L’évolution du rôle crucial de président du conseil d’administration


Voici un extrait d’un article, publié dans le Financial Times du 27 décembre 2011, qui note un changement significatif dans la nomination des présidents de conseils d’administration. Dans le passé, plus de la moitié des présidents de conseils du FTSE 100 (UK) étaient d’ex CEO, et la plupart étaient nommés immédiatement après avoir quitté leurs postes de CEO. L’article montre que les comités de nomination accordent maintenant plus d’importance à l’étendue de l’expérience des candidats et, en conséquence, le nombre de CEO accédant directement à des postes de présidents de conseils a tendance à diminuer. Lire l’article pour plus de détails.

The UK’s largest companies are increasingly looking beyond business leaders who are just stepping down as chief executives when they choose their chairmen, according to a leading firm of headhunters.

While in the past it was quite usual for outgoing chief executives to move straight into the role of chairman, the nominations committees of large quoted groups now prefer to see candidates with wider experience.

Analysis by Spencer Stuart suggests that out of the 60 chairmen of FTSE 100 companies who have held chief executive responsibilities, just over half have had a gap between finishing their executive career and embarking on life as a company chairman.

The practice of moving from chief executive to chairman within the same company has become less common since the UK’s corporate governance code made it clear that such a succession plan required explanation to shareholders. If those following this route are excluded, the bias towards chief executives who have acquired some non-executive experience first becomes even stronger.

“The chairman’s role has evolved from being the leader of the board to being the conductor of an orchestra,” says Will Dawkins, head of Spencer Stuart’s UK board services practice. “Nowadays, the chairman of a classic quoted company is leading a board composed of non-executive directors who are also very senior and powerful.”