Board Leadership

CEO and chairman

Splitting the CEO and chairman roles

Calls by analysts, governance experts and legislators for boards to separate the roles of CEO and chairman continue to rise but the benefits of doing so are not cut-and-dried.

Stephen Haddrill Culture to capital

Culture to capital

Embedding a healthy corporate culture through improving behaviour and high-quality reporting is vital to the success of any business.

Corporate culture

Tone at the top

Perception plays a major role in corporate culture and ethical behaviour. If people don’t believe that corporate leaders know what is going on lower down in their organisation and are failing to receive accurate information, why should they follow the tone set at the top?

German Corporate Governance Code

Germany’s liberal approach to corporate governance

In its fifteenth year, the German Corporate Governance Code (Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex or DCGK) continues to be among the shortest, as well as the most liberal of its kind, both internationally and in Europe. Following several corporate crises in Germany that were considered to be the consequence of poor corporate management, the Code was developed by a purposefully established commission.

LGBT in the boardroom

LGBT in the boardroom

Broadening the diversity debate to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender policies. Not because it is socially acceptable or the politically correct thing to do, but because it generates positive financial results.

succession planning

SOS: Preparing for a new CEO

Succession planning is one of a board’s most important oversight responsibilities. Accordingly, a majority of corporate boards review the CEO succession planning process annually. Is your board prepared for an emergency CEO succession? Lessons from recent high-profile cases.