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...
Boardroom meeting with diverse board members

5 February, 2021

Progress on ethnic diversity in FTSE 100 boardrooms ‘has stalled’

“The snowy peaks of British business remain stubbornly white.” Those are the words of Trevor Phillips, chair of Green Park, the consultancy whose research this week revealed the cause of ethnic di...
Black businesswoman looking out over the city

26 January, 2021

WEF launches coalition to ‘put racial equality on the board agenda’

Saadia Zahidi, managing director of the World Economic Forum (WEF), points out this poignant fact: just 1% of Fortune 500 companies are led by Black chief executives. She highlighted the statistics th...
Boardroom with modern chairs

20 November, 2020

UK companies ‘need to go further’ on LGBTQ+ inclusion

This week the spotlight turned on LGBTQ+ people in business and whether they are treated fairly by companies. A report from the UK’s governance regulator concludes that many firms "need to go much f...
Alison Carnwath

9 November, 2020

Dame Alison Carnwath: ‘We’d all rather look into somebody’s eyes’

Dame Alison Carnwath is one of the most respected figures in the City of London. The former chair of Land Securities, where she served for 10 years, Carnwath last year won the Lifetime Achievement Awa...
woman and man scaling ladders with different sized rungs

24 September, 2020

Gender diversity on boards pays dividends—but inequality persists

Some of the UK’s biggest companies stand accused of failing to reach gender board diversity targets in circumstances that could seriously damage both organisational reputations, and the opportunitie...
Athletes passing the baton

9 September, 2020

Why succession planning should be part of a company’s corporate culture

Not many board decisions will be more critical than deciding who (and when) to appoint as a new lead executive—whether CEO, executive chair or combined chair and CEO. The new lead executive will be ...
AI in the workplace

20 July, 2020

Computer says no: the risks of AI in the post-pandemic digital workplace

The coronavirus pandemic has created an opportunity for companies to rapidly advance the scope of their digital ambitions. Significant changes have already taken place in sectors including retail, tra...
Woman on arrow heading to the top

25 June, 2020

Investors want gender diversity on boards—but aren’t sure about targets

A majority of the world’s institutional investors believe gender diversity on corporate boards is important. But far fewer believe prescriptive targets are the right means for achieving that diversi...
Woman on arrow heading to the top

10 February, 2020

FTSE 100 hits target on female board directors—but challenges remain

The drive to increase the number of women in boardrooms may have reached a milestone of success, but companies have also been warned that the latest research has found a “concerning lack” of women...