Independent Director Models in India and the United States: A Comparative Assessment

Desai, H. (2014). Independent Director Models in India and the United States: A Comparative Assessment. The Chartered Accountant Journal, 63(5), 699-704. Publisher: Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Available at https://resource.cdn.icai.org/35230cajournal-nov2014-21.pdf

1 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2018 Last revised: 23 Mar 2022

Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

The role of independent directors features prominently in corporate governance codes. US public companies continue to adopt the best practices within the framework of strengthened securities market listing standards and legal requirements that developed, beginning with the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and have continued with the financial crisis and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. In India, key corporate governance laws had not kept pace with the changing contours of the economy until the recent enactment of the Companies Act of 2013, which completely revamps the country’s corporate governance code. In this research study, I present a comparative assessment on the independent director models both in India and the US on several key parameters, i.e., definition and selection, board and committee composition, manner of appointment, term of office, remuneration, and duties and liabilities. Here, I have considered only those laws that are applicable to publicly listed firms in India and the US.

Keywords: independent directors, corporate governance

JEL Classification: M48, K22, G3

Suggested Citation

Desai, Hrishikesh, Independent Director Models in India and the United States: A Comparative Assessment (November 1, 2014). Desai, H. (2014). Independent Director Models in India and the United States: A Comparative Assessment. The Chartered Accountant Journal, 63(5), 699-704. Publisher: Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Available at https://resource.cdn.icai.org/35230cajournal-nov2014-21.pdf, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3095209

Hrishikesh Desai (Contact Author)

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