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What are the key responsibilities of a governance manager or head of governance?

The head of governance will most often reports to the CEO, with dotted line to the board of directors audit committee. The head of governance has a lot of responsibilities & duties within information security, including: ·         Investigates how the organization is run and makes recommendations to top management to improve internal controls, checks and balances, transparency and appropriate disclosure, and the like. In the course of performing this task, the head of governance may also review the current status of information security, and then determine if it is not as effective as it could be. Thus the head of governance could be an important ally in the restructuring of the information security function, for example, elevating the Information Security Department Manager in the CSO. ·         Works with top management to identify and change existing conflicts of interest, and establishes permanent organizational structures intended to prevent these and other conflicts from occurring in the ·         Often may be asked to review executive compensation, communications with shareholders, relationships with government regulators, the Board of Directors nomination process, the Board member reelection process, and related activities to identify governance issues and concerns, and then brings these same matters to the attention to both top management and the Board of Directors, suggesting appropriate remedies and responses. ·         Acts as a liaison with the public, the investor community, and the stock analyst community, conveying information about the company’s internal governance efforts and helping to reassure these communities that the company is well-managed.    

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The head of governance will most often reports to the CEO, with dotted line to the board of directors audit committee. The head of governance has a lot of responsibilities & duties within information security, including: ·         Investigates how the organization is run and makes recommendations to top management to improve internal controls, checks and balances, transparency and appropriate disclosure, and the like. In the course of performing this task, the head of governance may also review the current status of information security, and then determine if it is not as effective as it could be. Thus the head of governance could be an important ally in the restructuring of the information security function, for example, elevating the Information Security Department Manager in the CSO. ·         Works with top management to identify and change existing conflicts of interest, and establishes permanent organizational structures intended to prevent these and other conflicts from occurring in the ·         Often may be asked to review executive compensation, communications with shareholders, relationships with government regulators, the Board of Directors nomination process, the Board member reelection process, and related activities to identify governance issues and concerns, and then brings these same matters to the attention to both top management and the Board of Directors, suggesting appropriate remedies and responses. ·         Acts as a liaison with the public, the investor community, and the stock analyst community, conveying information about the company’s internal governance efforts and helping to reassure these communities that the company is well-managed.    
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