"A Seat at the Table" – The International Boardroom

Fidelio’s “A Seat at the Table” Programme for senior female executives and directors is recognised for its contribution to building Boards fit for the future. In a UK context we are delighted to welcome highly experienced FTSE100 Chairs to share their views on Board effectiveness and Board composition.

But we think beyond the UK. After all, some 56% of FTSE company quoted shares are now held by international shareholders, while over 32% of FTSE150 Board Members are from foreign jurisdictions to their company. Indeed the majority of participants on the “A Seat at the Table” Programme are thinking about Board effectiveness in an international context, recognising the global competition for capital and talent. Frequently they have a long-term interest in establishing an international Board portfolio.

Now in its fifth iteration “A Seat at the Table” has always been international in its focus. To date we have been joined by participants from Africa, the US, Continental Europe and the UK. This continues in the 13th – 14th March 2018 “A Seat at the Table” Programme with a focus on the international Boardroom, looking at the UK and beyond and understanding shareholder and stakeholder expectations for Boards across the globe.

  • Professor Bob Garratt, Visiting Professor of Cass Business School and Governance Chair of Stellenbosch, has advised institutions globally on governance, ranging from the International Monetary Fund, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority and given evidence to the UK Treasury Select Committee on corporate governance restructuring. Bob will challenge pre-conceived thinking on international governance as set out in his recently published: “Stop the Rot”.
  • Amee Chande, a senior executive with extensive international experience in leading retail and technology companies including Wal-Mart, Staples, Tesco and Alibaba; will shed light on effective leadership in this fast-moving, multi-cultural and highly competitive environment.
  • Susan Sternglass-Noble, formerly a leading institutional investor and analyst of bank stocks globally including with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and AXA, now sits on Financial Services Boards. A Mandarin speaker, Susan brings global perspective to investor expectations for the Board and leadership team as they compete for capital internationally.
  • Susan Hooper, a highly experienced plural Non-Executive Director, will flag the importance of international commercial experience in today’s Boardroom, with her extensive C-suite experience across FMCG, travel and utilities with a current Board portfolio including Wizz Air, Rank Group, UK Government’s Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and the Advisory Board at LUISS university in Rome.
  • Chris Heimann, Head of Improvisation at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Director of Spacecraft, is bilingual and has extensive experience of working with Boards and leadership globally. He is highly attuned to cultural differences and how this can contribute to a positive Board dynamic.
  • David Pearl had a long and distinguished international career at BP which included serving as Managing Director, BP Hellas, and Chief Financial Officer, BP Asia Pacific, before becoming Deputy Company Secretary. He will help us think through Board risk on an international basis.
  • Gillian Karran-Cumberlege, the Programme’s moderator, has spent much of her executive life with multinationals with a global footprint. In addition to heading the international Fidelio Board Practice, her Board portfolio comprises Indian, US and Anglo-German Boards. Gillian will ensure a cross-border and cross-sector mindset in the “A Seat at the Table” Programme.

Fidelio’s 2018 “A Seat at the Table” Programmes are to be held from 13th – 14th March and 5th – 6th September at Leeds Castle, Kent. We are currently finalising places for the March Programme and are now taking reservations for the September Programme.

For more information on Fidelio’s work building Boards fit for the future through Search, Development and Evaluation, please click here or contact Luke Main.

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