How good boards operate: Excerpts from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit
Boards & Governance

How good boards operate: Excerpts from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit

Heidrick & Struggles’ Jenni Hibbert explains the differences between European and American corporate governance and what executives should consider before joining a board, as well as examines recent trends in European board composition, on the MPW panel “How good boards operate.”

Heidrick & Struggles was once again a proud partner of the 2020 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, which took place virtually from September 29 to October 1, 2020. This year’s theme was “Rising to the New Reality.”

The 22nd annual summit bought together female leaders across business, government, academia, philanthropy, and the arts for inspiring conversations, one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions.

This year, Heidrick & Struggles hosted a panel titled “How good boards operate.” Jenni Hibbert, global managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Financial Services Practice, joined the discussion as a distinguished panelist.

The following videos are excerpts from the panel.

Considerations for joining a board

Board Monitor Europe: Trends in board composition

The role of boards in COVID-19


Jenni Hibbert (, Global Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles' Financial Services Practice. She also co-leads the Insurance Sector across Europe and Africa and is a member of the Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors Practice; she is based in the London office.

Debbie Messemer, Board Member, Allogene Therapeutics, Carbon, PayPal

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & Chairman, theBoardlist; Board Member, Urban Outfitters, Upstart

Vanessa Wittman, CFO, Glossier; Board Member, Booking Holdings, Impossible Foods


Pattie Sellers, Chair, Fortune MPW Summit, and Co-CEO, SellersEaston Media

Stay connected

Stay connected to our expert insights, thought leadership, and event information.

Leadership Podcast

Explore the latest episodes of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast