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February 27, 2014, Mark Lonergan
The Wall Street Journal posted an article on February 27, 2014, entitled “Icahn Targets Silicon Valley Directors’ Club.”  Turns out that Mad Carl is at it once again — looking to work his extortion racket on EBay and its respected CEO, John Donahoe. The Icahn muckraking machine is milling out negative press releases daily, all trying to embarrass the EBay board into doing something stupid. It’s... Read more »
February 19, 2014, Mark Lonergan
Our long-time client D-Wave Systems is featured this week on the cover of Time Magazine. Having been involved in helping D-Wave at a critical chapter in its history, during the recruitment of current CEO Vern Brownell in 2009, we feel as proud as parents with a high achieving child. If you want to know why we are in this business, this is it—this sense of having made a key contribution to a... Read more »
October 22, 2013, Mark Lonergan
Four years ago, we introduced a whole new way of finishing CEO search projects. We asked the three finalists for one of our projects to meet during a gathering of the entire venture board, to discuss their plans for the job if they were hired. To keep it real, we asked these candidates to focus their talks on the first 18 months in the CEO job, to ensure that assumptions and plans could be more... Read more »
October 11, 2013, Mark Lonergan
In my career I’ve learned a lot about how both public and venture boards operate. Both types of boards generally have distinct advantages. And there is no reason why these advantages cannot be blended in the best boards. My hope for the future is that public boards and venture boards’ styles will merge in order to create the greatest value for the companies these boards represent. So what... Read more »
September 9, 2013, Mark Lonergan
There is a cultural imperative working its way through corporate America—and it’s everywhere. The general concept is that we need to work together smoothly, to blend people and ideas together, to gradually build team consensus. We need to stand together to achieve desired outcomes. We need to minimize conflict and ego-driven agendas in order to achieve team orientation. This culture is... Read more »

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