In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been traveling a lot and speaking when I stop. The invitations have been flowing in and I’ve had more than one event, it seems, each and every month since January.
I usually point to the beginning of my column for American Banker last October as the inflection point. What was a steady stream of occasional speaking engagements prior has now become something I must constantly juggle with writing and other commitments. I’m not complaining. I like getting out once and a while even if my Rottweiler Rosie does not seem to like the extended absences.
The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance professionals will gather for its 66th annual National Conference at JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC from July 11-14. Conference Chairman Douglas Chia, Corporate Secretary for Johnson & Johnson, and his team are planning an exciting mix of sessions on “The Shape of Things to Come” in governance for public, private and non-profit companies of all sizes.
I have been asked to join a panel, “Auditors, the Board and Shareholders: An Evolving Relationship,” scheduled for Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10:30 – 11:45 am. I’m joined by Kayla Gillan of PwC, Guy Jubb of Standard Life, a UK based investment advisor and Marilyn Mooney of Fulbright & Jaworski. The panel will be moderated by Ken Bertsch, President of the Society. Some of the topics we’ll be talking about:
- How and what auditors should communicate to the Audit Committee
- Auditor independence
- Mandatory audit firm rotation and auditor proxy vote
- Shareholder dialog
- Auditor independence/conflicts