Comment un dirigeant-administrateur (interne/non-indépendant) peut-il « confronter » son PCD ?


Voici le point de vue de Jim Kristie, éditeur de Directors & Boards, à propos de l’indépendance requise pour exercer une évaluation efficace de la haute direction.  Selon plusieurs experts, une personne comme Sheryl Sandberg de Facebook n’a pas les coudées franches dans son nouveau rôle d’administratrice de la compagnie. En plus de saluer le fait que c’est la première femme à siéger au conseil d’administration de Facebook, l’auteur montre une autre facette à considérer… et qui semble avoir été complètement occultée. Plusieurs dirigeants-administrateurs se retrouvent dans cette position.

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DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN11 – Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA; Young Global Leader are captured during the session ‘Handling Hyper-connectivity’ at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Jolanda Flubacher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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How does an inside director challenge the CEO or chairman when it…

Frankly, I was surprised by the huge gush of approval over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s election to the board of the social media company.

Yes, she is the first woman to join the Facebook board, which many in the governance world wanted to see happen. Yes, without a doubt, she is an accomplished executive. And yes, it is always worthy news when an accomplished woman executive is elected to a board.

But . . . and this is a big “but.” She is an insider.

What everyone who praised Sandberg’s appointment missed is a fundamental tenet of corporate governance: board members are the boss of the CEO.

Renowned governance guru J. Keith Louden has stated it best:  “It is too difficult for an inside director to function as the subordinate of the chief executive officer every day and then, at a board meeting, in effect become his superior.”