Who is an “Officer”? A Critical Inquiry for Indemnification and Insurance | The D&O Diary

Many companies provide advancement, indemnification and insurance benefits and protection for their officers and directors. However, it is not always clear who is an “officer” for purposes of claiming the benefits and protection. The long-running and high-profile saga of Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs computer programmer and company Vice President accused of stealing proprietary electronic computer code used in the company’s high frequency trading platform, presents a vivid example of the problems that can arise when the meaning of the term officer is unclear.

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