Today there are 3,370 public companies and 4,145 private equity firms with over 89,706 portfolio companies listed in the Private Equity Info Database. There are also over 4,000 hedge funds, 2,000 mutual funds, and 1,000 real estate investments trusts (REITs) in the United States. These entities are generally private but still generate independent board seats […]
Demand for women and minorities on boards has been skyrocketing. My colleague at Executive Advisory and the University of Chicago, Josie Brown, has been following and reporting on this trend for the past year and offers these insights.
A typical approach to the selection process for board appointment is the grid matrix. The grid functions as an easy way to identify the different areas of expertise and experience that the directors on a board lack now or will lack in the future. The grid matrix is formatted with the board’s desired backgrounds listed […]
The primary role of a board of directors is to create and maintain the company’s strategy. Many of the duties and responsibilities expected of board members involve work performed in various committees such as auditing, compensation, reviewing CEO performance, nomination and governance. A single board can have a number of committees, each dedicated to one […]
Board Diversity Legislation Even in the private equity sector there has been a demand for women by investors as the performance of more diverse companies has been steadily increasing relative to those with no women on their boards. Similarly, having all-male all-white boards is a common sign of bias within the appointment process signifying a […]