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Private equity boards enable directors to hone their skills without the publicity and liability that can be associated with public boards. 
The SEC’s climate proposal affects private equity firms, whether they trade on U.S. stock exchanges or not.
Boards and CEOs are most effective when they allow themselves to be open to ideas and vulnerable enough to have their own missteps corrected.
Complicating factors include inflation, interest rates and midterm election fallout.
Three questions family enterprises should ask when putting a governance model in place.
The SEC’s Hester Peirce addresses issues with the commission’s recent proposals.
In board meetings, be aware of who is responsible for what.
Honoring the dedication of talent is key to retention success.
Support the board by providing feedback and sharpening your listening skills.
The proper agenda is a must, but so is self-evaluation and diversity.

David W. MacLennan Appointed to Ecolab Board

Submitted by RChakler on Fri, 12/04/2015 - 19:22

The board of directors of Ecolab Inc. has appointed David W. MacLennan to the Ecolab board, according to a Business Wire press release.

Mr. MacLennan, age 56, is chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc., a leading global producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services headquartered in Minneapolis.

Read the full press release here.

America's Top 10 Largest Private Companies, a private company research firm, recently released its list of the top 100 largest private companies based on 2014 revenue.

One of the key takeaways from their research was the fact that 3% of the companies accounted for 18% of the total revenues of the top 100. Additionally, 15% of companies accounted for half of the total revenue generated. For 2014, the top 50 companies reported revenues above $11.4 billion or greater.

Here is how the top 10 rounds out:

Six Ways Outside Directors Impact Business Growth

An outside director is a member of the board of directors or advisors who is not part of the executive management team. These professionals are sometimes referred to as independent or non-executive directors. They are not employees of the company and are differentiated from inside directors, who do serve as executive managers and/or corporate officers.

Ovid Therapeutics Announces Election of Bart Friedman to Its Board of Directors

Submitted by RChakler on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:37

Ovid Therapeutics Inc. (Ovid), a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for rare and orphan diseases of the brain, today announced that Bart Friedman has joined the Company’s Board of Directors, according to a Business Wire press release.

Mr. Friedman is a senior partner at the Wall Street law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and is Chairman of its Business Development Committee.

CEO Hal Yoh Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Former Private Company Governance Summit panelist Harold "Hal" L. Yoh III was recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The chairman and CEO of Day & Zimmerman, the executive sat down for a Q&A session to discuss his biggest strengths and flaws, being a leader, and taking his company to next level.

FanDuel Forms New Advisory Board to Develop Policy Recommendations

FanDuel took an important step in the ongoing review of its internal standards, practices and controls by forming a new internal advisory board, chaired by former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Michael Garcia. The board brings together respected leaders from across government, law and sports. Together, this distinguished board will provide independent advice on evolving governance and regulatory issues to FanDuel’s board of directors for this growing and increasingly popular industry.

The members of the Advisory Board include:

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