NEW:  The president and members of the Board of Advisors of H.S. Grace & Co. discuss board use of an “executive committee” specialized in matters requiring monitoring and attention between scheduled board meetings to assist company management, the board, and corporate counsel to carry out effective corporate governance in Why a Company Should Consider Using an Executive Committee of Its Board of Directors.

Boards in Information Governance discusses the monitoring board model as poorly-matched with modern businesses, and proposes evolution toward a pro-active “information governance” board model in which directors participate more directly in strategic management and use of information.

Cooley discusses considerations regarding whether CEOs should continue to serve on corporate boards after they step down from their chief executive positions in From “Who’s Who to who’s he” — should a former CEO stay on the board?

Monitoring the Monitor: Distracted Institutional Investors and Board Governance examines whether monitoring by institutional investors affects director behavior, finding evidence that institutional investor monitoring on a regular basis significantly improves director incentives to monitor management.

Ernst & Young discusses insights from its Strategy and Innovation Board Summit the summit for directors in Leading Boards Rethinking Strategy and Enabling Innovation.

NEW: Weil Gotshal discusses a framework for board self-assessment in Strengthening the Board’s Effectiveness in 2020: A Framework for Board Evaluations.

NEW: The National Association of Corporate Directors provides an overview of overview of business and governance issues likely to demand board focus in the coming year in 2020 Governance Outlook: Projections On Emerging Board Matters.

Wachtell discusses principles that guide directors’ responsibilities in view of a corporate governance environment that has begun to emphasize stakeholder interests, Environmental, Social and Governance factors, and corporate sustainability, in Foundational Principles in an Evolving Governance Environment.

The National Association of Corporate Directors discusses current governance trends abd topics that may confront corporate boards in 2019-2020 NACD Public Company Board Governance Survey.

Deloitte discusses matters issues expected to occupy board attention in 2020 in The 2020 Boardroom Agenda.

Russel Reynolds observes that environmental and social issues are taking precedence as matters of interest to investors on a global basis, and that corporate boards will be expected to strengthen their oversight and knowledge of such issues in 2020 Global and Regional Corporate Governance Trends.

Akin Gump discusses its choices for top 10 topics for corporate directors in 2020 in Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2020.

Ernst & Young discusses economic, geopolitical, technology and social challenges corporate directors are likely to confront during the coming year in Eight Priorities for Boards in 2020.

Cleary Gottlieb discusses significant and emerging issues in view of changing political, legal, and social climates, including environmental, social and governance concerns; pressure from institutional investors and social activists in addition to “traditional” activists; technological disruption; and antitrust, among more conventional financial, regulatory, and compliance concerns, in Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2020.