Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Effective Boards

What makes for good corporate governance? The short answer, according to Bob Finocchio, is effective corporate board members. In this three-part video series, Bob Finocchio, head of the board of trustees at Santa Clara University, and Lon Allan, Chairman Emeritus, Silicon Valley SVNACD, discuss how the behavior of individual directors can promote effective governance.

Finocchio and Allan serve on several public and private company boards in the Bay Area. Finocchio, a director at Altera and Echelon corporations, was formerly CEO and President of Informix. Allan, a retired corporate lawyer, is a director of Groth Vineyards & Winery, and was formerly a director of NetLogic Microsystems, Catalyst Semiconductor, Accom and Global Motorsport Group.

Board Composition Relationship Between the Board and the CEO

Getting the Facts

One of the primary goals of both the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and SVNACD is to encourage and support effective corporate governance, the foundations for which are the skills, experience, and behaviors of the individual board members.

Additional materials on this and related topics:

Corporate Governance Materials from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley

For other videos in the series, see:

The Role of the Corporate Board—Richard Levy
Building an Ethical Business Culture: The Role of the Board—Michael Hackworth

December 2011