Director FAQs and Essentials

Director Independence on Family Business Boards

By NACD Staff


In brief: Family businesses traditionally tend to favor boards composed entirely of family members and, therefore, company insiders. However, independent directors can be a valuable addition to a family company's board due to their professional expertise and ability to offer fresh and objective thinking. This memo addresses the advantages of incorporating independent directors into family business boards, how to respond to objections to changes on the board, the process for adding independent directors, and the related fiduciary duties of family business directors.

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