Cynthia E. Clark Ph.D. is the John W. Poduska Professor of Governance.
Clark is an experienced leader in corporate governance and business ethics focusing on financial services and community banking - specializing in transitioning private boards to public boards, evaluating board nominating committees & board composition, assessing shareholder activism, proxy disclosures, ESG and privacy issues.
She is the author of two books: Giving Voice to Values in the Boardroom and Business & Society: Ethical, Legal and Digital Environments. Her articles have appeared in Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Review as well as authoring over 35 articles in academic journals. Clark has been widely cited in the media on governance issues including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Compliance Week, CNN, Forbes, Reuters and NPR's Marketplace report.
Clark has conduct training sessions on ethical decision-making, creating an ethical culture, avoiding conflicts of interest, understanding ESG and shareholder activism and optimal nominating and governance committee procedures to numerous senior management teams and boards of directors.
She is the founding director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance - focusing on bringing research to practice. Recent projects include analyzing firms' nominating committee disclosures on gender and diversity and shareholder resolution proposals and firms' disclosure of material information.
Clark is actively involved in the Private Directors Association, Society for Corporate Governance, 50/50 Women on Boards, the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a Fulbright Scholar. She is also a former executive in the banking, financial services and securities industries and speaks conversational Spanish.
Conflicts of Interest
Privacy, Data, Fintech
Corporate Ethical and Legal Issues
Corporate Information Disclosure