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A Look Back on the Evolution of Shareholder Communications

Louis M. Thompson | February 25, 2014

Editor's Note: This will be the final column for Lou Thompson, who has written a monthly column for Compliance Week since September 2006. Lou plans to focus his energy on writing a book on the role of the corporate board in shareholder relations. The editors of Compliance Week would like to thank Lou for his years of insight and service to our readers, and we wish him success in his future endeavors.

For this last column I'd like to reflect on the major changes that have taken place in the way that companies communicate with shareholders over the last several years and how those changes will likely affect the future relationship between companies and shareholders.

When I began my 24-year tenure as president and CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute, my 12-member board was mostly made up of vice presidents of corporate communication...

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