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The Corporate Board Member 2019 Board Leadership Awards

Corporate Board Member magazine announces the inaugural Board Leadership Awards,  honoring exemplary companies and individuals who go beyond the basic requirements of governance, regulation, and compliance, aiming for and obtaining excellence and serving as models for other companies and individuals to emulate.

The awards underscore the role that corporate governance and effective board leadership plays in driving a company’s success and a board’s contribution to long-term value.

In an era when many businesses are being attacked for not contributing to society, the awards seek to shine a light on those who are making a positive impact serving all of their stakeholders — shareholders, employees, customers, partners and communities.

Awards will be presented in 3 categories:

  • Independent Director of the Year
  • Courage in the Boardroom
  • Greatest Impact in the Boardroom

The application deadline is December 31, 2018.

Awards will be presented at Corporate Board Member’s 15th annual Boardroom Summit, April 2, 2019 in New York. Coverage of the award recipients will be included in the Q3 2019 issue of Corporate Board Member magazine.

For additional questions, contact: BoardAwards@chiefexecutive.net

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Corporate Board Member’s inaugural Board Leadership Awards will recognize outstanding individuals and boards who go beyond the basic requirements of governance, regulation, and compliance, aiming for and obtaining excellence and serving as models for other companies and individuals to emulate. The awards underscore the role that corporate governance and effective board leadership play in driving a company’s success and a board’s contribution to long-term value.

In an era when many businesses are being attacked for not contributing to society, the awards seek to shine a light on those who are making a positive impact serving all of their stakeholders — shareholders, employees, customers, partners and communities.

  • Independent Director of the Year

This award will recognize a non-executive chairman or lead director who has demonstrated a passion for advancing the principles of good governance. The honoree has the ability to objectively solve the most difficult boardroom challenges, as well as the proven experience to offer independent, sound guidance when the company faces hurdles and opportunities. The honoree effectively leads the board in its interactions with the CEO/management to create a collaborative culture.

  • Courage in the Boardroom 

This award will recognize a full board that has demonstrated exemplary leadership in overcoming a significant challenge in the boardroom. The award recipient will exemplify a well-constructed response to a major incident. Examples could include, but are not limited to, an unexpected CEO departure, proxy battle, cyber attack, reputational crisis, a customer crisis, an activist scenario, or financial turnaround, among others.

For example, the recognized board may have:

  • executed an exemplary crisis management response to situation; or
  • executed a difficult decision in the face of differing opinions within the board or between the board and management

In so doing, the award recipient sets an example for other boards to follow when faced with unforeseen challenges. Throughout the challenge, the company will have demonstrated uninterrupted business operations in the midst of an adverse or crisis situation.

  • Greatest Impact in the Boardroom

This award is open to boards, investors, regulators (past and current), and other corporate governance leaders. The award recipient’s actions will have significantly influenced how all public company boards think about an emerging issue.

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • a board with exemplary board diversity initiative with transparent board refreshment efforts
  • a board with exemplary ESG program implemented and communicated to shareholders
  • a board that places high value on shareholder relations through demonstrated willingness to participate in meaningful, transparent dialogue with shareholders to work through shareholder engagement challenges
  • an investor whose perspectives have had a recognizable impact on board behaviors and opinions
  • a governance thought leader whose work has had a demonstrated positive impact on how boards approach a certain governance issue
  • Independent Director of the Year: Non-executive Chairmen and Lead Directors of publicly traded companies
  • Courage in the Boardroom: Public Company Board
  • Greatest Impact in the Boardroom: Individual director of public company; investor, activist, regulator, academic, corporate governance adviser, or other influencer in corporate governance

Entries may be self-nominated or submitted on behalf of an individual or corporation by those who work with them, or by outside vendors and service providers.

Materials submitted in support of nominations should relate to qualifications and activities from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. All entries must be received by December 31, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Eligible entries will consist of an entry form and executive summary. The judges panel will reach out for any necessary supplemental information.

The award recipients will be selected by an independent panel of public company directors.

All award finalists will be provided a complimentary registration to attend Corporate Board Member’s 15th annual Boardroom Summit on April 2-3, 2019 at the Sheraton Times Square in New York. The awards luncheon will be held during the Summit on April 2, where the winners in each of the 3 categories will be announced.

Each award recipient will be profiled in the Q3 2019 issue of Corporate Board Member magazine.