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Australia’s superannuation funds are on the cusp of momentous change. The federal government is considering measures to increase the number of independent directors on super boards, and is promoting other measures to improve governance and increase competition.
As the date of a planned CEO succession nears, organization redesign can help make sure that a top internal candidate will be as well prepared as possible to make the demanding leap to the top job.
In drawing on the Australian data from the annual Board of Directors Survey conducted by Heidrick & Struggles and WomenCorporateDirectors, we find a pattern of directors exhibiting frustration at the pace of board refreshment in the face of demographics and changing business conditions.
The business world is filled with networks in which individuals benefit from one another. Ironically, however, the two parties within every modern corporation who would benefit most from symbiosis— corporate directors and rising star executives—often don’t take advantage of the opportunity.
The fundraising environment across asset management remains fiercely competitive as we start the second half of 2014. Demand for experienced distribution professionals remains very high, and a hiring market that stayed busy even during the financial crisis has become even more active and complex.
In all family business around the world, whatever the country or the culture, a major concern and critical challenge is CEO succession. Most family businesses, whatever their size, have grown thanks to the exceptional contribution of an emblematic founder.
As Japan grapples with an aging population, labor shortages and increasingly fierce competition from neighboring economies, the country is turning its attention to a long-undervalued resource: women.
The Mexican oil and gas industry has a history rooted in the nation’s identity, but step-change for the landscape is now underway. During the last 20 years, declining production, political stagnation, globalization of consumption, and an underperforming economy have contributed to inevitable change.
Heidrick & Struggles sponsored the 20th Annual Stanford Directors’ College, June 22-24 in conjunction with the Stanford Law School. John Thompson is moderating a panel on CEO succession planning and Bonnie Gwin is participating on a panel titled “Building a Better Board: Diversity and Beyond.”
Boards today have moved beyond governance to ensure they create a dynamic which delivers true value to their companies, shareholders and stakeholders in an increasingly complex global business environment.
After years of drought, capital is flooding into real estate again. Investors beyond the largest private equity firms and REITs now have access to capital. Markets like New York, Hong Kong and London which rebounded the quickest from the financial crisis, remain robust — but the rising tide of investment capital has driven activity across the risk spectrum and across asset types.
In this episode of LeadershipTV™, Paul Gibson and David Boehmer explore the growing demand for Chief Information Security Officers in the marketplace.
The shift of manufacturing hubs from East Asia to the newly emerging markets of Southeast Asia has created an unprecedented demand for supply chain professionals that the existing talent pool has not been able to meet.
The business environment in China today is increasingly more complex compared to just a few years ago. Economic growth overall is slowing down while domestic consumption is growing, costs are going up and competition is more intense. All these changes are part of a maturing market that is more important for its own sake rather than as a source for inexpensive labor and exports.
2012 was an exceptional year for activist investors, as they ousted boards, pushed for corporate breakups and challenged management teams. Many activists succeeded in pressing companies to return cash or do a deal, and some of the biggest brand names in the United States came under siege. According to The Wall Street Journal, several activist funds produced investor returns of more than 20% for th
Heidrick & Struggles is pleased to present our 2014 North American Operating Executive Compensation Report. We were fortunate to be able to draw upon the resources and network of both PE Open and PEI, making this report the most comprehensive compensation report of its type. We received 165 valid surveys. All of the answers are self reported.
The demand for talent & analytics is at an all-time high and shows no sign of slowing down. That much has become abundantly clear over the past 18 months as we’ve partnered with clients from a wide range of sectors —technology, financial services, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, professional services — who are looking for people to staff and lead their data science teams.
Retail and consumer product companies are facing an increasingly challenging environment. Digital convergence remains pervasive and informed consumers continue to become more health-conscious and aware of sustainability issues. This combination of dynamics is placing pressure on the extended supply chain of companies in the sector.
VC-backed companies need a board optimally composed, structured and incented for each stage of a fast-moving development cycle. There are unique challenges that have to be met.
As governments, payers, and healthcare providers rapidly move toward a health system that focuses on outcomes rather than products and services, pharmaceutical companies are feeling their way toward a new business model: patient-centricity.