Board Services

Being motive forces of policy decisions, advisory and executive boards aim to ensure the enduring vitality of the companies they drive, yet their own fitness is just as critical. Today’s Board members are running strategic and operational marathons. They are always in the spotlight and challenged by share- and stakeholder groups who are well-informed and are bringing about new challenges.

High-functioning advisory and executive boards are successfully running the extra mile. They are representative and diverse not only in terms of demographic statistics, but also in terms of characteristics (diversity of ‘thought’).

Their executive and non-executive directors are integrated in a way that has risen beyond statutory norms to new levels of advisory excellence. Not only are they fit for today, but also justifiably confident in their succession for tomorrow. Their Nominations Committees have widened their scope: from preserving a traditional inner circle of familiar candidates to acting as an expert and objective human capital interface.

Yet the reality for most boards is different.

As organizations reconfigure for growth, globalization and ownership structure change, many are facing serious governance questions for the first time. Their task is complicated by regulatory developments whose pace and form differs by geography, ownership type, listed status and, in some countries, sector. Further dilemmas surround the transfer of leadership from family or founding members to external professionals, or structural tensions pitching centralization versus decentralization.

Despite unevenness, the underlying trend in global governance legislation is ticking up towards new and better standards and practices, as national regulatory bodies look to the global picture for learning and synchronicity.

So, the transformative opportunities for boards have never been greater, especially when robust external advisorship engaged.

Our Expertise

Amrop works to assure the design and implementation of diverse, forward looking and connected boards. We act as Trusted Advisor to the Executive, Supervisory and Advisory Boards of dynamic organizations all over the world, across a spectrum of industries.

Amrop’s global Board Services Practice works along four interconnected lines:

  • Appointments (Chairs, Independent Directors, Advisory Boards, Committees)
  • Board Evaluation
  • Board Succession Planning
  • Board Remuneration Advisory

Our Process

  • Uncovers gaps in the skills, experience, demographic and cognitive diversity of the current Board
  • Identifies management strengths to build upon
  • Examines requirements for new demographic profiles, specialist and technical skillsets
  • Integrates fast-evolving governance requirements and organizational strategy
  • Identifies, assesses, and presents Leaders For What’s Next – board members who can flex to evolving strategic and operating environments across borders. Key questions: (particularly in the search for Independent Directors, these are often an afterthought):
    – Does he / she anticipate the scale and complexity of strategic and operational risks?
    – Does he / she act as a respected catalyst, contributing in a fresh and relevant way to Board discussions?
    – Does he / she constructively challenge traditions, assumptions or bias?
  • Guides the design and implementation of the onboarding process

For organizations on a steep growth and globalization curve, Amrop helps ensure that their board composition strikes the all-important balance between representativeness and leanness. Not only does this account for current governance frameworks, but also looks forward to global governance trends.

In addition to optimizing existing installations, Amrop helps start-up organizations to set up boards that fit their core business and aims and are compliant with governance standards.

Amrop Global Board Services Practice

Composed of Amrop Executive Board Members and Managing Partners, Amrop’s Global Board Services Practice is configured to share, synthesize and replicate trends, innovations and thought leadership throughout our 57 operating markets, and act as a trusted center of excellence for our Member Firms – and thereby our clients.

In Baltics, Amrop closely cooperates and is the member of Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.

Click here to meet the core team of the Global Board Service Practice.