The Director's Chair

What It Takes to Be an Awesome Interim CEO

By Mike Lorelli


Directorship Magazine

Being hired as an interim CEO can be breathtaking, heart-stopping, and financially and intellectually rewarding—oftentimes all at once. Interim engagements are usually not planned by the board, although any fully functioning board should be prepared at a moment’s notice to name a successor either on an interim or permanent basis. Whatever the reason for a CEO’s departure, boards can use the following guidelines to determine and onboard an interim leader...

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Lisa McGillLisa McGill, NACD.DC, is a limited partner with SemperVirens and an advisory board member for several unicorns. She holds a master of business administration degree from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and certifications from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Institute of Organization Development. 


This article is from the Spring 2023 issue of Directorship.