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January 2017

2017 Board of Directors Predictions - Trump, inc.: Corporate Connections in the Cabinet



2017 Board of Directors Predictions:
5 Trends to Watch


2016 was a year marked by significant changes—stunning political upheavals via Brexit and our own controversial new President-elect; a growing number of big-ticket, multi billion dollar M&A deals amid massive enterprise court battles, particularly in the technology sector; evolving regulations and proposed governance standards; as well as persistent and increasingly destructive cyber security attacks, threatening everything from the outcome of the U.S. election to the sale of Yahoo to Verizon for $4.8 billion. 
For board members and directors tasked with guiding their companies through these changes and the complexities that could arise in the aftermath of 2016, change is needed in the boardroom as well. From expanding skillsets to greater accountability for brand reputation and issues management, here are five of the top trends that will make the biggest impact on boards in 2017. 
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Trump, Inc.: Corporate Connections in the Cabinet


Donald J. Trump ran his presidential campaign based on his background as a savvy businessman, rather than his experience in politics. In light of the ongoing nominations for President-Elect Trump’s cabinet positions, Equilar, a board and executive data provider, leveraged its  BoardEdge database to compile all available public information on the corporate board connections for these nominees – the  study was recently covered on CNBC. The graphic displays the potential interconnectedness of the public and private sector in the Trump administration.
As of December 16, 2016, 17 nominees for the 22 cabinet positions Equilar is tracking have been made official. Of those, six separate candidates served on public company boards of directors at the time they were nominated, representing a total of 14 public companies.
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