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How boards of directors of PSU and private banks can be made more responsible

How boards of directors of PSU and private banks can be made more responsible

Finance
By M DamodaranYears ago, during an impassioned discussion on banking, especially lending practices, a friend, in a moment of excitement, coined a new word — creditability. The rest of us laughed. Recent developments seem to indicate that he was spot on. Creditability, a combination of creditworthiness and credibility, implying thereby the ability to repay and the willingness to repay, seems to have been a missing ingredient in the decision-making process in several banks. The focus of this piece is, however, not the credibility of the borrower but the credibility of bank boards. Corporate governance theory rests on the foundation that the Board of Directors is the custodian of the interests of all stakeholders. Simply stated, its role, and also its responsibility, is to keep management hon