Directors’ and Officers’ Questionnaires are a labor-intensive process to the legal teams administering them and to the directors and officers completing them year after year. The forms are generic and require manual entry of known information. Questions are often hard to understand, redundant, or sometimes irrelevant to specific respondents. What’s worse, the completed questionnaire review process is cumbersome and inefficient.

We know. We can help.

CBE offers a dynamic, electronic D&O Questionnaire through its EnGauge™ platform that makes the process faster, simpler, and more secure. Click here to download the Pros & Cons of Digital D&O Questionnaire. The table describes how an electronic form can save you and your organization more time every year.

Our experts provide a full-service approach and support to administering your D&O Questionnaire – from set-up to reporting. Let us help you modernize your questionnaire process to see just how much time you can save while getting things done.

CBE and MPK&D Launch the Higher Education Assessment Platform

The Center for Board Excellence (CBE), a leading provider of governance solutions, and MPK&D Partners, noted higher education consulting experts, announced today a unique partnership for comprehensive board evaluation and leadership consulting services to higher education. CBE and MPK&D have developed a portfolio of leadership and board assessment products and solutions designed specifically to address critical issues affecting governance in higher education today.

“Higher Education faces greater challenges now than ever before,” said Kent John Chabotar, MPK&D founding partner and president emeritus of Guilford College. “The governing boards and leaders of these institutions need tools to help align the institution’s mission with the requisite leadership characteristics, while also assessing their own performance. This partnership brings to potential clients CBE’s extensive experience with best practices in business and other organizations with MPK&D’s knowledge of the culture and processes of higher education including faculty governance.”

The new Higher Education Assessment Platform combines CBE’s international expertise in creating effective assessments for governing boards of entities and organizations with MPK&D’s higher education strategy and leadership experience. With the specific needs – and budgets – of college and university boards in mind, CBE and MPK&D have developed an innovative and effective evaluation tool that is accessible and useful for institutions seeking to identify their own risks and weaknesses, while also reinforcing areas of strength. Following the initial assessment, MPK&D could then provide strategy and solutions to assist institutions with the development and implementation of plans to address the results.

“With greater demand for accountability, colleges and universities are under a harsh magnifying glass,” said Byron Loflin, CEO of CBE. “We are pleased to partner with MPK&D to provide a new and unique solution for promoting board performance at the university level that aligns with our array of cost-efficient and effective governance products.”

About MPK&D Partners

Founded in 2014, MPK&D is an experienced team of higher education leaders, including Mary Pat Seurkamp Ph.D., Patricia Bosse, Kent Chabotar, Ph.D., Daniel Carey, Ph.D., three of whom are former college presidents, and who deliver practical and creative solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing institutions today. For more information, visit www.mpkdpartners.com.

About the Center for Board Excellence

Founded in 2010 by attorneys and technologists, The Center for Board Excellence has built an innovative platform for board assessment, CEO evaluations and other governance processes. CBE streamlines laborious, costly and previously paper-based processes through its proprietary, private, cloud-based solutions. These solutions create efficiencies that save organizations’ directors, in-house counsel and governance professionals substantial time, effort and money.  For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.boardevaluations.com.

The latest pronouncements from Volkswagon’s Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, would like to paint his company’s recent wrong doings as a “chain of errors”.  Basically, it was just some buggy code, right?  A few errors that were just missed and then built upon themselves.

There is nothing in this story of corporate misdeeds that truly resembles an error.  This scandal is the result of a very calculated set of decisions motivated by money.  In a recent NPR piece, John Ydstie says that, “VW developers couldn’t figure how to meet U.S. emissions standards within the timeline and budget they’d been given, so they developed the software defeat device.”  Basically, they couldn’t figure out the answer so they cheated.

These kinds of things don’t just randomly happen at a company the size of VW.  This was not just the result of a chain of errors. There is a fundamental cultural problem at VW that will not be fixed until the Board of Directors itself is cleansed and indoctrinated with sound governance and ethical practices.

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