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Independent directors: Underpaid & unappreciated

Independent directors have been in the eye of the storm for their inability to guide companies or being able to stand up to controlling shareholders

Amit Tandon 

Amit Tandon

A lot is expected — rather demanded — of independent directors. By regulators, through the Companies Act and the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi’s) listing obligations, by shareholders and the other stakeholders, and by promoters and managements. Add to this the looming risk of regulatory action, and it is clear why being an independent director is not easy.

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First Published: Thu, March 26 2020. 21:39 IST
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