Board and Director Evaluations: Innovations for 21st Century Governance Committees

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Board Advisor LLC, Oct 15, 2020
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A board evaluation is the most powerful tool in the governance arsenal - and one that is rarely used to its full potential. Today, sophisticated directors are increasingly demanding more from their board and director evaluations, eschewing their tired old board surveys for new approaches that effectively tap into directors' insights and good thinking - and produce meaningful outcomes that can take a board from good to great and keep a great board vibrant.The book begins by describing typical outcomes other boards have achieved from taking this approach and points out that the most important element in a meaningful board evaluation is a boardroom champion - someone in a board leadership position who's genuinely committed to excellence, to making his/her board the best it can be. From there, the key features of a genuinely worthwhile board evaluation are outlined in depth- from the creation of the interview protocols, through to the development of the Action Plan. Board 2.0, an innovative exercise that engages directors and executives in designing the optimal board to govern the company in the future - is also discussed in detail; any board can benefit from learning about this exciting new approach and incorporating it as a component of a comprehensive board evaluation process. The final chapters focus on individual director evaluation - designing a meaningful peer review process that delivers constructive and actionable feedback; sophisticated directors deserve no less. It also introduces the New Director 360, an innovative practice that may be a useful final phase of any director orientation program.

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Beverly Behan has worked with nearly 200 Boards of Directors over the past 24 years, primarily boards of public companies trading on the NYSE, Nasdaq, TSX and other stock exchanges. She has not only watched but led the development of board and director evaluations over a career advising boards that spans nearly more than two decades. Beverly's clients range from the Fortune 500 to recent IPOs and while most are based in North America, she has also worked with boards in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Beverly began her governance career with Mercer Consulting in Vancouver, became a partner in the Corporate Governance practice of Mercer Delta in New York and later served as Global Managing Director of the Board Effectiveness Practice for the Hay Group. Roughly ten years ago, she founded her own practice, Board Advisor, LLC. Her last book, "Great Companies Deserve Great Boards" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) was named Governance Book of the Year in the United States by Directors and Boards magazine. Beverly has been based in New York City for the past 20 years and has dual Canadian/US citizenship.

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