Tech Journalist Blasts Boards for Risk Failures

In a recent opinion piece, veteran journalist Mary Jander lambasted the boards of technology firms for not overseeing the risks taken by their companies. Jander is currently the Managing Editor of Internet Evolution, having previously worked for Byte and Switch, Light Reading and Data Communications magazine, so she has followed the industry long enough to distinguish fundamental issues from passing fads. As she puts it:

The recent CEO firings at Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard have turned the spotlight on the highest level of decision-making at public companies — the board of directors. Sadly, in these and too many other cases, the harsh glare is revealing that the board appears to be failing in its mission of leadership and risk management.

Jander makes a no-nonsense argument that board directors are paid well, that risk is undeniably their responsibility, that the tools and techniques of risk management already exist, but that Board members are not equipping themselves to do their job properly. You can read her hard-hitting article here.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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