Non Executive Directors Archive

Where are the Women… Capable of being Corporate Directors?

by Viviane Strickfaden

One article among others in France highlights “A scarcity of women with CEO’s experience, one of the profiles that companies are seeking widely for their board of directors”.
This implies that in order to validly exercise a mandate in France, it is almost essential to have managed a company, at least a business unit?
Not to mention the essential financial expertise… Do we often become CEOs after having been CFOs? Not so sure: that’s not the point here.

The purpose is to guide the gaze in another direction, to make people aware that there are many women with demonstrated leadership. All you have to do is look and see, open your eyes wide, even better your ears and your heart. Continue reading

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Why aren’t there more women on boards?

So we asked: Why aren’t there more women on boards?

“The benefits are clear, and the studies have been undertaken again and again, but the number of women at board-level, in C-level roles and in corner offices, remains worryingly low across the world.”

Read the full survey at https://www.female-executive-search.com/insights/why-arent-there-more-women-on-boards/

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Non Executive Director/Oil & Gas/UK

Our client operates in the Oil&Gas sector and is looking to recruit a Non Executive Director to play a key role in supporting the company’s growth as a member of the board.

Should you be interested in having more details and/or applying for this assignment, please visit our website at https://www.ceo-worldwide.com/job-offer.php?jobid=2689

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What makes a good Chairman?

The qualities and experience needed to be a good Chairman

Written by Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis serves as a Chairman and non-executive director for listed and unlisted companies, mainly small and medium-sized enterprises. He lists the attributes Chairmen should possess:

The role of the Chairman has become much higher in profile and the expectations have increased as, quite rightly, stakeholders now expect an engaged, energetic and involved Chairman who does more than simply manage the corporate governance process.

The success of a Chairmanship undoubtedly hinges on the relationship the Chairman has with the chief executive, a relationship which should be centred on honesty, trust and transparency. The success of this relationship is based on mutual understanding by both parties of the distinction between their two roles. Continue reading

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Women back in business

What holds Women back in business?

by Janet Clark

Some of the most powerful people of today’s world are women. They are leading nations and fortune 500 companies and are holding up extremely well in a male dominated world, bringing change and new perspectives to the established ways of doing politics or business and setting new standards. There are numerous examples where women did prove their business acumen and ability to tackle the odds of a global business world – on many occasions, with considerable more sensitivity and foresight as their male counterparts – and with better results, as noted by a study (Catalyst, 2007, Grant Thornton) : In his study, companies with a higher proportion of women on their board had significant higher returns on invested capital, returns on equity, and sales. Continue reading

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Top Executive File: Definition of a NED

What is the definition of a Non-Executive Director  (“NED”)?

Michael Grade once famously said: “NEDs are like bidets – not sure what they are there for, but they add a bit of class!”. This is far from the truth. Lord Walker in a recent speech said: “The ability of NEDs to stand up to executive management is more important than the qualifications those directors hold.” While there has been a whole lot of discussion about the need for NEDs with relevant experience, that knowledge is little more than useless if it is not accompanied by a willingness to challenge the executives. With regard to the more practical aspects of being a NED of a SME company, Frank Lewis gives us in this top executive file his DEFINITION OF A GOOD NED. Continue reading

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Top Executive File: Non Executive Directors

Non Executive Directors: Experience and Good Practice

by Frank Lewis

Michael Grade once famously said: “NEDs are like bidets –  not sure what they are there for, but they add a bit of class!”

This is far from the truth. NEDs are working harder than ever and the Walker Report has made the job more onerous. Many boards are not tolerant enough of challenge and if someone asks too many questions, they are branded as part of the “awkward squad”. Lord Walker in a recent speech said: “The ability of NEDs to stand up to executive management is more important than the qualifications those directors hold.” While there has been a whole lot of discussion about the need for NEDs with relevant experience, that knowledge is little more than useless if it is not accompanied by a willingness to challenge the executives… Continue reading

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