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Key Dimensions of Effective CEO Succession

October 2016 | Executive Summary

CEO succession is one of the most important strategic risks a board of directors must manage.This overview offers a roadmap to help CEOs and directors organize succession planning, integrate it with existing board responsibilities, make it transparent both within and outside the company, and ultimately define it as an ongoing element of business strategy. They are grounded in an empirical study of CEO succession events at S&P 500 companies that encompasses the correlation between succession and individual or firm performance, the characteristics of departing and incoming CEOs, C-Suite leadership development activities, and the practicalities of announcing the leadership transition to employees and investors. 

Explore our full portfolio on C-Suite Succession.



Matteo Tonello

Managing Director, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
The Conference Board



CEO Succession Screening Tool

CEO Succession Screening Tool

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CEO Succession Practices: 2018 Edition

CEO Succession Practices: 2018 Edition

October 03, 2018 | Research Report

CEO Succession Practices: 2017 Edition

CEO Succession Practices: 2017 Edition

July 11, 2017 | Research Report

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