Henry D. Wolfe

Henry D. Wolfe is a private investor who has been an active catalyst for the creation of substantial value for shareholders in a variety of industry situations, both public and private. A graduate of Clemson University, where he was a member of the Clemson rugby team and served as its captain, Henry has been a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University and is a Visiting Professor at York University in Toronto.

Henry is also the author of Governance Arbitrage: Blowing Up the Public Company Governance Model to Maximize Long-Term Shareholder Value.

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Henry D. Wolfe discusses the characteristics organizations should be looking for in its board members, from an internal drive to the courage to make waves and a commitment to holding management accountable. Every day, it seems, there is a host of new proposals and ideas for who should be appointed to public company boards and how. But there’s an important question missing...

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Henry Wolfe considers why, although CEO selection is one of the most important responsibilities of a public company board, boards are underperforming on this point (and many others) due to the suboptimal governance model. On May 24, the New York Times published an article titled “It’s Never Been Easier to Be a CEO, and the Pay Keeps Rising.” The section immediately under...

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What’s wrong with director selection at public companies? Looking through the lens of GE’s board composition and recent struggles, Henry D. Wolfe explains that we are often looking at the wrong criteria for board selection. The public company governance model in regard to company performance and value maximization is, at best, suboptimal. This includes, but is not limited to, director selection criteria....

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