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Nell Minow writes about movies, culture, and values as The Movie Mom and about corporate governance, executive compensation, and investing for a variety of publications. She serves on the board of GMI Ratings (formerly The Corporate Library), an independent research firm that rates boards of directors and financial reporting of public companies and compiles research, study and critical thinking about corporate governance and accounting. Its board effectiveness rating allows investors and analysts to evaluate governance as an element of investment risk. Special reports and studies include reports on CEO employment contracts, related transactions, director resignations, and CEO compensation. It maintains an extensive database of over 3000 public companies and over 90,000 directors and provides data and board ratings to search firms, D&O liability insurers, law firms, accounting firms, journalists, academics, investors, and corporations. Ms. Minow was named one of the 20 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship Magazine in 2007 and called "the queen of good corporate governance" by Business Week Online. In 2008, she was given the highest award in the field by the International Corporate Governance Network for exceptional achievements including "positive impact, with long-term significance, on one or more economies" and "confrontation to frustrating oppositions, requiring vision, courage, and fortitude." In 2012 she was given Corporate Secretary Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Minow was formerly a Principal of LENS, a $100 million investment firm that bought stock in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value. She was dubbed "the CEO Killer" by Fortune magazine for her record of ousting non-performing CEOs at companies like Sears, American Express, Kodak, and Waste Management. Before that, she served as President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., a firm that advises institutional investors on issues of corporate governance, and as an attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Justice.
She frequently comments on the financial markets in the press and on television, including op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, on network news broadcasts at ABC, NBC, and CBS, and on ABC's Nightline, CNBC's Kudlow & Cramer, CNN's Crossfire and Moneyline and PBS' Newshour. She has written more than 200 articles about corporate governance as well as chapters in treatises on executive compensation, annual shareholder meetings, and in the books Law Stories, The Dance of Change, The Financial Services Revolution, Leadership and Governance from the Inside Out, and How to Run a Company. She is co-author with Robert A. G. Monks of three books, Power and Accountability, (HarperBusiness 1991), the textbook Corporate Governance (Blackwell 1995, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2011), and Watching the Watchers: Corporate Governance for the 21st Century (Blackwell 1996). She taught corporate governance to MBA students at George Mason University for five years.
She writes about movies, television, the Internet, and parenting and reviews movies each week for Beliefnet.com and radio stations across the US and Canada. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Kansas City Star, USA Today, Family Fun, Daughters, Parents, and three editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything. The second edition of her books, The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies, was published in 2004. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Working Woman, CFO Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times, and has appeared as The Movie Mom on CBS This Morning, Fox Morning News, NPR, CNN, and dozens of radio programs. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School.