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Policies and Procedures

Since 2007, the Directorship 100 has sought to identify the most influential people in the boardroom and in corporate governance. The 2018 Directorship 100 will be comprised of 50 public company directors and 50 governance professionals and institutions who exemplify the knowledge, leadership, and excellence that our organization promotes. Past D100 director honorees are not eligible for consideration for the 2018 list. 

Nominees are solicited from NACD's constituents, including the NACD board of directors, previous honorees, NACD chapter leaders, advisors, and the general membership. The slate of nominees is presented to an independent committee that makes the final selections. The NACD board of directors then ratifies the committee’s selections.

Nomination Process:

The call for nominations typically begins in the first quarter of a calendar year, and all nominations must be received by a set deadline. In 2018, the closing date for nominations is March 31, 2018. The nominations and supporting documents are collected, compiled, and distributed to the selection committees by NACD staff.

Nomination Requirements for Directors:

The Directorship 100 will be selected based on a criterion that reflects NACD's standards of director professionalism.



  • Demonstrate the highest ethical standards on both a personal and professional level
  • Set a notable tone-at-the-top in promoting the company's vision and values
  • Consistently demonstrate candor, fairness and openness to others' opinions
  • Exhibit courage and leadership under duress, doing what is best for the corporation and its shareholders in the face of countervailing pressures inside or outside the boardroom

Mature Confidence


  • Value board and team performance over individual performance, keeping ego in check
  • Facilitate superior board performance, bringing out the best in peer directors
  • Form constructive working relationships and collaborate with an independent attitude
  • Personally participate in the development of future leaders and directors

Informed Judgment


  • Provide wise, thoughtful counsel on a broad range of issues
  • Maintain leadership in their fields of endeavor
  • Demonstrate judgment and discretion that is trusted by their peers
  • Have a track record for actions which have guided their company in maintaining consistent long-term profitability, pursuing significant business opportunities, improving shareholder returns, and/or dealing effectively with a crisis or other major change

High Performance Standards


  • Have a history of achievements that reflect high standards for themselves and others
  • Devote time to the job, both inside and outside the boardroom, demonstrating rigorous preparation and participation
  • Foster an environment of constant improvement of strategic goals, performance and innovation
  • Demonstrate a focus on creating and balancing value for shareholders, customers, employees and other stakeholders

Only NEW director nominees to the D100 will be considered for inclusion on the 2018 list. 

Directors who are currently serving on the board of NACD or one of its chapters are ineligible for nomination. 

Selection Committees:

A committee is formed for the purpose of reviewing the slate of candidates within the appropriate category: Each committee shall consist of four or five individuals who have experience and knowledge of the responsibilities of directors or professionals in their specific category, and possess significant knowledge of corporate governance practices and issues. Independence and diversity of thought should be a priority when considering potential committee members. Panels are populated with previous D100 honorees that understand the nature of the distinction and its criteria. The NACD senior staff approves the list of potential committee members.

The selection committee members agree to complete confidentiality in the process.

Each committee's selected nominees are submitted to the NACD board for final ratification. The board ratifies the honorees with a majority vote and the 2018 honorees are final.

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