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CorpGov Launches First Media Platform Dedicated to Corporate Governance from the Viewpoint of Boards and Senior Management, Veteran Journalist John Jannarone Named Editor-in-Chief


CorpGov, the only media platform dedicated to corporate governance
issues from the viewpoint of boards and senior management, today
announced its official launch at

CorpGov will tackle governance matters ranging from activism to
compensation to M&A, with all coverage guided by objective journalism.
While the views of activist shareholders are important, we will strive
to incorporate material that offers a window into the boardroom itself.
We will not produce paid research on behalf of companies but will use
publicly-available information, interviews with companies, and input
from various stakeholders to inform a balanced perspective.

CorpGov articles will also be published on
through our content partnership with Yahoo Finance.

Additionally, we will feature interviews with CEOs and founders from The
Native Society
, focusing on corporate governance.

Our launch coverage includes an interview with attorney Kai
, leader of the Shareholder Activism practice at Sidley
Austin. Mr. Liekefett argues that the power wielded by activists reached
a peak in 2014 when Starboard Value won all 12 board seats at Darden
Restaurants in proxy fight, spooking other firms into conceding seats to
other agitators. Recently, however, companies have been less likely to
give up seats as big shareholders took issue with easy capitulation.

We also interviewed Joseph
, former General Counsel of Fiesta Restaurant Group, which
prevailed in a proxy fight with activist fund JCP Investment Management
in June 2017. Mr. Zirkman explains that companies can experience a
"double whammy" when activists make suggestions to management about
initiatives they're already pursuing and then take credit for them once
the steps are announced publicly. Very often, companies are limited in
what they can tell investors or the public, creating misperceptions that
further complicate the job of senior management and the board.

To oversee editorial, CorpGov named veteran financial journalist and
analyst John
as Editor-in-Chief.

John, who is also Editor-in-Chief of CorpGov sister publication IPO
, previously spent a decade as a writer and on-air analyst at The
Wall Street Journal
and CNBC.
His work included investigative reporting on Darden Restaurants and
Diamond Foods that contributed directly to management shakeups and the
exits of CEOs of both companies. John began his career at Morgan Stanley
as an investment banker and graduated cum laude from Princeton
University with a degree in Economics.

CorpGov's content is divided into the following sections:

Analysis – Our marquee material consisting of analysis and breaking news
that's not available anywhere else

Editorial – Opinion or commentary pieces submitted to CorpGov along with
Q&A-style interviews with key executives, attorneys, and investment

NatGov – A collaboration between CorpGov and The
Native Society
 profiling influential business founders and CEOs,
with an emphasis on corporate governance

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