The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

Hef should have his way with Playboy shareholders

By Rob Cox
July 12, 2010

No executive satisfies his desires to a greater degree than Hugh Hefner. For half a century the 84-year-old founder of Playboy magazine has cultivated the image of a man who lives life to its libidinous fullness. So it's reasonable to expect that Hef, now in his twilight, will succeed in having his way with yet one more constituency -- his shareholders.

Baer bows to the inevitable

May 20, 2009

REUTERS— Margaret Doyle and Alexander Smith are Reuters columnists. The opinions expressed are their own —

Rio’s charm offensive

May 18, 2009

REUTERSJan Du Plessis, the man parachuted into the chair at Rio Tinto from British American Tobacco (they’ve so much in common), has spent a day on a charm offensive with the big shareholders in the mining group.

from The Great Debate:

New BofA chairman must prove independence

May 1, 2009

bofa-- Jonathan Ford is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Shareholders in Bank of America must be hugging themselves at their sheer audacity. They have plucked up the courage to say boo to Ken Lewis, the bank's all-powerful chairman and chief executive.

Don’t say aye, aye to 3i

April 30, 2009

REUTERS— Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

It’s hardly surprising that the shareholders in 3i, the listed private equity group, are deeply unhappy at the prospect of having to return 700 million pounds of the 1.75 billion pounds of capital they have received from the company in recent years.