Breakout: Board Composition and Performance

Focus on board composition, evaluation, and succession planning has never been greater. With legislation mandating gender diversity on boards, the rise of activist investors, the advent of proxy access, the complexity of operating in a global marketplace, and the disruption of many industries, corporations are under increasing pressure to assemble a board with the right mix of experience, specialized skills, industry-specific expertise, international exposure, and gender, racial, ethnic, and age diversity. Many shareholder advisory firms and institutional investors argue that director tenure should be scrutinized more heavily, with some advocating term limits or mandatory retirement ages to refresh boards with entrenched directors or stale skill sets, and to accelerate the turnover of board seats. Taken together, these pressures can force nominating and governance committees to reconsider the process by which they assess board composition, identify board candidates, onboard new directors, and evaluate individual director performance and board dynamics. This session will discuss successful strategies for ensuring that companies are building and developing the best performing board of directors for the shareholders and the company given its current needs.

Location: Classroom Building, Stanford Law School Date: June 24, 2019 Time: 11:10 am - 12:15 pm