Exploring the relationship between Board composition, calibre of leadership and good governance.

Oct 2018

INTRODUCTION In Fidelio’s work building Boards fit for the future, we clearly see organisations striving for purpose as well as Board Directors seeking purpose in their Board portfolio. We were, therefore, recently delighted to welcome Lord Gus O’Donnell, Chairman of Frontier Economics, Chair of Trustees at Pro Bono Economics and former Head of the Civil […]

Oct 2018

Evolution of Activism Shareholder activism spread to Europe from the US. Traditionally Board-level engagement with shareholders has been more distant in the US. US investors also have a greater tradition of litigating and bringing class actions against Boards that fail to act, or are perceived to have failed to act in the interest of shareholders. […]

Sep 2018

Key Findings from Fidelio’s “A Seat at the Table” “A Seat at the Table” September 2018 focused on disruption and the implications for the Board. In this Overture, Fidelio flags the key threads running through the two-day Programme. Diversity is recognised to be an antidote to disruption and once again Fidelio was delighted to welcome […]

Sep 2018

Introduction Fidelio interviewed Sam Tymms, Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group and Non-Executive Director at IG Group, to explore how regulated Boards can ensure their effectiveness by resolving the tension between regulatory requirements and bringing the right skills around the Boardroom table to be “fit for the future”.  Sam also joined us at Fidelio’s “A […]

Sep 2018

Fidelio’s recent research on disruption has highlighted the complexity and challenge facing Boards. The need for Boards to be able to learn and develop has never been greater. This dynamic analysis of Board effectiveness is well articulated by Professor Bob Garratt, Senior Consultant Fidelio, as he sets out his four levels of maturity in a […]

Aug 2018

Cars have always been sexy. But now the worlds of automotive and technology are colliding, the future of the car has become a universal obsession. While the “new, new thing” is undoubtedly driverless technology, Fidelio argues human intervention has never been more critical. Cars may be autonomous; leadership and innovation is not. The winners of […]

Aug 2018

Why MiFID II  The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) was introduced by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in the EU in January 2018 to much fanfare. ESMA states the aim of the Directive is to “strengthen investor protection and improve the functioning of financial markets making them more efficient, resilient […]

Aug 2018

Introduction The performance of Germany’s major companies is highly regarded internationally, especially the ability to export high quality products that consumers want to buy. What role does governance play in Germany’s business performance? The German system of corporate governance is fundamentally different from that of the UK or USA. It operates under a two-tier Board […]

Aug 2018

Continuous Board Learning – Imperative Not Optional    Whereas ten years ago it was broadly assumed that Board Members brought substantial experience when they joined the Board, it is now recognised that this alone is not enough. The pace of change and, in particular, the demands of technology mean that Boards need to think carefully […]

Jul 2018

The UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) updated its Corporate Governance Code last week and made a clear link between good governance and Board diversity.  In the context of composition, succession and evaluation, the Code makes explicit and repeated reference to diversity: “Both appointments and succession plans should be based on merit and objective criteria and, […]

Jun 2018

Introduction Fidelio regularly conducts Board Evaluations for public companies, not-for-profit organisations and regulators in our work building effective Boards and leadership teams. Board Evaluation is now a standard feature of the Board calendar and Fidelio sees Chairmen putting the Evaluation to good use – probing questions, practical recommendations. But what of the shareholders? What value […]

May 2018

The value of executive onboarding is clear. At a senior level it reduces the risk of organ rejection and sets the new hire up to succeed. In our work with Chairmen building Boards fit for the future, Fidelio is now seeing a recognition of the importance of onboarding for new Board Members going above and […]

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