Board Membership 101: How to Hire a CEO

Chief executive officer selection and succession planning are among the most important responsibilities for any board of directors. In fact, some business writers will go so far as to say, “choosing the next CEO is the single most important decision a board of directors will make.” In the ever-changing corporate landscape, CEOs will come and go, which is why it’s important for boards to create a reliable process for how to hire a CEO for the organization they serve.
hiring a CEO

Most board members will tell you that finding and hiring the right CEO is a tall order. Directors know that a CEO’s influence and legacy can be felt for years after their departure—in both positive and negative ways, depending on the situation.

If the exiting CEO is merely retiring or moving on to another opportunity on good terms, it’s sensible to involve them in the hiring process. No one will understand the demands of the position quite like someone who has recently experienced them.

If the board lacks confidence in the CEO, though, the lead director should take charge of the process.
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Getting Your Board “On Board”

Boards of directors tend to be mature groups of leaders. With age, comes wisdom, after all! In fact, according to the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, average board member age has increased from 60 in 1998 to 63.1 in 2015. That means that right now in America, boards are largely populated by individuals born into the “baby boomer” generation.
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While the boomers are known for their tenacious work ethic and willingness to adapt, they were also raised in a less tech heavy era, which has lead to doubts about their capacity to keep pace with technological advances, especially when it comes to the board of directors.

The truth, however, is that the vast majority of boomers embrace technology as eagerly as their younger counterparts.

Here at Directorpoint, we’re big believers in the boomers—both in their ability to engage with new technology and also in their dedication to evolving for the betterment of their organizations. And that sort of positive transformation is exactly what we think our software offers to the modern day boardroom.

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