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CEO as Statesman I

To keep investors happy and protect their own interests, companies and CEOs will need to play a more active role in policy and regulatory debates.

Strategic Communications

March 8, 2013

Many corporate leaders are alarmed by the U.S. government’s increased oversight of and intrusion into business in response to the Great Recession. They see new and significant regulation across many industries; uncertainty on environmental and tax policies; and changes to the bankruptcy process. Many executives believe these initiatives make planning difficult, impede future growth and restrain an already fragile economic recovery.

CEO chair and desk emptyWith enterprise value at risk from the uncertainty created in Washington, D.C., some 85 percent of the participants in the study feel that CEOs must proactively engage with policymakers to help shape policies and regulations and protect shareholder value. Those respondents were four times more likely to view active CEO engagement as a positive than as a negative. Furthermore, investors are calling for CEOs to use their leadership platform to get involved, educate investors about ongoing efforts, and become more actively and personally engaged in shaping national objectives and policies.

With enterprise value at risk from the uncertainty created in Washington, some 85 percent of the participants in the study felt that CEOs must proactively engage with policymakers to help shape policies and regulations and protect shareholder value. Those respondents were four times more likely to view active CEO engagement as a positive than a negative. Furthermore, they are calling for CEOs to use their leadership platform to get involved, educate investors about ongoing efforts and become more actively and personally engaged in shaping national objectives and policies.


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