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Board of Directors

Today, Board Members offer tremendous value in the corporate world; and I believe, for the most part, that there is a total disconnect between the value a Board Member brings to a company (i.e. depth and breadth of experience, industry knowledge, network, reputation and marquee value) and how they are compensated. Unfortunately, too few companies seek the brightest and best in recruiting board members. Instead, they tend to gravitate to using a limited network; like-thinking individuals; or are drawn solely to marquee names.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of board directors, featuring Keith Pearson, from Pearson Partners International, and Jose Ruiz, from Alder Koten.

Some of the questions asked included:

In these contentious times, when almost every topic—even the weather—has become controversial, it is edifying to read about a merger that sailed through the shareholder approval process with near unanimity. On Tuesday, July 19, EMC shareholders voted overwhelmingly and without debate to approve a $62.3 billion merger into Dell, with 98 percent of votes affirming the deal, and almost as many approving golden parachute payments to EMC executives in the event of job loss post-closing. The deal received U.S. and European antitrust approval in February and is on track for approval from Chinese antitrust authorities in time for an October closing. The new company, Dell Technologies, to be chaired and led by Michael Dell, will be privately owned.

Columbia Business School, an AESC and BlueSteps partner, hosted an event on February 10, 2016 about preparing yourself for board leadership. This was moderated by Karen Greenbaum, President and CEO of the AESC. The panelists included Anthony Goodman, Member of Board Effectiveness Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates, Allan Grafman, President and CEO, All Media Ventures (AMV), Raji Kalra, CFO/CAO, The David Lynch Foundation and Gregory Lau, Managing Director, RSR Partners.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of finding a board seat, featuring Andrew Kris, from Borderless, and Jose Ruiz, from Alder Koten.

Some of the questions asked included:

Each year, many executives across the world are drawn to the elusive world of the boardroom and begin their search for a board seat. Board work can be incredibly rewarding to those who pursue it, both in terms of the stimulating and fulfilling work itself and, of course, the financial reward.

When executives hit the top of the pyramid in their career, they may wonder, “Is that all there is?” One reasonable progression in an executive career is serving on the board of directors of a major public or non-profit company. A board of director’s position provides an outlet for experienced executives to continue to use their business knowledge.

Joining a corporate board can enhance an executive’s career in many ways. Board service can be a valuable opportunity to gain experience beyond your current company. Board-level roles can also serve as either a capstone to an already distinguished career or help position a rising executive for a CEO, CFO or COO role. However, obtaining a seat on a board of a company that interests you can be a lengthy and oftentimes challenging process.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of the board recruitment process, featuring Keith Pearson, from Pearson Partners International, and Krista Walochick, from Talengo.

Some of the questions asked included:

It’s almost August – a month associated with vacations in many parts of the world—and  a good time to contemplate the meaning of life from new viewpoints. As you break away from your everyday routine to view the big picture, be sure to give nonprofit board services some consideration. An educated guess would put the number of registered nonprofits worldwide at about 10 million—and in the United States alone there are 1.5 million charities, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. This includes about one million charitable organizations (501 c 3s), more than 100,000 private foundations, and nearly 400,000 other nonprofits ranging from chambers of commerce, to civic leagues, to fraternal organizations.