Why Sumner Redstone's Health Hasn't Concerned Wall Street

When founder and executive chairman Sumner Redstone didn’t speak Thursday during Viacom…

Georgia (Feb 5, 2015)When founder and executive chairman Sumner Redstone didn’t speak Thursday during Viacom’s quarterly earnings
conference call, the industry noticed. Curiously, though, Wall Street chose mostly to ignore the anomaly.

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After the conference call, in fact, research notes focused on the company’s operating trends. Even when The Hollywood Reporter reached out to the analyst community, most declined to discuss the matter….

Redstone repeatedly said he plans to stay involved at both companies until his death (and he often jokes he will live forever), and some experts see no cause to pressure Redstone into retirement. “Outside of a mandatory retirement age policy (which Viacom doesn’t have for directors), I do not know of any other means that would automatically remove him from the board,” said David Becher,  an associate professor of finance at Drexel University.

Governance experts, in fact, say that death is the most likely reason for a change of chairman at a company controlled by a founder when the founder does not step down.

Paul Lapides, professor and director of the Corporate Governance Center at Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, says there isn’t a consensus on how best to deal with an aging chairman whose health is in decline. “I lean in favor of little or minimal disclosure of health, like Apple did with Steve Jobs,” he said.

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