The Board Masterclass - Appointing the Right CEO

United Kingdom | Tuesday 15 Oct 2019

£375 (excl. VAT)

Speakers:

  • Alan Foster

    Alan Foster

    ghSMART

  • Lesley  Stephenson

    Lesley Stephenson

    FT Non-Executive Directors' Club

  • Steve Playford

    Steve Playford

    FT Career Management

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Overview

The Board Masterclass - Appointing the Right CEO

The sixth course in a series of half-day workshops designed for professionals with board experience who are interested in staying up to date with the latest developments which affect their board roles.

The workshop is designed to be interactive and is run by recognised experts in their field.

The sessions are followed by networking drinks to give you the opportunity to meet informally with our speakers and fellow delegates.

Attendance at each workshop will entitle attendees to receive a special FT NED Programme Board Masterclass Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 5 hours of structured learning.

Benefits

  • Understand the most common issues that board members face when hiring a CEO
  • Assess the pitfalls and costs of getting it wrong
  • Ascertain the economic value of making a great appointment
  • Develop and build on your interviewing skills
  • Learn how to see through a CV to understand the real person behind it
  • Discover how to get the best out of recruiters and referrals
  • Get practical tips for interviewing and assessment
  • Find out how to make assessments within a limited time

Content

The role of the CEO is absolutely pivotal to the success of any company.  Appointing a new CEO is probably the single most important decision any board member will make.

CEO attrition rate in the UK is running at 15-20% pa, the average CEO is in position for under 5 years so the likelihood of being involved in the recruitment of a new CEO is high. Only 50% of boards think they’ve made a good appointment after 18 months.

There are many costs associated with making the wrong appointment. There will be negative fallout across the team and you may lose good talent because of the associated demotivation. Not only can hiring the wrong CEO have a negative effect on the stock price and shareholder value but it can also be very expensive in terms of the severance package for the failed appointee. Perhaps most importantly, you lose time and opportunities. 18 months after embarking on an unsuccessful appointment, the business has lost momentum.

This highly interactive workshop will take you through all the processes involved in making the right CEO appointment. Using practical exercises It will show you how to see through the persona that candidates put on when being interviewed. It will help you to focus on using data rather than gut instinct, to interpret the data presented to you during the interview and to identify what might be a red flag that would make an appointment the wrong one. It will also offer recommendations as to what type of skills and attributes can be coached that might be missing at the start.

Speakers

  • Alan Foster

    Alan Foster

    Partner
    ghSMART

    See bio
  • Lesley  Stephenson

    Lesley Stephenson

    Publisher
    FT Non-Executive Directors' Club

    See bio
  • Steve Playford

    Steve Playford

    Global Director
    FT Career Management

    See bio

Venue

  • The Financial Times

    The Financial Times
    1 Southwark Bridge
    London
    SE1 9HL

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