"Shawn "


Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Professor of Finance, Thomas D. Russell Professor of Business

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Research Interests


Ph.D., Finance, Vanderbilt University, 2008
M.B.A., The University of Georgia
M.S., Georgia Tech University
B.S., Georgia Tech University


Dr. Mobbs’ Meet the Prof profile.

Selected Publications

“CEO Marketability, Employment Opportunities, and Compensation: Evidence from Compensation Peer Citations.” (With Daewong Choi and David Cicero.) Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Forthcoming.

“How Does Forced-CEO-Turnover Experience Affect Directors?” (With Jesse Ellis and Lixiong Guo.) Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. June 2021.

“Overconfident Directors.” (With Randy Beavers.) Financial Management. June 2020.

“Firm CFO Board Membership and Departures.” Journal of Corporate Finance. June 2018.

“Is an Outside Chair Always Better? The Role of Non-CEO Inside Chairs on Corporate Boards.” Financial Review. October 2015.

“Tradeoffs between Internal and External Governance: Evidence from Exogenous Regulatory Shocks.” (With Patrick Lach and Lixiong Guo.) Financial Management. March 2015.

“Independent Director Incentives: Where do Talented Directors Spend their Limited Time and Energy?” (With Ronald W. Masulis.) Journal of Financial Economics. February 2014.

“CEO’s Under Fire: The Effects of Directors on CEO Compensation and Turnover.” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. June 2013.“Internal Managerial Promotions: Insider Incentives and CEO Succession.” (With Charu Raheja.) Journal of Corporate Finance. December 2012.

“Are All Inside Directors the Same? Do they entrench CEO’s or enhance board decision making?” (With Ronald W. Masulis.) Journal of Finance. June 2011.

“Independent Director Reputation Incentives: CEO Compensation Contracting and Financial Reporting.” (With Ronald W. Masulis.) Working Paper.

“CEO Selection and Executive Appearance.” (With Doug Cook.) Working Paper.

“Independent Directors and Corporate Litigation.” (With James Malm.) Working Paper.

“Derivatives and Governance.” (With Robert Brooks and Troy Pollard.) Working Paper.