Voices of Governance: Why Oversight Is Important to All of Us
By Karen Kane
The global economic crisis demonstrated that the financial system is an essential part of the market economy, but it is based on a complex and fragile network of trust, administered by corporate boards, which are charged with exercising prudent oversight on behalf of shareholders. Transparent conduct and policies, reflected in effective communication, provide the proof that directors are acting in the shareholders' interests.
There are many voices in the wide-ranging conversation about what broke down in the governance system and what needs to be fixed in order to restore confidence in market capitalism. In Voices of Governance: Why Oversight Is Important to All of Us, Karen Kane describes (documents? chronicles?) the important work of boards of directors in providing oversight to corporations. Told by global leaders in the field, Voices of Governance illuminates governance issues, board processes and how they need to be improved. It presents a unique and ultimately optimistic picture of where we are and where we are headed.
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About the Author
Ms. Kane is a communications leader and advocate for the use of strategic communication as a risk mitigation tool in today's complex business environment. She has written extensively on the topic of leadership responsibility and good governance.
A former board secretary and highest ranking woman at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Ms. Kane is a C-Suite communication advisor who has built a practice of assisting CEOs in all aspects of executive communication. She has served as a senior corporate officer in diverse business segments including environmental, high-tech, insurance, the media, banking and asset management.
An experienced crisis manager, she led the development of the crisis communication plan for the Federal Reserve System after the attacks of 9/11. She is an NACD Governance Fellow, offering communication assistance to CEOs and boards on a wide array of shareholder engagement and governance issues.