Suite Talk: Governing into the Future

Corporate Governance

08
Mar 2023

9:00 am - 1:05 pm

Securities Commission Malaysia Building

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Speakers : Tehmina Kaoosji (Moderator) | Ramesh Pillai | Anne Abraham | Katsuri Nathan | Dr Surina Ismail | Tony Chin | Datin Dorph Peng Weng Yi

Registration closing date is 3 business days before the programme date or when all seats are fully taken.

MYR 600 *Fee is not inclusive of 6% SST

Suite Talk: Governing into the Future

A topic that keeps coming up on directors’ lists of difficult things to manage is culture.  Corporate cultism has reared its ugly head again in 2022. This phenomenon hinges on the belief that entrepreneurs should be given maximum leeway to run their companies as they see fit. Whether or not CEOs want it to, healthy business cultures can quickly mutate into corporate cults. Many of the businesses we celebrate are walking that narrow path; two notable examples are Apple and Tesla. All of them have developed cult-like followings among their customers, and they progressively promote these habits among their employees as well. Perhaps it is time to focus less on the charisma of corporate leaders and show more healthy cynicism and criticism if such scandals as Enron, FTX and Theranos are to be avoided in the future.

Then there is the unfortunate fact that not everyone has been enamoured of the ESG movement, even though many people, especially investors, have completely committed to an ESG corporate environment. According to a new Corporate Secretary survey, linking sustainability and social criteria to executive compensation is a rapidly emerging, if imperfect, solution that has become much more popular in Europe than anywhere else. How well firms perform on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) or non-financial problems will become a growing concern for company executives when it comes to how their compensation is determined.

In addition, back in January 2022, Bursa Malaysia announced that the tenure of an independent director on the boards of Bursa-listed companies will be limited to 12 years. When a board member leaves, it may be quite disruptive for the organization if there is no plan in place to fill the vacancy. Directors’ efforts and attentions may be diverted from other organizational priorities, the nominating and governance committees may be compelled to hurry to locate a successor, and investors and other stakeholders may begin to question the board’s management skills. Most of these difficulties can be avoided with proactive board succession planning.

These have exacerbated challenges with corporate governance. As boards are expected to implement and convey policies taking into account diversity, equity, inclusion, and climate change – themes that can evoke acts with conviction since they can be emotionally charged. The slow-moving corporate environment has made stakeholders more restless.

Programme Objective

This program intends to examine and analyse contemporary corporate governance challenges in order to formulate action plans that could influence and improve the investability of listed companies and the allure of the Malaysian capital market.

 

Mode

Face-to-Face

 

Target Audience

Individual

  • Board Members, Directors, Business Leaders, CMDP Alumni

Institutions

  • Capital Market Intermediaries, Public Listed Companies (PLCs), Private Companies aspiring to be listed

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this  programme, the participants will be able to:

  • Examine business strategies (such as mission, culture, and vision) and how those strategies are communicated
  • Assess the right level of executive compensation and incentive structures while keeping in mind any potential effects on business priorities and risk-taking
  • Evaluate succession plans that take into account potential candidates as well as the objectives and challenges that companies face

Competencies

  1. Core – Corporate Governance (Proficiency Level 4)
  2. Core – Ethics and Integrity (Proficiency Level 4)
  3. Behavioural (Organisation Leadership) – Strategic Thinking (Proficiency Level 4)
  4. Behavioural (Organisation Leadership) – Business Acumen (Proficiency Level 4)
8.00 am Registration
9.00 am Corporate Cultism – Separating Cult from Culture

  • Charismatic corporate leaders – red flag or proof of genius?
  • What aspects of company culture can leaders control?
  • Embracing radical transparency – pulling back the curtain of corporate inner workings
  • Promoting a healthy corporate culture – how do companies walk the talk?

Speakers:

  1. Ramesh Pillai, Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Enterprise Risk Practitioners
  2. Anne Abraham, Chairperson, LeadWomen
10.15 am Executive Compensation Trends – What Should Boards Be Thinking

  • Psychology of pay – what drives and motivates executive teams?
  • Should leadership compensation be tied to ESG metrics?
  • The challenges of executive compensation – getting it right

Speakers:

  1. Katsuri Nathan, Head of Board Advisory Services, KPMG Malaysia
  2. Dr Surina Ismail, Group Chief of Sustainability, IOI Corporation
11.25 am Coffee Break
11.55 am Leadership Succession Plan – What’s Working and What’s Not

  • Why are boards afraid to talk about their future?
  • The next board leader – an outside(r) chance?
  • Championing greater diversity in senior management positions (SC CG Monitor 2022 – Thematic Review 2)
  • Board succession planning – forging an effective board

Speakers:

  1. Tony Chin, Advisory Board Member, Kanzen Ventures
  2. Datin Dorph Peng Weng Yin, National Deputy President, SME Association
105 pm End of Programme

About the Speaker

Tehmina Kaoosji (Moderator)


Ramesh Pillai

Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Enterprise Risk Practitioners

Anne Abraham

Chairperson, LeadWomen

Katsuri Nathan

Head of Board Advisory Services, KPMG Malaysia

Dr. Surina Ismail

Group Head of Sustainability, IOI Corporation Bhd

Tony Chin

Advisory Board Member, Kanzun Ventures

Datin Dorph Peng Weng Yin

National Deputy President, SME Association

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