Operating an effective board
May 2015 | SPECIAL REPORT: OPERATING AN EFFECTIVE BOARD
Financier Worldwide Magazine
The board is a company’s governing body – its ultimate decision-making authority. The board is responsible for determining strategic objectives, monitoring company policies, appointing senior management, and accounting for company activities to stakeholders. Furthermore, in an era of increasing regulatory scrutiny, the performance and effectiveness of the board is under the microscope like never before. To achieve an above reproach level of competency and integrity, the board needs to possess an appropriate balance of innovation, experience, independence and challenge to ensure that operational effectiveness is secured. Failure by a board to strike such a balance allied with shortcomings in statutory and ethical governance can carry with it significant penalties for the individual and the collective.
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Black Diamond Associates
Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
National Association of Corporate Directors
Reed Smith Richards Butler
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Women Corporate Directors