Board & CEO Services

Align your leaders to achieve more

Our board and CEO consultants know what it takes to lead

The tandem of the CEO and board: it’s where the buck stops. But it’s also where transformation begins. To lead change, your CEO and board must forge a strong partnership, yet they need much more to succeed in our disruptive world.

The growing influence leaders have on industry and society is driving real change in what it takes to be successful in the boardroom. CEOs and company directors face new challenges and pressures never faced by their predecessors. Today’s most successful enterprises have leaders that can simultaneously transform the business while driving performance. They welcome innovation and change. They’re digitally minded. They’re optimistic and proactive. And, they’re inclusive; they recognize the value of diverse perspectives and actively seek them out.

We’ve helped thousands of organizations recruit and develop their leaders. Our clients trust our board and CEO consultants because we know what it takes to lead. We work with you to build diverse boards and optimize the expertise and voices of all directors into a cohesive and high performing team. And we help you assess, develop and plan for the skills needed in the CEO role – building an effective bench of talent ready to strengthen your organization from the inside out.

The result? A high performing senior team and a leadership pipeline that

How we can help

For more than 50 years, we’ve guided organizations through critical leadership development processes, from board and CEO selection to evaluation, transition and succession. We draw on proprietary data and insights including the world’s largest normative CEO database, to build a picture of the leader you need now and in the future. Our consultants offer access to the world’s most extensive network of ready now Board talent across all sectors and functions. And we have world-class assessment and development programs to help you make their company’s most important decision: choosing their next leaders.

Let us help you evaluate your current board and executive talent and create a plan that prepares you to succeed in an uncertain tomorrow.


Ensure your board is effective and future-focused

It’s no coincidence that high-performing companies and high-performing boards often go hand in hand. But what is it that leads to stellar board performance? Highly effective boards have the right people, structure, oversight, culture and values. But it’s hard to get it right in all of these areas. That’s why boards turn to us for help. We provide an opportunity for your board members (under the leadership of the Chair) to stand back, in a confidential and neutral setting, and reflect objectively on their expectations, contributions, and impact, talk openly about issues and concerns and finding ways to improve how the board operates. Specially we work with you to:

  • Improve your strategic alignment, ensuring that board members are aligned with each other and with executive leadership on the organization’s strategy and the role the board should play
  • Define the board’s future composition and structure, making sure that it is able to support the organization’s strategy and market trends.
  • Build an inclusive board culture within the team and improve board effectiveness
  • Make sure that all board members contribute to their full potential through development opportunities and constructive feedback loops

Build a board succession plan

Failing to plan for the future of your board is planning to fail—especially since 21% of all public board members are over 70 and nearing the mandatory retirement age. Few events carry greater risk to shareholder value than a sudden, unexpected change of leadership. Boards that take a strategic approach to succession planning are prepared to meet future challenges without disruption, because they’ve developed a continuous pipeline of highly qualified individuals who are ready to take over when current directors depart. We help you:

  • Conduct a gap analysis, reviewing the company’s vision and strategy, determining the skills and experiences needed to support it and building a matrix of current director skills.
  • Build future focused success profiles that fit into a holistic view of the complete board. These profiles identify the perspectives, mindset and experience boards will need in future directors and benchmarks these against a selected peer group
  • Develop an appropriate timeline for board refreshment
  • Identify and help attract future board members that match the success profile and are a fit with the culture and strategy but also have a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experience to enrich the board

Find the right directors for your board

Proven top leadership is a powerful strategic asset, and there is no room for error in the selection of directors. Our consultants have the world’s largest network of ready now Board talent across all sectors and functions. And our process is designed to leave as little to chance as possible. We take steps like these to help you build the gold standard of boards:

  • Discover the competencies, thinking styles and interpersonal skills that fit your culture, strategy and governance structure and will add value continuously.
  • Consider the collective Board profile so each director profile is considered in the context of the whole board and how together they will advance the future strategy of the company. Each appointment we work on brings thoughtful analysis to meet long-term strategic objectives
  • Balance experience and perspectives. Diversity encompasses the full range of human differences and plays a critical role in robust Board discussions and debates. We consider the perspectives Directors bring alongside the skills and experience they need to keep in mind when assessing Directors and building Boards
  • Evaluate candidates using assessments, interviews, and references focusing on the four dimensions of talent — competencies, traits, drivers and experiences — proven to be highly predictive of performance, engagement and leadership effectiveness

Build a pipeline of future CEOs

It’s impossible to find the perfect, ready-made CEO candidate who doesn’t need any development. CEOs need to be able to drive performance and transformation simultaneously. And they need to be radically human – able to transcend the boundaries and interests of their experience, geography and organization. Identifying and developing CEOs like this doesn’t happen overnight. It requires you to move from succession planning to ongoing progression planning. We can help you:

  • Develop a future-focused, inclusive CEO Success Profile, anchored in your company’s strategic priorities and cultural values, that highlights the skillset and mindset that your next CEO needs
  • Identifying potential, readiness and development needs of successors using multiple assessment methods, we produce powerful insights for the Board, enabling them to make confident decisions about their next CEO while also providing development plans for those in the CEO pipeline
  • Accelerating readiness for a CEO role experience alone is not enough to prepare a potential CEO for the top role. Our differentiated approach to CEO development adds in-depth reflection and exploration, feedback from key constituents, and hands-on work with a team of senior advisors who are selected for their expertise in CEO development and onboarding

Select and transition a new CEO

Today’s CEO looks very different from CEOs of the past. Before, CEOs only had to improve performance as they ran the business. Today, CEOs must drive performance while transforming their organization, enabling it to win tomorrow. And lead beyond their organization to influence society as a whole. We help you find the right leaders who have the right skills and competencies to thrive through disruption, who are motivated by your purpose and strategy and who fit with your culture. We work with you to:

  • Identify both the skillset and the mindset that your candidates need to succeed, using the world’s largest normative CEO database and our data-driven Success Profiles to show you what good looks like
  • Use our market-leading assessments to identify potential leaders and predict candidate performance, so your board can make confident decisions
  • Attract and recruit external candidates, if the right leaders aren’t already in your business, using our executive recruiters’ global reach, vast database of executives and large network of Korn Ferry relationships
  • Advise you on competitive pay and rewards packages to entice top talent using our Executive Snapshot process, which embeds job grade, description and salary benchmarking into your executive searches
  • Facilitate the transition into the CEO role, whether your new CEO is an internal successor or external candidate, by helping them develop their 100-day plan and forging the close partnerships they need with the board, senior team and other leaders

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