure reporting standards.

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    Companies that lengthened compensation disclosures following failed say-on-pay votes did not benefit from the additional words.

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    Federal Reserve Regulation YY applies to bank holding companies with consolidated assets of $50 billion or more, and domestic non-bank holding companies the Treasury’s Financial Stability Oversight Counsel says pose a “grave threat” to financial stability.

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