Art & Design

Corporate Governance and the Challenge of Creating ‘Risk Intelligent’ Cultures in the Boardroom

30 November 2011, London

Hans Daems, Group Public Affairs Officer for Hitachi Europe and
Nicola Black, Assistant Group Company Secretary, HSBC Holdings plc

Phillida Purvis, Links Japan
The financial crisis of 2008 has put greater pressures on companies’ boards to meet new regulatory demands as well as increasing expectations from shareholders for interaction. In this environment what more should the Board do to ensure continual improvement in effectiveness and to manage potential risks that threaten the organisation’s ability to achieve its objectives? How can it derive competitive advantage from moving beyond compliance in measuring performance against strategy, keeping its own knowledge and expertise up to date, managing risk and promoting shareholder engagement? In all its decision making, compliance and disclosure processes, how does a Board ensure it operates a ‘risk intelligent’ culture? 

As Group Public Affairs Officer for Hitachi Europe,Hans Daems holds responsibility for Hitachi’s corporate communications, branding and CSR activities across Europe. Hans leads the overall co-ordination of Corporate Communications activities, Brand Management, Public Relations, Internal Communications, Advertising, Sponsorship, Events and Exhibitions and Website Management. He is also responsible for Hitachi’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme in Europe and Local community relations. In 2011 Hans Daems was elected as a non-executive Board Director of CSR Europe. He has more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications.

Nicola Black is a Chartered Secretary. She joined HSBC in 2000, from Lloyds plc, where she was a group company secretary, and was appointed Assistant Group Company Secretary of HSBC in 2006. Nicola's role involves leading a team which advises the Board of Directors of HSBC Holdings plc on corporate governance; develops and manages corporate governance best practice throughout the group; and directs and manages corporate restructurings, key strategic business initiatives and other corporate actions such as dividend payments and the Annual General Meeting to ensure HSBC Holdings plc complies with its continuing obligations arising from its stock exchange listings in the UK, Hong Kong, the US, France and Bermuda.

30 November 2011, 6:30pm
The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH

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