Plenary Session: Board Refreshment, Boardroom Culture, and Director Independence

Focus on board composition, evaluation, and succession planning has never been greater. With legislation mandating diversity on boards, the rise of activist investors, the complexity of operating in a global marketplace, the disruption of many industries, and increasing attention to directorial independence, 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. In addition, uncertainty can abound as to whether and when directors qualify as independent, and new procedures may be necessary to address that uncertainty. 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 given the company’s current and projected needs.


Location: Hopin Stage Date: June 23, 2021 Time: 9:55 am - 10:55 am Belen Gomez Jay Clayton Ron Lumbra Clarence Otis, Jr., SLS ’80