From Board Oversight of Strategy, to creating a sustainable Business

This blogpost is shared as part of a series of insights from INSEAD Directors Network, based on INSEAD Directors Forum October 2018 and roundtable discussions held there. The Directors Forum Round Table Discussions were held with IDN members led by IDN board members or IDN Ambassadors.

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Overseeing culture, talent pipelines, diversity and succession in a time of innovation & transformation.

by Helen Pitcher OBE, President IDN, Chairman in the Public, Private and Charity Sectors

(Illustration: Helen Pitcher) 

  • Remember the time before electricity, maybe not!
  • Remember the time before computers, some may?
  • Remember the time before mobile phones, a few more maybe?
  • Remember the time before Facebook, Snapchat et al, you may be showing your generational age!

The are many and numerous quotes in the business world about the need to adapt and change.  From the elegant Peter Drucker’s “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence—it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”, to the more acerbic W. Edwards Deming, father of the Total Quality revolution, “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”

They show us that change, and transformation has been and remains an inevitable part of business life and that Boards and companies are presented with constant threats and opportunities to prosper and grow.

We are, however, in a time where the role of the Board is becoming increasingly directional and formative, acting to shape the long-term sustainability of the companies and businesses in their charge.

While there is a significant level of catching-up to do for many Boards, we can start to identify the Best Practice leaders.  They have caught onto the fact the current CEO and Leadership team has a shorter limited ‘shelf-life’.  These Boards are focusing on the 10-year life-cycle of the business, with an average tenure of 5 years for the CEO.  They are seeking to create agile and flexible leaderships teams, who can respond and lead change in response to the increased speed and dynamics of the emerging and disruptive ‘digital world’.  In another succinct quote for the business world, “Change before you have to.” —Jack Welch.

One of the key leverage points for this 10-year cycle is to have great antenna out into the external environment to inform a progressive strategy in the short to medium term.  Increasingly, however, both through necessity; investor, regulatory and societal pressure, Board’s are stepping into ‘quality assurance’ of the culture, talent pipeline, diversity and succession of the business.  They are seeking to create a balanced leadership team to meet the diverse challenges of the ‘maelstrom’ of; deep innovation, rapid transformations and dynamic global business environments, with the added bonus of the demands and expectations from an actively engaged millennium generation.

This oversight of culture, talent, pipeline diversity and succession, as seen through the withering lens of innovation and transformation, should stimulate and leverage a Board’s wisdom and insight, providing a truly critical thinking challenge.

Boards need to focus on seeing more clearly into the structured elements of Talent Pipeline, Diversity and Executive Succession of the Business, with a sense of getting from a known place to a future space.

This is not an easy, ‘position paper’ to the Board, as we wrap these elements of talent, diversity and succession in the cloak of culture.  The picture starts to blur; from an unclear current culture? to what the future cultural landscape needs to look like.

As we pierce this organisational environment with the arrows of innovation and transformation, the role of the Board becomes a much more crucial strategic partnership with the executive team, seeking to create an agile business, where the strategic antenna are fully engaged.

The inevitable questions for a Board will be, how do they understand and assure this Cultural landscape which is so all pervading and elusive? not I suggest a ‘auditing’ question, but one which should fully engage the AI data potential, scanning the business for the ‘reality’ of the situation.  Or are Boards sleep walking into a minefield of value destruction as the ubiquitous social media environment, means reputational risks to the business can spin out of control rapidly.

Do Boards really understand their own systems and culture of innovation and recognise these as strategic drivers of the Business.  How open is the Business to new ideas and radical innovation, or is it creating ‘roadblocks’ to success?  In discussion about one organisation where ‘thinking outside the box’ was valued, a more sceptical participant suggested this was only valued if you stayed within your organisational box.

In the transformation game, this is where a diverse and experienced group of NEDs can come into their own, they can recognise the signposts of change and the challenges of radical transformation.  They should have the wisdom and experience to recognise the pitfalls and elephant traps ahead.  They should be able to temper the inevitable over-optimism of the CEO and Executive Team, while maintaining an enthusiastic engagement.  This requires an open, honest and trusting relationship to manage the journey ahead.

It is important that Boards should be stepping up to assure the rigour and strategic nature of the resourcing and succession process, to get what they want for the future.  This will impact the CEO who traditionally see this as their territory.  It will also require the HR Director to be able to both think strategically and balance the demands of the CEO and the Board to create an optimal solution.  Again, this will require the reporting of the ‘reality’ of the situation in hard data terms as opposed to platitudes of engagement and enthusiastic sound bites. The recent Gender Pay Gap disclosures in the UK and spluttering of excuses and explanation, somewhat dented the ‘we value all our employees and subscribe to equal pay’ pronouncements. The ‘reality’ did indeed shock many Boards, which shows how easy it is to be out of touch.

This strategic stepping up to meet the challenges of the future is not easy, it requires a Board to do things it does not really have to do? they can always be done later!  It is often ‘easier’ to make radical calls when your ‘back is to the wall’ and everything is crumbling around you.  Being pro-active in this space requires a Board to have a positive and forward-looking dialogue with its shareholders and other stakeholders to be able to carry them forward, not an easy task, but one of their responsibilities.  As custodians of the business risks, it is equally about taking measured risks, as otherwise the business could die and value be destroyed! It is about having a long-term view with the confidence to manage the changes and risks and create a business ‘enabled’ for the future.

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This blogpost is shared as part of a series of insights from INSEAD Directors Network, based on roundtable discussions held during INSEAD Directors Forum October 2018. The Directors Forum Round Table Discussionswere held with IDN members led by IDN board members or IDN Ambassadors.

This roundtable discussion Overseeing culture, talent pipelines, diversity and succession in a time of innovation & transformation, was led by Helen Pitcher OBE, President IDN Chairman in the Private, Public and Charity Sectors, with the introduction

The oversight of culture, talent, pipeline & succession, as seen through the withering lens of innovation and transformation, should stimulate and leverage a Board’s wisdom and insight, providing a truly critical thinking challenge.
We can see more clearly into the structured elements of talent management, pipeline diversity and executive succession, with a sense of getting from a known place to a future space.
As we wrap these three elements in a cloak of culture, the picture starts to blur; from an unclear current culture? to what future cultural landscape?
As we pierce these four constructs with the arrows of innovation and transformation, the role of the Board becomes a much more strategic partnership with the executive team, seeking to create an agile business on a journey where the strategic antenna are fully engaged.

* Pre-Reading:

What do boards need to know about corporate Culture? By Spencer Stuart

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Other blogpost in this series: 

Governance in a Disruptive World by IDN Board Member Liselotte Engstam

From Board oversight of Strategy, to creating a Sustainable Business, by Helen Pitcher OBE, IDP-C, Vice President IDN

Anticipate and manage for geopolitical trade, corporate governance codes and regulatory changes by Cleopatra Kitty, IDN Cyprus Ambassador 

The impact of technology on​ Strategy & Business Models by Mary Francia, IDN Board Member

Align Risk Management with Strategy and Operating Performance, Reward and Remuneration by Susana Gomez- Smith, IDN Portugal Ambassador

Accelerate Board Effectiveness by IDN Board Member Thomas Seale

 

More insight from INSEAD Directors Network, will be shared based on INSEAD Directors Forum 2018, Round Table Discussions – Look out for more upcoming blogposts!

 

Governance in a Disrupted World

This blogpost is shared as part of a series of insights from INSEAD Directors Network, based on INSEAD Directors Forum October 2018 and roundtable discussions held there. The Directors Forum Round Table Discussions were held with IDN members led by IDN board members or IDN Ambassadors.

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What changing forces are shaping today’s governance?

Disruption is shaping the global business climate, why the role of the board is becoming increasingly challenging, yet important

 

(Photo: Pixabay) 

At INSEAD Directors Network, IDN, we are gathering for a two day thought-leadership event, INSEAD Directors Forum,  IDF 2018, under the theme “Governance in a Disrupted World” to adress the trends, challenges, opportunities and share experiences amongst board members, directors, academic experts and top executives. 

We will scan the current landscape in corporate governance, discuss and exchange insights on the crucial role corporate governance plays, and how to be an effective board member and chair in such an environment. 
 
Our event follows closely after INSEADs newly announced strategic shift, with the focus of “Business As a Force for Good.  INSEAD is committed to develop the next generation of global leaders who will change the world, that also includes the next generation of international board directors. 
 
We can learn from what INSEAD already has shared as Seven ways businesses can be a force for good;
  • Leaders need to walk the talk
  • Help raise public awareness on sustainability through partnerships
  • Pick a UN sustainability goal and imbed it in the business strategy
  • Dream Big: Circular Economy
  • Tap into employees’ core competencies and build a successful social impact program
  • Look into the needs of the world and unlock new growth opportunities
  • Every little effort counts
 
At our INSEAD Directors Forum we will meet Members of IDN, our certified international board directors (IDP-C) , our regional IDN ambassador  and our IDN Board .
 
We will kick off the IDF 2018 with round table exchanges on the exciting and current topics of 
  • technology impact on strategy and business models
  • cyber resilience governance
  • culture governance
  • risk and strategy alignment
  • short & long term focus on innovation and capital allocation
  • manage geopolitical and regulatory changes
  • balance disruption and long term value creation
  • accelerate board effectiveness

From these topics we will format insights for our board work and future development.

We will the together with INSEAD Corporate Governance Center, ICGC and INSEAD Academia explore topics as the Trends in the current Corporate Governance Landscape, how we can handle Disruption at board and executive level. We will deep dive into how we need to frame Emerging Risks on the Board Agendas, including Business Risks, Environmental, Social, Governance Risks, Cyber and Technology and Reputation Risks. We will dive further into Shareholder Activism, Emerging trends of effective Chairs, Challenges in Chair Diversity.

We will debate, exchange and share experiences and form new relationships that we can use as supporting network and draw on as we continue to drive for IDNs mission Corporate Governance Excellence.  
 

Prepare for the journey onwards

There are several sources we can use to prepare, as responsible and insightfulI International Board Directors and here are some of them; 
 

Governance Talks by ICGC (Videos);

with Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance

Board Performance: An All to Human Challenge
with Professor Jaap Winter, INSEAD

Articles and reports;

Global trends 2017-22. AtKearney 2017
A time for boards to act. McKinsey Mar 2018

 

We look forward to continue the discussion!

Interested in partnering with IDN? –
Interested in becoming a member of IDN? –

This post was shared also on Liselotte Engstams own blog.

 

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Liselotte Engstam is a a Certified Director IDP-C from INSEAD International Directors Programme and Board Member of INSEAD Directors Network, IDN. Ms Engstam is Chair & Non Executive Board Director at listed & private companies,  advisor to European Commission on digitalisation of Corporate Governance & coaches leaders and startups. 

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Other blogpost in this series: 

Governance in a Disruptive World by IDN Board Member Liselotte Engstam

From Board oversight of Strategy, to creating a Sustainable Business, by Helen Pitcher OBE, IDP-C, Vice President IDN

Anticipate and manage for geopolitical trade, corporate governance codes and regulatory changes by Cleopatra Kitty, IDN Cyprus Ambassador 

The impact of technology on​ Strategy & Business Models by Mary Francia, IDN Board Member

Align Risk Management with Strategy and Operating Performance, Reward and Remuneration by Susana Gomez- Smith, IDN Portugal Ambassador

Accelerate Board Effectiveness by IDN Board Member Thomas Seale

 

More insight from INSEAD Directors Network, will be shared based on INSEAD Directors Forum 2018, Round Table Discussions – Look out for more upcoming blogposts!

Onboarding or Inboarding?

As directors seek for ways to become more relevant in their boards and their work becomes so much more publicly scrutinized than before, I was reflecting on the subject of Onboarding & Inboarding and about some of the stories exchanged with peers on board dysfunction (not ours of course!) and how directors can help boards become more efficient and effective.

One of the key areas is Onboarding, how do you set up a new director? What are some of the successful onboarding practices of a company, of an industry, of an effective board?

There is always a process, good or bad, often lead by the new chairman and the new director’s eagerness to help with his or her integration.

So what are the key points for onboarding a new director?

Listing the top 3:

Culture – The culture of the board is a key part of the selection process and social and formal events with the board and the executives will facilitate getting to know it. Interviews and questions, however, will help understand deeper the culture when managing and dealing with cases of compliance and ethics for example. Mentoring can help tremendously for culture and some boards are implementing it formally.

Company & Industry – While some boards seek industry experts only, we have boards that explore to bring a diversity of knowledge; perspectives where common issues, common mistakes, and common lessons can enrich a discussion. When it comes to industry knowledge, however, Inboarding is key, new members just the same as existing ones could benefit from the continuous knowledge, industry analysts views about the company and its competitors.

Housekeeping – Beyond the typical corporate guidelines, meetings, pre-reads, documentation management, communications, trading, D&O… we give special attention today to Digital, not only for Board Portals but for its key importance on data management, security, and communication policies.

Board practices today are in the light more than before. A well planned, strategic, social, and operational Onboarding process will help the new board member integrate well and help that board be effective and efficient. A well planned Inboarding process thereafter will ensure the board has all the tools required to help the company navigate to success.

 

This post was shared also on Mary Francias own blog Serowires

_4820454214Mary Francia is a Management Consultant in Strategy, Technology & Operational Risk.  She is a Certified Director from INSEAD International Directors Programme and Board Member of its IDN Alumni Club.

INSEAD Directors’ Network Members on 37 new International Board positions

IDN Members Board Position Announcement 2Q – 2018 

INSEADs Director Network, IDN,  proudly share the recent appointments of board and corporate governance positions of our members, underlining the recognition of our members and the strength of our IDN network.

IDN members were appointed to 37 new board positions in 14 different countries, adding to the 58 previously shared, summing up to 95 position announcements since 2017.

IDN is a network of International Board Directors, where full membership is automatic for Certified Directors (IDP-C) from INSEADs International Directors Program (IDP) and is open to all INSEAD Alumni with appropriate directorship experience. The aim of the IDN network is to facilitate contacts, share insights and experiences on international board topics and promote excellence in corporate governance. 

To date, IDP has been completed by 938 participants, with 555 certified IDP-C directors from 58 countries. (Some few members announced today have IDP-C pending, planned for October 2018).

IDN works closely with INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre,which undertakes cutting-edge research and teachingtailored 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

Carole Ackerman – May 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at BKW AG (Public, HQ Switzerland)

Abdullah AIMutrif  – Dec 2017 – March 2018) – Board Director at “Eastern Yields Investment Co.” (Private, HQ Saudi Arabia) and “JEEVES of BELGRAVIA” (Private, HQ Saudi Arabia)

Natalisio Almeida – June 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at DATAPREV (State Owned, HQ Brazil)

Mary Antenen – April 2018 – Board Director at Caixa Geral de Depósitos (State owned, HQ Portugal) 

Livia Amidani Aliberti – April 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Unicredit Bank (Private, HQ Austria 

William Blomme – May 2018 – Supervisory Board Director & Chair Audit Committee at Fiat Chrysler – Finance Europe and Case New Holland (both Private, HQ Luxembourg) 

Michel Darnaud – April2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Aditlys (Private, HQ Switzerland)  

Denise D’Elia – April 2018 – Chairwoman at Carers of Lewisham (Charity, HQ UK)

Rutger Groot – October 2016 – May 2018– Chairman East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation and Chairman HR Committee & Supervisory Board Member at East- West Seed (both Private, HQ Thailand) 

Victoria Hingre- April 2018 – Board Director at Hu-Man (Private, HQ Belgium)

Thomas Hürlimann– May 2018 – Board Director at WiseKey (Public, HQ Switzerland)

Caroline Jellink – 2016 – Vice Chair and Chair Governance Committee at Social Venture Partners (Not for Profit, HQ Canada)

Francis Kint – December 2016 – Supervisory Board member at ARDO NV (Private, HQ Belgium)

Johan, Kördel – March 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Acacia Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Public, HQ UK)

Virginie Lagrange – March – June 2018 – Board Director & Chair Audit Committee at Société Générale Bank and Trust (Private, HQ France) and Board Director & Audit Committee member at Banque de Patrimoines Privés (Private, HQ Andorra) 

Christopher de Mattos –March 2018 – Non-Executive Board Director at Fintech Innovation AS (Private, HQ Norway)

Hansruedi Müller – April 2017- June 2018 – Chairman of Energie Zürichsee-Linth AG (Public, HQ Switzerland/CH) & Erdgas Obersee-Linth Transport AG (Private, HQ CH), Vice-Chairman of A. Aegerter & Dr. O Bosshardt AG (Private, HQ CH) & AeBo Holding AG (Private, HQ CH) & Supervisory Board Member of NSNW AG (Public, HQ CH) & AAGL AG (Public, HQ CH)

Louise Nicolin – May 2018 – Non-Executive Board Director at Simris Alg AB (Public – HQ Sweden)

Mario Paterlini – April 2018- Board Director at ERG Spa (Public, HQ Italy)

Mary Sue Rogers – January 2018 – Non-Executive Director and Chair HR Committee at Save the Children Australia (NGO, HQ Australia)

Philip Spriet – May 2018 – Chairman at Pure Value (Private, HQ Belgium)

Steen Stavnsbo – May 2018 – Board Member at FOF, Aarhus (Private, HQ Denmark)

Aude Thibaut de Maisieres – January 2018 – Chairwoman at Medical Aid Films (Charity, HQ UK)

Anders Tullgren– Oct 2017- April 2018 – Chairman at Xbrane AB (Public, HQ Sweden) and at Trialbee AB (Private , HQ Sweden), Non-Exectuive Director at Branding Science LTD(Private, HQ UK) and at Symphogen AS, Chairman at Trialbee AB (Private , HQ Sweden) 

Isabelle de Wismes – April 2018 – Non Executive Board Director Unicredit Group (Public, HQ Italy)

Previous board position announcements by shared by IDN;
April 2018  January 2018   October 2017

For more information about: 

INSEAD Directors’ Network: https://blogs.insead.edu/idpn-globalclub
INSEADs Corporate Governance Programmes: https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/corporate-governance

For members of IDN, please ensure that you share your new appointments via idp.network@insead.edu or l.engstam@insead.edu

For head hunters interested in finding international board members focused on staying up to date with latest board and governance insights, please contact Mary Francia via mary.francia@insead.edu

For organisations interested in partnering with IDN, please contact IDN President, Helen Pitcher OBE, at helen.pitcher@insead.edu

 

On behalf of the INSEAD Directors’ Network Board,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDN Board Member, Chair Communication Committee
l.enstam@insead.edu

17 New International Board Appointments in INSEAD Directors’ Network

IDN Members Board Positions Announcement 1Q – 2018 

17 New International Board Appointments of members from INSEAD Directors’ Network, adding to 41 previously announced.

INSEADs Director Network, IDN,  is proud to share the recent appointments of board and corporate governance positions for our members, substantiating the recognition of our members and the strength of our IDN network.

IDN members were appointed to 17 new board positions in 13 countries, summing up to 58 position announcements since 2017.

IDN is a network of International Board Directors, where full membership is automatic for Certified Directors (IDP-C) from INSEADs International Directors Program (IDP) and is open to all INSEAD Alumni with appropriate directorship experience. To date, IDP has been completed by more than 800 participants, with 555 certified IDP-C directors from 58 countries. The aim of the IDN network is to facilitate contacts, share insights and experiences on international board topics and promote excellence in corporate governance. 

IDN works closely with INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, initially launched in 2010, 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

Carole Ackerman – April 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at BVZ Holding AG (Public, HQ Switzerland)

Louise Beveridge – January 2018 – Supervisory Board of Ethics & Boards (Private, HQ France) 

Liselotte H Engstam – April 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Tieto Oy (Public, HQ Finland) 

Helen Gillies – April 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Yancoal Australia Ltd (Public, HQ Australia) 

William Gilson – January 2018– Board Director at M&G Specialty Finance and GII Funds (Private, HQ Luxembourg) 

Richard Grotendorst – January 2018– Supervisory Board Director at Welzijn Scheveningen (Foundation, HQ Netherlands) and at Recreatie & Cultuur Holding BV (Private, HQ Netherlands)

Marc B.M. van Heel – November 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Argenta Group and Investar (Both Private, HQ Belgium) 

Lilia Jolilbois – April 2018 Board Director at Sibelco Group (Private, HQ Belgium)

Nooraya Khan – January 2018 – Board Director at Liberty Holdings Limited (Public, HQ South Africa)

Bruno Mercier – December 2017 – Board Director at Home Chain Foods Ltd Overgaard Ltd (Private, HQ Taiwan) 

Gbenga A Oyebode – March 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Teach for All Inc (Charity, HQ US) 

Christiane Schloderer – January 2018 – Supervisory Board Director at Rolaco Group (Private, HQ Saudi Arabia) 

Steen Stavnsbo – March 2018 – Chairman at Aarhus Light Rail (State owned, HQ Denmark) 

Emiliano Tonelli – October 2017 – Board Director at Gruppo Fabbri Vignola (Private, HQ Italy) 

Previous board position announcements by IDN.

For more information about: 

INSEAD Directors’ Network : https://blogs.insead.edu/idpn-globalclub

INSEADs Corporate Governance Programmes : https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/corporate-governance

 

For members of the IDN, please ensure that you share your new appointments via :  idp.network@insead.edu or l.engstam@insead.edu

For head hunters interested in finding international board members focused on staying up to date with latest board and governance insights, please contact Mary Francia via mary.francia@insead.edu

For organisations interested in partnering with IDN, please contact IDN President, Helen Pitcher OBE, at helen.pitcher@insead.edu

On behalf of the INSEAD Directors’ Network Board,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDN Board Member
l.enstam@insead.edu

 

13 New International Board Appointments of Members from INSEAD Directors’ Network

Fontainebleau, January 12, 2018

13 New International Board Appointments of members from INSEAD Directors’ Network

Members Board & Corporate Governance Position Announcements 4Q – 2017 

 

The INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre was launched in 2010 and 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.

The International Directors Programme has been, to date, completed by 812 international participants and the active alumni group has formed the INSEAD Directors’ Network for continuous sharing, networking and learning.

We are proud to share the recent appointments of board and corporate governance positions for the members of our INSEAD Directors’ Network.

 

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

Thomas Burkhalter – October 2017 – Board Director at Overgaard Ltd (Private, HQ HK)

Francois Davy – December 2017 – Supervisory Board Vice Chairman Foncia Group (Private, HQ FRA)

Denise Koopmans – January 2017 – Chairman at United Digital Group (Private, HQ GE) and Supervisory Board Director at Jansen de Jong Group (Private, NL) and February 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at VGZ (Public, NL)

Steffen Haber – 2017 – Board Director at Critical Elements Corp (Public, HQ CAN)

Fabio Mondini de Focatiis – December 2017 – Board Director at Cross Border (Private, IT)

Gerard Paulides – December 2017 – Board Director at Vopak (Public, HQ NL)

Alex Price – January 2017 – Board Director at Sunfert International Fertility Centre (Private, MY) and March 2017 Supervisory Board Director at Shorecare Urgent Care (Private, NZ)

Mark Shmulevich – October 2017 – Board Director at SGTech (Ind Association, HQ SL)

Steen Stavnsbo – November 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Business Network Aarhus (Non profit, HQ DK) and December 2017 Supervisory Board Director at Start-up House/Iverksetterhuset (Non Profit, HQ DK)

 

Previous board position announcements by IDN.

 

For more information about : 

INSEAD Directors’ Network : https://blogs.insead.edu/idpn-globalclub

INSEADs Corporate Governance Programmes : https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/corporate-governance

 

For members of the IDN, please ensure that you share your new appointments via :  idp.network@insead.edu or l.engstam@insead.edu

For head hunters interested in finding international board members focused on staying up to date with latest board and governance insights, please contact Mary Francia via mary.francia@insead.edu

For organisations interested in partnering with IDN, please contact IDN President, Helen Pitcher OBE, at helen.pitcher@insead.edu

 

On behalf of the INSEAD Directors’ Network Board,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDN Board Member
l.enstam@insead.edu

Changes in Leadership at INSEAD Directors Network

Fontainebleau 14 October  2017

Following INSEAD Directors Network AGM, new committee members and ambassadors appointed

The active alumni group with international board directors that formed the INSEAD Directors Network, following their graduation of the INSEAD International Directors Program and related IDP-C certification, have just concluded their 2017 AGM.

Elected as new Chair and President of the IDN committee was Helen Pitcher, OBE, taking over from previous chair Christoper de Mattos.

Helen Pitcher, OBE, President IDN said
“Board dynamics, behaviour and conduct are under greater scrutiny than ever before. The requirement for directors to be appropriately qualified from both a skill and behavioral perspective has never been more important. INSEAD is developing an enviable cadre of suitably qualified international directors to ensure the right conduct and behaviour is prevalent in Boards throughout the globe. The International Director Network is there to foster connectivity, collaboration and continued development for the members of the network and more broadly within the INSEAD Alumni”

Previous committee members Bill Jones, Gbenga Oyebode and Rosa Villabos were recognised for their appreciated efforts and retired from the network committee.

New committee members elected were Louise Beveridge, Antonio Nieto-Rodrigues and Dominic Nixon, and re-elected members were Christopher de Mattos , Mary Francia, Alison Gaines and Michael Vareika. Remaining current committee member Liselotte Engstam will continue in the committee as previously elected.

The INSEAD International Directors Network Committee Members are now

  • Helen Pitcher, OBE; Chair
  • Louise Beveridge
  • Liselotte Engstam
  • Mary Francia,
  • Alison Gaines,
  • Christoper de Mattos,
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodrigues
  • Dominic Nixon
  • Michael Vareika

 

The INSEAD International Directors Network Ambassadors are now

  • Mary Francia, Global & Americas
  • Helen Gillies, Australia
  • Luigi Passamonti, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia
  • Xavier Bedoret, Belgium
  • Cleopatra Kitti, Cyprus and Greece
  • Maged Basta, Egypt, UAE
  • Jean du Lac, France
  • Boris Gorella, Germany
  • Lorenza Di Giovanni, Italy
  • Rosa Villabos, Luxembourg
  • Adrian Moors, Mauritius; South Africa
  • Fennemiek Gommer, Netherlands
  • Suleiman Yahyah, Nigeria
  • Rachel Montagu, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
  • Abdulla I Al Mutrif, Saudi Arabia
  • Manik N Saha, Singapore
  • Kolja A Rafferty, Switzerland
  • Jeffrey Scott, United Kingdom
  • For more information about

IDP Network https://blogs.insead.edu/idpn-globalclub , www.linkedin.com/company/18284019/ , twitter.com/InseadIDN  and reachable via idp.network@insead.edu

INSEADs corporate governance programs https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/corporate-governance

On behalf of the INSEAD IDP Network Committee,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDP-C, Non- Executive Board Director and Member IDP Network Committee

l.enstam@insead.edu