Ira M. Millstein is a senior partner in the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He is founding chair of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School and the author of several books, including The Recurrent Crisis in Corporate Governance (2003).
[The Activist Director] provides a detailed list of directors' obligations and gives concrete advice on how to hire directors who will ensure long-term success . . . [It offers] interesting insights for students and researchers, as well as for practitioners in the field of corporate governance.--Felix von Meyerinck Financial Markets and Portfolio Management Millstein offers pragmatic suggestions for recruiting activist directors to the boardroom to secure the future of the corporation.--Value Walk Millstein's vast history gives weight to his comments and his relating of concrete events with the likes of General Motors and ConEd as well as the city and state of New York lends authority to his recommendations.--Library Journal If you want to understand how today's practices developed and why they need to develop further Millstein's book is perfect.--Investing by the Books The Activist Director is a must-read. By examining real-world examples based on his firsthand experience counseling boards, Ira Millstein offers unique and imaginative solutions to the problems corporations face in today's rapidly changing global marketplace.--Richard Parsons, former chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc. For more than six decades, Ira Millstein has had an important seat in the boardrooms at some of our world's most iconic corporations. The Activist Director is a fascinating and must-read book for anyone associated with a for-profit or not-for-profit board.--Sanford I. Weill, chairman emeritus, Citigroup Inc. Far too many corporate directors have failed to honor their responsibility to manage the corporations they serve for the benefit of the firm's shareholders. In this powerful and articulate book, attorney and board consultant Ira M. Millstein aims to drive a stake into director passivity and create a new model for the activist director. It is a grand and important vision.--John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO, The Vanguard Group [The Activist Director] takes readers into the boardrooms of several of the greatest catastrophes and success stories of America's best-known corporations. . . . Mr. Millstein offers pragmatic suggestions for recruiting activist directors to the boardroom to secure the future of the corporation.--Metropolitan Corporate Counsel For more than half a century, Ira Millstein has been a leading authority on corporate governance. His new book, The Activist Director, provides a probing analysis of corporate governance, an inside the boardroom view, and is sure to serve as an essential guide to directors in today's transforming environment.--Joseph Perella, cofounder and chairman, Perella Weinberg Partners No one has more experience with corporate boards, and insights into what makes them work, than Ira Millstein. The Activist Director reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly from some of the biggest management failures--and successes--in recent history.--Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City