Executive Board Architecture

Design the Ideal Board to Drive Strategic Growth

Boards and chairs are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Driving input on key topics from sustainability to diversity to digital transformation, board members are expected to guide efforts to optimizing the business in the short term as well as how to reinvent it for the future.

Silhouette of a board meeting while the sun is setting behind them.

The ideal board composition and structure should balance long-serving members and their knowledge of the organization with newer members. In both cases, focusing on the competencies required of good board members will help drive board effectiveness.

  • Purpose and Strategy
  • Composition and Structure
  • Core Board Responsibilities
  • Risk Management
  • Board Culture
  • Board and CEO Partnership
  • Board Meetings
  • Future Priorities

Our Approach

DHR’s Board Architecture program is a three-phase approach that includes:

  • Provide client with full data request and scoping of requirements
  • Review current business plan documents and governance
  • Review current compensation for executives and board directors
  • Define peer group comparators by class, size and industry, along with business stage
  • Understand available equity pool and value
  • Review full financials
  • Develop full board needs assessment and “fill-to-skill” framework
  • Establish director specifications for each seat
  • Develop board seating plan with mix of advisory board members from current set and private equity investors, reps and outside directors
  • Develop full slate of candidates for each role
  • Screen prospective board members
  • Provide initial recommendations for advisory board
  • Assist with offer negotiation
  • Place successful candidates

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