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Mechanisms of Board Turnover: Evidence from Backdating

Frederick L. Bereskin

University of Delaware

Clifford W. Smith Jr.

Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

April 24, 2014

We analyze board-turnover of firms implicated in stock-option backdating to assess the effectiveness of board elections within the corporate governance process. Despite high reelection rates among nominated directors, board-turnover was substantial. Critically, these turnover decisions were affected by the anticipated outcome of a potential shareholder vote. Thus, reelection rates are of limited value in assessing the effectiveness of shareholder voting. Independent and inside directors departed though different mechanisms: independent directors primarily were not renominated, while inside directors generally resigned. Finally, directors who were involved in backdating experienced reductions in both the number and prestige of their directorships.

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Date posted: August 11, 2011 ; Last revised: October 10, 2014

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Bereskin, Frederick L. and Smith, Clifford W., Mechanisms of Board Turnover: Evidence from Backdating (April 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1908172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1908172

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Frederick L. Bereskin (Contact Author)
University of Delaware ( email )
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
Newark, DE 19716
United States
Clifford W. Smith Jr.
Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester ( email )
Carol Simon Hall 3-202C
Rochester, NY 14627
United States
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