Who’s in Charge? A company has many stakeholders—investors, board of directors, management and employees, communities and customers. As the roles of company stakeholders evolve, how is this evolution affecting corporate governance and even strategy? Should companies be proactive or reactive? News media regularly covers disputes between investors and public company management, but the challenges and opportunities of these evolving roles affect both public and private companies.
Jennifer Woods is Senior Assistant General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Commercial, and Assistant Secretary at Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), a leading global provider of agricultural products for farmers. She has responsibility for a broad range of corporate governance, securities, finance, commercial, compliance and general corporate matters. Ms. Woods was previously an associate with Bryan Cave LLP.