Corporate-governance conference brings experts here

Business experts from all over the world are visiting the Olin School of Business Nov. 11-13 to participate in a corporate-governance conference.

“Key Issues in Corporate Governance,” co-sponsored by the Olin School, the Center for Research in Economics and Strategy and the Journal of Financial Intermediation, is being held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center.

The conference features two days of academic presentations and a final day devoted to panel discussions among senior corporate executives, policy-makers and academics.

Panelists include Arnoud W.A. Boot, professor of corporate finance and financial markets at the University of Amsterdam; Eric Marquardt, principal of Towers Perrin; Raymond J. Ball, the Sidney Davidson Professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago; and B.A. Bridgewater, former chairman and chief executive officer of Brown Shoe Co.

Olin School Dean Stuart I. Greenbaum, Ph.D., the Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership; School of Law Dean Joel Seligman, J.D., the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor; and Murray L. Weidenbaum, Ph.D., the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor and honorary chair of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy in Arts & Sciences, also will be among the panelists.

Anjan V. Thakor, Ph.D., the John E. Simon Professor of Finance in the Olin School, will give closing remarks.

The topics include financial markets; the potentially contrasting issues in the European Union; the role of directors in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley environment; the future trends in executive compensation and their roles in corporate governance; and the role of financial market participants and their external constituents in the corporate governance process.

Each session will last approximately 75 minutes, with roughly half the time devoted to discussions between panel members and the audience.

Charles F. Knight, chairman emeritus of Emerson, will be the featured lunch speaker.

For more information, call 935-4179.