Board of Directors
Our executive search firm works with the board nominating committees of public and private companies, as well as nonprofit organizations to help them identify, assess and recruit board chairs and board members.
As pressure on boards and CEO’s continues to grow, from shareholders, regulators, and the media, expectations are great and roles have become increasingly complex.
The most effective boards have a positive and long-term impact on their organizations, are true assets to the CEO and bring confidence to shareholders and other stakeholders. Creating a diverse and balanced board – one that reflects the organization’s strategic direction and contains the right blend of expertise and experience – has become a top priority.
In a recent published interview, Rob Andrews, Chairman and CEO of Allen Austin concluded. “The most important dynamic when building a board is trust. If the CEO and board members don’t trust one another, there is no way for the board to deliver maximum value. Guard against a board being populated exclusively by professional board members. A true operating executive who’s kept their knives sharp offers a much different perspective. Ideally you should have someone very strong operationally who is in tune with the grassroots of the business. It’s easy for the board to become myopic and forget about the frontline employees and customers. Someone with the tendency to focus on the grassroots is essential. Also helpful can be experience in troubled companies and turnaround background. They will often see danger points that others might miss. It’s also useful to have experience outside industry sector, someone capable of looking at the business with fresh eyes.”
We possess deep personal experience in corporate management and leadership recruiting. As a result, we understand Boards are highly sensitive to the issues and pressures they face.
Allen Austin delivers Board of Directors services within many industries. Whether you are a startup company seeking a new Board, a mid-market firm looking to expand your Board, or a Fortune 500 company working on your succession plan, we stand by to partner with you.