Charles Elson on Integrity, “Superstar CEOs” and a Window Into American Capitalism.


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If you’re involved in corporate law or corporate governance, or just care about business and society, Charles needs no introduction.

He is seemingly ubiquitous and has been for four decades. He is the Executive Editor of Directors & Boards. He’s the retired Edgar S. Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance and the founding director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.

His other academic credentials include more than a decade as a law professor at Stetson, visiting professorships at the law schools of the University of Illinois, Cordell and Maryland. He was also a Herbert Smith Freehills Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. He has written extensively on boards of directors, served on advisory boards for both the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

He is and has been a director at myriad of companies. His hard work and thought leadership has been recognized with honors from Directorship, Treasury and Risk Management, Global Proxy Watch and Ethisphere, Charles is also public spirited, having served as a trustee for such non profit organizations as the Big Apple Circus, Tampa Museum of Art, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Museum of American Finance and the Brandywine Conservancy.

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