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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Dimon in the Rough, Part 2 Events Team Leader Mark Magee and Compensation Analyst Ashley Kotzur found these quotations for the second edition of Dimon in the Rough here and here from first day of testimony on June 13th. “While this does not reduce the losses […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate This Week’s Winner of the Name Change of the Month Competition Events Team Leader Mark Magee spotted this name change in a June 5th 8-K that is a clear winner in this month’s competition, and smacks, he notes, of desperation. Quepasa Corporation changed its name to […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate COLA Grande Events Analyst Dovid Muyderman spotted this “cost of living adjustment” in a May 29th 8-K filed by East West Bancorp. Why is it only CEOs and other executives who get COLAs of 233 percent? On May 22, 2012, East West Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Small Victories… Company Analyst Kyle Whisler, who found this surprising announcement in Air Lease’s 2012 proxy statement, asked: “Might the work we’re doing have contributed to what is perceived as a ‘governance best practice’?” It sure does Kyle. Mos Def. Air Lease Corporation recently recommended shareholders to […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Dimon in the Rough From Events Team Leader Mark Magee: a selection of quotations from “that conference call” with JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon regarding that $2 billion loss, and counting. “We’re willing to bear volatility, and um, that’s life.” “Just because we’re stupid doesn’t mean everybody […]

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Best Buy Bye Events Team Leader Mark Magee sent me this little story about Brian Dunn leaving Best Buy, as well as coming up with the funniest headline I’ve read for a long time. So, morning of April 11th, out comes the first announcement about Mr. Dunn’s departure The board of directors of Best Buy […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Unfeeling Company Layoff Term of the Week This week’s winner in our Unfeeling Company Layoff Term of the Week Competition is Exar. Events Team Leader Mark Magee found this example in an 8-K filing from March 28th. On March 28, 2012, Exar Corporation (EXAR) implemented a […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Executive Quotation of the Week Events Analyst Marge Schwietering spotted this tautology in a March 23rd Reuters article on Bank of America. It’s our Executive Quotation of the Week Competition winner. “It’s not about how wealthy you are,” the Boston-based executive said in an interview at […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Unfeeling Company Layoff Word of the Week Events Team Leader Mark Magee nominated this week’s winners in the Unfeeling Company Layoff Word of the Week competition, first in a March 21 release from HP, and again in a March 208-K from Anthera. And the winner is: […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate It’s rare, but sometimes Small Print is the bearer of glad tidings Events Analyst Dovid Muyderman found the following altruistic act in a March 5th 8-K from Sirius XM Radio. On March 5, 2012, we entered into an amendment to our employment agreement with James E. […]

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Nell Minow: The 5 Biggest Shareholder Concerns

By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Our very own Nell Minow tells Corporate Secretary magazine what are the biggest concerns for shareholders in an interview with deputy editor of the magazine, Aarti Maharaj. Among other things, Nell reminds corporate secretaries that they can review their company’s profile on GMI Analyst and submit […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Another doc for the “Rewarded for Doing Their Job” file Events Analyst Dovid Muyderman found this bonus award in a February 27th 8-K from Medicines Company. Keep reading, it’s in the second paragraph. Medicines Company (The) (MDCO) On February 21, 2012, the Compensation Committee of the […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate They make writing Small Print so easy Events Analyst Dovid Muyderman spotted this nomenclature in a February 13th website release from HCP. HCP (NYSE:HCP) announced that it has been named to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index. This highly select index recognizes members of the S&P […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Sweet Deal Compensation Analyst Ashley Kotzur found this WSJ article on the proposed package for Hostess Foods’ rescue CEO. Hostess fears that, without Mr. Driscoll, its plan to breathe new life into its struggling business and emerge from bankruptcy could be in jeopardy…. [the deal would] […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Corporate Dollar Menu Thanks to Events Analyst Dovid Muyderman for both this February 6th 8-K from U.S. Steel, and for the headline. On January 31, 2012, U. S. Steel Serbia B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation (U. S. Steel) sold U. S. […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Corporate governance checkmate – Queen Takes Knight Events Team Leader Mark Magee had already spotted this when I found it in the FT, but we’re doing it again because he came up with a great headline and for no other reason. This is about the former […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate Trouble Designing an Effective CEO Pay Plan? There’s an App for That Thanks to Research Associate Michelle Lamb for this little dream of an app and for the headline. Meridian Compensation Partners have come up with a new iPad app for compensation committee members. I guess […]

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A hack's admission of "what the hack" Compensation Analyst Ashley Kotzur found this News Corp story on Reuters. “News Group has agreed to compensation being assessed on the basis that senior employees and directors of NGN knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence," the statement said. […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research AssociateYou'd think it was April Fools' Day You know, when Pepsico defends itself against a damages case brought by a consumer who claims that a small mouse popped out of his can of Mountain Dew by saying that it is impossible because the contents of the can […]

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By Paul Hodgson – CCO and Senior Research Associate This week's winner in our CEO Quotation of the Week Competition No competition here with this web release that Events Team Leader Mark Magee found. "It can do certain things and not other things," Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said of Netflix. "It can fly, it's […]

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