The Shareholder Forum

supporting investor interests in the use of their capital to produce goods and services


Purpose & History of Services

The Shareholder Forum

The Shareholder Forum supports investor interests in corporate enterprise value with services that require independence – and that may benefit from the Forum’s network resources and recognition for advocacy of long term investor interests – to assure a definition of relevant issues and fair access to information that can be relied upon by both corporate and investor decision-makers.

The policies that provide a foundation for the Forum’s marketplace functions have been carefully developed and tested to allow any investor to participate in its communications, either anonymously or visibly, without acting in concert. Established originally to accommodate professional fund managers and securities analysts, this SEC -defined independent moderator function has proved to be consistently effective in managing orderly processes of issue definition for rational analysis by all of the various principals, fiduciaries, advisers and corporate managers who are responsible for informed decisions.

Initiated in 1999 by the CFA Society of New York (at the time known as the New York Society of Security Analysts) with lead investor and former corporate investment banker Gary Lutin as guest chairman to address the professional interests of its members, and independently supported by Mr. Lutin since 2001, Forum programs have achieved wide recognition for their effective definition of important issues and orderly exchange of the information and views needed to resolve them. The Forum's ability to convene all key decision-making constituencies and influence leaders has been applied to subjects ranging from corporate control contests to the establishment of consensus marketplace standards for fair disclosure, and has been relied upon by virtually every major U.S. fund manager and the many other investors who have participated in programs that addressed their interests.

After concluding a collaborative public program addressing broad policy interests in 2012-2015, the Forum has resumed its original focus on company-specific investor decisions, with particular encouragement of private programs to achieve carefully defined objectives. Currently important applications of the Forum’s independent management of communication exchanges include the support of corporate managers who wish to provide the leadership expected of them by responding to either shareholder engagement or activist challenges with orderly reviews of issues relevant to long term investor interests. The Forum continues, of course, to offer this support to investors concerned with the use of their capital to produce goods and services.

Requests for Shareholder Forum consideration of support may be initiated confidentially by any investor or by the subject company, or by the professional advisors to either.  


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, November 19, 2009 press release


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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


SEC Names Senior Officials to Investor Education and Advocacy Efforts


Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2009 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the appointments of three senior officials to its Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) to help continue its increased focus on individual investors. OIEA serves the Commission as the "investors' office" and provides educational resources to help individual investors make informed financial decisions.

Mary S. Head, who recently served as Acting Director of OIEA, has been named Deputy Director of the office. Kathleen M. Floyd has been appointed Deputy Director of Investor Education, and Richard C. Ferlauto will become Deputy Director of Policy.

"We are working to further expand OIEA's ability to understand investors' concerns, provide effective educational programs, and advocate for investors' interests. Investors need our assistance now more than ever, and I am confident that our new team has the experience and the drive to make a difference," said Lori J. Schock, Director of OIEA. Ms. Schock was named OIEA Director in October.

Ms. Head has worked at the SEC since 2000, most recently as Assistant Director for Policy in OIEA. Ms. Head began her legal career in the Office of General Counsel at the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA). She practiced securities law with Kelley Drye & Warren and later with Dechert LLP prior to joining the SEC staff. Ms. Head is a graduate of Yale College and Catholic University Law School.

Ms. Floyd comes to the SEC from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation, where she was the Executive Director of the Stock Market Game. She previously served as Director of Baltimore Academies for Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2002, Ms. Floyd was named as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women. She is a graduate of Drew and George Washington Universities.

Richard C. Ferlauto joins the SEC from the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, where he has been Director, Corporate Governance and Public Pension Programs since 2002. Previously, he was Managing Director, Proxy Voter Services for Institutional Shareholder Services and Director of Policy for the Center for Policy Alternatives. Currently, Mr. Ferlauto is a member of the PCAOB Investor Advisory Committee and The Conference Board Taskforce on Executive Compensation. He has been named to the Directorship 100 as one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance for the past three years. Mr. Ferlauto is a graduate of Georgetown University.

OIEA has direct contact with tens of thousands of individual investors each year, hearing their needs, answering their questions and helping to solve their problems. Last month OIEA launched the Commission's first-ever Web site,, devoted exclusively to investor education, providing investors of all ages with in-depth information and "top tips" on how to invest wisely, plan for the future, and avoid being scammed. The Office also works closely with the Commission's newly-formed Investor Advisory Committee to give investors a greater voice in the Commission's work.

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Modified: 11/19/2009




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Publicly open programs of the Shareholder Forum are conducted for free participation of all shareholders of a subject company and any fiduciaries or professionals concerned with their decisions, according to the Forum’s stated "Conditions of Participation." In all cases, each participant is expected to make independent use of information obtained through the Forum, and participation is considered private unless the party specifically authorizes identification.

The information provided to Forum participants is intended for their private reference, and permission has not been granted for the republishing of any copyrighted material. The material presented on this web site is the responsibility of Gary Lutin, as chairman of the Shareholder Forum.

Shareholder Forum™ is a trademark owned by The Shareholder Forum, Inc., for the programs conducted since 1999 to support investor access to decision-making information. It should be noted that we have no responsibility for the services that Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., introduced for review in the Forum's 2010 "E-Meetings" program and had been offering for several years with the “Shareholder Forum” name, and we have asked Broadridge to use a different name that does not suggest our support or endorsement.