Corporate Governance 4.0
The forward-looking board of directors
Each day, board members face an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. To successfully navigate through sometimes dramatic economic changes and crisis, boards must remain resilient and forward-looking.
This publication, edited by the Swiss Board Institute and Deloitte provides a set of guiding principles for boards, focusing on the role of the future-oriented board, the Chairman and the CEO, and includes a view on the auditor of the future and this role’s relevance for the board.
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The forward-looking board of directors – by Prof. Patricia Klarner, Prof. Gilbert Probst, Mag. Dr. h.c. Monika Kircher
- The role of the board of directors
Members of the board contribute their expertise to long-term strategic topics. Instilling a culture of innovation from the top, mastering strategic objectives, and providing the required skills and competencies is key.
- Board succession planning
Defining the skills profiles of candidates for the board, creating and continuously assessing an internal management pipeline, and retaining the best talent in the company are essential tasks for board members.
- Assessment and evaluation of the organisational structure
Regular analysis and assessment of the organisational structure is needed in order to adapt to external and internal changes.
Chairman, board and CEO in times of crisis – by Prof. Gilbert Probst and Prof. Achim
In a crisis the chairman, board and the CEO face role-specific challenges. Navigating crises successfully depends on collaboration and clearly defined roles and responsibilities and other key factors.
The auditor of the future: a strategic partner for a forward-looking board – by Lisa Watson, Sophie Morin, Fabien Bryois and Alexandre Buga (Deloitte Switzerland)
The auditor should look ahead at topics and areas relevant to the future and become a sounding board for the audit committee chairman.
“I am convinced of the importance for the board to focus on the long-term view of the company. By the long term I mean the next 30 to 50 years. This applies to all businesses not only the ones that are long-term by nature.”
Beat Hess, Chairman
“A board of directors should be well-balanced, master the broader challenges and the technical subjects. It is important to periodically review the combined competences and required profiles in order to identify any necessary adjustments.”
Jacques de Watteville, Chairman
“In the context of digital transformation, information technology (IT) skills are of importance. Nevertheless, based on my personal experience, I believe that the major changes all companies have to make are much more closely linked to their corporate culture than to information technology. Having board members with experience in digital transformation and innovation are beneficial for its success, more than IT skills.”
Ingrid Deltenre, Board member