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Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Corporate Secretaries' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

February 2018 | Publication

As corporate secretaries see it, a corporate director should be inquisitive, knowledgeable enough to ask appropriate questions for oversight, and ready to ruffle feathers when necessary. A director should be able to analyze and properly respond to information received from management and elsewhere. The right person for the job needs to be adept at analyzing and handling crises and ready to join other directors in meeting with institutional investors to discuss company governance and strategic issues. And of course, a corporate director should be able to evaluate the CEO’s performace both as a leader and as a businessperson.


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Gary Larkin

Research Associate, Corporate Leadership
The Conference Board


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