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Director FAQ: Director Independence

In brief:Directors are fiduciaries on behalf of the corporation and its owners (or, in a nonprofit organization, its beneficiaries). As fiduciaries, they must be free from conflicts of interest when theymake decisions, recusing themselves if they have a conflict. In some situations, however, avoidin...

Samples and Templates, Research | January 23, 2017

Director FAQ: Executive Sessions

In brief:One of the hallmarks of a board’s independence from management is the practice of holding regular sessions of independent board members without management participation. These are called “executive sessions,” although their main purpose is to enable directors who arenotcom...

Samples and Templates, Research | March 14, 2017

Director FAQ: Setting the Board Agenda

In brief:The 2016Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Boardconfirms that boards are now operating in a more complex environment due to new regulatory requirements, growing demands from investors, and digital disruption, among other reasons. Increased responsibili...

Samples and Templates, Research | March 3, 2017

BRC Director Professionalism

BRC Director Professionalism

Research | July 13, 2011

Effective Director Onboarding Practices

New directors face a steep learning curve, and the pressure to climb quickly is intense. In todays rapidly changing business environment a new director must be brought up to speed on issues relating to the company and board culture as soon as possible to begin adding value. Effective onboarding prac...

Research | May 4, 2015

Resource Center: Director Onboarding

A systematic approach to new-director onboarding can give direction to what otherwise might seem a flood of information. New directors can accelerate their onboarding by focusing their learning on four core areas: understanding the environment in which the organization operates, learning about the o...

Research | January 13, 2017

Director Primacy Upheld

The Delaware Court of Chancery again upheld the board-centric approach to corporate law, referred to as director-primacy, in July.

Articles | September 17, 2015

NACD Director Professionalism

Have you reached a point in your career where you are transitioning or preparing to transition into public company boardroom service? Are you looking to learn more about the role corporate directors play in the long-term sustainability of a company and how to make the most of the time you spend in t...

General, Events | November 3, 2017

NACD Advanced Director Professionalism

You have several years of boardroom experience under your belt, but you are looking to take your boardroom skills to the next level. Perhaps you are interested in chairing one of the key committees or have your sights set on becoming chair or lead director. NACDs highly interactive Board Leadership ...

General, Events | July 21, 2017

BRC Board Evaluation: Improving Director Effectiveness

BRC Board Evaluation: Improving Director Effectiveness

Research | January 1, 2010