Lucy P. Marcus

In the Boardroom with early-stage companies

By Lucy P. Marcus
May 16, 2012

In this edition of “In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus,” Lucy Marcus and Axel Threlfall are joined by the CEO of technology startup PeerIndex, Azeem Azhar, to talk about what the boards of early-stage companies should look like and do.

In the Boardroom with the Shareholder Spring

By Lucy P. Marcus
May 4, 2012

In this edition of “In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus,” Axel Threlfall talks to Lucy about the “Shareholder Spring.”

Greg Mortenson’s lessons for non-profit boards

By Lucy P. Marcus
April 13, 2012

Last year 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer investigated Greg Mortenson, the executive director of the Central Asia Institute (CAI) and author of the best-selling, and, it seems, largely fabricated, Three Cups of Tea. They discovered that he had violated the trust of the people who donated money to the CAI and of those he was claiming to help. This past week Montana’s attorney general said Mortenson must repay $1 million to the CAI. He is allowed to remain with the charity, but can no longer serve as a board member, nor is he allowed to hold a position of financial responsibility.

How executive pay gets so out of control

By Lucy P. Marcus
April 3, 2012

Boards are tone-deaf in a soundproof room

Why is it that executive pay continues to seem so out of line with what common sense would tell us is justified?

The secrets of winning startups

By Lucy P. Marcus
March 29, 2012

In a video produced by The Wall Street Journal, Lucy Marcus explains what she looks for in a new startup and what makes some succeed where others fail.

Boards behaving badly

By Lucy P. Marcus
March 29, 2012

In the boardroom with Lucy Marcus

By Lucy P. Marcus
March 15, 2012

In a new video, Lucy Marcus explains the basic functions and importance of boards of directors.

Why Facebook – and every company – needs a diverse board

By Lucy P. Marcus
February 8, 2012

On Tuesday, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second-largest pension fund in the United States, wrote to Facebook to address the fact that the company has an unusually small, insular board with no women. With this bold and public step, CalSTRS brought to the fore an issue of genuine concern: diversity in the boardroom.

You’ve got to know when to go

By Lucy P. Marcus
January 31, 2012

Hewlett-Packard has announced that Lawrence Babbio will be stepping off its board, and this comes hot on the heels of the news that Sari Baldauf would also not be standing for re-election. GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals has announced that James Murdoch will not continue to serve on its board. He has served on GSK’s board since 2009, on its Ethics Committee. Murdoch has been embroiled in controversy this year, which led to loud rumblings as to whether it was prudent for him to remain on the board.