In this five-part podcast series, I visit with Amii Barnard-Bahn to consider five of the top corporate scandals from 2018. The five we discuss are CBS, 1MDB/Goldman Sachs, Facebook, Tesla and Nissan. We explore the failures at the Board of Directors and at senior management and these companies need to do to not only solve the legal imbroglios they now find themselves in but to also regain the trust of their various stakeholder. In this first episode we consider the ongoing scandal at CBS around its former CEO Les Moonves and the claims of not only sexual harassment but also sexual assault.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Why is this matter on our Top 5 list?
  • Was there actual knowledge of the complaints by individual members of the Board or the entire Board of Directors?
  • Should Viacom blow up the CBS Board or start over?
  • What is the role of a CCO?
  • Why should the CCO be separate and apart from the legal function?

Amii Barnard-Bahn is an experienced executive who has worked at Fortune 20 companies and nonprofits such as McKesson, Allianz and the California Dental Association, leading multiple functions, including Human Resources, Compliance, Legal, IT, and Communications. Now as an executive coach and strategic advisor Amii helps boards and leaders design exceptional work environments that enable organizations to outbehave and outperform the competition. 

Amii is a leadership columnist at Compliance Week and a favorite guest on the Compliance Podcast Network, covering CEO, board and governance best practices. She is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Current clients include First Republic Bank, The Gap, and Adobe. A lifelong diversity advocate, Amii recently testified in multiple legislative committees on the successful passage of CA SB826, the first law in the U.S. requiring corporate boards to include women.  She can be reached via email at