Since rejoining Bank Director last fall, I've had the opportunity to speak to numerous bankers at our recent conferences, and what I consistently hear is that it's tough being a bank director. There’s increased liability, growing responsibilities and new regulations, not to mention the mounting pressures from shareholders. As the public struggles to regain their trust in the financial community, today's bank executives must work harder to grow their institutions while navigating through this period of uncertainty.
For the past 20 years, Bank Director magazine has been a leading information source for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, general counsel and outside directors of financial institutions. In our effort to continue providing insightful and informative thought leadership to the banking community, I'm excited to announce that in June we will be launching an all new and improved BankDirector.com website focused on the challenges facing today's senior officers and directors. What you know matters, so this online platform will regularly feature the latest news, commentary and expert advice on all things bank board-related.
Explore + Discover
For new directors with limited banking knowledge, or an experienced executive looking for a fresh perspective, BankDirector.com's articles, blogs, research and white papers are centered around the issues that matter to executives and directors. The site will contain timely and relevant content on topics such as M&A, risk, lending, regulation, technology and retail strategies. In addition, there will be board committee-focused sections containing subject matter specific to compensation, nominating, audit and more.
As the market outlook for M&A activity begins to show signs of improvement, we have created a dedicated section called the Analyst Forum that features peer performance metrics, recent M&A deals, and ongoing market data provided bySNL Financial. Leading bank analysts from the top investment banking firms will share their recommendations and opinions based on research analysis and industry trends.
Share + Connect
Knowing what other banking leaders are experiencing in the marketplace is beneficial, so you can leave comments for an author, discuss a hot topic with other readers, or share an interesting story with fellow board members or colleagues. As the community reads and shares content, the site will track the most popular articles, making it easy to find and join in the discussions. For the social media savvy, the new site will integrate seamlessly with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, making it a simple process for sharing through social networks. Or, join ourLinkedIn group to continue discussions, ask for advice from peers, or share thoughts with others.
(Side note: If you are interested in blogging for BankDirector.com, please connect with me as I would be happy to consider you for inclusion on the site.)
These are just some of the new features we plan to roll out during our initial launch. As we continue to grow this dynamic site, we will be updating the site weekly with fresh content and insightful commentary from our editorial team, seasoned bankers and the industry's leading experts. I hope that you will stop by next month and visit the new BankDirector.com to explore, share and connect on all things officer and board-related.
If you would like to be notified when the site launches, feel free to connect with us on LinkedIn to be the first to know.