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CEO Succession

21st Annual Stanford Directors’ College

June 23, 2015

Heidrick & Struggles sponsored the 21st Annual Stanford Directors’ College, June 21-23 in conjunction with the Stanford Law School. John Thompson, vice chairman of the global CEO and Board of Directors practice, moderated a panel on CEO succession planning. Bonnie Gwin, vice chairman and managing partner of the firm’s Board practice in North America, participated in the panel, “Building a Better Board: Diversity and Beyond.”

“Our panel, Building a Better Board: Diversity and Beyond, provided an engaging forum for leaders to discuss top challenges they are facing,” says Gwin. “There was a strong focus on international diversity on boards and discussion on why that is growing in importance. Participants also discussed the trend of long-term director succession planning to allow boards to develop stronger relationships with executives they might consider for their board over time.”

Directors’ College is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms. The program addresses a broad range of problems that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in setting business strategy, CEO succession, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, and contemporary challenges including the state of the macroeconomy and emerging cyber security threats.

In its twenty-first year, Directors’ College brought together leading CEOs, directors, regulators, jurists, and scholars for a rigorous and balanced examination of corporate governance, strategy, and compliance. Learn more about the program.


21st annual Stanford Directors College event

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was among the speakers

Stanford Directors College annual event

Kathryn V. Marinello, CEO and Chairman, Stream Global Services

21st Stanford Directors College speaker Joe Tsai former executive chairman of Alibaba

Joseph Tsai, co-founder and vice chairman of Alibaba, was also a keynote speaker

John T. Thompson Vice Chairman +1 650 2341520
Bonnie W. Gwin Vice Chairman +1 212 867 9876

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