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Barbarians in the Boardroom by Owen Walker

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What activists want and how they get it

What activists want

Activist investors have found incredible success in recent years in breaching the walls of company boardrooms – the corporate world’s inner sanctum, where top-level decisions are made about who manages companies and how they are run. Between 2010 and 2015, activists tried to get 1,526 US board seats and were successful 581 times, according to data provider FactSet. The campaigns for board seats are usually played out in full glare of the media, with the ubiquitous personality clashes and public disputes making for good headlines. Just as in a political election, the drama of a shareholder vote at the company’s annual meeting adds an exciting denouement to a hotly contested campaign. ...

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