Corporate Governance Practices and Trends - A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies

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In this Report: Board Size and Meeting Frequency; Insider Directors; Board Leadership; Audit Committee Size and Meeting Frequency; Compensation Committee Size and Meeting Frequency; Nominating Committee Size and Meeting Frequency; Other Standing Committees; Majority Voting; Classified Board; Dual-Class Voting Stock Structure; Stockholder Proposals; and Methodology.

Since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which signaled the initial wave of corporate governance reforms among public companies, Fenwick & West has surveyed the corporate governance practices of the companies included in the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index (S&P 100) and the high technology and life science companies included in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) each year. In this report, we present statistical information for a subset of the data we have collected over the years.

These include size and number of meetings for boards and their primary committees, the number of insider directors, board leadership makeup, majority voting, board classification and use of a dual-class voting structure, as well as the frequency and number of stockholder proposals. In each case, we present comparative data for the S&P 100 companies and for the high technology and life science companies included in the SV 150, as well as trend information.

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