Director Notes: Separation of Chair and CEO Roles

The Conference Board, Inc., 12 pages, August 22, 2011
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This report examines some of the academic literature surrounding the debate of whether to separate the chairman and CEO roles and examines other factors that affect board effectiveness.

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The decision of whether or not to separate the chairman and chief executive roles remains a hot governance topic for public companies, boards, and shareholders. This report examines some of the academic literature surrounding the debate and proposes that board effectiveness is affected by the chairman’s industry knowledge, leadership skills, and influence on board process rather than by the particular leadership structure chosen.

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