Here’s the third of the 21 hats that the corporate secretary wears (here’s the blog about the second hat): “You’re in the middle of the spider web. Some describe the corporate secretary job as the following: “consider the board as a wheel: you’re the hub and the directors are the spokes.”

It’s not that you’re this important all-knowing person. Rather, you’re the vehicle through which information comes and goes. You don’t want information flying all over the place, so that the board goes veering off course and isn’t staying true to a strategic path. The corporate secretary is in essence the “information portal.”

Directors come to you, not the CEO. “I have a question about X, I want to talk to so-and-so.” You’re going to put them in touch with the right person. You’re not looking to insert yourself in that conversation. Instead, you’re going to act as the facilitator.”

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As a strategist for the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, Broc Romanek has a deep understanding of the regulatory and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) marketplace. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Broc served as editor at TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com, and DealLawyers.com, where he oversaw…

As a strategist for the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, Broc Romanek has a deep understanding of the regulatory and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) marketplace. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Broc served as editor at TheCorporateCounsel.net, CompensationStandards.com, and DealLawyers.com, where he oversaw and managed coverage on issues related to ESG, corporate governance, executive pay, deals, and market trends and analysis.

In addition to his nearly two decades of working as a journalist and publisher, Broc served as assistant general counsel at a Fortune 50 company, worked in the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance, was a counselor to former SEC Commissioner Laura Unger, and worked in private practice. He also is the author, or co-author, of four legal treatises, and has authored several books focused on the legal industry.