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CII Members Elects New Board for 2018-19

CII has elected a new board of directors for 2018-19, and named Ashbel Williams, executive director and CIO, Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), board chair. In keeping with CII’s bylaws, Williams was elected chair by CII’s public fund members. CII members also elected board officers, including co-chairs Mary Francis, corporate secretary and chief governance officer, Chevron Corp., and John Keenan, corporate governance analyst, AFSCME Employees Pension Plan. The treasurer is Scott Zdrazil, senior investment officer—corporate governance, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association. The secretary is Cambria Allen, corporate governance director, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The full board of directors are named in a press release.

CII Report Suggests Ways Boards Can Combat Sexual Harassment

In a new report, CII offers public company boards of directors a range of steps to consider to mitigate the risk of sexual harassment. The 11-page guide details practical steps that touch on personnel, training, policies and procedures, board composition and diversity. “From Weinstein to Wynn (Resorts), we have seen how allegations of sexual misconduct can have profound repercussions for companies—damaging operations and reputation, driving up legal costs, driving down share value and casting an ethical pall over a company,” CII Executive Director Ken Bertsch said. “Overseeing how top executives manage risk is one of the most important duties of a board. Sexual harassment is now on boards’ radar screens but reports suggest many have not done enough to address this risk. CII’s report offers practical ideas on how to tackle this threat.” The report also includes a list of questions shareholders can ask directors to assess the quality of their oversight of sexual harassment.

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