Board Games

They say it’s lonely at the top – but there’s certainly no lack of attention. Several reports released this fall on corporate governance and the composition and responsibilities of corporate boards of directors shed considerable light on the world of board members. What’s on the agenda? Risk oversight, executive compensation, diversity and succession planning, among other weighty topics.

A sampling of reports published by PSFs includes PwC’s 2011 Annual Corporate Director Survey; Deloitte’s Director 360 Global Report: Changing Roles, New Challenges; Spencer Stuart's annual studies on boards in the US and UK, Spencer Stuart US Board Index 2011 and Spencer Stuart UK Board Index 2011; and Shearman & Sterling’s 2011Trends in Corporate Governance. And the November issue of Harvard Business Review includes a two-page visual, based on the Spencer Stuart report data, showing what boards look like these days.

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