Ambassador of Assurance
Business Partner, Corporate Governance and Finance Senior Executive with over 20 years experience at Board level and internationally gained in Deloitte, blue chip and PE backed companies.
Welcome to my blog
“Welcome to my blog. The idea of this blog started when I was looking for a forum where I could share all my views and opinions about the ever-increasing and never-ending shocking events in the corporate and business world that makes us question the reliance placed in the information received.
This blog aims to welcome discussions, opinions, points of view, suggestions, recommendations in an environment where a spade is called a spade.
Through my experience I have helped highlight significant issues and implement solutions to mitigate their impact. This experience has constantly demonstrated that hiding the issue under the carpet is the worst decision. Once there it can only grow until it explodes in front of everybody’s noses.
Is there a solution to this? Yes, there is, at least, a solution for every single issue. It may require some effort but there is a solution.”
they are going to send all the money to one of the PA’s personal bank account, for her to take the money in cash from her bank account and bring it to the office to put it in the red envelopes.
We are giving one employee an additional full bonus, and then we expect that this person will take all that money in cash to do what? I do not think this is something so small, it sounds so dodgy that it can be perceived as something illegal, even if this money is fully used on the red envelopes, Caesar’s wife principle should apply.an email should be sent by the CEO, informing all employees, that they will get a red envelope the following day.
With all this, we have evidence of the payment approved by the CEO, the money been retrieved from the company bank by a person with legal powers to do so in presence of HR and another email informing the employees about the red envelope
The lesson from this real example is that, even a good gesture can be completely undermined and bring a company into trouble, if the way of doing it looks suspicious and dodgy. Since the recent bribery and corruption scandals (e.g.: GSK China, FIFA, etc) companies should pay more attention to cash payments. Doing the right thing in the right way it may take some effort. In this real experience this involved drafting official emails, the Finance Director appointment with the company bank, etc. This effort should be compared to the effort deployed explaining cash payments without much evidence on top of any reputational impact (regardless of whether the cash payment was for valid reasons or not).
how it would look like if it was to appear in a global newspaper and you had to provide an explanation to the media. I am still trying to find ways to explain the sizeable payment to the PA’s personal bank account for her to retrieve the money in cash….
It is critical that the set of activities decided to execute the strategy take the company in a consistent direction.I agree that when the senior executives have stretched profit targets compatibility problems appear in areas involving costs (e.g.: maintenance). If the company is one whose assets are key to deliver the activity (e.g.: airlines, car rental, lifts rental…) there will clearly be a compatibility problem between the senior executives targets on profits and the company’s activity via its assets. By establishing short-term performance measures that are not linked to value creation (increasing profits does not necessarily means creating value) the ground for compatibility problems is set.senior executives focus on short-term measures to get their bonuses. Complacency and lack of ethics are at the very bottom of many scandals and compatibility problems. I hope that Mrs May words (“get tough on irresponsible behaviour in big business” do end up in clear actions.read more
Despite their incompetence, their six-seven figures salaries keep on growing.
I do no think an incompetent senior executive is kept on the role in a simplistic way. The senior executive is kept in his/her role because he/she is of some interest to the company. His/her incompetence may not be the reason why….so? what is it? I have seen cases where the senior executive was covering up a company’s wrongdoing.
Many corporate scandals have been unveiled by whistleblowers
Many of them suffered retaliation. Few of them were properly rewarded…..a smear campaign against the whistleblower starts as soon as the whistleblower uncovers any wrongdoing