Thursday, June 01, 2017

Report on the ECGI Annual Members' Meeting 2017

ECGI Annual Members' Meeting 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland


The European Corporate Governance Institute recently completed its annual meeting, this year held in Lausanne, Switzerland. A report produced by its organizers, with links to some of the events and speeches, follows.  

ECGI would like to thank all of its members who took part in this years' Annual Meeting in Lausanne. We also wish to extend our enormous gratitude to our friends at IMD Business School for being wonderful hosts for the event. An opportunity to work as a Research Fellow at IMD is included in the material below.

As always, there were a number of parts to the event. The Annual Dinner was held in the unique surroundings of the Olympic Museum. Léo Goldschmidt was honoured at the dinner for his contribution to ECGI, on the occasion of his retirement from the Board. The dinner speech, delivered by David Frick (Nestlé) on the topic of "Public Corporations Under Attack?" provided for some very animated and lively discussion around the tables. Both Léo's presentation and David's speech are available below.

The AGM ran smoothly, and there was significant participation and discussion from those present regarding the future development of ECGI. As indicated at the meeting, we are pleased to circulate a draft of the current ECGI development plan which the board is currently focussed on delivering. Also at the meeting, Guy Jubb was successfully appointed to the Board and we welcome Guy onboard. The minutes of the meeting are included below.

The Annual lecture was delivered by Per Strömberg, on the subject of his paper, "Since you're so rich, you must be really smart: Talent and the Finance Wage Premium". The paper, which is currently being revised will shortly appear in the ECGI Working Paper Series. In the meantime, you can watch the full video of the lecture and also Per's interview regarding the paper below.

The 2017 Working Paper Prizes were awarded for the best papers submitted to the series in 2016, in both the Law and Finance Series. The winner of the Finance Series prize, sponsored by Standard Life Investments, was Mariassunta Giannetti and Mengxin Zhao for their paper, "Board Diversity and Firm Performance Volatility". The winner of the Law Series prize, sponsored by Allen & Overy, was Ron Gilson for his paper, "From Corporate Law to Corporate Governance". Although the winners of the Finance Series prize were unable to make it to the event, you can watch the prize-giving announcements and also interviews with Ron Gilson and Luca Enriques below.

We look forward to advancing the ECGI development plan over the coming year, with hopes of delivering more positive news at the AGM in Mannheim, Germany next year. Dates for this event will be communicated as early as possible. In the meantime, we sincerely thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

- The ECGI Brussels team

ECGI Minutes AGM
Click here for Minutes of the 2017 AGM

Dinner Speeches
Click here to watch the video of the dinner speeches

Per Stromberg Interview
Click here to watch the interview with Per Strömberg, ECGI Fellow

Ron Gilson Interview
Click here to watch the interview with Ron Gilson, ECGI Fellow

Christos Cabolis
Click here to watch the interview with Christos Cabolis, ECGI Academic Member
Development Plan
Click here to read the ECGI Development Plan

Leo Tribute
Click here to view the tribute booklet for Léo Goldschmidt

Working Paper Prizes
Click here to watch the Working Paper Prize announcements

Event Highlights
Click here to watch the event highlight video

Claudio Rojas
Click here to watch the interview with Claudio Rojas, ECGI Practitioner Member
Dinner Speech
Click here to read David Frick's dinner speech

Annual Lecture
Click here to watch the Annual Lecture video by Per Strömberg

Luca Enriques Interview
Click here to watch the interview with Luca Enriques, Series Editor

IMD Job Opportunity
Click here for IMD Research Fellow Opportunity

Staffan Elmgren
Click here to watch the interview with Staffan Elmgren, ECGI Practitioner Member

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