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Dr. Ralph A. Walkling on Shareholder Access to the Boardroom

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Amsterdam Institute of Finance
ounder and Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Governance at the LeBow College at Drexel University

Ralph Walkling holds the Stratakis Chair in Corporate Governance and is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Governance at the LeBow College at Drexel University where he is also Professor of Finance. He is Past President of the Financial Management Association, an international organization of over 7,500 academics and practitioners from over 25 different countries. He has also been on the faculties of Ohio State University, University of Washington and Georgia Tech.

He received his BSc from Towson State University and his MBA and Doctorate from the University of Maryland. Professor Walkling is internationally known for his research; has published in the leading academic journals of his field; and has been quoted or cited in leading business periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Economist and CFO Magazine. He is a leading contributor to the top refereed journals in his field and has been listed in the top 1% of finance authors in terms of academic citations of their work.

He serves as associate editor of The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Corporate Finance, and Financial Review. He is a past associate editor of Financial Management and The Journal of Empirical Finance. His major area of research is corporate governance and corporate acquisitions. Dr. Walkling has spent considerable time consulting with executives from numerous Fortune 500 companies and has testified as a financial expert in numerous legal proceedings.

Dr. Walkling has been involved in numerous executive programs both domestically and internationally. He is a recipient of a number of fellowships, grants and awards for both his teaching and his research. In 2008, he was chosen as the Distinguished Financial Scholar award by the Eastern Finance Association. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Walkling worked for a large US bank.

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