Women are playing an increasingly important role in business. While only 35 women have claimed the corner office in Fortune 1000 companies, that isn’t the only measure of women’s contributions to the business world and in supporting the economic recovery.
The 21st annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium is Sept. 24-25 at the Napa Valley Marriott. As part of this year’s program, Robert Smiley, professor emeritus and director of wine, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis, will again present the results of as telephone survey of industry leaders along with the results of the Wine Industry Financial Symposium Survey. This year’s keynote speaker is Jay Wright, chief operating officer for Constellation Brands.
Anne Simpson is the senior portfolio manager and director of corporate governance in the investment office at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. CalPERS is the largest public pension system in the United States with about $224 billion under management.The corporate governance program includes CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS actively managed corporate governance investment strategy.She is leading CalPERS work to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund.
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to approve a rule requiring companies to disclose any conflict minerals they use to manufacture products, a measure that critics says will impose significant costs on companies. A recent study by the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Davis says the rule will cost companies much more than regulators contend, reflecting the expense of complying and making annual disclosures.
Apple’s relationship with Google recently reached a new low. The Cupertino, California, company announced it would drop Google Maps from the iPhone in favor of its own software and retire the YouTube app from the start screen of its mobile devices. The direction that both tech companies are headed—toward greater reliance on mobile computing for their revenue—is setting them up for a long-term fight over the same technological turf.
You’ve heard of ‘blood diamonds.’ Add ‘blood smartphones’ and ‘blood oil’ to the list. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to finalize sweeping new rules that would effectively force companies to tell the world about their business in ‘conflict minerals’ with the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. This article cites Professor Paul Griffin’s latest research which suggests that this new disclosure requirement will potentially cost shareholders billions.
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted along party lines to adopt a rule requiring companies to trace and audit certain minerals as to their origination. If they come from the Congo, companies will have to submit a so-called ‘conflict minerals’ report. In this Forbes article, Professor Paul Griffin research on the matter reveals the difficulty of accurately tracking company’s supply chain and estimates that the cost to shareholders will reach the billions.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s customer service. You don’t normally associate humor with business software, but social and cloud computing juggernaut Salesforce’s new web campaign is very funny. The campaign was created by alumnus Barak Kassar’s creative agency, Rassak Experience (San Francisco).
View video: Ahead of a Securities and Exchange Commission hearing on rules to require companies to disclose use of ‘conflict minerals,’ Prof. Paul Griffin’s study shows such disclosure could cost shareholders billions, much more than the SEC estimates.
Alumni giving to the Graduate School of Management’s Annual Fund broke records across a number of key metrics in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30.
The GSM Annual Fund ended the 2011-2012 campaign with a record total of $106,075, a 40% increase over last year. Alumni giving to the Annual Fund topped $91,000, the highest dollar amount given by alumni in a single year. Non-alumni friends of the School also donated in record numbers, contributing more than $15,000 to the Annual Fund.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.