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Crikey founder runs for Fairfax board

For shareholder activists, it’s not always easy to get your reasons for bidding communicated to shareholders. Stephen Mayne, a veteran of unsolicited board tilts, says he’s been pleasantly surprised by Fairfax’s approach.

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While you were sleeping, execs hoard shares for themselves

A new report shows just how talented Australian executives are at buying back shares, mostly to benefit senior executives. And the poor old shareholder might know very little about it.

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What David Coe taught us: CEO and chairmen can’t be one

When examining companies that collapse, especially very large ones, there is a common feature in the way they are managed: the person running and chairing the company is one of the same.

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No ‘shemozzle’, but Gonski post raises governance questions

Peter Costello calls the process that has led to the appointment of David Gonski as chair of the Future Fund board of guardians “a shemozzle”. Whether or not it was good practice is a matter for judgment, says Stephen Bartos.

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Kohler on sex and execs: how DJs got it right in the end

Why does a successful CEO — Mark McInnes — get his marching orders for reportedly trying to kiss a staff member, while an unsuccessful one — Malcolm Jackman — hangs on having halved the value of his company in a single day?

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Corporate governance: wild west may finally be getting tamed

Investors are continuing to vent their anger at executives and directors’ salaries, with shareholders in mining company Western Areas last week revolting over lucrative remuneration arrangements granted to directors.

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Crikey’s business report card: balancing the books

Here is a wrap of how Crikey’s business predictions have panned out over the past 18 months. By Adam Schwab.

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Evidence-based policy? Get your facts straight …

Evidence-based policy is all the rage. But the history of evidence-based medicine suggests there are reasons to be sceptical, writes Melissa Sweet.

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