With the number, power and wealth of activist investors on the rise, public companies are more vulnerable than ever to their scrutiny. Activists are poised to move in at the first sign of less-than-perfect performance—a prospect that puts corporate leaders under a lot of extra pressure. And activist involvement can be disruptive, distracting management and directors from other priorities while influencing their choices in a way that may not be optimal for the company or the majority ...

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