Companies that represent the new age of American business have a responsibility to model new strategies and not rely on tired business practices of the past.
Social media has been abuzz about the Facebook IPO. And the word is, there's little to like about this deal. Facebook's governance measures do an abrupt about face against progress in shareholder-friendly governance, according to a Reuters post.
Last week the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) suggested to Mark Zuckerberg that he improve his company's corporate governance, including adding women to its board of directors.
"With a person that owns as much of the stock and the way he has set up the governance ... it will be very hard to influence him except if he's got some kind of a conscience," said Janice Hester-Amey, a CalSTRS portfolio manager.
Does Mark Zuckerberg have a conscience? We're waiting to see.
Meanwhile, if you've been wondering how Facebook's board composition compares with the Dow's Top Ten Best Yielding Stocks (Motley Fool) take a look. The old, established Blue Chips fare better than this seemingly modern company. What do they know that Zuckerberg doesn't?
These industry leaders know that board diversity is smart business. They rely on the best talent they can find, regardless of gender, to protect shareholder value. Facebook should learn from these industry giants and add a woman to its board now.
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