"iPads in the Boardroom: 20 Issues to Consider"
Thursday, December 8, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 pm, eastern [archive and transcript to follow]
One of the hottest topics for corporate secretaries involves the invasion of iPads in the boardroom. This webcast will provide practical guidance about issues to consider and obstacles to overcome.
- Gina Merritt-Epps, Corporate Counsel/Secretary, South Jersey Industries
- Alicia Myara, Vice President - Corporate Governance, Freddie Mac
- Kerry Radich, Manager of Operations, Chevron
Here are the 20 topics of this program:
- Whose idea to bring iPads into the boardroom was it? Management or the board?
- If some directors are reluctant to use iPads, how can you help to get them excited?
- What types of questions should be asked when interviewing potential service providers (eg. does product look like a book)?
- Who should be on the team to implement and integrate this new technology?
- How long does it typically take to implement the new technology?
- Is it more than just an off-the-shelf product or are there challenges to integrating with a board portal?
- How intensive is the training for directors to start using iPads?
- What types of discoverability issues are there? Should directors be allowed to download apps and personal emails? How restrictive will the company be?
- How about taking annotated notes on board materials that reside on the iPad?
- How much should the corporate secretary monitor or "track" a director's online activity?
- If a director is on multiple boards, should the iPad be permitted to be used for all the boards?
- Should hard copies of materials still be sent mailed to directors? Or handed out at the board meeting? Does using iPads save time so materials can go out later?
- Are there cost savings related to using iPads?
- When management makes a presentation at the board meeting, do they use an iPad to project from? Are there are other meeting logistics to consider (eg. back-up; power cords)?
- If a director has a technical question about the iPad, who should the director call? The corporate secretary or the service provider?
- What is iPad management like, including inventory, processing lost or stolen tablets, upgrades, maintaining IDs & passwords?
- What happens when a director leaves the board and wants to keep the iPad?
- If a director travels out of the country, should the iPad travel too? What about international privacy laws? Security issues?
- Should a company's D&O insurance provider be contacted before implementing iPads?
- Should corporate secretaries use iPads themselves to take minutes, etc.?
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