Inside the role of company secretary

Hanan Ahmad: My life as company secretary for the chairman’s office, du

Hanan has worked her way up to become an essential company secretary for the chairman of du, the UAE’s second telco company. One of her many achievements has been to enable the company to be placed first in the renowned Standard & Poor’s 2012 Hawkamah Pan Arab ESG Index. So what makes Hanan’s day job tick?

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Jane Valls: The role of the board secretary explained

Good governance does not stop at compliance because compliance is simply not enough. In fact, I really don’t like the word compliance at all.


I believe effective corporate governance is all about performance and best practices. If we only look at corporate governance as compliance then it is really just ticking the box and shows that we have not understood its true benefits.

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