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The Role of Corporate Governance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Panel Discussion

April 28, 2020

Academic Director Michelle Lowry moderates a panel discussion with leading academics in corporate governance: David Denis, Kevin J Murphy, and Jonathan Karpoff. Topics include emerging risks for firms, compensation challenges, the CARES Act, and stock buybacks.

During the discussion, panelists explored topics such as:

  • Why corporate governance is so important during this time
  • Executive compensation: re-evaluating 2020 pay and setting targets going forward
  • The role (or non-role) of recent company buybacks on companies’ ability to handle the crisis
  • Falling stock prices, the risks of activist intervention and the increasing adoption of poison pills
  • The implications of the CARES Act


  • David J. Denis Roger S. Ahlbrandt Sr. Chair in Finance, University of Pittsburgh

  • Jonathan M. Karpoff Professor of Finance and Washington Mutual Endowed Chair in Innovation, University of Washington

  • Kevin J. Murphy Kenneth L. Trefftzs Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance and Business Economics, University of Southern California

  • Michelle Lowry, Moderator Academic Director of Gupta Governance Institute, TD Bank Professor of Finance, Drexel University

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