33 New board positions for IDN members

INSEADs International Director Network, IDN, is proudly sharing the recent appointments of board and corporate governance positions of our members from 1 December 2022 to 28 February 2023, truly recognizing our members and the strength of our IDN network.

IDN members has been appointed to 33 new board positions in 13 countries, summing up to 685 position announcements since 2017.

As a member of IDN, the network of INSEAD International Board Directors, with full membership open to all INSEAD Alumni with appropriate directorship experience and which is automatic for Certified Directors (IDP-C) from INSEADs International Directors Program (IDP), you can be truly proud of your network!

You find the IDN members with new board positions below, and why don’t you help share our network’s achievement via Linkedin, to help position also yourself and your membership of a vibrant network via this LinkedIn Post.

And take the time to connect with your fellow IDN members at LinkedIn and expand your board contacts, byclicking their names below and connect with them!

To date, IDP has been completed by 1,827 IDP and IDPB participants, with 1489 certified IDP-C/ IDBP-Cdirectors, and our International Board Network IDN of INSEAD Alumni of 1,570 members.

IDN works closely with INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, which undertakes cutting-edge research and teaching tailored to the needs of boards and international directors. It fosters a global dialogue on the challenges of corporate governance and leadership in an international context.


INSEAD Directors’ Network – Members New Board & Corporate Governance Positions

 IDN members – Certified IDP-C Board Directors

Douwe Bekius – https://www.linkedin.com/in/douwebekius October 2022 – Non-Executive Board Director at NV Schade (Private, Netherlands) | June 2020 – Chair at Trunkrs (Private, Netherlands)

Déborah Carlson-Burkart – https://www.linkedin.com/in/déborah-carlson-burkart/ January 2023 – Board member at N26 Bank (Private, Germany)

Oi-Yee Choo – www.linkedin.com/in/oi-yee-choo-a6b9732/ February 2023 – Board Member at Capitaland Ascendas REIT (Listed, Singapore)

Jean-Philippe Collin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-philippe-collin/ January 2023 – Board Member at CNA (France, NGO) | February 2023 – Board Member at ALTEN (Listed, France)

Pierre Dejoux – https://www.linkedin.com/in/pierre-dejoux-a4417425/ June 2022 – Board member at Chamatex Group (Private Limited, HQ France) | April 2022 – Chairman at Special Olympics France (NGO, HQ France)

Giulia Fitzpatrick – https://www.linkedin.com/in/giuliafitzpatrick/ December 2022 – Independent Non Executive Director at Żabka Group (Private, HQ Luxembourg & Poland)

Jean-Marie Greindl – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmgreindl/ February 2023 – Member of the BOD at NTF, Propriétaire ruraux de Wallonie (NGO, Belgium) | February 2023 – Member of the BOD at Greencap s.a. (Private, Belgium)

Thomas Huerlimann – https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashuerlimann22/ January 2023 – Non Executive Director at Hiscox London Market (Private, UK)

Constant Korthout – https://www.linkedin.com/in/constant-korthout-5a87b25/ February 2023 – Non-Executive Board Director and Chair Audit & Risk Committee at Knab Aegon Bank (Private, Netherlands)

Aubry Pierre – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubrypierre/ January 2023 – Chairman, at Vedihold (Private, Luxembourg) | January 2023 – Independent Director at Advent International Portfolio Companies (Private, Luxembourg) | March 2021 – Board Member at Arianna s.a. SIF (Private, Luxembourg) | March 2022 – Independent Director at AFI-ESCA (Private, Luxembourg)

Helen Pitcher Obe – https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenpitcher/ January 2023 – Chairman at Judicial Appointments Commission (Arms Length Body of Government, UK)

Alex Price – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-price-44982b2/ December 2022 – Non Executive Director at CHT Healthcare Trust (Not-for-profit, New Zealand)

Hagen Schweinitz-Krain – https://www.linkedin.com/in/hagen-schweinitz-0b853a178/ December 2022 – Chairman of the Advisory Board at European Women On Boards (NGO, Belgium)

Ronil Sujan – www.linkedin.com/in/ronilsujan January 2023 – Director at Omnivore Agritech and Climate Sustainability Fund (Private, Singapore)

Jeremy Tan – https://sg.linkedin.com/in/jeremytanqw January 2023 – Non-Executive Independent Director at Debao Property Development Ltd (Mainboard Listed, Singapore Stock Exchange) | January 2023 – Non-Executive Independent Director at Dynamic Real Estate Holdings (Mainboard Listed, Singapore Stock Exchange) | January 2023 – Non-Executive Independent Director at Derong Real Estate Holdings (Mainboard Listed, Singapore Stock Exchange)

Jillian van Turnhout – www.linkedin.com/in/jillianvanturnhout/ January 2023 – Independent Chair at Nursing Homes Ireland (Commercial, Ireland)

Helen Zeitoun – www.LinkedIn.com/in/helenzeitoun November 2022 – Advisory Board member at Customer Experience Group (CXG) HQ (Private, Hong Kong)


IDN Members – Board Directors

Laurence Amand-Jules – https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenceamandjules/ December 2022 – Non-Executive Board Director & Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) (Not for Profit, Switzerland)

Timothy Cosulich – https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-cosulich-b07a671 January 2023 – Chair at The International Bunker Industry Association, Global, (NGO, UK)

Erwin Feldhaus – https://www.linkedin.com/in/erwinfeldhaus/ January 2023 – Member of the Board of Advisors at Reckers & Griesbach (Private, Germany)

Christian Joergensen – https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrjoergensen/ January 2023 – Chairperson at Stibo Complete Group A/S (Private, HQ Denmark)

Alexandra Konida – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-konida-7bab6a89/ January 2023 – Non Executive Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Investment, Risk and Audit Committees at HCAP S.A.- Growthfund- Hellenic Corporation Of Assets and Participations S.A., (Government owned, HQ Greece)

Steven John Parker – https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenjohnparker/ January 2023 – Executive Board Member at Plus Value Advisory (Private limited B-Corp, UK)

Laurent-Dominique Piveteau – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ldpiveteau/ January 2023 – Non-Executive Director at OxyPrem AG (Private, HQ Switzerland)


Previous announcements and more information

Previous board position announcements by shared by IDN;

February 2023 September 2022 March 2022 October 2021 July 2021 April 2021 December 2020 September 2020March 2020 October 2019 July 2019 February 2019 November 2018 July 2018 April 2018 January 2018 October 2017

For organisations interested in partnering with IDN, please contact IDN President, Helen Wiseman at [email protected]

On Behalf of the INSEAD International Directors’ Network Board

What I have valued from peer-to-peer exchanges

What I have valued from peer-to-peer exchanges

Helen Wiseman
12 September 2023

In 2018 I signed up for INSEAD’s International Directors Program (“IDP”) at the recommendation of some Australian director peers through my membership of Women on Boards.

Naturally, the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and its Faculty came highly recommended.  Yet I had not appreciated the breadth and depth of talent in the larger community of peers whose insights, wisdom, fellowship and camaraderie would come to mean so much to me.

A few years ago, I was handed a book called “The Power of Peers: How the Company you Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success”.   As the authors state at the outset:

“The truth is, we can help each other in ways we can’t find anywhere else. If you want to grow as an individual, become a better leader, and prepare your organisation to meet the challenges of the future, simply step up your level of engagement with a group of peers you respect and who are committed to the same goals, and watch what happens!”

And this is what my IDP-27 peers gave me (thanks guys!).  On completion of the program, I wanted to continue to be part of this unique community of international peer directors and leaders.  So it was a no-brainer for me to join the INSEAD Alumni and the INSEAD Directors Network (“IDN”) when I became certified as an IDP-C 19.

For me, and in the context of the IDN, a Peer network represents a high-trust relationship with others who have sat at the boardroom table dealing with similar challenging decisions and trade-offs.  Those who have experienced some of my doubts and fears, who have confronted challenging board dynamics and who can share great examples of what has worked well.  Peers who, in one way or another have lived their principles, especially in times of crisis and:

“…at best know in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Ok, not every challenge that I might want to run by my peers is of this level of crisis (though I have certainly experienced a few). Rather, when I reach out to my peers, I can take off my armour, confidentially reveal my ignorance despite my boardroom accolades, and ask for help on a particular topic without feeling judged.

Sometimes, the power of peers can be as simple as fellowship – where I can let my guard down, listening to others, and at times, sharing a little dark humour to lighten the load – knowing that it stays in the room. 

My point is that it can be lonely, isolating, confusing, disorienting and sometimes very stressful being a company director or an aspiring company director.  

You can have fantastic governance credentials, but each boardroom is its own case study of unpredictable emergent possibilities and personalities who are often grappling with a volatile, uncertain, complex, hyperconnected, risky and opportunity-laden world.  

How is a Peer different from a Mentor you might ask?  Peers can certainly give mentoring advice, but I see peer relationships as enduring over the long-term, as involving a higher degree of mutual exchange and reciprocity – and even if not directly with each other then certainly within the membership of a network like IDN. 

Lifelong learning is a core tenet of an INSEAD alumnus but that is not enough.  We need trusted peers who we can turn to, to gain other perspectives, to work through or test our own thinking, who may have unique expertise or who can suggest amongst their peers who can help.  

We may want a peer to tell us frankly that we are on the wrong track – or that we are on the right track and here is some added confidence, backbone and messaging that can help us navigate a challenging situation.  

A peer-to-peer exchange can be an effective way of cutting through the tsunami of information, newsletters, webinars etc aimed at the director community to identify those two or three practical actions that can make a tangible difference.  For example, I called upon my IDN peers only recently under Chatham House rules to help me navigate governance oversight of particular cybersecurity challenges directly relevant to specific circumstances on my boards.  It was an excellent discussion. One participant commented along the lines that “if the President of IDN is unsure then it must be OK for me to be unsure”, and promptly signed up for the peer-to-peer exchange.  Ahem, cough….

I also called on a small group of peers to help me frame my approach to a particular board meeting on a very controversial topic knowing that I was going to be heavily challenged for my stance.  

And some years ago, I reached out to peers to help me navigate one of the most stressful board situations of my life, the experience of which is super relevant in today’s capital constrained environment.

I volunteered to be President of the INSEAD Directors Network due to my firm belief in, and my experiences of the power of peers.  I saw the spirit of it in the monthly peer mentee discussions that forms part of the INSEAD Director Mentoring Program, as well as my own ability to reach out and get peer input when I have needed it.

Because I expect that I am not the only one who sometimes feels lonely, isolated, confused, disoriented and sometimes very stressed in my role as a company director.  

So on this Global INSEAD Day, I am reaching out to each of you as a peer, to extend the hand of confidential non-judgemental help; and to invite you, through the IDN Linkedin Group, to propose a small group confidential peer-to-peer exchange on a topic or challenge that is relevant to your current situation where you might need (or crave) help.  

It could be a challenge that is resolved in the space of an hour, or the peer-to-peer exchange could take the form of a regular forum to catch up around a particular theme.  From my experiences, there is enough in, say, navigating boardroom dynamics, or in the Audit and Risk Committee arenas to create valuable peer discussions, let alone in the many other domains that form life in the boardroom.  

Whilst these peer-to-peer exchanges span the global nature of our network, there may be topics that are specific to a region, in which case, our IDN Ambassadors are your peers who may also be able to assist.

Happy Global INSEAD Day.  May the power of peers be with you!

…Oh, and whilst I have your attention, does anyone have experiences of executive incentive programs (i.e. short-term and long-term incentives) backfiring in unexpected ways and the lessons learnt therefrom?  If so, please flick me a message on Linkedin and I will get a peer-to-peer exchange set up!

[1] The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success” Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary, Routledge, April 2016
[2] IDN membership welcomes all INSEAD Alumni interested in governance and directorship, not just IDP-Cs.