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Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism

From the Governance Center

26 July, 2018 12:00 PM ET [12:00] (New York), 04:00 PM UTC [16:00] | (1 HR) | Time Zone Converter

How did shareholder activism come about?  What can executives learn from the origins of this movement? What are activist ‘triggers’ and how should a company handle an activist if one comes knocking?

In his book Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism, hedge fund manager Jeff Gramm (Bandera Partners) reviews the original letters activist shareholders sent to companies in some of the most prominent investor-board clashes of the 20th century - including Ross Perot and GM, Warren Buffett and American Express, Carl Icahn and Phillips Petroleum, among others. 

In presenting the original letters themselves, along with his insights on the context of these clashes and the results of the shareholders' actions, Mr. Gramm tracks the rise of shareholder activism in the US throughout the 20th century and pulls numerous lessons for present-day directors, investors and management alike.

Join Doug Chia (Executive Director, The Conference Board Governance Center) as he interviews Mr. Gramm on his book, and we hear more about:

  • Anecdotes from some of the first - and most prominent - shareholder activist actions
  • How did we get to where we are today with activism? 
  • What can executives and investors learn from the origins of this movement?
  • What trends we are seeing in shareholder activism today?
  • What can executives do to prepare for activists?

Who should attend: Current and prospective board members of public companies; CEOs and other C-suite executives and management; Governance professionals; Attorneys

** To view this webcast, please click here.**


Douglas Chia
President, Soundboard Governance LLC
Fellow, Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance

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Douglas Chia

Jeff Gramm
Hedge funds and financial services
Founder, Managing Partner
Bandera Partners

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Jeff Gramm