We examine performance in publicly listed U.K. companies over a period that encompasses the issuance of the Cadbury Committee's "Code of Best Practice," which calls for the abolition of the combined CEO/COB position. We find that companies splitting the combined CEO/COB position to conform to the Code's requirement did not exhibit any absolute or relative improvement in performance when compared to various peer-group benchmarks. We do not necessarily scoff at mandated board structures, but the evidence suggests that this particular legislature coerced the abandonment of the combined CEO/COB position and appears to be "wide of the mark". Copyright (c) 2009, The Eastern Finance Association.
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