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What the (Near) Future of Shareholder Communications Holds

Louis M. Thompson | January 24, 2012

As we look ahead at what information best-in-class companies will communicate to shareholders in the next year and the methods they will use to communicate it, it's worth a quick look at the innovations tried last year that did not work or had only marginal success.

 In a column last April, I posed the question: “Is it time to add a fifth analyst call?” The idea, proposed by 15 influential activist institutional investors with combined assets of $2.2 trillion, was to hold a controlled access conference call about two weeks before a company's annual meeting for board members and senior executives to discuss corporate governance issues with institutional investors.

In a much anticipated call, two members of Occidental Petroleum's board held a private call with the group of institutional investors promoting the fifth analyst call to discuss...

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