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Questions to ask at a non-executive director interview


The role of the board of directors continues to change and evolve, largely driven by the last financial crisis in 2008.  All areas of business are impacted by elements of regulation and advancements in technology, impacting the composition of boards.  It isn’t just CEOs who are driving changes, it is the wider business landscape (not to mention politicians!) who are championing diversity of skills and experience and as such, this is now high on the agenda investors, regulators, and boards!

But what about from the perspective of the non-executive director?  It is arguable that strategy has to be the main focus for reviewing and changing board composition; aligning boardroom talent with company strategy for the short, medium and indeed, long-term. Talent must always be at the forefront of the conversation led by the non-executive and that talent discussion will form the basis of the discussion on strategy.

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