Institutional investors pay considerable attention to the quality of a company’s governance. Unfortunately, it is difficult for outside observers to reliably gauge governance quality. Oftentimes, poor governance manifests itself only after decisions have been made and their outcomes known. We examine four companies that have had experienced chronic governance-related problems in the past, including Massey Energy, Nabors Industries, Yahoo!, and Chesapeake Energy.
• How can shareholders diagnose the issues facing a company to determine whether they are the result of bad corporate governance?
• How can shareholders tell if the CEO or the board is the root cause of the problem?
• How can shareholders tell if the board is “captured” by the CEO?
• How can shareholders tell when a company begins to “drift”?
• How can they tell if the “right” CEO is in charge?