CEO walking towards the exit

10 February, 2021

Forced CEO turnover can damage the reputation of board directors

Parting company with an underperforming chief executive is a good thing, right? The fulfilment of a board’s governance responsibilities, and bound to boost their standing? It seems not. New resea...
Jeff Bezos, founder CEO of Amazon

8 February, 2021

Prime problem: the challenge of founder CEO succession

'They leave a space that is impossible for an outsider to completely fill' Dr Andrew White, senior fellow in management practice at Saïd Business School and a CEO executive coac...
Team climbing a mountain using collaborative leadership

3 December, 2020

Top companies report problems with CEO succession planning

Leadership succession has become an issue for FTSE 100 companies, with skills gaps on their boards—and technology the most widespread knowledge deficit. A survey conducted by consultancy New Stre...
CEO walking towards the exit

3 August, 2020

US companies lead UK and Europe on speed of CEO turnover

When Expedia’s chief executive Mark Okerstrom stepped asid...
Boris Johnson, succession planning

8 April, 2020

Succession planning in the spotlight amid ‘genuine shock’ of PM’s illness

Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation and subsequent admission to intensive care prompted many questions about leadership of the UK while the prime minister was incapacitated. While his communications sta...
Jack Ma, Alibaba

11 September, 2018

Succession planning: Alibaba works its magic

The news this week is once again full of the rags-to-riches story of Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder and executive chairman of the internet giant Alibaba. This time, though, Ma is making headlines...
RBS

30 May, 2018

Board moves at RBS; BP; and Safestyle

RBS The chief financial officer of RBS has quit ahead of the bank’s AGM. Ewen Stevenson announced his departure today, following an “orderly handover” of his responsibilities. Chief...
executive onboarding, Fidelio

18 May, 2018

A practical guide to executive onboarding

In a time of rapid change it is clear that boards need diverse skills and profiles in order to maintain a competitive advantage. The same is true at executive committee level. The speed of change has ...

5 April, 2018

Sir Martin Sorrell investigated by WPP over alleged misconduct

An investigation has been launched against WPP founder and CEO Sir Martin Sorrell following an allegation of “personal misconduct”. A terse statement to the stock exchange states that independe...
Xavier Rolet, London Stock Exchange

7 November, 2017

LSE clashes with shareholders over governance of CEO departure

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) was yesterday forced to defend the handling of its CEO's departure, saying that it had followed "a proper governance process". The statement followed a letter from a...