Lead Directors: A study of their growing influence and importance

April 2010
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Lead Directors: A study of their growing influence and importance

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This inaugural study addresses the current and future role of lead directors and discovers that they will be expected to delve further into shareholder and governance issues, be more involved in risk management, drive succession planning to ensure the process produces top leaders, and strengthen the independence of the board.

This inaugural study addresses the current and future role of lead directors and discovers that they will be expected to delve further into shareholder and governance issues, be more involved in risk management, drive succession planning to ensure the process produces top leaders, and strengthen the independence of the board. Lead directors from 16 sectors with revenue ranging from $4 billion to $100 billion were surveyed on crisis management, succession planning, risk management and their roles and responsibilities.