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Continued fallout at Wells Fargo leads to board scrutiny

Tom Fox | March 7, 2017

One of the most important issues any board of directors faces is the oversight of risk management for the organization he or she serves. While the financial fallout from a fraud or corruption investigation or enforcement actions such as under the FCPA can be quite high, it can pale next to the reputational damage to a company. The Wells Fargo fraudulent account scandal still resonates as one of the most prime examples where the continued fallout from a board’s failure in the area of oversight of risk management is working to damage the organization.

Now the Wells Fargo board is facing an outright rebellion of institutional shareholders for additional changes in the aftermath of the scandal. Reports note that one group has gone so far as to request the breakup of the bank for being simply too large to manage effectively. Other institutional investors have complained...

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