By U. Lindgren

In response to certain entry interviews with best chairmen and senior executives, All Above Board examines the main capabilities of the precise twenty first century board, how and why badly led forums fail, and what alterations might be made to enhance board habit and potency for most sensible perform.

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But this Chairman, who is chairing the board of a large European industrial group, is not alone in his search for a face and a voice with whom to discuss. This phenomenon, where there is a lack of a clearly identified owner who is tangible and present, is indeed one of the issues most chairmen and senior board members raised with me during the long discussions we have had during my work. Obviously, this is a situation that is related to the publicly listed companies whose stock is trading on the stock exchange, and where institutional ownership has become a standard rather than an exception.

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But I am not so fond of the fact that the CEO spends more and more time with some of the owners than with me and the rest of the board. In fact, a few weeks ago he told me that the owner representative, a senior investment manager, had asked him if we were prepared to engage in a merger discussion with one of our strategic partners. The idea is probably very good for development of our business, but I find it less appropriate that this discussion is held outside of the board as a whole. This particular investment manager has been the fund’s board representative for quite a long time, but nonetheless, this time I believe our CEO has gone too far.

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